Skip to comments.Senate Democrats: 1,000 Days of Pure Fail
Posted on 01/24/2012 3:38:53 PM PST by Kaslin
As our intrepid president prepares to lecture Congressional Republicans for rudely refusing to sign on to every last element of his astonishingly irresponsible tax-and-spend agenda, Senate Democrats can rest assured that Obama will spare them the humiliation of mentioning today's truly pathetic anniversary. Yes, January 24, 2012, marks the one-thousandth day since the United States Senate -- controlled by Democrats since 2007 -- last introduced a budget. Harry Reid's crew evidently couldn't care less that passing annual fiscal blueprints is a statutory requirement. To explain away their intentional negligence, Democrats have attempted to (surprise!) blame Republicans for obstructing the process. They lie. In the first place, Republicans couldn't have lifted a finger to stop Democrats from jamming through a partisan budget in 2009, when Reid and Pelosi ruled the roost. But even after the Republican takeover of the House in 2010, the GOP still couldn't have blocked the Democratic Senate from introducing or passing its own budget. Couldn't the increased ranks of the Republican Senate minority have filibustered an unpalatable budget proposal, you ask? Nope -- budgets are immune from the filibuster. So why have Democrats shirked this core governing responsibility for the better part of three consecutive years? I'll refer you back to a piece I wrote last year, and allow a Democrat aide to explain his party's calculated, lawless abdication, which was contrived and enforced by the detestable Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY):
Schumer has targeted House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) in April’s continuing resolution debate, well before it was in vogue after last week’s Cabinet Room blowup. He’s also spearheaded the party’s message on corporate jet tax breaks in concert with the White House, and he even persuaded rank-and-file Senators earlier this month to abandon their desire for a Democratic budget so the party could focus on a tighter message of protecting Medicare and eliminating tax breaks for the wealthy. The current political climate, with intransigence in both parties on efforts to raise the debt ceiling, has just elevated Schumer’s platform. “He led the fight in the Senate against releasing our budget. He backed the idea that a budget paints a giant target on your back unnecessarily when it’s not going to pass anyway,” said one Senate Democratic aide...
Props for candor, I suppose, but major down-twinkles for the utterly craven maneuver. It really is that simple: Democrats have chosen not to fulfill their basic obligations because publicly airing their plan for funding the federal government would be politically risky. Reid himself called the idea of adhering to the law in this case "foolish." He's right: Committing actual, concrete ideas to paper might somehow convince the public of the crazy notion that Democrats are addicted to higher spending, more dependency, unsustainable entitlements, and massive tax increases. Therefore, to avoid all that unpleasantness, they prefer to do absolutely nothing. Well, not nothing, exactly. They're still happy to "deem" imaginary future budgets into existence, scream at Republicans for wanting to "shut down" the government every time one of Congress' stop-gap Continuing Resolutions is set to expire, and lie like crazy about House Republicans' budget proposals. After all, why introduce ideas of your own when you can endlessly demagogue every solution offered by your opposition -- then turn around and label them as the do-nothing "party of no"? It's a good gig, if you can get it. Not only have Harry Reid's Senate Democrats refused to introduce their own budget for the last 1,000 days, they've also voted against every single proposal that has been introduced by anyone. That's right, not one solitary Senate Democrat has voted for any budget, including President Obama's dreadful offering, in nearly three years.
These people are beneath contempt, and shouldn't retain their jobs. Take note of this disgrace, voters -- especially in places like Missouri, Virginia, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Florida, New Mexico, Ohio, West Virginia, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Both the Heritage Foundation and the National Republican Senatorial Committee have produced videos shredding Reid/Durbin/Schumer, Inc. for their gutless, self-interested, and fiscally reckless inaction. I couldn't decide which one is better, so I'll leave you with both. Fail big, and go home:
1,000 Days Without A Budget
UPDATE - Paul Ryan and Jeff Sessions, the top Budget Committee Republicans in the House and Senate, respectively, offer some choice words for their colleagues across the aisle HERE. Meanwhile, the RNC research squad runs a few numbers on what Democratic leadership, or lack thereof, has wrought for the nation's finances:
Senate Democrats Have Not Passed A Budget For 1,000 Days, Since April 29, 2009. (S. Con. Res. 13, Roll Call 173; D 53-3, R 0-40, I 2-0, 4/29/09)
- Since Obama Took Office, The National Debt Has Increased By Over $4.6 Trillion, An Increase Of Over 43 Percent. (Department Of The Treasury, “Debt To The Penny And Who Holds It,” Treasury Direct, Accessed 1/24/12)
- Obama Has Added Nearly $15,000 To Every American’s Share Of The National Debt. (Department Of The Treasury, “Debt To The Penny And Who Holds It,” Treasury Direct, Accessed 1/24/12; U.S. Census Bureau, Accessed 1/24/12)
“We’re not meeting with dems, nor are we attending a dog-and-pony State of the Union until we get a budget proposal. Period. End of story.”
in my dreams
Senate Democrats: 1,000 Days of Pure Fail
With zero accountability, no repercussions, and a totally indifferent population, why submit a budget? Because of a document created by white, racist, slave owners?
Yesterday, Eric Cantor was announcing the democrat 9-9-9 plan.
999 days without a budget.
tomorrow it will be 1001 days
No budget means virtually no limit to the spending, with automatic increases allowed through the ‘continuing resolutions”. Its a simple but effective way of getting what you want and BOTH sides of the aisle know it!
Exactly. That’s why the House passed a window-dressing budget to appease the tea party members, and the Senate republicans sit silently and don’t mention the lack of a budget.
So now we know... 'CHANGE' = ZERO Job Growth ZERO Pipelines MORE Food Stamps MORE Spending MORE Debt MORE Golf MORE Taxes MORE Welfare MORE Abortions MORE Regulation MORE Government MORE Speeches MORE Money Printing MORE Vacations MORE Porkulus ('Recovery Summer' lost a net 329,000 jobs.) MORE Failure MORE Mumbo-jumbo LESS Coal LESS WOOD (Gibson Guitars Strung Up by Feds)
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