Great news: Senate record for shirking responsibility to continue through 2012 elections

posted at 9:51 am on April 18, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Whew. For a while there, we thought that the streak might be coming to an end:

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) bowed to pressure from fellow Democrats on Tuesday and postponed a committee vote on a 2013 budget resolution, most likely until after the November elections.

Conrad on Wednesday will begin a committee markup of a resolution based on the Bowles-Simpson deficit recommendations, but told reporters there is no date scheduled on which the markup vote would occur.

“This is the wrong time to vote in committee; this is the wrong time to vote on the floor,” he said. “I don’t think we will be prepared to vote before the election.”

At least Democrats are consistent.  It has been the wrong time to vote for a budget resolution in the Senate — in committee and on the floor — for 1,085 days now. That’s been true when Democrats had 59 votes as well as 53 votes, as they do now.  To borrow from James Taylor: Winter, spring, summer or fall … all Harry Reid has to do is call … and the budget won’t be there, yeah … you’ve got a stall.

Conrad plans to hold “markup” sessions without votes, but Keith Hennessey says that markup sessions without votes are just meetings:

I imagine Chairman Conrad will receive favorable press coverage for proposing the bipartisan Bowles-Simpson recommendations.  If he doesn’t use his power as Chairman to force a vote, however, then his proposal is little more than an interesting debate topic.

Unless I’m missing something Chairman Conrad is not marking up a budget resolution tomorrow.  He is instead convening the committee for a discussion.  He will lay down the Bowles-Simpson numbers as his own and everyone will talk.  Then he will adjourn the meeting tomorrow without any votes, without any date to reconvene, without any deadline or forcing action for private bipartisan negotiations he hopes will then occur but for which he has low expectations of success.

It’s not a markup if you don’t vote.

The job of a Member of Congress is to vote on legislation, not to talk about legislation.  Talk is sometimes helpful but If Members of Congress are not voting they’re not doing their job.

As Hennessey also points out, it’s not just that Senate Democrats aren’t doing their job.  They’re violating the law.  The Congressional Budget Act requires both chambers to produce budget resolutions by April 15th, a date chosen for obvious reasons.  American taxpayers don’t get the option of simply skipping their taxes until the “right time” to do them magically appears, and yet Senate Democrats have chosen to flout the law despite controlling the upper chamber and having a fellow Democrat in the White House.

This isn’t leadership.  It’s not stewardship.  It’s a flaccid, passive-aggressive, three-year-long streak of political cowardice, a disgrace that Conrad will carry into his retirement as his political legacy.


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It’s obviously Bush’s fault that the senate has not been able to pass a budget. It also does not help that the senate is a racist organization. The other thing to keep in mind is that gas prices are beyond their control.

acyl72 on April 18, 2012 at 9:57 AM

To borrow from James Taylor: Winter, spring, summer or fall … all Harry Reid has to do is call … and the budget won’t be there, yeah … you’ve got a stall.

Ed Morrissey, songwriter. Who knew?

Bitter Clinger on April 18, 2012 at 9:57 AM

We need more people in the Senate that understand the value of money. Colombian hookers maybe? …instead of the current hookers….

RBMN on April 18, 2012 at 9:59 AM

To borrow from James Taylor: Winter, spring, summer or fall … all Harry Reid has to do is call … and the budget won’t be there, yeah … you’ve got a stall.

Nice.

WisRich on April 18, 2012 at 9:59 AM

This isn’t leadership. It’s not stewardship. It’s a flaccid, passive-aggressive, three-year-long streak of political cowardice, a disgrace that Conrad will carry into his retirement as his political legacy.

And to think that when Conrad announced his retirement, he said he wanted to focus on getting work done.

Bitter Clinger on April 18, 2012 at 9:59 AM

For this, for refusal to pass a federal budget for THREE YEARS RUNNING, I think that the constitutional protection from arrest that Senators enjoy should be repealed.

Arrest them for defrauding the American people by taking a salary but refusing to do the job.

That’s out-and-out fraud, folks.

cane_loader on April 18, 2012 at 9:59 AM

This is the wrong time to vote in committee; this is the wrong time to vote on the floor,” he said.

Heh.

Curtiss on April 18, 2012 at 10:00 AM

It’s a flaccid, passive-aggressive, three-year-long streak of political cowardice, a disgrace that Conrad will carry into his retirement as his political legacy.

Shockingly aggressive and assertive words, Ed. I’m sure they’ll get moving on a budget after that tirade.

oldroy on April 18, 2012 at 10:00 AM

The fraud that the Senate is committing is the same as if I had signed a contract with the Yankees, took $40 million, and then flown to Hawaii and lain on the beach and refused to play one inning.

This is nothing short of criminal.

cane_loader on April 18, 2012 at 10:01 AM

It’s a flaccid, passive-aggressive, three-year-long streak of political cowardice

That pretty much says it all about the Reactionary Left in Washington.

cicerone on April 18, 2012 at 10:03 AM

It’s obviously Bush’s fault that the senate has not been able to pass a budget. It also does not help that the senate is a racist organization. The other thing to keep in mind is that gas prices are beyond their control.

acyl72 on April 18, 2012 at 9:57 AM

You could make a fortune if you could fit all that on a t-shirt-

BettyRuth on April 18, 2012 at 10:03 AM

More of; Screw the people we won.

plutorocks on April 18, 2012 at 10:03 AM

I live in MN and I don’t see how supposedly “safe” according to pollsters, Senators like Amy Klobachar are going to be “safe” after the ads are run about what the Senate did and didn’t do from 2009 to today.

How does a Senator vote for the stimulus, Obamacare and the whole Obama agenda in 2009-2010 along with refusing to put forward just an IDEA of a budget for the last 3 years tell the public they are their representaive in Washington?

I think we see the 23 Democrats seats up in Fall crater in all but the bluest states like New York. I think any state where there is a history of Republican Senators like MN, WI, FL or even Penn are on the chopping block. Not just takeaways from 2006 that they loosely hold like Missouri. If these guys survive the record of this Senate they must be Senators for life and I don’t see that in many states.

Conan on April 18, 2012 at 10:09 AM

This is exactly why She-PAC was created and made this video. If we want to change this disasterous Congress, here’s a start.
http://themorningspew.com/2012/04/18/the-war-by-women/

bloggless on April 18, 2012 at 10:09 AM

This isn’t leadership. It’s not stewardship. It’s a flaccid, passive-aggressive, three-year-long streak of political cowardice, a disgrace that Conrad will carry into his retirement as his political legacy.

Senator Conrad – DLTDHYOTWO

Dr Evil on April 18, 2012 at 10:10 AM

To borrow from James Taylor: Winter, spring, summer or fall … all Harry Reid has to do is call … and the budget won’t be there, yeah … you’ve got a stall.

someone is feeling extra silly this morning

sammypants on April 18, 2012 at 10:11 AM

What this refusal to pass a budget tells me is that the senators are scared. My conclusion drawn from such an atypical, unprecedented stall on the budget is that the financial mess has reached the point at which massive, and I mean massive budget cutting will have to be done to save the country from bankruptcy, and that the senators are politically afraid to do it.

If you think about it, maybe the most difficult problem we face is that if we cut the budget as it needs to be cut, that will literally throw million – not thousands, but millions of federal workers into the unemployment line IMMEDIATELY, which will then ramp up the demand for uunemployment benefits, which will cost the government money, and unemployment will go through the roof.

Looks like the S** sandwich has arrived at the table, and the Senate can’t decide whether it will taste better hot or cold, but the gun of national bankruptcy is at their heads. Either way, we’ve all got to take a big bite.

Big smash-up coming.

cane_loader on April 18, 2012 at 10:12 AM

1085 days and counting, that the traitors to the American people have broken the law. Gutless, spineless, bags of pi$$water that are so dam^ned worthless they can’t even hold down a government job.

I say put them in prison and throw away the key.

Turtle317 on April 18, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Some people think there is no such thing as a Power Vacuum, because when a designated leader abdicates their responsibility, an un-designated leader will pick it up.

These Dems demonstrate other wise.

This isn’t leadership. It’s not stewardship. It’s a flaccid, passive-aggressive, three-year-long streak of political cowardice, a disgrace that Conrad will carry into his retirement as his political legacy.

Couldn’t have said it better, Ed. The passive-agressive Dear Leader at the top prevents all manner of responsible behavior on the part of his supporters simply by making irresponsibility the new normal.

I really don’t think Conrad wanted to go out this way. What a disgrace our government has become at the hands of Dear Leader. North Korea, do you see how you got where you are?

rwenger43 on April 18, 2012 at 10:13 AM

And to think that when Conrad announced his retirement, he said he wanted to focus on getting work done.

Bitter Clinger on April 18, 2012 at 9:59 AM

He announced his retirement because they informed him long ago he was going to face his North Dakota voters after carrying water for the far left Senators right up to the election. I think he noticed Nancy Pelosi’s victims and could reach his own conclusions about what would happen in purple and red states to those who signed on to and were supporting radicalism and bad government.

Conan on April 18, 2012 at 10:14 AM

There was an article this morning on pjmedia about pres clinton and obama not being able to get a security clearance if they weren’t president. The article and the responses have been pulled off their site. Hmmmmmmm.
Anyone have an answer? I don’t know how to get to pjmedia for an answer.

Bambi on April 18, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Big smash-up coming.

cane_loader on April 18, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Good thing you can shoot your own meals, huh?

rwenger43 on April 18, 2012 at 10:16 AM

He announced his retirement because they informed him long ago he was going to face his North Dakota voters after carrying water for the far left Senators right up to the election. I think he noticed Nancy Pelosi’s victims and could reach his own conclusions about what would happen in purple and red states to those who signed on to and were supporting radicalism and bad government.

Conan on April 18, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Oh I agree with you. I just recall him saying that he wanted to use his remaining time in the Senate to focus on the job and not the electoral part of it or something to that effect. And doing nothing is how he will finish the job.

Bitter Clinger on April 18, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Good thing you can shoot your own meals, huh?

rwenger43 on April 18, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Yep. Problem is, so can the folks near me. Won’t last long!

cane_loader on April 18, 2012 at 10:18 AM

It’s a flaccid, passive-aggressive, three-year-long streak of political cowardice,

Right on, Ed. These people are taking their cues from the flaccid, passive aggressive, three-year-long streak of Political Coward in the White House.

BTW I didn’t know that what they were doing was illegal. Why is no one hammering on that point?

inviolet on April 18, 2012 at 10:19 AM

That little rabbit was having too much fun with his meal, and the morning was way too nice for skinning. Had him sighted in but decided not too pull.

But iffin he gets into my newly planted vegetable patch, say goodbye, Mr. Rabbit!

cane_loader on April 18, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Hold on now, the senate has managed to pass the “Dogmeat Inspection Act of 2012″, so there’s that.

Bishop on April 18, 2012 at 10:21 AM

“Budget? We don’t need no steenken budget!”

Vntnrse on April 18, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Senate campaigns by their nature receive a lot more national attention (and funding) than a House race. But if this isn’t the time and the issue for the RNC to “nationalize” every Senate race with a nation-wide ad campaign, when and what would be? A very simple campaign: Nothing is working because the Senate isn’t. Time for a change.

de rigueur on April 18, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Senate campaigns by their nature receive a lot more national attention (and funding) than a House race. But if this isn’t the time and the issue for the RNC to “nationalize” every Senate race with a nation-wide ad campaign, when and what would be? A very simple campaign: Nothing is working because the Senate isn’t. Time for a change.

de rigueur on April 18, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Now you’re making sense. That won’t play for the GOP Establishment.

Bitter Clinger on April 18, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Bitter Clinger on April 18, 2012 at 10:17 AM

If you read my earlier post 10:09 about water carriers I think the losses extend out of North Dakota across Minnesota and into Wisconsin. The upper midwest is not the radical hot bed people think it is. Democrats have to be more blue-dog when the liberal flag is flying low. Ask Russ Feingold who didn’t get a 4th term under the current conditions and Wellstone who was behind when he died and was replaced by a Republican. There is a limit in the upper midwest. Even in Michigan or Iowa.

Conan on April 18, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Hooray for the 17th Amendment!

rogerb on April 18, 2012 at 10:27 AM

No only is it the Senate’s responsibility, it’s the law. Reid’s ignoring it. How’s this possible? The “man” is a clown, a liar, and a snake.

Of course, there is a good reason they want to wait — and hope Obama gets re-elected. They’re planning on setting of a nuclear tax explosion after the election so we all pay our “fair share” for their deceptions and incompetence. Should make all you bobblehead Lefties proud of your Big Government rats who are undermining our economy and Constitution.

RobertMN on April 18, 2012 at 10:27 AM

We just got our 2010 tax return last week! If it had not arrived before we had to file our 2011 returns it would have been fun to fill in a big fat zero when asked how much money we got back the year before. This government is nothing but a BIG FAT ZERO.

LeftCoastRight on April 18, 2012 at 10:27 AM

We just got our 2010 tax return last week! If it had not arrived before we had to file our 2011 returns it would have been fun to fill in a big fat zero when asked how much money we got back the year before. This government is nothing but a BIG FAT ZERO.

LeftCoastRight on April 18, 2012 at 10:27 AM

This is why I alway set my withholding so that I owe them, instead of them owing me. I don’t like the idea of just letting them hold something that belongs to me!

cane_loader on April 18, 2012 at 10:29 AM

If you read my earlier post 10:09 about water carriers I think the losses extend out of North Dakota across Minnesota and into Wisconsin. The upper midwest is not the radical hot bed people think it is. Democrats have to be more blue-dog when the liberal flag is flying low. Ask Russ Feingold who didn’t get a 4th term under the current conditions and Wellstone who was behind when he died and was replaced by a Republican. There is a limit in the upper midwest. Even in Michigan or Iowa.

Conan on April 18, 2012 at 10:27 AM

I’m in Ohio and I’m praying it extends here as well. To eject both Obama and our own warped lib Senator Sherrod Brown.

Bitter Clinger on April 18, 2012 at 10:30 AM

They’re violating the law.

Unfortunately, what can be done? They won’t impeach themselves, the liberal media won’t hold them responsible….one of the primary reasons freedom of the press was specifically included in the 1st Amendment…and too many people vote for these same chumps.

Term limits, anyone?

William Teach on April 18, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Unfortunately, what can be done? They won’t impeach themselves, the liberal media won’t hold them responsible….one of the primary reasons freedom of the press was specifically included in the 1st Amendment…and too many people vote for these same chumps.

Term limits, anyone?

William Teach on April 18, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Folks should have their local sheriffs arrest their sitting senators for fraud when they return home and are not in session.

Fraud by taking a salary but refusing to do the job.

cane_loader on April 18, 2012 at 10:36 AM

I’m in Ohio and I’m praying it extends here as well. To eject both Obama and our own warped lib Senator Sherrod Brown.

Bitter Clinger on April 18, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Brown cannot be happy that all that Presidential money is headed for Ohio and I think he goes down with Obama there. He won’t escape Obama’s bad record in a place like Ohio. Does Brown outperform whoever the loser was in Ohio Senate in 2010? What was it 15 points? The state already proved they aren’t supporting a liberal Senate candidate in 2010 and things have only got worse.

Conan on April 18, 2012 at 10:39 AM

This is criminal. How can anyone have respect for a media that does not pound on the Senate 24/7 ????

KOOLAID2 on April 18, 2012 at 10:43 AM

This is criminal. How can anyone have respect for a media that does not pound on the Senate 24/7 ????

KOOLAID2 on April 18, 2012 at 10:43 AM

I think we are seeing how much we took for granted a functioning media, and how without it, there is no check on government abuse and tyranny.

We can try to fix Washington all we want, but until we can figure out how to fix the media, I don’t think this country has a prayer, short of full-blown upheaval.

cane_loader on April 18, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Lets list all the criminals on the Senate Budget Committee

Kent Conrad
Patty Murray
Ron Wyden
Bill Nelson
Debbie Stabenow
Ben Cardin
Bernie Sanders
Sheldon Whitehouse
Mark Warner
Jeff Merkley
Mark Begich
Chris Coons

If you have one of these Senators representing you, e-mail them and remind them about the Congressional Budget Act!

Happy Nomad on April 18, 2012 at 10:45 AM

William Teach on April 18, 2012 at 10:34 AM

What gets me is that Conrad can say that he’s not interested in passing anything and the LSM just says “oh, okay”

Happy Nomad on April 18, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Brown cannot be happy that all that Presidential money is headed for Ohio and I think he goes down with Obama there. He won’t escape Obama’s bad record in a place like Ohio. Does Brown outperform whoever the loser was in Ohio Senate in 2010? What was it 15 points? The state already proved they aren’t supporting a liberal Senate candidate in 2010 and things have only got worse.

Conan on April 18, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Portman beat then-Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher by 18 points. But Fisher was a weak candidate. Brown has more strength in liberal NE Ohio. And the GOP candidate is 34-year-old Josh Mandel, who was just elected State Treasurer in 2010. He’s conservative and a an Irag war vet but the question is whether he can build more name ID to defeat Brown. He’s been trailing Brown in early polling.

Bitter Clinger on April 18, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Irag=Iraq.

Bitter Clinger on April 18, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Happy Nomad on April 18, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Great idea. Maybe report them to the federal government fraud watchdog (I assume there is one).

Does anyone else see the irony of the GSA being grilled for fraud by the same Congress that is taking fraudulently taking salary for not passing a budget?

That, after all, is the PRIMARY REASON FOR ITS EXISTENCE!!!

cane_loader on April 18, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Nothing to see here, move along. Stop being anti-old decrepid moron by pointing our Harry Reid’s incompetence.
It’s the TEA Party House’s fault, obviously. This is Bush-era behavior that created a culture of corruption.

Eventually the tables will turn and the GOP will some day take the Senate back. It’ll be fun to hear the howls and cries of the head-in-sand democrats at that point if the GOP-led Senate ever misses a budget cycle.

smfic on April 18, 2012 at 10:51 AM

When I think of how the Democrats went after Alberto Gonzalez, the way they chanted Bush Lied People Died, the way they made a mountain out of a dung hill with that Valerie person who was not a spy and on and on and on and the see how they behave now … The one big sad thing that blares out to me is how much Americans have changed ….how immoral and apathetic Americans has become…to not be outraged by Fast and Furious, The Green Solar Companies theft of taxpayer money, Corzine not being arrested for stealing depositor’s money, not passing a budget, lying to enslave us with Obamacare, stealing our kids future and not one riot by us

A few of us who read right blogs care.. the rest of the USA not so much.

If you want to marvel at Satan’s genius, just look at what has become of the USA…

CCRWM on April 18, 2012 at 10:52 AM

The truely incredible thing is that our Senators simply do not care.
They just don’t.
No one, of any poltitical belief, should accept this malfeasance.

Jabberwock on April 18, 2012 at 10:54 AM

What a disgrace and a national embarrassment. Someone needs to ask DWS about this, since she insisted Reid would bring a budget soon.

dogsoldier on April 18, 2012 at 10:55 AM

If you want to marvel at Satan’s genius, just look at what has become of the USA…

CCRWM on April 18, 2012 at 10:52 AM

I’ll keep it simple:

TV started it, the cell phone made it worse, and texting/Facebook is going to finish it.

By the way, for those of you who missed it last week, here’s the funniest texting-while-walking incident ever filmed in the history of texting.

Click it – and pass it on ;-)

cane_loader on April 18, 2012 at 10:55 AM

He’s been trailing Brown in early polling.

Bitter Clinger on April 18, 2012 at 10:47 AM

The point is if Obama goes down how many ticket splitters do you get to go back over and get Brown elected? That number is almost never high.

I think it is a referendum on both and I know it won’t look like the Portman election but the Portman election tells you what the relative strength is of the liberal base turnout for an off year election and that looks to be in the ballpark of 18 points behind the Republicans in Ohio. That is a lot to make up with in name ID and when you add the voters who will turn out to get rid of Obama that didn’t vote in 2010 how much more does that cancel for Brown?

Conan on April 18, 2012 at 10:56 AM

The truely incredible thing is that our Senators simply do not care.
They just don’t.
No one, of any poltitical belief, should accept this malfeasance.

Jabberwock on April 18, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Were the country smaller, enough of us would be outside the Senate chambers right now with torches, pitch, feathers and rails, to create quite a ruckus.

The substitute, I think, will be massive heckling and confrontation in their home states whenever they go out in public, just like Ben Nelson at the pizza joint.

Something has to be done. The Senate cannot go on year after year, avoiding passing a budget. This is breathtaking in its disregard for the Constitution.

cane_loader on April 18, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Jabberwock got it right.

The word for the Senate’s failure to act is MALFEASANCE.

cane_loader on April 18, 2012 at 10:58 AM

I just read the highlights of this article to my 14 year old high school freshman. His response: “I measure work as force times distance, if all they’re doing is pushing against a wall, and it goes no where, they’ve done no work.” Why do adults not understand this simple truth?

Cali Hampshire on April 18, 2012 at 11:01 AM

McCaskill was on Greta last night and she was absolutely pathetic. She is going down. I cannot wait to see it. If these senatards think that they can escape all of their votes for Obama/Reid/Pelosi policies and come back to their states with no questions asked, they are delusional! We are paying a heavy price for there lack of judgement. Now they will pay the heaviest price for their lack of foresight.

JAM on April 18, 2012 at 11:06 AM

I’m starting to feel that ever since the economic crash of ’08, the public is frustrated and boiling and in the mood for big course corrections. They tried it with 0bama in ’08, and are not happy with the results. Look for it to swing the other way now, and the GOP to sweep the presidency, House, and Senate.

cane_loader on April 18, 2012 at 11:08 AM

The reason the Senate Dems don’t want to vote for a budget is really simple. They pass continuing resolutions based on the last passed budget. This last passed budget INCLUDED the stimulus spending (got rolled into the baseline). Thus, we have been spending the equivalent of the stimulus ever since 2009, on an annual basis. How else did the deficit explode by an extra TRILLION dollar + each year Obama has been in charge of the government?

These people are despicable and all need to be tried for TREASON.

karenhasfreedom on April 18, 2012 at 11:14 AM

These people are despicable and all need to be tried for TREASON.

karenhasfreedom on April 18, 2012 at 11:14 AM

I think you are correct I think that the U.S. Senate is committing treason by refusing to pass a budget.

This is the most dire time in America since the 1860s, much worse than any danger we faced in WWII.

Domestic enemies have declared war upon our nation and are destroying her.

cane_loader on April 18, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Obvious question: Why do we have a Budget Committee (with a legislative staff and budget of its own) if there are no plans to ever pass a Budget? What a waste!

blammm on April 18, 2012 at 11:18 AM

I think the Democrats in the Senate who are blocking a budget should be arrested and imprisoned. I am serious. They need to find them out of session and arrest each one of them in their home district, on charges of fraud and treason.

cane_loader on April 18, 2012 at 11:19 AM

LOVE that Senate budget clock, Ed. The only thing missing on that clock is info stating that the Senate is controlled by former Senator Obama’s Democrats. Low information voters need to know this, and the mainstream media will not tell tuhem.

Cavalry on April 18, 2012 at 11:20 AM

I alos blame the Republican senators for not beginning a filibuster and not blocking ALL Senate action until a budget has been passed.

cane_loader on April 18, 2012 at 11:20 AM

McCaskill was on Greta last night and she was absolutely pathetic. She is going down. I cannot wait to see it. If these senatards think that they can escape all of their votes for Obama/Reid/Pelosi policies and come back to their states with no questions asked, they are delusional! We are paying a heavy price for there lack of judgement. Now they will pay the heaviest price for their lack of foresight.

JAM on April 18, 2012 at 11:06 AM

I don’t forsee my own Senator Klobachar having any better explanations than McCaskill. People on even Fox haven’t grasped even from the examples of Obamacare at SCOTUS or Obama recent floundering what happens when you start an EARNEST discussion of complete bullsh*t and how it falls apart.

They take the one-sided dodging in artciles or interviews as the example of what the end game will be and end up WAY underestimating how much trouble the left is in for what they have done.

It’s the difference between the drunken teenager talking to his friends at the keggar about how his parents are going to accept his explanations of where he was and the reality of the father or mother who actually is going to ask questions back about what the hell he was doing till 2am and why he smells like beer.

Its hope without a dose of reality to think you can pull it off and the voters will just bend to your will if you offer up even the lamest excuses and they will nod their heads and will walk away satified. That will happen if they are welfare dependents or hardcore leftists but not in purple areas.

Conan on April 18, 2012 at 11:20 AM

A few of us who read right blogs care.. the rest of the USA not so much.

If you want to marvel at Satan’s genius, just look at what has become of the USA…

CCRWM on April 18, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Sad part is, the main stream media has not informed the American voters how and why this is occurring. So the “not plugged in” voter just knows we have a huge deficit but the media has not explained the process well enough so the voters understand the situation. Lord knows the public school teachers are not adequately teaching government these days. They have a vested interest in keeping the voters stupid.

karenhasfreedom on April 18, 2012 at 11:23 AM

We just got our 2010 tax return last week! If it had not arrived before we had to file our 2011 returns it would have been fun to fill in a big fat zero when asked how much money we got back the year before. This government is nothing but a BIG FAT ZERO.

LeftCoastRight on April 18, 2012 at 10:27 AM

This is why I alway set my withholding so that I owe them, instead of them owing me. I don’t like the idea of just letting them hold something that belongs to me!

cane_loader on April 18, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Absolutely, this is a must. It’s only a matter of time before the federal government pulls a California-style scam on us.

slickwillie2001 on April 18, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Absolutely, this is a must. It’s only a matter of time before the federal government pulls a California-style scam on us.

slickwillie2001 on April 18, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Bingo.

Some would say this is like not trusting banks. However, unless the entire economy collapses, I trust my local bank (not one of the big boys!) with my money more than I do Uncle Sam.

cane_loader on April 18, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Dems may have a bit of a problem in the Senate.
Reid cut Conrad off at the knees. Conrad did not start down the budget path without some kind of support from other Dems.
I would expect to see some finger pointing as campaign season gets into swing.
Long winded yak yak will not play well on campaign trail.

Jabberwock on April 18, 2012 at 12:19 PM

How is it the senate can go three years breaking the law and nobody does anything about it? Can anything be done about it? I know the voters in Nevada apparently do not care, otherwise dirty Harry would be out of office.

sadatoni on April 18, 2012 at 12:25 PM

This situation is absolutely ridiculous. Here’s my idea; is anyone up for Amendment #28 to the Constitution? Perhaps it’s overkill, and it would require a constitutional convention because it would *never* get out of Congress, but I bet we’d have a budget every year and on time:

Congress shall be required to pass, and the President shall be required to sign, a budget unique to the needs of the upcoming year before midnight of the first day of the new fiscal year. Should the Legislative and Executive branches fail in this obligation, the following actions shall take place:

1) The government shall continue to operate at the spending levels of the previous fiscal year. (Let’s get rid of the political football of shutting down the government… it’s a meaningless gesture anyway.)

2) All elected and appointed officials in the Legislative and Executive branches shall pay daily as a penalty to the Treasury of the United States an amount 10/365 the annual compensation that they receive for any day or part thereof in which a budget is not in effect. (We have to hit them where it counts, and they still get taxed for the full amount of their salary this way.)

3) All elected members of the Legislative and Executive branches shall not be allowed to leave the Capitol Building or White House except to negotiate the new budget together or for extraordinary national or personal circumstances as approved by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. (Have someone not a part of the dispute make the decision.) Any elected official who does not comply with these conditions shall be removed from office immediately and may never hold any elected or appointed office again. Excluding any Presidential succession needs, no replacements for any elected official removed from office in this manner shall be seated until the new budget has taken effect. (Let’s make impossible the quorum games played in Wisconsin and Indiana.)

4) All scheduling commitments of elected officials not pertaining to passing a budget or a national emergency are hereby canceled on any day that a new budget is not in effect.

flutejpl on April 18, 2012 at 12:28 PM

I also blame the Republican senators for not beginning a filibuster and not blocking ALL Senate action until a budget has been passed.

cane_loader on April 18, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Exactly. They are complicit in this fiscal disaster. They won’t hold the dems accountable and they didn’t hold the pubs accountable during Bush’s presidency.

chemman on April 18, 2012 at 12:32 PM

They have a vested interest in keeping the voters stupid.

karenhasfreedom on April 18, 2012 at 11:23 AM

That was the goal of Horace Mann and John Dewey who are “reverently” known as the fathers of modern progressive education.

chemman on April 18, 2012 at 12:38 PM

We need to hammer the Demonrats for not only their criminal failure to pass a budget but also their immoral and unethical levels of deficit spending ever since they took majority control in 2007.

The last budget passed by a Republican majority, in 2006, was the FY 2007 budget, which resulted in an actual increase to the total national debt (i.e., a true deficit for that fiscal year) of $501 Billion.

I take the the Historical Debt Outstanding from one fiscal year end date (September 30th) and subtract the Debt Outstanding from the prior fiscal year end date, and I call that additional debt accumulated the TRUE DEFICIT for that fiscal year.

Compare the last Republican fiscal yerar deficit to the Democrat deficits which followed:

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Republican majority FY 2007: Deficit = $501 Billion ($0.501 Trillion)
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Democrat majority FY 2008: Deficit = $1,017 Billion ($1.017 Trillion)
Democrat majority FY 2009: Deficit = $1,885 Billion ($1.885 Trillion)
Democrat majority FY 2010: Deficit = $1,652 Billion ($1.652 Trillion)
Democrat majority FY 2011: Deficit = $1,229 Billion ($1.229 Trillion)
Democrat majority FY 2012: Deficit = $1,390 Billion ($1.390 Trillion) {PROJECTED}
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Budget or no budget, the spending habits of these Democrats (Obama included since January 2005) don’t have us on an easy-listening James Taylor song, but rather on a “Highway to Hell!”

ITguy on April 18, 2012 at 1:45 PM

By the way, even if Obama succeeded in “cutting the deficit in half”, he would probably use the Democrat majority FY 2009 budget as his baseline… a budget that was passed by a Democrat House, Democrat Senate, and signed by OBAMA HIMSELF (because the Democratic Congress intentionally waited for Obama’s signature rather than a possible Bush veto).

So, Obama helped grow the annual deficit from $501 to $1,885 Billion, then pledged to cut the $1,885 Billion deficit in half. He has yet to come anywhere close to keeping that promise, but even if he did it would mean a deficit of $942 Billion, more than 88% larger than the last Republican deficit of $501 Billion.

Only Obama and the Demonrats could call an 88% increase in deficit spending a 50% decrease.

HAMMER THEM ON THIS!!!

ITguy on April 18, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Great photo for a caption contest.

disa on April 18, 2012 at 7:49 PM

If it was against the law there would be ramifications, consequences. It’s not against the law if nobody pays a penalty, especially if the same bozos keep getting voted into office.

NTropy on April 19, 2012 at 2:39 AM