President Obama Challenges Budget Proposal

President Barack Obama plans to challenge a Republican budget proposal embraced by front-running GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

In a speech to a media luncheon, Obama will call the measure prepared by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, RWisconsin, and passed by the House a “Trojan Horse” that is disguised as a deficit reduction plan but actually imposes a “radical vision” amounting to “social Darwinism,” 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 — a place where prosperity doesn’t trickle down from the top, but grows outward from the heart of the middle class,” Obama will say, according to the excerpts. “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.”

The remarks signal Obama’s full engagement in his re-election campaign for the November general election.

So far, the president has generally avoided direct comment on the Republican nomination race, which Romney leads by a wide margin.

However, he has increasingly framed the upcoming election as a choice between maintaining his policies and vision for continued economic recovery and investment in future growth versus what he calls failed Republican policies of the past based on deep spending cuts and lower taxes intended to benefit the corporate class.

“In this country, broadbased prosperity has never trickled down from the success of a wealthy few,” Obama said “It has always come from the success of a strong and growing middle class.”

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