June 27, 2010
Demos refuse to perform primary responsibility

It's a primary responsibility of Congress to write and pass the budget each year. But the Demo leadership in the House, where budgets must originate, say they will not do it this year.

Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced his bold lack of action this week. He said that Congress would pass a resolution calling for lower spending than Obama instead. That he can't do anything until Obama's fiscal commission reports in December. Uh, Mr. Hoyer, It's the budget for only one year. How does it help to wait six months until three months after the fiscal year has started? Politico

There is no good reason and they know it. Last year's budget was $1.3 trillion in the red. What's next?

They don't want to show how bad the budget situation is before the election.

Tyler Durden at ZeroHedge.com observes that Obama's Director of OMB "Propeller head" Peter Orszag quit the day before the budget was to be released. He thinks it's for the same reason - the numbers are ugly. (Plus Orszag is desperately in favor of smashing the already broken promise of no tax increases for incomes less than $250k.)

So ask Rep. Rick Larson and Rep. Jay Inslee and Rep. Adam Smith what they are doing instead of their responsibility to build the budget. And why.

Posted by Ron Hebron at June 27, 2010 06:47 PM | Email This
1. It's Bush's fault.

Posted by: SouthernRoots on June 27, 2010 07:29 PM
2. Think they're a little afraid of what their constituents will do when another $1.6 trillion deficit comes forth?

Posted by: Shanghai Dan on June 27, 2010 07:33 PM
3. SouthernRoots @#1: It's not Bush's fault, Bush is to stupid. Everybody knows it's Dick Cheney's fault.

Posted by: G Jiggy on June 27, 2010 07:50 PM
4. If only Cheney would pass on to his great reward everything would be alright, just ask bite-me and obo.

Posted by: RVN68MIKE on June 27, 2010 08:56 PM
5. 3.8 Trillion per year in Government spending, 2.1 Trillion coming in.

You do the math on where this will lead, if you are not already feeling the pain, you soon will.

Posted by: GS on June 27, 2010 08:58 PM
6. Clearly it's because the "rich" aren't paying their fair share. After all, the top 25% only pay $0.60 of every dollar the Federal Government receives. The other 75% of us, all the corporations, all duties and tariffs, all excise taxes account for the other 40%.

So the solution is obvious - tax the rich even more!

Posted by: Shanghai Dan on June 27, 2010 09:21 PM
7. Their alibi is akin to the dog ate their homework. They really know that this would be more problematic than it already is for their election chances, as @2 alluded to.

Posted by: KDS on June 27, 2010 09:21 PM
8. Can we get some real leaders in there, who take our current situation seriously? Please?

Posted by: Michele on June 27, 2010 10:17 PM
9. Obama is in Canada trying to convince other world leaders that more Government spending is the answer. How would it look if the budget came out showing how badly he has trashed our economy?

Hard to do the dance when he music stops playing.

Posted by: Vince on June 28, 2010 06:41 AM
10. Question for liberals here... why should we re-elect Democrats to Congress when they choose not to do their jobs? I'm completely serious. Why would you re-elect a person knowing that they do not want to do what they are there for?

Posted by: Gary on June 28, 2010 07:05 AM
11. "Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, whose agency is charged with securing America's borders, told an audience in Washington, D.C., in reference to the U.S.-Mexico border, "You're never going to totally seal that border.""

So, again... a Democrat who cannot/will not succeed with their job. And Biden said there is no way we're getting all of our lost jobs back.

Liberals, please... why do you want these people in charge when they admit they are powerless to actually do anything?

Posted by: Gary on June 28, 2010 07:51 AM
12. Oh, I forgot one. Obama said on Day #1 that Gitmo would be closed within one year. Not only is it not closed, but it won't be closed at all. Oh, and that Afghanistan withdrawal date he gave us... that no longer means anything either, and he is wondering why people are "obsessing" over it.

So, they cannot/will not succeed at anything.

Congress' most fundamental job is to manage the federal budget. And they will not do it.

Posted by: Gary on June 28, 2010 08:05 AM
13. Don't forget the pledge about taxes, Gary!

Posted by: Shanghai Dan on June 28, 2010 09:29 AM
14. Good point Dan,Sounds like another promise broken among many!

Posted by: Laurie on June 28, 2010 09:48 AM
15. Yes, Dan! Of course, no one man can keep track of all of Obama's flip-flops, lies, etc. What we need is a "Lie Czar".

Posted by: Gary on June 28, 2010 10:10 AM
16. And of course, Joe Biden came out and told us we'll never get the 8 million jobs lost under the Obama Administration will never come back. Even though Obama promised job growth.

Eight million jobs permanently gone.

Posted by: Shanghai Dan on June 28, 2010 10:53 AM
17. AP: "States struggle to pass budgets without stimulus"

Ah. So we are in the exact same boat we were in last year, only now we have added $1 trillion to the debt because of last year's Stimulus. We just kicked the can down the road for one year, and it cost a fortune.

Posted by: Gary on June 28, 2010 02:21 PM
18. More from AP: "Some states, unwilling to count on the federal assistance, crafted budgets that did not depend on extra assistance from Washington at all."

Golly! What a novel concept!

Posted by: Gary on June 28, 2010 02:24 PM
19. Seems like I'm thinking this every day with each unbelievable story. But can you imagine the MSM's reaction if a Republican congress did this?

Posted by: Palouse on June 28, 2010 03:07 PM
20. How Democrats have to run this year:

"Ron Moore, member of the Bradley County Democrats, gave a short speech before opening the floor to the candidates. "We're as conservative as any Republican in Bradley County," Moore said. "We have liberal thoughts, but when it comes to our money we're just as conservative.""

Palouse, yes. No budget at all from Congress and where is our press on this?

Posted by: Gary on June 28, 2010 03:09 PM
21. Gary, yes, where is the press, and where are our trolls trying to defend this? The thread has been up since yesterday, and not a single comment by any of them. Do you suppose for once they can't defend, spin, distort?

Posted by: katomar on June 28, 2010 03:18 PM
22. katomar, they're having a bad day. They lost the 2nd Amendment case. They have a Supreme Court nominee who thinks the government can ban books. The economy is still crap (more crap) after how many trillions? 10 of their buddies (Russian spies) were arrested today also.

Posted by: Gary on June 28, 2010 03:24 PM
23. @22: LOL. Yeah, I am imagining Mike B.S. in a dark room with a cool cloth over his eyes....

Posted by: katomar on June 28, 2010 04:03 PM
24. Krugman:

"Around the world -- most recently at last weekend's deeply discouraging G-20 meeting -- governments are obsessing about inflation when the real threat is deflation, preaching the need for belt-tightening when the real problem is inadequate spending."

Ah, "inadequate spending" is our problem. Perhaps Congress should meet and write a one million trillion dollar budget. Why the hell not? The numbers have become meaningless.

Posted by: Gary on June 28, 2010 04:11 PM
25. MikeBS, tensor, scottd are all cowards because they cannot answer this; it's a patent violation of the law, and it is 100% laid at the feet of the Democrat leadership.

Laws are for the little people and Republicans; Democrats have no concern for the law, as long as their motives are right (which means grabbing or holding on to power).

Posted by: Shanghai Dan on June 29, 2010 12:39 AM
26. And Just what 18 million unemployeed Americans, and the rest of the nation need, is the Bush Tax cuts eliminated so they will have no money to spend in this economy at all.

Tack on the Cap and Trade and we will know what a Real Democrats Depression looks and feels like.

Posted by: gs on June 29, 2010 02:36 AM
27. Well guys, how about a simple letter to the editor?

WHERE'S THE BUDGET? should be short and sweet and refer to the good Senator and your Rep.

After nearly 18 years, Murray and others can't claim they are too new to be in leadership. So, we can ask, WHERE'S THE BUDGET? And if you can't pass a budget, why do you deserve another term?

Short, sweet and effective.

Posted by: swatter on June 29, 2010 06:56 AM
28. #25. Dan, those guys are feverishly trying to figure out a way to blame this on Bush.

Posted by: Gary on June 29, 2010 07:31 AM
29. 13,000 new private sector jobs in June. 260 per state. Your leader is driving us over the cliff.

"Recovery Summer"!

Posted by: Gary on June 30, 2010 08:48 AM
30. Well, at least the Administration and Congressional leadership is consistent; in addition to killing jobs, they're dragging down the stock markets and the value of the USD!

Posted by: Shanghai Dan on July 1, 2010 10:00 AM
31. Dan, did you hear what Obama said about the 9.6% unemployment rate? He said, "Well, at least it's not 12, or 13, or 15 percent."

Gee, thanks.

Posted by: Gary on July 1, 2010 10:53 AM
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