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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I love Jay Carney. He is such a smug little twit with the rare ability to irritate everyone he talks down to.

NotCoach on February 8, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Ten percent, guys. Ten. Per. Cent.

All the fault of the House except for those brave souls with (D) after their names.

fiatboomer on February 8, 2012 at 5:03 PM

That’s okay, I don’t have a budget either. Then again, I own a printing company, and I can print my own…

Uh, perhaps I’ve said too much…

Jeffster on February 8, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Budget? We don’t need no stinking budget. A$$ clowns.

msupertas on February 8, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Well they’ve been getting away with trashing the constitution, buying guns for mexican gangsters, installing islamist theocracies, openly bribing supporters, and pi**ing all over our allies.

So yeah. I’d be feeling pretty cocky too. Who needs a budget? What? You disagree? What you going to do about it?

GOP: Erm, well, you seem like really decent guys so we…we AGREE. YEAH!

CorporatePiggy on February 8, 2012 at 5:04 PM

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.”

That’s the whole point, you a-hole!!! You’re spending $1.3+ trillion more than you’re taking in every year. No sane person(that might rule out a majority of Democrats unfortunately) would argue that this is sustainable. Hence the need to cut spending and balance the budget. Which is kind of difficult to do when you don’t have a freaking budget!

Doughboy on February 8, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Well if I could spend all you commenters’ money, I wouldn’t need a budget either. But with our income and our bills, we budget, probably just like the rest of Hot Airians.

jazzuscounty on February 8, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Yeah, and who cares if Jay Carney and Steny Hoyer are both on their way out of their current jobs after Nov 6?

stukinIL4now on February 8, 2012 at 5:05 PM

I honestly thought NO ONE could be as incompetent of a liar as Gibbs was. This carney azzClown has proven me wrong.
.
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And we’re losing to these moron’s ?

FlaMurph on February 8, 2012 at 5:06 PM

As long as its a budget that seriously cuts spending, I care.

Bmore on February 8, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Budgets? We ain’t got no budgets. We don’t need no budgets! I don’t have to show you any stinkin’ budgets!

Harry Reid and his merry band of Democrats = Mexican Banditos.

HumpBot Salvation on February 8, 2012 at 5:08 PM

You know those annoying calls from telemarketers we get peppered with? I tell everyone of them I ain’t doing nuthin’ until I see some future planning in DC.

Not one has had a comeback yet.

DanMan on February 8, 2012 at 5:08 PM

That’s okay, I don’t have a budget either. Then again, I own a printing company, and I can print my own…

Uh, perhaps I’ve said too much…

Jeffster on February 8, 2012 at 5:03 PM

No, no, keep going. I’m the only one who can see your post. Just send some of that..err..you know… to this address…..

msupertas on February 8, 2012 at 5:08 PM

I honestly thought NO ONE could be as incompetent of a liar as Gibbs was. This carney azzClown has proven me wrong.
FlaMurph on February 8, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Hey, cut him some slack – it was his 12th birthday party on Sunday.

CorporatePiggy on February 8, 2012 at 5:09 PM

I don’t care if these people are elected or not, Hoyer and every other one of them that have contributed to bankrupting this country should be thrown the eff in jail.

Meople on February 8, 2012 at 5:09 PM

And we’re losing to these moron’s ?

FlaMurph on February 8, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Maybe you missed it. Last time it mattered we picked up 68 seats in the house and 6 in the senate. Where do you get your news? AP and Reuters?

DanMan on February 8, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Yeah, the SIX laws passed since 1921 simply do not have to be obeyed.

1 Budget and Accounting Act.
2 Congressional Budget Act.
3 Antideficiency Act.
4 Impoundment Control Act.
5 Government Performance and Results Act.
6 Federal Credit Reform Act.

Who needs laws?

Hey, if they can simply ignore laws, can we?

Opposite Day on February 8, 2012 at 5:10 PM

It is racist to expect Obama to restrain his lifestyle with a budget,
no tyrant has ever done that
ever

burrata on February 8, 2012 at 5:13 PM

“The fact is, you don’t need a budget.

LMAO….I’m surprised the music didn’t come up and the hook come out.

Poor Carney….every now and then he slips, and says what Obumbles actually believes.

Remember Jay …..ALWAYS blame either Bush, or the Evil Republicans.

Tim_CA on February 8, 2012 at 5:14 PM

If there’s no budget, there’s nothing for them to base their wise and frugal spending decisions on completely ignore.

BigWyo on February 8, 2012 at 5:14 PM

AllahP—-riddle me this. It has been 1000 days since they passed a budget. How come no budget in 2009,10 or 2011? The repubs did not take over the house until Jan 2011. I’m not being contentious it’s just that the House won’t pass it only applies to probably 2012. Why not try anyway since Boehner’s real name is Lhasa Apso?

arnold ziffel on February 8, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Opposite Day on February 8, 2012 at 5:10 PM

The ruling class doesn’t have to abide by the laws they dictate to us. Haven’t you learned anything from the last 3 years?

Meople on February 8, 2012 at 5:15 PM

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

S & P sure seemed to care when the senate rejeted CCB by 5 Democrat votes.

Kataklysmic on February 8, 2012 at 5:15 PM

FACT: The GOP has enough votes in the Senate to filibuster EVERY single thing Democrats try to pass.
So why haven’t they stated … “Yeah, three years and no budget is irresponsible – and this body won’t pass another law until it passes a budget … PERIOD”

Why haven’t they said it? Because, of course – the GOP in the Senate is composed almost exclusively of ESTABLISHMENT REPUBLICANS who don’t care one whit about cutting government – or even running it responsibly. They beat their chests on this issue because they like it as a POLITICAL weapon – nothing more.

They can always “sack up” and fight the good fight – but you won’t see it happen.

This President has violated so many constitutional laws – it’s pathetic. We’ve got investigations running helter skelter in Congress but nothing BUT NOISE will be the result because this GOP hasn’t got the balz to take on the President.

No Balz.

HondaV65 on February 8, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Anthony Weiner’s brother from another mother!

KOOLAID2 on February 8, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Does this jr high student always look like he needs metamucil?

abobo on February 8, 2012 at 5:17 PM

AllahP—-riddle me this. It has been 1000 days since they passed a budget. How come no budget in 2009,10 or 2011? The repubs did not take over the house until Jan 2011.

Totally fair question. My point was simply about passing budgets now; as for why they didn’t pass one in 2010, I think that’s simple politics. It was an election year and the country was in a lather about spending. If they passed a gargantuan new Democratic budget, the GOP would have destroyed them over it. If they passed a budget that dramatically cut spending, their base would have destroyed them over it. They’re simply gutless and doubtless would be so again this year if they had control of the House again now.

Allahpundit on February 8, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Just more evidence that Boehner and McConnell are weak, elitist, toads, more interested in themselves than the Republic. Lawmakers, my aching ass.

ultracon on February 8, 2012 at 5:19 PM

OK, GOP, Here is your campaign commercial for whoever runs against Steny Hoyer:

1) Lower half of screen: doomsday-looking black and white video of Hoyer saying, “The fact is, you don’t need a budget.

2) Upper half of screen in full color (red of course): The debt clock running, with the numbers approaching $15 trillion.

3) Repeat Hoyer clip from (1) above, 3 or 4 times, while debt clock continues to exceed $15 T, and going over $16 T.

4) End of ad: words across screen that say, “It’s your money. It’s your future.” and “Vote Candidate XXXXX for Congress.”

You’re welcome in advance.

UltimateBob on February 8, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Budget? Constitution?

Who needs em?

HumpBot Salvation on February 8, 2012 at 5:20 PM

This country is done.

Meople on February 8, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Budget? Constitution?

Who needs em?

HumpBot Salvation on February 8, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Next up on the ignore list: election returns.

Kataklysmic on February 8, 2012 at 5:21 PM

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

Desperate idiots doing and saying anything they think it takes to keep, maintain, and increase their power over us.

Just more evidence that Boehner and McConnell are weak, elitist, toads, more interested in themselves than the Republic. Lawmakers, my aching ass.

ultracon on February 8, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Yes. Maintaining the status quo. The one thing Republicans do well.

yhxqqsn on February 8, 2012 at 5:22 PM

And their still in power? How is this Democracy?

ronsfi on February 8, 2012 at 5:22 PM

yhxqqsn on February 8, 2012 at 5:22 PM

I would LOVE status quo right now. Much better than destroying the country from within which is what the Left and most Democrats have been working towards for the last 20 years.

Meople on February 8, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Maybe you missed it. Last time it mattered we picked up 68 seats in the house and 6 in the senate.

DanMan on February 8, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Fat lot of good that did.

squint on February 8, 2012 at 5:26 PM

“We already have an agreed-upon cap on spending”

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha *gasp* hahahahahahahahahaha…

KS Rex on February 8, 2012 at 5:26 PM

What I do not understand is why liberals want to do everything at the federal level when they know conservatives will stand in the way. The path of least resistance is at the state level to implement their statists dreams (see MA) and they control states that have enough money (cough) to try them.

WashJeff on February 8, 2012 at 5:27 PM

What do you bet, within days after the Republicans win the Senate, and have the House, the call for a budget is the number one clarion call in America…

right2bright on February 8, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Let’s play another game of...”What if a Republican President’s Administration did this???”

portlandon on February 8, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Carney says ridiculous things at his press conferences and not one, not one little pansy reporter challenges him. I thought journalists wanted to get “the truth out”.

arnold ziffel on February 8, 2012 at 5:30 PM

ultracon on February 8, 2012 at 5:19

They’re not toads. They’re humans. Just like you and I. And their seats are up for grabs every 2 or 6 years. Why don’t you try running for office under the ultracon banner and see how far you get. I’m sure they both would give up their jobs to you if you can do better. Talking trash behind a fake name in a blog is cowardly and not helpful. Same to you Honda.

mike_NC9 on February 8, 2012 at 5:31 PM

What I do not understand is why liberals want to do everything at the federal level when they know conservatives will stand in the way. The path of least resistance is at the state level to implement their statists dreams (see MA) and they control states that have enough money (cough) to try them.

WashJeff on February 8, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Because people can just leave their Utopias, and we can’t have that. If a liberal Utopia is to mean anything, it must be inescapable. People can’t be allowed to choose incorrectly.

squint on February 8, 2012 at 5:31 PM

and then you talk about this milestone today, 400 days without a jobs bill in the Republican House.

Where is this claim coming from? I thought that the House had passed myriad jobs bills that lie moldering somewhere on Reid’s cluttered desk.

onlineanalyst on February 8, 2012 at 5:31 PM

DanMan on February 8, 2012 at 5:10 PM

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Does RCP polling not mean anything to you ?
.

10% congressional approval and falling ? Winning?
(Wisc Walker does seem to be holding on though)
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Its half time in America, baby- and we are behind.

FlaMurph on February 8, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Sudden and relentless reform.

BetseyRoss on February 8, 2012 at 5:32 PM

I wish I could be that arrogant and keep a straight face.

dirtseller on February 8, 2012 at 5:33 PM

right2bright on February 8, 2012 at 5:27 PM

See the difference there though is that a Republican Senate would do a budget. Because they actually care about following the law, the Dems obviously don’t. They know nothing will happen to them, so they don’t give a damn.

It’s he reason we’re in the steaming pile of crap that we are right now, because the left is playing by the motto of the ends always justify the means. We aren’t playing by those rules, hence why we are where we are.

Meople on February 8, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Come on, Sessions smacks down Bernanke, Obama, and Reid in one sweet swoop:
Perfect!
http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2012/02/sessions-scolds-the-awol-democrats.php

onlineanalyst on February 8, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Because people can just leave their Utopias, and we can’t have that. If a liberal Utopia is to mean anything, it must be inescapable. People can’t be allowed to choose incorrectly.

squint on February 8, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Unfortunately, you are probably close to the truth. Statists will probably start with the “race to the bottom” argument.

WashJeff on February 8, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Jay Blarney and Robert Fibbs are two smug peas in a smug pod.

Is there one, ONE, individual in the Odministration with any class, any humility?

LetsBfrank on February 8, 2012 at 5:35 PM

“I don’t have an opinion to express on how the Senate does its business with regards to this issue.”

I do, Mr. Carney – they won’t pass a budget because then the American people will see just how horrible the situation is.

disa on February 8, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Is there one, ONE, individual in the Odministration with any class, any humility?

LetsBfrank on February 8, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Let me help out here…NO.

Meople on February 8, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Is there one, ONE, individual in the Odministration with any class, any humility?

LetsBfrank on February 8, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Good question.

No.

disa on February 8, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Evil Opie seems somewhat more evil…in that clip.

d1carter on February 8, 2012 at 5:39 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

and then you talk about this milestone today, 400 days without a jobs bill in the Republican House.

Where is this claim coming from? I thought that the House had passed myriad jobs bills that lie moldering somewhere on Reid’s cluttered desk.

onlineanalyst on February 8, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Like (nearly) every other one of the Dems’ claims, they pulled it out of their *sses. But since the MSM won’t call them on it, and the GOP apparently is content to let them spread their BS unchallenged, the vast majority of Americans have no idea what’s really going on.

Syzygy on February 8, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Jay Carney strikes me as a Beta male, in the mold of Allahpundit, that spend a lot of time when he was in high school getting punched in the face and being stuffed in to lockers and garbage cans.

Raquel Pinkbullet on February 8, 2012 at 5:41 PM

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

The OBOZO regime, with particular help from corrupt, crazy pelosi and dingy-harry reid, have made the US government into a sham of a joke of a travesty of a parody of a farce of a Constitutional democracy that respects the rule of law and acts in the best interest of its people.

TeaPartyNation on February 8, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Does RCP polling not mean anything to you ?
.

10% congressional approval and falling ? Winning?
(Wisc Walker does seem to be holding on though)
.
Its half time in America, baby- and we are behind.

FlaMurph on February 8, 2012 at 5:32 PM

We are going to win the Senate and hold the house regardless in 2012.

Raquel Pinkbullet on February 8, 2012 at 5:44 PM

According to the Budget Act, the White House was supposed to have the President’s budget request sent to Congress as of yesterday (the 1st Tuesday in February).

Now why would the White House rib the Congress for something it hasn’t done ?

J_Crater on February 8, 2012 at 5:46 PM

J_Crater on February 8, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Because he knows the press will cover for him.

Meople on February 8, 2012 at 5:51 PM

“We don’t need to pass a budget, because by May 2012 there will be no need to do so. The economy will have already crashed, and the nation will be in chaos”.

/Congress – By Design

Oh, and Jay Carney is Howdie Doodie reincarnated.

Key West Reader on February 8, 2012 at 5:51 PM

when he was in high school getting punched in the face and being stuffed in to lockers and garbage cans.

Raquel Pinkbullet on February 8, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Jay Carney continues to fulfill that role. Spokesjerkputz.

Key West Reader on February 8, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Does anybody know what that noise is they have in the article about 400 days without a House jobs bill? Are they referring to no approval of the Senate jobs debacle, or has it really been that long since that whole pile of jobs bills left the House and died in Reid’s Inbox?

The Schaef on February 8, 2012 at 5:54 PM

The real reason why the Democratic caucuses don’t want to pass a budget under the Budget Act is because it would then be subject to reconciliation under a simple majority. You know, how they passed ObamaCare.

J_Crater on February 8, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Corruption

I want either less corruption or more opportunity to participate in it.

kirkill on February 8, 2012 at 5:55 PM

When you have a printing press, does it matter if you have a budget???

ted c on February 8, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Democrats don’t want to pass a budget, because that makes it easier to follow the money. And the concept that the government could spend LESS than the budget never seems to cross their mind.

hawksruleva on February 8, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Raquel Pinkbullet on February 8, 2012 at 5:41 PM

A question for you, Raquel: When you are invited into the home of a guest, do you openly insult your host?

I think you owe AP an apology. And while you’re at it, how bout a couple of slices of humble pie? You already mucked up an earlier thread by suggesting open carry at CPAC and flying bullets.

Quit pizzing on the finely polished floors, will ya?

Key West Reader on February 8, 2012 at 5:56 PM

A question for you, Raquel: When you are invited into the home of a fine host, as a guest, do you openly insult your host?

I think you owe AP an apology. And while you’re at it, how bout a couple of slices of humble pie? You already mucked up an earlier thread by suggesting open carry at CPAC and flying bullets.

Quit pizzing on the finely polished floors, will ya?

Key West Reader on February 8, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Had to correct myself.

Key West Reader on February 8, 2012 at 5:58 PM

When you have a printing press, does it matter if you have a budget???

ted c on February 8, 2012 at 5:56 PM

I wonder who pays for the paper and ink….

/Things to ponder while twiddling ye ole boney thumbs

Key West Reader on February 8, 2012 at 5:59 PM

That’s okay, I don’t have a budget either. Then again, I own a printing company, and I can print my own…

Jeffster on February 8, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Mr Gietner! What did we say about getting on the computer and blogging???

BlaxPac on February 8, 2012 at 6:00 PM

We are going to win the Senate and hold the house regardless in 2012.

Raquel Pinkbullet on February 8, 2012 at 5:44 PM

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Will they be able to override vetoes?
.
I want obie fired. And yes, I would like being able to fire him. No regrets.

FlaMurph on February 8, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Ten percent, guys. Ten. Per. Cent.

What gets me is that these a%% clowns are walking around after burdening this country with +$16 Trillion in debt…

+$16 TRILLION DOLLARS IN DEBT AND COUNTING…!!!

… and they are playing games all for the sake of politics.

You know…

… if I were running for President, I would use this against Obowma and the entire Democrat party.

But we can’t have THAT now…

… can we?

Seven Percent Solution on February 8, 2012 at 6:02 PM

This country is done.

Meople on February 8, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Not picking on you, Meople but … that statement is the entire goal of the Democratic Party and the Obama administration.

If you want to destroy something, you don’t blow it up. You work to prove to people it doesn’t work anymore.

Government of the people, by the people and for the people:

Congressional approval rating: 10% – Congress does not work. Not passing a budget is the perfect means of driving this score down.

Presidential/Executive leadership – Who was it that just this past Sunday said, “Our contry’s founders have limited my ability to fix things.”? Who was it who spent the first three years of his administration making Jimmy Carter look like a genius by comparison? Whose administration is so blatantly partisan that they can say, “No comment.” on the lack of a budget and not pay a price for it?

Maginalizing opposing views: How many times have the Democrats characterized anyone’s opposing views as radical and extreme.

Undermining communications: Twenty years ago they made a movie called “Broadcast News” – it accurately portrayed the fact that newsreaders are ill-informed, opinion shaping morons. This problem has become a lot worse since then. Journalism has died since then, replaced by celebrity and favor seeking.

Inciting division: What an influx of trolls, libs, and attention diverting sappers has Hot Air seen in the last two open enrollemnts. this used to be someplace that had reasonable discourse and discussions (with a reasonable number of personality clashes, of course). Now it is a complete waste of time to try to follow through a thread because they quickly devolve into endless ego exercises, tantrums, name calling and more hunkering down into political camps than the Civil War.

What can be more ironic than people on here debating Alinsky activities while giving in to Alinsky tactics?

PolAgnostic on February 8, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Although we’ll probably take the senate, we’ll still have rinos like Grahm, Brown, the maine twins, McCain, et al which really won’t give conservatives any kind of majority.

Kaffa on February 8, 2012 at 6:05 PM

It would seem to me that we’ve now long since passed the time when even a single citizen would have standing to bring suit against the Senate in federal court for failure to comply with their duty to do so under the Congressional Budget Act of 1974.

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/riddick/502-642.pdf

Is there some reason why an individual would not have standing to file suit here?

Jason Coleman on February 8, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Yeah, and who cares if Jay Carney and Steny Hoyer are both on their way out of their current jobs after Nov 6?

stukinIL4now on February 8, 2012 at 5:05 PM

..your keyboard to God’s monitor..

The War Planner on February 8, 2012 at 6:10 PM

If the White House were honest, they’d tell you they’d prefer the Senate not deal with the budget, because they really don’t want the American public to know where the money’s being spent that these continuing resolutions keep authorizing.

The Republican led House is absolutely stupid allowing the Senate to get away with this. I would hope they would pass a budget, deal with the issues at hand, and then tell the Senate that’s their plan, either vote on it and take responsibility for things not happening, or send back a counter-proposal. The fact is, the House has never done this and that’s all they needed to do.

bflat879 on February 8, 2012 at 6:11 PM

What an absolute joke…the audacity and hypocrisy of the left never ceases.
Just like the flip-flop on PAC money.

The fact that almost 50% of Americans embrace this party of a-holes defies belief.

litebeam1 on February 8, 2012 at 6:13 PM

PolAgnostic on February 8, 2012 at 6:03 PM

And what was said long ago about a government that no longer works for the people, it should be wiped out and started anew. That’s where we’re headed.

Sure, we’re playing by the rules, we’re trying to affect change via elections on all levels. The problem is, $16 trillion in debt tells me that by the time we elect everyone we want to elect, and those folks start trying to slow this down and eventually turn it around, it’s going to be too late. It’s already too late.

Meople on February 8, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Who the heck are these 10%? I say we show up to their houses with torches and pitchforks and force them to watch 5 minutes of cspan. I bet we can get this number down to <1% (congressmen themselves, extended families and lobbyists.) Lets do it!

antoine86ny on February 8, 2012 at 6:25 PM

PolAgnostic on February 8, 2012 at 6:03 PM

+7%…!

Seven Percent Solution on February 8, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Hey, if having huge boobs can get you out of a sobriety test, why shouldn’t my moobs exempt me from the tedium of a budget?

/Steny “Double D” Hoyer

Nom de Boom on February 8, 2012 at 6:28 PM

I heard something about “party” and “a-holes”?

/Barney Fwank

Nom de Boom on February 8, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Just more carnage for the GOP ad writers to sort through…

hillsoftx on February 8, 2012 at 6:38 PM

They work for us, do they.

mickytx on February 8, 2012 at 6:40 PM

FACT: The GOP has enough votes in the Senate to filibuster EVERY single thing Democrats try to pass.
So why haven’t they stated … “Yeah, three years and no budget is irresponsible – and this body won’t pass another law until it passes a budget … PERIOD”

HondaV65 on February 8, 2012 at 5:16 PM

You can’t filibuster the budget. And as we saw with ObamaCare, it’s its pure spending/revenue, you can pass it with 51.

Chuck Schick on February 8, 2012 at 6:42 PM

i can hear the lsm now

400 days without a jobs bill queue outrage

crickets on the 1000 days with a senate budget….

i’m sure we’ll see a banner at the bottom of the tv screen of the # days without a jobs bill coming soon

cmsinaz on February 8, 2012 at 6:50 PM

why didn’t Democrats pass a budget in 2010 when they still controlled both chambers?

Without a budget you can hide one hell of a lot of red ink.

SHUT IT DOWN!!!
SEND EVERYONE HOME!!!
MAKE THEM PASS A BUDGET!!!
THEN KICK BARRY’S ASS OUT!!!

GarandFan on February 8, 2012 at 6:53 PM

What I do not understand is why liberals want to do everything at the federal level when they know conservatives will stand in the way. The path of least resistance is at the state level to implement their statists dreams (see MA) and they control states that have enough money (cough) to try them.

WashJeff on February 8, 2012 at 5:27 PM

1. The States can’t print money.
2. Many States have Balanced Budget Laws.

BierManVA on February 8, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Even when he’s trying to be smug there is a look fear in Carney’s eyes. Like the fear that he and his boss are about to be caught or exposed… hmmmmmm.

ghostwalker1 on February 8, 2012 at 7:01 PM

ghostwalker1 on February 8, 2012 at 7:01 PM

I can dream, can’t I?

ghostwalker1 on February 8, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Key West Reader on February 8, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Go look at the comments in the Free Roland Martin story. She called Jim Treacher a hack. Must be having a bad day.

Night Owl on February 8, 2012 at 7:03 PM

2. Many States have Balanced Budget Laws.

BierManVA on February 8, 2012 at 6:58 PM

If that’s true, why are so many states in the hole or facing insolvency?

Night Owl on February 8, 2012 at 7:05 PM

The federal government is out of control. Be definition. By design.

Barnestormer on February 8, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Once again I’m depressed the Pubbies don’t make an ad out these twits (Carney & Hoyer) a play it 24/7. I have to make a budget just to get buy. These clowns know they’re playing with other peoples’ money – mine and yours. And the Pubbies ought to slap them silly on this!

Bob in VA on February 8, 2012 at 7:28 PM

SHUT IT DOWN As Gordon Ramsey would say.

Go into austerity – and that 23% increase on the dole – will be dying, literally – for a budget to be passed.

Then get every Republican – even the ones acting like Republicans, media appearences, blogs, etc. to coordinate a campaign to force Reid and his ilk for a budget, with cuts.

Odie1941 on February 8, 2012 at 7:32 PM

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