Jay Carney: Who cares if the Senate passes a budget or not?

posted at 5:00 pm on February 8, 2012 by Allahpundit

This isn’t even the most cavalier statement about the budget made by a Democrat today. Take it away, Steny Hoyer:

At a briefing with journalists on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Hoyer was asked, “Mr. Hoyer, around the same time of the State of the Union [on Jan. 24], I think it was the same day, Republicans were trying to hit Senate Democrats for 1,000 days without passing a budget, and then you talk about this milestone today, 400 days without a jobs bill in the Republican House. But then on Friday [Democratic Senator Harry] Reid said that he didn’t think they needed to bring a budget to the floor this year [and that] the Budget Control Act can serve as a guideline.”

Hoyer said: “What does the budget do? The budget does one thing and really only one thing: It sets the parameters of spending and discretionary caps. Other than that, the Appropriations committee are not bound by the Budget committee’s priorities.”

He continued: “The fact is, you don’t need a budget. We can adopt appropriations bills. We can adopt authorization policies without a budget. We already have an agreed-upon cap on spending.”

Why waste time developing a strategy for fiscal sustainability when we can just muddle along with piecemeal appropriations unto death? Carney’s argument is slightly better: The debt-ceiling deal last August has already provided some budgetary parameters via the automatic cuts that went into effect once the Super Committee failed. And of course Obama will offer his own feeble budget proposal which Reid will dutifully support, so why bother making Senate Democrats come up with a plan of their own when it’ll inevitably fail in the House? Remember, Congress can’t even reach a deal on penny-ante matters like the payroll tax holiday; nothing will break the logjam on grander budgetary priorities except electoral clarity in the fall. As such, budget proposals these days are really just oppo material for the other team’s campaign: No doubt The One would happily decline to propose one of his own if he thought the RNC’s ad team would let him get away with it. So instead he’ll do what he did last year, i.e. introduce a plan that’s so shamefully irresponsible on the core issue of entitlements that even original Obama superfan Andrew Sullivan will be left shaking his head. And Reid will cheer him all the way.

Two clips for you via the Senate Budget Committee, one of Carney and the other of Ben Bernanke forced to admit the obvious about the economic effects of policy uncertainty. After you’re done, go look at what Gallup has today. Ten percent, guys. Ten. Per. Cent.

Update: A commenter wonders: If it’s all about gridlock, why didn’t Democrats pass a budget in 2010 when they still controlled both chambers? Answer: Because they’re gutless, of course. 2010 was an election year and the country was in a lather about spending. If they had passed a gargantuan new Democratic budget, the GOP would have destroyed them over it. If they had passed a budget that dramatically cut spending, their base would have destroyed them over it. No doubt they’d pass nothing again this year if they still controlled the House. But for the moment, because of gridlock, the question is moot. Nothing’s getting passed. Hence the 10 percent figure.


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Budget?? We don’t need no steenking budget!!

Bitter Clinger on February 8, 2012 at 8:01 PM

I think people are looking at this budget deal the wrong way. First, you have to have money before it is necessary to budget it, face it, we’re broke. If you don’t believe, say $17 Trillion in the hole broke, then you certainly have no problem selling the drugs your on. I say stop the spending, then lets talk budget.

DDay on February 8, 2012 at 8:02 PM

The democrats are forcing America to live pay check to pay check.

SouthernGent on February 8, 2012 at 8:14 PM

I bet he would have an opinion if the Republicans controlled the Senate!

straytrooper on February 8, 2012 at 8:22 PM

The White House doesnt want to get involved in the Senate’s business, except apparently when it comes to determining whether they are in session or not.

azkag on February 8, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Where in the world did these worthless slugs come from?

rplat on February 8, 2012 at 9:18 PM

They so boldly lie, cook numbers, and steal from the public coffers.

How much longer before thay believe they have secured their power and so full Stalinist?

6 mo.?
1yr?
3yr?

tom daschle concerned on February 8, 2012 at 9:18 PM

They so boldly lie, cook numbers, and steal from the public coffers.

How much longer before thay believe they have secured their power and so go full Stalinist?

6 mo.?
1yr?
3yr?

tom daschle concerned on February 8, 2012 at 9:18 PM

tom daschle concerned on February 8, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Treasury.gov OutFlows vs Revenue

have a look, it’s as simple as that and the incompetent scumbag Republicans can’t even repeat those numbers into the cameras. Just vote anti-American Democrats to speed up the process. Stock up folks.

John Kettlewell on February 8, 2012 at 9:32 PM

FlaMurph on February 8, 2012 at 5:32 PM
The Democrats have a lot more Senate seats up for grabs this cycle. Plus if we can beat Obama, things would improve overnight. We have reason to be cautiously optimistic which means stay calm and don’t knee jerk everything like the ultra cons always feel the need to do.
mike_NC9 on February 8, 2012 at 5:40 PM

What a dumb and naive con u are.

HotAirLib on February 8, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Isn’t it their duty to pass a budget?

Shouldn’t hermaphrodite harry be impeached?

When it’s reported over and over that congress approval rating is at 10%, why is it never identified that it’s the DEMOCRAT CONTROLLED SENATE that’s the problem here, not the Republican house?

Why is it still legal for liberals to vote in a country they hate? (No libs, you will never convince me that you don’t absolutely hate this country, I stopped listening to your lies a while back.)

Wolfmoon on February 8, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Who cares if the Senate passes a budget or not?

Jay will know the answer to his question this November. BWAHAHAhahahaha…

DannoJyd on February 9, 2012 at 3:52 AM

“What does the household budget do? The household budget does one thing and really only one thing: It sets the parameters of spending and discretionary caps. Other than that, the average American household is not bound by their Budget priorities of keeping spending within that household’s income.”

Fixed, for deadbeat Obama voting trash everywhere.

MNHawk on February 9, 2012 at 7:26 AM

They’re just reflecting the fiscal illiteracy and personal gratification that has swept across this nation of ours. I mean, seriously, if Americans had even the slightest fiscal clue, we wouldn’t be in this housing crisis we’re in now. People would have HAD A BUDGET of their own and understood the impact that a mortgage would have had on it. Instead, they spent more than they had and failed. Sound familiar? Barack Obama has presided over the first downgrade of the good faith and credit of the United States of America in history. AND NO ONE SEEMS TO GIVE A DARN!! That’s because he seems to just be aping the fiscal irresponsibility of the American people. Oh, no big deal. We’ll wing it. What’s the worst that could happen?

I’m sure there’s a law to prosecute for gross deriliction of duty when it comes to the public trust.

PorchDawg on February 9, 2012 at 3:53 PM

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