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Here’s a clear indicator of the differing levels of seriousness with which Republicans and President Obama are approaching our nation’s deficit problems. After President Obama gives his deficit speech, he will head to Chicago for some “big-ticket fundraisers.” Meanwhile, House Republicans will be working to pass a meaningful plan that cuts trillions of dollars in spending and deficits. We’re just saying…

On Thursday, The House Will Begin Consideration Of The House GOP Budget That Cuts Trillions Of Dollars In Spending And Deficits. “Then, on Thursday and Friday, the House will take up Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) 2012 budget proposal, along with several alternate plans put forth by the Republican Study Committee, the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the House Democratic leadership.” (Felicia Sonmez, “The Week Ahead On The Hill,” The Washington Post’s “2 Chambers” Blog, 4/11/11)

On Thursday, President Obama Will Kick Off His Reelection Campaign In Chicago With A Series Of “Big-Ticket Fundraisers” At Trendy Chicago Restaurants. “President Obama will kick off his 2012 reelection campaign on Thursday in Chicago with two big-ticket fundraisers and a more moderately priced affair to benefit his campaign, National Journal has confirmed. Two of the fundraisers will be held at trendy Chicago eateries MK Chicago and N9NE.” (Aamer Madhani, “Obama Campaign To Hold Three Fundraisers In Chicago,” National Journal, 4/11/11)