Never let it be said that President Barack Obama won’t admit his mistakes. “What we don’t want to do is repeat the mistake I think I believe in 2008 we made,” he told a rather paltry crowd of inaugural donors to his “social welfare” group Organizing for Action during dinner at the St. Regis hotel Wednesday. “Where some of that energy just kind of dissipated and we were only playing an inside game.”
A quartet of conservative panelists looked at the challenges of being the minority party in a divided government during a Saturday afternoon panel at the National Review Institute Summit titled, “The Way Out of the Fiscal Mess.”
The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday is expected approve—for the second straight year—an audacious budget resolution authored by House budget chairman Paul Ryan (R., Wis.). Just like last year’s plan, Ryan’s fiscal year 2013 budget has been challenged and criticized. And once again, Ryan is poised to triumph over his detractors. The House will also consider a number of alternative budget proposals—from Democratic members, as well as from conservative and centrist Republicans. Only Ryan’s plan is expected to pass.