Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Budgets? We don't need no stinkin' budgets!

As the Washington Times reports, the Administration will once again fail to present it's budget to Congress on time:
Congressional officials said the president now will send up his budget on Feb. 13, which is a week later than the usual date. The law requires the budget be sent by the first Monday in February. 
Late budgets are common in the first year of a presidency, but this move, in Mr. Obama's fourth year, drew fire from Congress. Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, called it an "abdication of leadership." Mr. Obama missed the mark in 2009 and 2011, though he was on time with his 2010 budget.
That's hardly an end-of-the-world kind of failure, though. Especially since Congress hasn't been able to pass any kind of budget in time for the fiscal year of the budget since 2009. Moreover, the Senate has now failed to pass a budget for 1000 days. From the Weekly Standard:

In a joint statement, House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan, R- Wis., and Ranking Senate Budget Committee member Jeff Sessions, R- Ala., expressed their disappointment that the Senate has “abandoned their official duty to prioritize Americans’ hard-earned tax dollars and tackle our nation’s most pressing economic challenges…[W]e sincerely hope 2012 will not mark the third consecutive year that Senate Democrats skip the budget process altogether.”
 John Boehner's office has even put together a neat little video on the subject:

But setting aside the fun and games, we have to ask just how serious Senate Democrats are about doing their jobs, if they shirk there duties by failing again and again to pass a budget. Once again, I would argue that the Senators have a fiduciary obligation, in this regard. More than anything else, this demonstrates quite clearly that these Senators do not care a whit about the nation, as a whole. Quite clearly, they have zero interest in combating the National Debt. Because it's only common sense: you can't control spending without a budget.

So, perhaps we need a State of the Senate address, tonight. How many think Obama will call Reid to the carpet for his failures here? Enjoy the show, everyone.

Cheers, all.

1 comment:

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