GOP news bulletin: Budget has been … canceled?

posted at 12:54 pm on June 28, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

The House Republican Conference issues this two-minute breaking news bulletin in the style of cable news networks, complete with chyron crawl at the bottom of the screen. “No leadership, period,” the “reporter” reminds viewers while the crawl reminds us that “FISCAL DISCIPLINE IS NEEDED TO CREATE JOBS” and that Democratic House whip James Clyburn (D-SC) admitted that the economy was the Democrats’ “baby.” If Democrats, who control the White House and both chambers of Congress, can’t pass a budget or even contemplate one with their enormous majorities, shouldn’t voters put Republicans in charge in 2011? Republican Mike Pence makes that pitch at the end as the show’s “sponsor”:

Clever ad — amusing to those in the know, and a reminder to those who aren’t just how poorly the actual news media has covered the Democratic refusal to craft a budget. Hot Air has an exclusive on it, but this should go viral shortly.


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Democrats will start eating their young shortly.

Holger on June 28, 2010 at 12:58 PM

They know passing a budget will cost them another 20-30 seats come November.

Little Chicken Girls.

fogw on June 28, 2010 at 12:58 PM

Someone send a memo to Chuck Grassley, the Iowa Republican who voted for the finance reform bill on May 20th, which allowed it to go forward this past week. Evidently Chuck doesn’t understand avoiding future bankruptcy with smaller government.

beatcanvas on June 28, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Cut it down to a minute, send it to the airwaves. Otherwise just about no one who needs to see it will see it.

amerpundit on June 28, 2010 at 12:59 PM

That has been on Boehner’s website since last week.

sf_conservative on June 28, 2010 at 12:59 PM

this should go viral shortly

indeed

cmsinaz on June 28, 2010 at 1:00 PM

The easiest and most sure-fire way to eliminate budget deficits is to simply eliminate the budget. No budget, no deficit, right?

It is sort of like a banker deciding not to reconcile checking accounts. No statement, no overdraft.

crosspatch on June 28, 2010 at 1:00 PM

Their calculators can’t go that high. Seriously, they simiply can’t do a budget or it would kill them at the polls.

Johnnyreb on June 28, 2010 at 1:00 PM

That was good, I think an emergency break to Obama golfing would have been a nice touch.

rob verdi on June 28, 2010 at 1:01 PM

Unexpected?

Hardly. I fully expect the worst when it comes to this Congress and our President.

Yakko77 on June 28, 2010 at 1:01 PM

Dems lament that they cannot make state theft legal, so they can take all that money from the rick to pay for the greater good.

Mr. Joe on June 28, 2010 at 1:01 PM

Budget, what budget, we don’t need no stinkin’ budget…Lib/Dems

d1carter on June 28, 2010 at 1:01 PM

When can I expect to see this on the alphabet networks?

(If you’re gonna fight, GOP, FIGHT.)

cs89 on June 28, 2010 at 1:01 PM

It’s cute, but it’s also hard to take seriously coming from the same Republicans who spent like drunken sailers the last time they had power. Of course, they weren’t as bad as the Democratics.

I suppose the stated conclusion should have been: “We suck less!”

jaime on June 28, 2010 at 1:03 PM

An important message like this deserved an ad that didn’t come across like the high school cable channel.

ElectricPhase on June 28, 2010 at 1:05 PM

The one job Congress is suppose to do… and they don’t.

Enoxo on June 28, 2010 at 1:06 PM

F the budget. That is the Democrat mentality. If worst comes to worst, they can use a new fiscal crisis to suspend the Constitution and Obama can declare himself First Citizen with absolute control over everything, just like Caesar.

GTR640 on June 28, 2010 at 1:07 PM

Good to see its not only the dems flexing their propaganda muscle!

ernesto on June 28, 2010 at 1:09 PM

Democrats don’t need a budget. They spend on whatever strikes their fancy at any given moment. And it gets rid of that pesky ‘pay-go’ thing.

GarandFan on June 28, 2010 at 1:09 PM

This needs to run often, everywhere! Undeniable fact! All the spinning and twisting will not work. The issue is black and white. Easy to comprehend and in 80% agreement with all Americans. Do not let them hide from this!

IowaWoman on June 28, 2010 at 1:10 PM

Smartass

faraway on June 28, 2010 at 1:10 PM

It’s cute, but it’s also hard to take seriously coming from the same Republicans who spent like drunken sailers the last time they had power. Of course, they weren’t as bad as the Democratics.

I suppose the stated conclusion should have been: “We suck less!”

jaime on June 28, 2010 at 1:03 PM

While I agree with you completely…all we can hope is that they learned their collective lesson and have listened to the people. Hopefully, the GOP will get its act in order and stop sucking.

search4truth on June 28, 2010 at 1:10 PM

Look at it from their point of view. No budget means they don’t have to go on record as voting for another dose of huge Trillion dollar defecits. A continuing resolution broken down into little bitty parts, means the annual deficit gets broken down also, and they get to keep spending at the same level as this year with no major votes.

Johnnyreb on June 28, 2010 at 1:11 PM

“We’ll let you see the budget after we spend the money.”

- Nancy Pelosi

fogw on June 28, 2010 at 1:11 PM

It must be HORRENDOUS for the donks not even to bring it up.

jukin on June 28, 2010 at 1:15 PM

search4truth on June 28, 2010 at 1:10 PM

Like you say, we have hope. Right now, that’s about all we have.

They are making a very good point. It’s just disappointing that they’re not able to point back to a track record and say: “See? We’re the ones who practice fiscal responsibility.”

All they’re really able to say is: “We suck less.” Too bad.

jaime on June 28, 2010 at 1:16 PM

“We’ll let you see the budget after we spend the money.”

- Nancy Pelosi

fogw on June 28, 2010 at 1:11 PM

Dude!

That is so likely considering how they passed Obamacare that it’s frightening.

I’m gonna go hide now! ;-)

Yakko77 on June 28, 2010 at 1:17 PM

He will wait until he loses the House. Then he’ll submit the budget, to goad the Rs. This is not a president who wishes his country well. This is a Schemer in Chief.

May the Rs grow some, and soon.

Schadenfreude on June 28, 2010 at 1:18 PM

It must be HORRENDOUS for the donks not even to bring it up.

jukin on June 28, 2010 at 1:15 PM

Well they did have to put in the Doc payment for Medicare fix and Social Security did go into the red this year, so yes, there are gonna be some seriously scary numbers. With tax revenues way down and government expenditues way up, I could see the deficit being above $1.75 Trillion for FY 2011. And no one has even come close to those numbers in the projections.

Johnnyreb on June 28, 2010 at 1:19 PM

“The easiest and most sure-fire way to eliminate budget deficits is to simply eliminate the budget. No budget, no deficit, right?”

Same game for this crowd – it’s an old one:

There is no God! He’s dead!
Therefore, there can be no wrong, no sin, no hell, so We can do and say anything we wish, without penalty.

Wait until they see their lives on that big HD screen in the sky….

On the budget – their messiah-lite will blame Bush.

Don L on June 28, 2010 at 1:19 PM

Is it just me or does Mike Pence look a lot like Steve Carell with white hair?

dirtseller on June 28, 2010 at 1:22 PM

I’m just not sure the mess the dems created can be handled. If I were them I wouldn’t put out a budget either. Frankly, even if repubs take back the house and senate so what? Is the situation even fix-able at this point without vote killing measures guaranteed to put the other party back in power… again?

Deep hole and I feel like we can’t see the light at the top anymore.

On the other hand…. I got nothing.

WitchDoctor on June 28, 2010 at 1:22 PM

Lame, IMHO. They need to add, “This ad brought to you by the same GOP that helped get us into this mess in the first place.”
 
Sure, the ad has some merit, but the reality is that we still have a bunch of government loving GOPers in D.C. We’ll need a much stronger set of folks and possibly a serious crisis before we get politicians in office with some real backbone. 80 years of liberal policies will take at least that to turn around and I see no stomach for turning it around by the electorate. Expect more of the same. Perhaps a step forward in November, but 2 steps back shortly thereafter. Can we really turn things around without re-educating people who simply want the government to fix things for them? I think not. Generations of voters have been convinced that government, rather than individuals, are responsible for fixing things. Until that changes, it will only get worse.

ClanDerson on June 28, 2010 at 1:23 PM

Well done.

BKeyser on June 28, 2010 at 1:23 PM

Cut it down to a minute, send it to the airwaves. Otherwise just about no one who needs to see it will see it.

amerpundit on June 28, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Put it on ABC, CBS and NBC? They probably wouldn’t air it and no one would see it unless it was on with American Idol or some other inane show.

Vince on June 28, 2010 at 1:25 PM

jaime on June 28, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Dude!

Most of that bunch were voted out in 2006 and 2008. You think the ones that are in there now may have gotten the message?

Maybe they should just scrape the commercial because the last bunch was a bad group. You sound just like the DemCong with their moral equivalence that because it happened during Boooooosh that its OK to do it times 4.

belad on June 28, 2010 at 1:26 PM

It’s cute, but it’s also hard to take seriously coming from the same Republicans who spent like drunken sailers the last time they had power. Of course, they weren’t as bad as the Democratics.

I suppose the stated conclusion should have been: “We suck less!”

jaime on June 28, 2010 at 1:03 PM

At least they had a budget. Even when they had a budget, the dems wouldn’t allow a vote on it.

Vince on June 28, 2010 at 1:28 PM

DEMOCRATS, DO YOUR JOB!!!

Oh, and VOTERS, Do your job in NOvember!!!!

TN Mom on June 28, 2010 at 1:29 PM

The thing that drives me nuts watching that video is that just a few short years ago, it was the Republicans in power spending like there was no tomorrow. Government didn’t get smaller with them in power, it just grew at a slower pace than what these Democrats have done.

SMALLER GOVERNMENT!! PERIOD!!

That is the answer.

ButterflyDragon on June 28, 2010 at 1:29 PM

but this should go viral shortly.

Yet, half an hour after I saw it, the views counter still shows 322. Any truth to YouTube manipulating the counters?

SouthernRoots on June 28, 2010 at 1:32 PM

I wonder what would happen if I went in and told my boss that I wasn’t going to fool around with making our budget for 2010/2011.

scalleywag on June 28, 2010 at 1:35 PM

If I recall, they didn’t pass a defense budget in 2008, either. During a time of war, no less.

scalleywag on June 28, 2010 at 1:37 PM

Yet, half an hour after I saw it, the views counter still shows 322. Any truth to YouTube manipulating the counters?

SouthernRoots on June 28, 2010 at 1:32 PM

Youtube counters have been broken for a long time. They should be embarrassed.

pedestrian on June 28, 2010 at 1:37 PM

Is Congress using Arthur Andersen to do its books?

fossten on June 28, 2010 at 1:37 PM

belad on June 28, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Vince on June 28, 2010 at 1:28 PM

Yeah, I agree. Republicans suck less.

jaime on June 28, 2010 at 1:44 PM

They know passing a proposing a massive budget will cost them another 20-30 seats come November.

Little Chicken Girls.

fogw on June 28, 2010 at 12:58 PM

phreshone on June 28, 2010 at 1:47 PM

Hammer on this constantly, all the way to November. Make the Democrats own it and wear it like an donkey sh*t hat.

Extrafishy on June 28, 2010 at 1:51 PM

an = a

Extrafishy on June 28, 2010 at 1:51 PM

Youtube counters have been broken for a long time. They should be embarrassed.

pedestrian on June 28, 2010 at 1:37 PM

youtube = Google = flaming liberal ownership

So, of course there is no problem with accurate viewage reporting.

Btw, re this ad — my dad is a staunch conservative and he did not know that there is no proposed budget. There is sooo much info out there these days, it is easy to miss these things. So keep getting the messages out.

GnuBreed on June 28, 2010 at 1:53 PM

It’s obviously the Democrats do not want to have to disclose how bad they have managed the budget while in charge for their short time. Might it be that is why their time is so short.

tarpon on June 28, 2010 at 2:00 PM

They are much too busy passing 2000 page bills they have read and the people do not want….

JIMV on June 28, 2010 at 2:02 PM

An important message like this deserved an ad that didn’t come across like the high school cable channel.

ElectricPhase on June 28, 2010 at 1:05 PM

I agree, I think the idea is terrific, but the execution was weak.

right2bright on June 28, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Hey, why haven’t crr6 or Jimbo3 commented here?

/duh

fossten on June 28, 2010 at 2:26 PM

Art imitating Carl Cameron? ROFL!

ProudPalinFan on June 28, 2010 at 3:38 PM

Well, everybody let’s throw our arms up, corporations large and small, small business and well, some households. JUST DON’T DO IT (channeling Nike). If DC does not budget, why the rest of the country? What example are they giving to We The People, and to top it off they want TAXES from us>???

So, We The People PAY THEM but we can’t figure out accurately HOW MUCH are they SPENDING? This needs another march to DC, but not coordinated nor arranged by the Tea Party movement, which I don’t agree with right now. This has got to be general, unified and countrywide.

ProudPalinFan on June 28, 2010 at 3:47 PM

Ed/Allah,

This is a BIG EFFIN’ DEAL; please bump up to the top.

ProudPalinFan on June 28, 2010 at 4:37 PM

Cut it to one minute. Drop the piece where the “reporter” is handed something and starts to drone from it.
And for the sponsor — what zombie-brain thought up that sleep inducing drone? Something snappy — 5 seconds.Then you have something that can be aired.

SunSword on June 29, 2010 at 12:05 AM