ABC's Jake Tapper also passed along the ludicrous contention, but at least stressed Obama's team is assuming passage of "reform" that's very unlikely to be enacted: "The President outlines a number of measures to reduce the deficit, over $1 trillion worth. But Diane, perhaps the most surprising, the budget assumes a savings of $150 billion over the next ten years from health care reform, legislation that is at the very best - at the most optimistic - on life support on Capitol Hill right now."
Meanwhile, CBS's Katie Couric empathized with the challenge that faced President Obama in developing his $3.83 trillion annual budget:
If the President of Toyota has big headaches, well, so too, does the President of the United States, putting together a budget in an economic downturn with more than 15 million Americans out of work. Today the President rolled out a spending plan, and we caution you, the numbers in Chip Reid's report could make your head spin.Todd, checking in from the White House, on the Monday, February 1 NBC Nightly News:
As for these deficit projections, these are just that, projections. And it's assuming the economy is continuing to recover. If it does not, these deficit projections that we see today - 1.6 billion [really trillion] this year, 1.3 billion [trillion] next year - those numbers could go way up. And if health care doesn't pass, because this budget assumes health care will pass, that's yet another $150 billion that would be tacked on to the deficit. So, there's a long way to go before we know what these exact numbers are going to look like, and what Congress ends up passing.- Brent Baker is Vice President for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center