President Barack Obama will deliver what administration officials describe as a significant speech today before newspaper editors -- looking to draw a contrast between his vision for the future and that of Republicans.
He'll focus on the budget plan proposed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, calling it "nothing but thinly-veiled Social Darwinism," a line that echoes that of Newt Gingrich who last May got into hot water with conservatives for calling Ryan's plan "right-wing social engineering."
The budget plan would make huge changes to the Medicare program, lower taxes for the wealthy and dramatically cut federal spending. Republicans say it would begin to trim the deficit. But Obama says it would cut "the very things we need to grow," including education and research and development.
"Disguised as deficit reduction plan, it's really an attempt to impose a radical vision on our country. It’s nothing but thinly-veiled Social Darwinism," Obama will say, according to excerpts released by the White House. "It's antithetical to our entire history as a land of opportunity and upward mobility for everyone who’s willing to work for it ... And by gutting the very things we need to grow an economy that’s built to last – education and training; research and development – it's a prescription for decline."
Obama is proposing raising taxes on the richest Americans and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell assailed the plan, calling it "yet another proposal from the White House that won’t create a single job or lower the price at the pump by a penny, but may have the opposite effect."