......on lobbyists, Brogers and special interests in the way of his agenda
Bring it on!
President Obama says special interests will fight him on his new $3.6 trillion budget proposal - and he's ready to do battle.
In his weekly radio and Web address Saturday, Obama said the banking, insurance and energy industries are sure to buck him on issues like cutting off big tax breaks.
"I know they're gearing up for a fight as we speak. My message to them is this: So am I," he said.
"The system we have now might work for the powerful and well-connected interests that have run Washington for far too long, but I don't. I work for the American people," the President said.
"I didn't come here to do the same thing we've been doing or to take small steps forward, I came to provide the sweeping change that this country demanded when it went to the polls in November."
Obama, who presented his budget proposal earlier this week, said he's ready for a major brawl if one is necessary to advance his agenda on education, clean energy and health care.
Insurers, for example, may not like having to "bid competitively to continue offering Medicare coverage," Obama said, "but that's how we'll help preserve and protect Medicare and lower health care costs for American families."
While Obama called his record budget "a threat to the status quo" of Washington, the GOP said not much has changed and government still wants to spend way too much.
In the weekly Republican address, North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr warned against wild spending, saying "every time Congress and the President spends a dollar, it's actually a dollar plus interest" future generations will have to pay back.
"It seems that every morning you pick up the newspaper, you're reading about another multibillion-dollar government spending plan being proposed or even worse, passed," Burr said.
"The numbers are so large, and the deficits so staggering, it's difficult for the average person to imagine how much money we're talking about," he continued. "We become numb to what the dollar figures really mean, or the obligation that accompanies them."