Picture of the Day: Democrats (Not) At Work

posted at 9:56 am on April 19, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Guy Benson says that this is a picture worth 1,086 words — one for each day since the Democrat-led Senate passed the budget resolution required by law each April 15th.  This picture comes from yesterday’s so-called “mark-up session” of the Senate Budget Committee, a meeting which chair Kent Conrad helpfully promoted by declaring that he wouldn’t allow any votes to be taken on budgets.  That turned the meeting into nothing more than a discussion forum, one that Conrad’s colleagues decided to skip. The picture, taken by a Republican staffer at the meeting, shows all 11 Republicans sitting on the far side of the table — and almost no Democrats in their chairs:

The meeting was broadcast on one of the C-SPAN channels, so this isn’t exactly a secret.  Only three Democrats bothered to show up at all, out of a dozen assigned to it.  Republicans showed up, prepared to cast votes to finally bring the ignominious streak of 1,085 days (as of yesterday) without a budget resolution to an end.  Sadly, Democrats — who control the committee, the chamber, and the White House — don’t have the same sense of responsibility.

Senator Jeff Sessions, like all of the other Republican members of the Senate Budget Committee, actually showed up for work. Sessions delivered a stinging rebuke to the leadership for their irresponsibility and utter lack of leadership on a core function of the Senate:

For a party that demands that voters put them in charge, they seem utterly unwilling to do the job once they have it. Voters should keep this in mind in November, up and down the ballot.


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Well at least they haven’t fled the District to avoid their work, unlike some Dems have been known to do.

changer1701 on April 19, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Voters should keep this in mind in November, up and down the ballot.

I want my money back on every day ANY politician does not go “to work”.

upinak on April 19, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Senate Fleebaggers–from Wisconsin to Washington DC.

Steve Z on April 19, 2012 at 10:00 AM

I’ve read many times that the Senate’s failure to pass a budget for more than 3 years is in violation of a law. Well, OK, so what are the consequences of breaking this law? Jail? Fine? Strongly worded letter? Or is it … nothing?

jwolf on April 19, 2012 at 10:01 AM

even more shameful during wartime.

Steven McGregor on April 19, 2012 at 10:01 AM

I’m sure Diane Sawyer will do a special investigation and report on this matter///////////

NJ Red on April 19, 2012 at 10:03 AM

If the Dembeciles aren’t interested in fulfilling their committee assignments, then let willing Republicans have their committee assignments instead and I’m sure there are plenty of Republicans willing to work (not just sit) on the Senate Budget Committee. Oh and what the heck, let the rules be damned as is common in the Harry Reidiculous-controlled Senate and just let a minority party Republican chair the committee as well. Did I use up my 1086 words or did I make my point in far fewer words?

stukinIL4now on April 19, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Senate Fleebaggers–from Wisconsin to Washington DC.

Steve Z on April 19, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Congressional Democrats are too lazy to flee.

Probably just blew it off to attend breakfast, lunch and coffee fundraisers on K Street.

NoDonkey on April 19, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Are any of the Dem Senators collecting unemployment?

St Gaudens on April 19, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Wasn’t the White House annual dog roast being held yesterday? Can’t blame them for having a prior engagement.

NotCoach on April 19, 2012 at 10:07 AM

http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/photogallery/april-2012-photo-day

Check out 4/18. Obama as Rosa Parks.

Marcus on April 19, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Perfect way to neutralize one of the Dem’s memes for the upcoming election. A “do-nothing Congress” isn’t the problem. Republicans and conservatives everywhere need to repeat “do-nothing Senate” at least 100 times a day from now until November.

steebo77 on April 19, 2012 at 10:10 AM

This should be front and center on every news outlet in the country. At least in these trying times I can still dream.

Disgust is not a strong enough word for these criminals.

D-fusit on April 19, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Maybe they were out getting ready to celebrate Janet Reno’s extreme overreach 15 years ago where she killed 80-something Americans in Waco, TX.

SouthernGent on April 19, 2012 at 10:10 AM

They were obeying Obama’s directive to go out and buy some shrimp.

Rovin on April 19, 2012 at 10:10 AM

This should be front and center on every news outlet in the country. At least in these trying times I can still dream.

Disgust is not a strong enough word for these criminals.

D-fusit on April 19, 2012 at 10:10 AM

By criminals, do you mean Demcorats or the MSM media? It is hard to tell.

milcus on April 19, 2012 at 10:12 AM

The Dems know that their constituents don’t care either, the libs just pull the lever without thinking.

kirkill on April 19, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Wasn’t the White House annual weekly dog roast being held yesterday? Can’t blame them for having a prior engagement.

NotCoach on April 19, 2012 at 10:07 AM

FIFY.

NoDonkey on April 19, 2012 at 10:14 AM

This seems so insanely stupid to me that the Dems must have SOME political motivation to not pass a budget for 3 years. I don’t understand what that motivation could possibly be. What’s their “strategy”?

teffertoes on April 19, 2012 at 10:14 AM

This needs to be lead story news on ABC, CBS, NBC…

Who am I kidding… :P

Defenestratus on April 19, 2012 at 10:15 AM

For a party that demands that voters put them in charge, they seem utterly unwilling to do the job once they have it. Voters should keep this in mind in November, up and down the ballot.

That picture reminds me of “Dogs Playing Poker.”

Seriously, my Dem Senator is on the budget committee. I e-mailed him yesterday asking why the hell the Senate even bothered having a budget committee considering the fact we have gone 1085 days without the Senate taking any action. Of course, I just got the standard canned response.

Happy Nomad on April 19, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Senate Fleebaggers–from Wisconsin to Washington DC.

Steve Z on April 19, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Where would they flee, Canada? They certainly shouldn’t dare to go home to their constituents.

Sessions did good. Great job.

magicbeans on April 19, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Perfect campaign material right there. Publish that pic far and wide.

av8tr on April 19, 2012 at 10:16 AM

What’s their “strategy”?

teffertoes on April 19, 2012 at 10:14 AM

They know that if they put what their constituents want on paper in the form of a budget, there would be a massacre at the ballot box the next election.

Their ideas are so out of the mainstream – embraced only by the reality-distortion bubble surrounding the ensconced intelligencia atop their ivory towers.

Defenestratus on April 19, 2012 at 10:17 AM

HA, Drudge found the Rosa Parks picture.

Marcus on April 19, 2012 at 10:18 AM

milcus on April 19, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Both actually.

D-fusit on April 19, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Maybe Obama was holding another beer summit.

Bitter Clinger on April 19, 2012 at 10:23 AM

This needs to be lead story news on ABC, CBS, NBC…

Defenestratus on April 19, 2012 at 10:15 AM

That Sir is crazy talk.

Alabama Infidel on April 19, 2012 at 10:24 AM

This seems so insanely stupid to me that the Dems must have SOME political motivation to not pass a budget for 3 years. I don’t understand what that motivation could possibly be. What’s their “strategy”?

teffertoes on April 19, 2012 at 10:14 AM

With no budget they are operating on a continuing Resolution to fund the government. If there’s no budget, then spending continues at current levels on autopilot for the most part. When the CR approaches expiration, they can stall until the last possible minute, run around waving their hands in the air screaming about government shutdowns, and get the pubs to capitulate and pass a new CR without any serious objection or controls on spending. rinse.repeat.

Lost in Jersey on April 19, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Are any of the Dem Senators collecting unemployment?

St Gaudens on April 19, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Hopefully they will be in January 2013.

VelvetElvis on April 19, 2012 at 10:25 AM

I don’t understand what that motivation could possibly be

It’s rather simple. If you pass a budget someone someday compares actual to budget. Since the WH is determined to spend whatever it wishes when it wishes, the comparison would look really bad! In addition, those silly line items that bloggers pick up and publish like “$100,000 per week for Obama’s Wed. parties”, $900,000 per month for Moochelle’s vacations”, $1,000,000 for research to see if ants are form of alternative energy”, etc. could bite them in the butt.

katablog.com on April 19, 2012 at 10:25 AM

The Democrats are a Union entity.

KOOLAID2 on April 19, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Maybe Obama was holding another beer summit.

Nah, that turned out to be racist because Owe had to sit next to a liberal named racist.

katablog.com on April 19, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Senator Sessions might have used this time to explain his vote to confirm our corrupt, affirmative action idiot Attorney General Eric Holder. Still looking forward to that.

Jaibones on April 19, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Maybe Obama was holding another beer summit.

Bitter Clinger on April 19, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Betcha he doesn’t serve Keystone.

NoDonkey on April 19, 2012 at 10:28 AM

This seems so insanely stupid to me that the Dems must have SOME political motivation to not pass a budget for 3 years. I don’t understand what that motivation could possibly be. What’s their “strategy”?

teffertoes on April 19, 2012 at 10:14 AM

There is no way to get our country back on track without pi$$ing off some constituents and the Democrats in the Senate lack the courage and fortitude to take that risk. They are motivated only by their own political fortunes, which they value more highly than the well being of the country itself.

Dee2008 on April 19, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Next on Today’s Good Morning Show America…Did Ted Nugent really encourage his dog to eat another dog?

Priorities for a dumbed down America, ya know.

MNHawk on April 19, 2012 at 10:30 AM

This needs to be lead story news on ABC, CBS, NBC…
Defenestratus on April 19, 2012 at 10:15 AM

I look most forward to your ideas for making that happen.

Jaibones on April 19, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Why should they do any work/pass a budget when their guy lives in the White House? They’re all convinced he’s going to win the election anyway.
It must be so nice to live in denial. Wish I could pull that off.

RadioAngel on April 19, 2012 at 10:33 AM

The Dems were late because they were buying Skittles and Ice Tea.

Typicalwhitewoman on April 19, 2012 at 10:34 AM

I asked Guy to supply a list of “endangered” Democrat Senators who voted “no” on the Buffet Rule vote that was recently voted on.

I suppose it either has been done or it was just another case of “what else is new” politics?

Still curious and really thought Hot Air would have had it up on the board.

bumsteaddithers on April 19, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Betcha he doesn’t serve Keystone.

NoDonkey on April 19, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Most likely he serves this.

Dee2008 on April 19, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Have they checked in Rockford, Illinois? Isn’t that where Dems flee to avoid work?

Portia46 on April 19, 2012 at 10:39 AM

They were over at a GSA sponsored event…

PatriotRider on April 19, 2012 at 10:40 AM

When the Dems in Congress actually did anything we got Obamascare.
At this point I think we’re better off if they just sit on their thumbs until a Republican Congress can be sworn in.

dentarthurdent on April 19, 2012 at 10:42 AM

WA Examiner editorial addresses this:

http://washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/editorials/2012/04/examiner-editorial-why-democrats-wont-vote-budget/504281

This is so far past rinky-dink that it’s well into criminal.

jodetoad on April 19, 2012 at 10:45 AM

So EXACTLY who is “The Party of NO!”?

GarandFan on April 19, 2012 at 10:46 AM

It’s a sad commentary the major networks will not cover this or Fast and Furious. It’s a disgrace that Reid and Pelosi have greater loyalty to their ideology than they do to the America people.

Reid action is especially disgraceful.

dogsoldier on April 19, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Of course this is despicable and indicative of a failing, gridlocked bureaucracy, but don’t think for a second that Republicans would not and will not do the same thing if the shoe were on the other foot.

These two corrupt parties are cut from the same cloth and the power of both needs to be neutralized or this nation will surely fail.

I find it utterly incomprehensible that one person, the majority leader of the Senate, a man that only a percentage of people from one state in the union voted into office, has had total dictatorial control over any and all legislation (or lack thereof) regarding the issues critical to this nation.

The two corrupt parties have destroyed the branch of congress by mutating it into a monster by creating silly parliamentary tricks, rules, and procedures that gum up the works and are unconstitutional, and by abrogating their constitutional responsibilities of controlling the federal purse-strings.

As far as many of us Americans are concerned, BOTH parties are on notice of our displeasure and dissatisfaction. Revolution will ensue if neither party changes their ways, of this I have no doubt.

AttaBoyLuther on April 19, 2012 at 10:49 AM

The problem is so many DemocRATic voters are eather sitting home doing the same or in a government office doing the same. There will be no outrage over this, their doing what DemocRATS do……….

angrymike on April 19, 2012 at 10:57 AM

the less government does, the better.

Dante on April 19, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Funny thing is Ed, Guy didn’t give you any credit for the photo. He lifted it like a good Dem. What’s up with that?

Bmore on April 19, 2012 at 11:05 AM

The picture, taken by a Republican staffer at the meeting, shows all 11 Republicans sitting on the far side of the table — and almost no Democrats in their chairs:

………..but…but…but it’s the Republicans that just want to block everything….the party of “no”…..

………just look at those right-wing terrorist holding the democrats and our country hostage.

Baxter Greene on April 19, 2012 at 11:08 AM

A nation of men, not of laws. Another giant step towards third world African status.

Thank you president 0bama!!!

jukin3 on April 19, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Most likely he serves this.

Dee2008 on April 19, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Mitt will serve this if they have an NA:

http://flyingdogales.com/

NoDonkey on April 19, 2012 at 11:11 AM

It seems like this would be a very helpful visual in the election to come.

Cindy Munford on April 19, 2012 at 11:13 AM

What’s amazing to me is that no one in the mainstream media even MENTIONS the fact the Senate has abrogated what is perhaps its fundamental responsibility for three years now.

Think about it: a government without a budget, and the Democrats pretend it’s “extreme” of Republicans to even comment on it.

CoolCzech on April 19, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Democrats won the House and Senate in the 2006 elections by promising that they would be fiscally responsible!

With integrity, civility and fiscal discipline, our New Direction for America will use commonsense principles to address the aspirations and fulfill the hopes and dreams of all Americans. That is our promise to the American people.

Our federal budget should be a statement of our national values. One of those values is responsibility. Democrats are committed to ending years of irresponsible budget policies that have produced historic deficits. Instead of piling trillions of dollars of debt onto our children and grandchildren, we will restore “Pay As You Go” budget discipline.

Budget discipline has been abandoned by the Bush Administration and its Republican congressional majorities. Congress under Republican control has turned a projected $5.6 trillion 10-year surplus at the end of the Clinton years into a nearly $3 trillion deficit– including the four worst deficits in the history of America. The nation’s debt ceiling has been raised four times in just five years to more than $8.9 trillion. Nearly half of our nation’s record debt is owned by foreign countries including China and Japan. Without a return to fiscal discipline, the foreign countries that make our computers, our clothing and our toys will soon be making our foreign policy. Deficit spending is not just a fiscal problem – it’s a national security issue as well.

Our New Direction is committed to “Pay As You Go” budgeting – no more deficit spending.

Democrats took majority control of the budgeting process at the start of the 110th United States Congress on January 3, 2007. The total national debt at that time was $8.677 Trillion.

Read that again.

Democrats have held majority control of the budgeting process (2+ out of 3 of the House, Senate, and Presidency) since January 3, 2007, when the total national debt at that time was $8.677 Trillion.

Democrats promised “no more deficit spending”.

Did they keep their promise? The promise that won them majority control in the first place?

NO!

What has 5.25 years of majority Democrat budgeting and spending brought us? Was it the fiscal discipline and “no more deficit spending”?

NO!

The total national debt now is $15.673 Trillion.

The Democrats did not end deficit spending, they MORE THAN DOUBLED the rate of deficit spending, and increased the total national debt by almost $7 Trillion dollars!

From $8.677 Trillion to $15.673 Trillion.

The Last Republican budget, passed in 2006, added $501 Billion to the national debt in FY 2007. Since then, the Democrats have added an average of $1,333 Billion to the national debt each and every year for the last 5 years.

This must be repeated until every voter has heard it. Repeat the Democrats’ own words back to them, and show them to be the liars and hypocrites that they are.

In 2006, the Democrats were complaining that in 6 years Bush added nearly $3 trillion deficit, yet the Democrats, in only 5 years, have added almost $7 trillion in deficits.

Total National Debt:
01/20/2001 5.728 Trillion President Bush sworn in
01/03/2007 8.677 Trillion Democrats take control of the Congress and the budgeting process.
01/20/2009 10.627 Trillion pResident Obama sworn in
04/19/2012 15.673 Trillion today

ITguy on April 19, 2012 at 11:16 AM

NoDonkey on April 19, 2012 at 11:11 AM

I thought Obama’s tastes ran more along the lines of Asian food, like Moo Shoo Shi Tzu.

If you know what I mean.

CoolCzech on April 19, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Total National Debt:
——————————————————-
01/20/2001 $5.728 Trillion President Bush sworn in
01/03/2007 $8.677 Trillion Democrats take control of the Congress and the budgeting process.
01/20/2009 $10.627 Trillion pResident Obama sworn in, giving Democrats COMPLETE CONTROL of House, Senate, & Presidency.
04/19/2012 $15.673 Trillion today

ITguy on April 19, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Senator Sessions made the remark that “they all get along with each other” near the beginning of his statement. I understand the need to get along with co-workers, even when you disagree. That’s normal. But my sense is that there is far too much collegiality among the members and that it changes the way they do their job. In fact, I think their friendships and loyalty to each other actually prevents them from doing their job in many cases. Frankly, they really should not get along so well. People who are bent on moving us to a “social democracy” at best (no matter how well-intentioned) are not your friends! You should not place friendship with any of them above doing your job, but I fear that that is is exactly what Republicans (especially long-time incumbents, even Ron Paul types) do in Congress. The Senate is probably the worst because it’s such a tiny, exclusive club. Ego’s abound there, I have no doubt. The Founders actually knew this would happen and that is why the power of the purse is in the hands of the House, not the Senate. Term limits should have been included in the Constitution to force our representatives to live the real world too. Hindsight, and all that….

BillyWilly on April 19, 2012 at 11:20 AM

[i]Democrats won the House and Senate in the 2006 elections by promising that they would be fiscally responsible![/i]

Well, keep in mind this is the same Party that’s given us a President that promised us, “If You Like Your Dachshund, You Can Eat Your Dachshund!”

CoolCzech on April 19, 2012 at 11:23 AM

CoolCzech on April 19, 2012 at 11:14 AM

I’ll bet you are actually more annoyed than amazed. You know who these people are.

Cindy Munford on April 19, 2012 at 11:41 AM

ITguy on April 19, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Republican Party is equally culpable. Shrug off this binary Dem-Repub thinking. They are the same.

Dante on April 19, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Republican Party is equally culpable. Shrug off this binary Dem-Repub thinking. They are the same.

Dante on April 19, 2012 at 12:05 PM

That is utter BS. Relativism from people like you to make excuses for your guys. When it comes to the issue of the federal budget there is one party and one party only that is responsible for the fact that there has not been a legitimate budget for three years. You lefties own this one. Or did I miss the point when Democrats in the Senate legitimately considered any of the budgets passed by the House? Didn’t think so.

Happy Nomad on April 19, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Government as performed under AFL-CIO rules.

JohnGalt23 on April 19, 2012 at 12:23 PM

WE can show all the facts to the public from now until the cows come home and the same parasites will be voting to keep this fraud in office along with his agenda loving frat brothers. We need to wake up the GOP base that fell asleep in 2008 and get them to drive around the country and see what shape it’s in outside the beltway. They, the GOP base, are driving looking in the rearview mirror instead of what’s ahead of us this year. Reagan is dead, the past is gone, but we still have the knot heads driving.

mixplix on April 19, 2012 at 12:25 PM

It’s a disgrace that Reid and Pelosi have greater loyalty to their ideology than they do to the America people.

Reid action is especially disgraceful.

dogsoldier on April 19, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Ideology pays better. Both Reid and Pelosi have become multi-millionaires taking advantage of insider information and, even more despicably, writing the laws to benefit themselves and their families. It was no coincidence that Harry Reid “just happens” to have real estate holdings in the right place at the right time.

They are filthy criminals.

Happy Nomad on April 19, 2012 at 12:30 PM

This seems so insanely stupid to me that the Dems must have SOME political motivation to not pass a budget for 3 years. I don’t understand what that motivation could possibly be. What’s their “strategy”?

teffertoes on April 19, 2012 at 10:14 AM

With no budget they are operating on a continuing Resolution to fund the government. If there’s no budget, then spending continues at current levels on autopilot for the most part. When the CR approaches expiration, they can stall until the last possible minute, run around waving their hands in the air screaming about government shutdowns, and get the pubs to capitulate and pass a new CR without any serious objection or controls on spending. rinse.repeat.

Lost in Jersey on April 19, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Well, I hope Romney makes it a point to hammer this stupidity throughout the campaign. If you or I did that, we’d be in jail.

teffertoes on April 19, 2012 at 12:31 PM

That is utter BS. Relativism from people like you to make excuses for your guys. When it comes to the issue of the federal budget there is one party and one party only that is responsible for the fact that there has not been a legitimate budget for three years. You lefties own this one. Or did I miss the point when Democrats in the Senate legitimately considered any of the budgets passed by the House? Didn’t think so.

Happy Nomad on April 19, 2012 at 12:23 PM

You are using words without knowing what they mean (and calling me a lefty? Really???). Keep your head in the sand, you good little GOP soldier!

Dante on April 19, 2012 at 12:36 PM

It seems like this would be a very helpful visual in the election to come.

Cindy Munford on April 19, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Again, (false) assumption is that 46%ers even care nor follow any news. Nor campaigns, as long as their checks are in the mail (or direct deposited/recharged these days). Add to this number MSLSD/CNN/Bill Maher/Comedy Channel viewers and what do you have left numbers wise?

Reality sucks.

riddick on April 19, 2012 at 12:41 PM

This seems so insanely stupid to me that the Dems must have SOME political motivation to not pass a budget for 3 years. I don’t understand what that motivation could possibly be. What’s their “strategy”?

teffertoes on April 19, 2012 at 10:14 AM

The strategy is very simple. It relies on the uniformed and mostly uninterested voter.

The Senate Democrats know the only people that will see this photo and think anything of it are the political junkies like ourselves that read blogs like this on a daily basis. We represent a very small portion of the voting public at-large. They know they can do all the blocking and stalling they want. Meanwhile, they will have a simple message that will be gobbled up (with the help of the media) and no one will question it. That message will say the following:

“The Republican offerings are extremist and will cut everything to the bone and we will all starve to death and die on the floor of hospitals, and we Democrats simply can’t abide that. And the Republicans won’t meet us in the middle, so we can’t get anything done. So, we have a ‘do-nothing Congress’ because the Republicans won’t negotiate in good faith.”

They can say that with a straight face, even though they are the ones doing the blocking and stalling, because only the tiny percent of political junkies will know it for a lie. The uniformed voters will buy it because they didn’t look any deeper into the truth themselves.

gravityman on April 19, 2012 at 12:56 PM

WE can show all the facts to the public from now until the cows come home and the same parasites will be voting to keep this fraud in office along with his agenda loving frat brothers. We need to wake up the GOP base that fell asleep in 2008 and get them to drive around the country and see what shape it’s in outside the beltway. They, the GOP base, are driving looking in the rearview mirror instead of what’s ahead of us this year. Reagan is dead, the past is gone, but we still have the knot heads driving.

mixplix on April 19, 2012 at 12:25 PM

But we do have Ryan’s budget, right? You know, that brilliant budget that cuts away about $400B a year while actual deficit runs $1.4T? Who cares about measly 1 TRILLION, we have Ryan and his calculator at the ready.

Until we clean out the house, all the RINOs in Congress, nothing is going to change, we’ll just slow down a bit on the road to hell while they claim they have “budgets”.

riddick on April 19, 2012 at 12:57 PM

I’m wondering when they day will come (I predict soon) when Congress will completely stop doing anything. They are almost at that point now.

Since campaigning has become a nearly full time job between elections (the minute they are elected they are positioning for the next election), and the election cycle is pretty much all the time, none of these bastards want to ever vote on anything anymore. God forbid it be held against them in the next election.

They have abdicated all sense of doing a job, and now only do the bare minimum needed to give themselves the best chance to get re-elected. They could give two sh*ts less about running the country, it’s all about getting re-elected now. Nothing else matters.

That goes for both sides of the aisle.

gravityman on April 19, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Here’s my take! First, in spite of the verbiage the Dem’s are in a fight for their political life. They believe they can only be “blamed for something”, “if they do something”. If “something just happens that is good”, they can always take credit for it. If “something just happens that is bad”, they can blame someone else. There fore “to do nothing is always the safest political course of action”. Next there is no penalty for not passing a budget. Only the Dem’s controlled Senate can impose the penalty. I feel pretty save in say that they will never create such a penalty against them selves.

Since the Nixon Presidency, our elected officials have consistently built a protectionist wall around themselves. Currently our “trusted” officials are having you believe that there are three branches of Government with much recent effort to marginalize the Supreme Court, leaving only the President and the majority party as being important. The Declaration on independence and the US Constitution established five (5) branches of government, intended to work together and provide checks and balance to each other. The fourth branch is “WE The People” and the fifth branch is a “Free and Open Press”.

“We the People” and only “We the People” have the responsibility and moral authority to do what must be done. We can, no we “MUST “ take these imbeciles before the “Court of Public Opinion” and if found guilty of crimes against the People of the United States, sentenced to 2-6 years without the possibility of re-election.

“VOTE WISELY MY FRIENDS”

jpcpt03 on April 19, 2012 at 1:06 PM

I’m wondering when they day will come (I predict soon) when Congress will completely stop doing anything. They are almost at that point now.

gravityman on April 19, 2012 at 1:06 PM

A person in favor of limited government would cheer this. I certainly would.

Dante on April 19, 2012 at 1:10 PM

This seems so insanely stupid to me that the Dems must have SOME political motivation to not pass a budget for 3 years. I don’t understand what that motivation could possibly be. What’s their “strategy”?

teffertoes on April 19, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Of course this blog post is not educating anyone on the actual difficulty of the current situation in the Senate. Conrad is one of the strongest deficit hawks on the Hill and is more than willing to find compromise, but it’s simply not possible in today’s Senate. Did anyone notice how gridlock has overwhelmed our democracy, one designed by our founding fathers to operate through negotiation, when the ‘no-compromise’ elements of the GOP were elected?

It hasn’t been for lack of effort. Conrad, who will retire at the end of this term after a quarter of a century in the Senate, has been one of Democrats’ top deficit hawks, often armed with charts and eloquent speeches as he warns colleagues about the nation’s fiscal crisis from the chamber floor.
One budget expert described him as a modern-day Paul Revere.
“He’s always been sounding the alarm,” said Robert Bixby, executive director of The Concord Coalition, a nonpartisan group that educates the public about the dangers of federal deficits.
But few seem to be listening to Conrad’s warnings.
The ideological divide in Congress has stymied his centrist instincts: Republicans refuse to put tax hikes on the table, and Conrad’s fellow Democrats decry any changes to entitlements, like Medicare and Social Security.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0412/75277.html#ixzz1sVbl9IBN

bayam on April 19, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Did anyone notice how gridlock has overwhelmed our democracy, one designed by our founding fathers to operate through negotiation, when the ‘no-compromise’ elements of the GOP were elected?

bayam on April 19, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Overwhelmed? Our entire system was set up with the purpose of gridlock. It was designed that way. Gridlock is good.

Dante on April 19, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Actually, I think Democrats should be encouraged not to show up for work.

morganfrost on April 19, 2012 at 1:43 PM

riddick on April 19, 2012 at 12:41 PM

I know, I have friends and family but as long as the campaigns are going to be run, go with this visual. It may make an impact on someone.

Cindy Munford on April 19, 2012 at 2:08 PM

bayam on April 19, 2012 at 1:39 PM

I bet gridlock coincided with attempts of Democrats to pass laws outside of their constitution restrictions.

Cindy Munford on April 19, 2012 at 2:10 PM

ITguy on April 19, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Republican Party is equally culpable. Shrug off this binary Dem-Repub thinking. They are the same.

Dante on April 19, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Both equally culpable?
That’s Taurus Fimus!

The last Fiscal Year in which the national debt actually decreased was 1957. (Source: http://www.treasurydirect.gov/govt/reports/pd/histdebt/histdebt.htm)

And while it is true that both parties have increased the national debt every fiscal year since 1957, they are not “equally culpable”. At any given point in time, one party controls a majority of the three parties involved in the budget-making process: House, Senate, and Presidency.

Compare the debt accumulated under 4 years of Speaker Pelosi and a Democrat majority, as opposed to the debt accumulated under 4 years of Speaker Gingrich and a Republican majority.

Pelosi won the Speakership with a signed promise of “no more deficit spending”, but then went on to accumulate over 8 times as much debt as was accumulated in the same amount of time by Speaker Gingrich.

Gingrich was speaker from January 4, 1995 to January 3, 1999, so he was speaker when the FY 1996 to FY 1999 budgets were passed. The total increase in the national debt from those 4 fiscal years (October 1, 1995 – September 30, 1999) was $682,288,000,906.04 ($682 Billion).

Nancy Pelosi was speaker from January 4, 2007 to January 3, 2011, so she was speaker when the FY 2008 to FY 2011 budgets would have been passed, if they had been. The total increase in the national debt from those 4 fiscal years (October 1, 2007 – September 30, 2011) was $5,782,686,956,294.62 ($5,783 Billion, or $5.783 TRILLION).

Both Gingrich and Pelosi served as Speaker for 4 years, but Pelosi accumulated EIGHT AND A HALF TIMES MORE DEBT!

Gingrich never “balanced the budget” or created a “budget surplus”, but I’d still take the FY 1999 deficit of $130 Billion over the FY 2009 deficit of $1,885 Billion ($1.885 TRILLION) any day of the week!

ITguy on April 19, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Did anyone notice how gridlock has overwhelmed our democracy, one designed by our founding fathers to operate through negotiation, when the ‘no-compromise’ elements of the GOP were elected?

bayam on April 19, 2012 at 1:39 PM

I guess you were on Mars when Bush was President and democrats filibustered and blocked everything they could…
….you liberals called it “speaking truth to power” and ” minority rights” back then….
…Now it’s “gridlock”….

Wonder why we have so much gridlock????

….maybe this might have something to do with it:

Democrats lock Republicans out of committee room
By Susan Crabtree – 10/20/09 05:47 PM ET
http://thehill.com/homenews/house/63941-democrats-lock-republicans-out-of-committee-room

Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.) locked Republicans out of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee room to keep them from meeting when Democrats aren’t present.

….how in the he!! can democrats complain about “gridlock” and “no compromise” when they are physically locking people out of the room from debate.

…or maybe having democrats shut down debate might have something to do with “gridlock”….


House Democrats muzzle GOP on sensitive issues

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press Writer Andrew Taylor, Associated Press Writer Thu Jul 16, 7:11 pm ET
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090716/ap_on_go_co/us_muzzled_republicans/print

WASHINGTON – In their zeal to protect their members from politically hazardous votes on issues such as gay marriage and gun control, Democrats running the House of Representatives are taking extraordinary steps to muzzle Republicans in this summer’s debates on spending bills.
On Thursday, for example, Republicans had hoped to force debates on abortion, school vouchers and medical marijuana, as well as gay marriage and gun control, as part of House consideration of the federal government’s contribution to the District of Columbia’s city budget.
No way, Democrats said.
At issue are 12 bills totaling more than $1.2 trillion in annual appropriations bills for funding most government programs — usually low-profile legislation that typically dominates the work of the House in June and July. For decades, those bills have come to the floor under an open process that allows any member to try to amend them. Often those amendments are an effort to change government policy by adding or subtracting money for carrying it out.

….of course we know that democrats really don’t give a dam# about the legislative process or respect the roles of checks and balances in the Congress….

…….they launch wars without Congressional approval and Obama has followed the advice of prominent democrats by bypassing Congress using Federal agencies to get his agenda through.
….we have seen this with Obama using the EPA to push his cap and trade disaster that he could not get through Congress:


Podesta advises Obama to ignore voters, bypass Congress through agency action

posted at 8:45 am on November 17, 2010 by Ed Morrissey
http://hotair.com/archives/2010/11/17/podesta-advises-obama-to-ignore-voters-bypass-congress-through-agency-action/

Former President Bill Clinton’s chief of staff John Podesta, now the head of the Center for American Progress, called on President Obama to push forward with his agenda using federal agencies and executive branch power Tuesday, even though Democrats were dealt a blow in the recent midterm elections. Podesta said the American people want the president to move forward with his agenda.

Even the Washington Post has reported on Obama turning down bi-partisan deals that Republicans had come forth with before the debt limit showdown.
We watched Pelosi state “Entitlements are off the table” when it came to negotiations.(real cuts…not promises made by democrats only to be broken later).

The idea that Republicans are “blocking everything and refusing to compromise” is an absurd lie that democrats have to put forth because they offer no real solutions and don’t want the American public to see their true agenda….
………….case in point…look at the failure of democrats to put forth a budget after 3 years.

What a joke the Obama Presidency has become.

Baxter Greene on April 19, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Thank you Nevada for re-electing Reid. Good job!

/s

Yakko77 on April 19, 2012 at 2:41 PM

I’ve read many times that the Senate’s failure to pass a budget for more than 3 years is in violation of a law. Well, OK, so what are the consequences of breaking this law? Jail? Fine? Strongly worded letter? Or is it … nothing?

jwolf on April 19, 2012 at 10:01 AM

It appears to be nothing.

Of course this blog post is not educating anyone on the actual difficulty of the current situation in the Senate. Conrad is one of the strongest deficit hawks on the Hill and is more than willing to find compromise, but it’s simply not possible in today’s Senate. Did anyone notice how gridlock has overwhelmed our democracy, one designed by our founding fathers to operate through negotiation, when the ‘no-compromise’ elements of the GOP were elected?

It hasn’t been for lack of effort. Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0412/75277.html#ixzz1sVbl9IBN

bayam on April 19, 2012 at 1:39 PM

FIFY. Reid and the Democrats have refused to bring several budget proposals up for a vote and are deliberately avoiding the issue.

Total National Debt:
——————————————————-
01/20/2001 $5.728 Trillion President Bush sworn in
01/03/2007 $8.677 Trillion Democrats take control of the Congress and the budgeting process.
01/20/2009 $10.627 Trillion pResident Obama sworn in, giving Democrats COMPLETE CONTROL of House, Senate, & Presidency.
04/19/2012 $15.673 Trillion today

ITguy on April 19, 2012 at 11:18 AM

For me, this is the number one reason to vote for the Republican nominee whether s/he is the best possible choice. It’s the only way to get Obama out of office. Until Obama is out of office, we can’t even begin to address this problem.

This seems so insanely stupid to me that the Dems must have SOME political motivation to not pass a budget for 3 years. I don’t understand what that motivation could possibly be. What’s their “strategy”?

teffertoes on April 19, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Their strategy is to get re-elected by not upsetting or offending anyone. If they don’t bring any funding questions up for a vote, the incumbents can’t be challenged on any of their votes-see how nice that works?

Unfortunately, by refusing to take any constructive action our country is accelerating as we head toward the precipice of a financial ravine so deep we can’t even see the bottom. Either the Dems don’t understand this or they don’t care.

At this point, I’m voting straight R. They’re not perfect, but the Dems have done nothing for 3 years. No budget for 3 years. They must go.

talkingpoints on April 19, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Both equally culpable?

ITguy on April 19, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Yes.

Dante on April 19, 2012 at 3:04 PM

I want my money back! If I tried something like this, my boss would have fired my azz.

Kissmygrits on April 19, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Despite all the tense talk of a close election, I trust the common sense of 51% of America. I sense an enormous republican wave of victories in November. The O will be cast out and much of the dem senate. My only regret is Reid is not up. Obama fatigue, are you feeling it?

StevC on April 19, 2012 at 3:26 PM

What are the consequences of the Senate not carry out their obligation? Where does the American individual go to seek relief and demand that their duties be carried out? Seriously NO Budget in over 3 years. Not having a budget to work with is just plain stupid and irresponsible.

karlinsync on April 19, 2012 at 3:36 PM

On June 30th, 1957, the end of the last Fiscal Year which actually reduced, rather than increased, our national debt, our nation’s toal national debt at that time was $270,527,171,896.43 ($270.5 Billion).

Now, our total national debt is over $15,674 Billion ($15.674 Trillion), an increase of over $15,403 Billion ($15.403 Trillion)

Are the two parties “both equally culpable”, as Dante claims?

No, not even close.

Give credit/blame to the party that controlled a majority (2+ out of 3) of the budget-making bodies (House, Senate, and Presidency).

Since June 30th, 1957, Republican majorities have added $5,386 Billion ($5.386 Trillion) to the total national debt, while Democrat majorities have added $10,017 Billion ($10.017 Trillion) to the total national debt.

Since June 30th, 1957,
Republican majorities have been responsible for 35% of the additional $15.403 Trillion debt, while Democrat majorities have been responsible for 65% of the additional $15.403 Trillion debt.

Go ahead, Dante, and keep telling yourself that both parties are “equally culpable”, but the data does not support your fantasies.

Are they both responsible for deficit spending?
Yes.

But are they both “equally culpable” for the amount of debt that has been created?
NO!

ITguy on April 19, 2012 at 3:39 PM

You know, if they’re not going to work, then why are they being paid?
I think a legal case could be made they have shirked their responsibility, denied their oaths and should repay or forfeit their salaries and retirement.

JellyToast on April 19, 2012 at 4:22 PM

NEW RULES……

If you don’t show up for work…. You’re FIRED!

If you DON’T propose a budget whoever shows up get’s to propose and pass theirs.

It is high time WE THE PEOPLE…. STORM THE CASTLE!

ActinUpinTexas on April 19, 2012 at 5:43 PM

ITguy on April 19, 2012 at 3:39 PM

What a silly thing to argue. “Well, yes, you are right. The Republicans ARE equally responsible in running up our debt and deficit. But not as much as the Democrats!!!!”

Maybe someday you’ll take the red pill.

Dante on April 19, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Dante,
You don’t appear to understand the meaning of equal:

1. identical: identical in size, quantity, value, or standard
3. with even balance: evenly balanced between opposing sides

If Republicans were equally responsible, they would have accumulated 50% of the debt, and Democrats would have accumulated 50% of the debt.

Of the total debt accumulated since June 30th, 1957, Republican majorities have added $5.386 Trillion to the total national debt, while Democrat majorities have added $10.017 Trillion to the total national debt. Hardly “equal”, no matter what you think.

Obama has added more debt in less than 3.5 years then George W. Bush did in 8!

ITguy on April 19, 2012 at 9:10 PM

I wonder what would happen if I just didn’t show up for work tomorrow.

I also wonder what would happen if I refused to performed my assigned duties for 1086 days.

McNinja on April 19, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Well I get to have posting 100. These posts are by far the best written most thought out and researched posting I have ever seen on a HotAir subject. What this means to me is that a nerve has been hit. The only problem is we are all singing to the choir and need to get these points out more into other media’s. LET THE JUST FIGHT BEGIN.

jpcpt03 on April 20, 2012 at 11:55 AM