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Bridget Johnson


March 21, 2012 - 1:22 pm

White House spokesman Jay Carney lashed out at House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s fiscal plan today with some unflattering language to describe supporters of its deep spending cuts, namely in education and clean energy.

That includes axing the administration’s sacred cow of putting a million electric cars on the road by 2015.

“You have to be aggressively and deliberately ignorant of the world economy not to know and understand that clean energy technologies are going to play a huge role in the 21st century,” Carney said to reporters onboard Air Force One en route to Nevada. “You have to have severely diminished capacity to understand what drives economic growth in industrialized countries in this century if you do not understand that education is the key that unlocks the door to prosperity.”

“The budget proposed by Chairman Ryan and supported overwhelmingly already by Republicans suggests that those problems exist in the minds of the supporters of that plan,” Carney continued.

“That was a bad sentence, but you get my point,” he added. “I lost track because I was watching RG3 over there, future quarterback of my Washington Redskins.”

“So you’re distracted, Jay,” one reporter commented.

“Yes,” the press secretary responded.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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