Skip to comments.Today Marks 1200th Day Since Senate Dems Have Passed a Budget
Posted on 08/11/2012 7:57:30 PM PDT by Kaslin
It’s very fitting that the same day Mitt Romney chose a fiscal and budgetary guru as his VP also marks the 1200th day since Senate Democrats have passed a budget. The debt accumulated during that time? Oh, a mere $5 trillion.
On Friday, Senate Budget Committee Republicans released this infographic to make it clear:
The Weekly Standard has the scoop:
In a joint statement, Senate Budget Committee ranking member Jeff Sessions and House Budget Committee chair Paul Ryan mark the milestone.
“Tomorrow marks another disappointing record for the United States Senate: Senate Majority Leader Reid and his Democrat conference will have gone an unprecedented 1,200 days without adopting a budget plan as required by law," write Sessions and Ryan. "Not only have they failed to adopt a budget, but with America under threat of financial calamity, they have refused to even present a plan for public scrutiny. Last year, Majority Leader Reid said it would be ‘foolish’ to do a budget and the legally required Budget Committee mark-up was cancelled. No plan from his conference has seen the light of day. He refuses to disclose who he plans to tax and how he plans to spend taxpayers’ money."
The cynical strategy is just that - not to have a budget. That way the Dems can just sit back and demagog the Republicans for making the big decisions balancing a budget demands.
Only 1,200 days without a budget!? If this was done on any level by a Republican, the Dems and local/national press would be all over it, similar to the “Daily Iraq Death Count” under Bush.
It’s far worse than that. Without “zero based budgeting,” all of the money being spent now will be included in the next years budget as a baseline. That’s one of the main reasons they haven’t been willing to pass a budget. The baseline in the “baseline budgeting” they use keeps growing.
And since it is supposedly illegal to fail to pass a budget, why is there no penalty?
The criminals make the laws.
As Democrats continue to cast Republicans as the obstructionist “Party of No” (a label that conveniently ignores Democratic disunity), remember this: Not a single Senate Democrat has voted ‘yes’ on any proposed buget this year.
That’s right, every Democrat in the United States Senate has voted to reject all five budget resolutions brought before them; four from Republicans, and one from President Obama. And no, guys, your little debt deal “deem” gimmick doesn’t absolve you of any responsibility here.