E.J. Dionne’s idea of a serious budget plan

Yesterday’s edition of Meet The Press featured the following exchange between Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne and Ted Cruz, the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate out of Texas:

MR. DIONNE: I was just going to say President Obama put a plan on the table that would balance the budget in 12 years, which is quicker than the Ryan budget. I’m a liberal. I didn’t even agree with all–everything that was in that plan. But this notion that the President hasn’t put down budget proposals…

MR. REED: That’s true.

MR. DIONNE: …he tried to reach a deal with John Boehner and that deal fell through. But he was willing to put a lot on the table.

GREGORY: Well– well…

MR. CRUZ: And how many votes did that plan get?

MR. DIONNE: Well, that’s– that is a side issue because…

MR. CRUZ: It got zero votes. Not a Democrat…

MR. DIONNE: No, no, Obama…

MR. CRUZ: …in the Senate voted for it.

MR. DIONNE: Yes, because…

MR. CRUZ: Not one.

MR. DIONNE: …the vote was put up there as a political matter. The fact is it was a serious plan and serious budgets get voted on…

MR. CRUZ: He got zero votes in the Senate. That’s not……a serious plan.

That’s not a serious columnist, either.

Via Seth Mandel at Commentary.

JOHN adds: Obama’s budget didn’t get any votes in the House, either.

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