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People Are Beginning to Notice (No Senate Budget)
Powerline ^ | June 1,2011 | John Hinderaker

Posted on 06/01/2011 1:22:50 PM PDT by Hojczyk

Score one for Senator Jeff Sessions: the ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee has been laying a two-by-four to Senate Democrats on a daily basis for some weeks now, blasting them for failing to produce a budget. The Democrats' abandonment of their duty is so palpable that even their strongest supporters are now forced to acknowledge it.

Thus, we have Dana Milbank, normally a loyal Democrat, writing in the Washington Post:

The Senate is supposed to be in Memorial Day recess this week. But the chamber is so ungovernable that Majority Leader Harry Reid doesn't even have the votes to declare a recess. So he decided instead to have a few "pro forma" sessions, such as Tuesday's, allowing senators to take a vacation without voting for it.

In a sense, the Senate has been in a pro-forma session all year. ... Although there's general agreement that the most pressing issue facing the federal government is its runaway finances, the Democrat-controlled Senate hasn't passed a budget in 762 days, a new standard for dereliction of duty. ...

Now, for the first time in a decade, the Senate Budget Committee isn't even considering a budget. ...

It is just the sort of thing that offends Americans about Washington: The triumph of tactical advantage over the national interest.

The New York Times editorial board weighed in on Saturday. Of course, the Times being the Times, its editorial was laced with the usual denunciations of Republicans. But if you wade through the partisan calumnies, this is what emerges:

The truth, though, is that the Republicans also have a point. ... Without strong leadership, the Senate's record is dismaying. ... [T]here will be no vote on a budget by the Democratic majority of the Senate, the traditional method for stating the majority's priorities in black and white dollar signs. That's because the Budget Committee has not agreed on one. ...

With only a three-vote majority, Democrats, led by Harry Reid, are understandably fearful about losing the Senate next year and have decided that treading water is better than taking a showy but risky dive.

But if Democrats are ever going to regain the momentum in the national conversation, they have to stand for something. Standing pat gives Republicans huge openings to move the debate to the right.

As the Democrats fiddle, America's economy burns. Today's bad news--private sector job creation falling, home prices dropping, food and energy costs sky-high--sent the stock market into a tailspin. One Wall Street analyst says that "[w]e're on the verge of a great, great depression." The Democrats' economic policies have failed, and pretty much everyone knows it. For them to fail even to propose a budget is, as Milbank says, a dereliction of duty. One can only hope that the voters will punish them for it.


TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: budget; reid; sessions

1 posted on 06/01/2011 1:22:54 PM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk

And for those who are counting- THATS TWO YEARS IN A ROW

The democraps dont WANT TO do a budget. They have locked in the trillion dollar deficits this way, with continuing resolutions.

Any move they are forced to make will only be DOWN, so why bother?


2 posted on 06/01/2011 1:27:39 PM PDT by Mr. K (CAPSLOCK! -Unleash the fury! [Palin/Bachman 2012- unbeatable ticket])
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To: Hojczyk

A vast portion of the American populace are too stupid to read past the sound bites and headlines. I have lunch with a group of ladies who require constant education.


3 posted on 06/01/2011 1:28:39 PM PDT by The Iceman Cometh (I'm called a 'teabagger'? Well, get over here liberal and I'll show you what that means.)
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To: Hojczyk

I’m left wondering if this is what the socialists want.
They may believe that economic calamity works to their long term advantage.


4 posted on 06/01/2011 1:28:57 PM PDT by Bobalu ( "Israel must be like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother." ..Moshe Dayan:)
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To: Hojczyk
The House has to agree to let the Senate go into recess. Boehner didn't allow it to prevent Barry from making anymore of his lousy recess appointments. Boehner, +1.
5 posted on 06/01/2011 1:30:34 PM PDT by JPG (Sarah Palin, driving the MSM crazy one day at a time.)
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To: Hojczyk
People are too busy watching "Dancing with the Stars", or "Glee", or "Ow! My Balls!"


6 posted on 06/01/2011 1:33:59 PM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: Hojczyk
That's what you get for electing lawyers.
7 posted on 06/01/2011 1:36:18 PM PDT by Glenn (iamtheresistance.org)
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To: Glenn
Don't worry, the Pubbies will screw this us someway. Last year they have Harry and Pelosi, to carry the ball, and not pass a budget and operate on continuing resolutions. This year Nancy is Kaput, and the House is run by Pubbies. So keep the heat on Harry and make the Dems come up with a budget/
8 posted on 06/01/2011 1:46:28 PM PDT by BooBoo1000 (By the Banks, Of the Banks. and For the Banks.. Sure way to bankruptcy.)
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To: Hojczyk

“It is just the sort of thing that offends Americans about Washington: The triumph of tactical advantage over the national interest.”

The money quote. He nails it.

Colonel, USAFR


9 posted on 06/01/2011 1:48:44 PM PDT by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: Glenn
That's what you get for electing lawyers.

Nothing new. From 1780 to 1930, two thirds of the senators and about half of the House of Representatives were lawyers. I think we had a few years with good government during that timespan.

10 posted on 06/01/2011 1:53:46 PM PDT by Prokopton
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To: Bobalu

“They may believe that economic calamity works to their long term advantage.”

Yes, it’s called the Cloward-Piven Strategy..............

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloward%E2%80%93Piven_strategy


11 posted on 06/01/2011 1:58:16 PM PDT by Red Badger (Jesus said there is no marriage in Heaven. That's why they call it Heaven............)
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To: Hojczyk

I would say that we need a balanced budget amendment, but...

IT IS BECOMING APPARENT THAT ALL THREE BRANCHES OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ARE BLATANTLY DISREGARDING THE CONSTITUTION ON A CONTINUING BASIS.

They need to think about what they’re doing, business as usual, as long as both party leaderships agree then ANYTHING is ok, WHATEVER the President wants to do he can and WHATEVER the Supreme Court wants to decide it does, regardless of the Constitution.

When a government acts this way, it is treading in various dangerous area. And it just keeps getting worse. All they talk about is cutting SS/MED. They AVOID AT ALL COSTS TALK OF DEPARTMENT ELIMINATION. Which at some point the people who foot the bills will demand.

And, with all the looting of flash mobs, if the government does not GET SERIOUS and THROW THEIR A$$E$ IN JAIL AND MAKE THEM PAY RESTITUTION, the people who foot the bills are going to eventually demand changes.


12 posted on 06/01/2011 1:59:10 PM PDT by PieterCasparzen (Huguenot)
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To: Hojczyk

Maybe it’s time for some “Where’s the Budget” billboards...


13 posted on 06/01/2011 2:45:54 PM PDT by riskybiz (Sarah Palin - 2012 - Born in the U.S.A. !)
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To: Bobalu

Marxists believe society must be destroyed before it can be rebuilt.

Our current leadership seem determined to follow that formula.


14 posted on 06/01/2011 3:33:16 PM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: PieterCasparzen

“THROW THEIR A$$E$ IN JAIL AND MAKE THEM PAY RESTITUTION”

If doctors and lawyers can be sued for malpractice, why not politicians. A simple law that made Congress rather than taxpayers legally liable to all budget deficits they approve would dramatically alter the political incentives that members of Congress now face to play Santa Claus endlessly and keep kicking the credit card bill down the road for all of Santa’s goodies as long as possible.


15 posted on 06/02/2011 5:57:55 AM PDT by DrC
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