I think Obama screwed up on the tax deal and that his budget proposal sucks, but even Kthug says this:
So anyone who is really serious about the budget should be focusing mainly on health care.[…..]
What would real action on health look like? Well, it might include things like giving an independent commission the power to ensure that Medicare only pays for procedures with real medical value; rewarding health care providers for delivering quality care rather than simply paying a fixed sum for every procedure; limiting the tax deductibility of private insurance plans; and so on.
And what do these things have in common? They’re all in last year’s health reform bill.
That’s why I say that Mr. Obama gets too little credit. He has done more to rein in long-run deficits than any previous president. And if his opponents were serious about those deficits, they’d be backing his actions and calling for more; instead, they’ve been screaming about death panels.
And don’t forget that the fiscal austerity insanity is even bigger in Europe than it is here. This isn’t the Iraq War or the “debate” over evolution, where the United States is a right-wing outlier, this is an example of the whole fucking western world going mad. If Obama’s not fighting quite as hard as I would like, at least he knows a hawk from a handsaw.