I would say that Kevin needs to learn how to read charts but he knows exactly how to read them. He just needs to quit trying to spin them and let the numbers do the talking.
His American Enterprise Institute credentials have always shown him to play with the numbers, in this case moving the baseline and adding projections to real numbers in an effort to "move the ball".
As an example he uses a number "when Nancy Pelosi took office" even though the 2007 budget, passed in fall 2006 did not complete until fall 2007. The Democratic Congress only built the 2008 and 2009 budgets, both signed by Bush, and more importantly SUBMITTED BY BUSH by his various Departments.
The article doesn't mention the INTEREST on the Deficit Spending from 2001-2007 as part of the current problem [some $400Billion].
When choosing an article to showcase difference in economic philosophy, I find it is very smart not to pick either MoveOn or American Enterprise Institute, both tend to provide misleading information [or just plain lies] that serves to confuse.
The budget is approved by Congress. Plain and Simple. Your response is in practice, taking that responsibility away from Congress and placing it in the hands of the Executive. That is "moving the ball."
The point of all of this is that the Obama administration inherited what his party gave him. That is inarguable. When it comes to spending I blame Congress 100%. I think that the Executive branch should be more responsible in their Budget proposals, but the ultimate responsibility lies with Congress.
Much like a Naval ship, if it runs aground at night and the Captain is asleep in his berth, it is not the Officer of the Deck that gets relieved, it is the Captain.
Congress likes to say that when it is beneficial to their position but they always seem to forget that when it comes to the issues such as what we are currently dealing with.
As for your comparison of AEI and MoveOn.org I disagree. I think that any objective comparison of the two would show that AEI is genuinely a "Think Tank" and MoveOn is a PAC. The difference is legion.
Kind of like a University compared to Acme Truckdriving School.