It’s now been 3 full years since Senate Democrats last passed a budget

posted at 2:01 pm on April 30, 2012 by Morgen Richmond

Yesterday marked an inglorious milestone for the Democrat leadership in the U.S. Senate: it was the 3-year anniversary of the last time they passed a budget measure. Senator Jeff Sessions, the ranking Republican member of the Senate Budget Committee, seems to have diagnosed the problem. Via the Daily Caller:

“This is a deliberate plan that the Democratic majority has executed for three years to avoid the responsibility of laying out a financial plan for America,” [Sessions] said in an interview.

The Democratic majority in the Senate, Sessions said, “cannot lead.”

“When your party cannot coalesce around a plan that your members can support and the American people can support, then you’ve got a very deep, serious problem. And I think that is basically what it is,” he explained.

“So you’ve got to hide that by avoiding any public accountability. So you have secret meetings, the gang of six, and those kind of things — trying to move along without every having to lay out their vision.”

This is undoubtedly true, but it’s not even the worst of it. While they lack the courage and vision to lay out any meaningful solutions of their own, they have mocked, demonized, and ultimately blocked any serious consideration of conservative proposals for tax reform, deficit reduction, and dealing with the long term fiscal imbalances in Social Security and Medicare. As Treasury Secretary said, they don’t have a solution – they just don’t like ours.

For a party whose most strident members prattle on incessantly about ‘real Democracy’, they sure don’t seem to have much respect for it in practice. Republicans won a landslide victory in 2010, retaking the House and gaining seats in the Senate, largely behind a wave of voter discontent over liberal spending priorities. ObamaCare first and foremost, but remember the tea party arose in direct response to the stimulus bill and the government bailouts of the auto and financial sectors. It wasn’t lost on the tea party, or anyone else paying attention, that Democrats used the financial crisis to shovel billions of dollars into pet liberal projects they had desired for years. “Never let a crisis go to waste”, Rahm Emanuel said, and they didn’t as far as their own priorities were concerned, but if you were one of the millions of Americans out of work or facing foreclosure of your home, you were out of luck.

This discontent was the wave Republicans rode to victory in 2010, and dozens of new GOP members of the House and Senate came into office to advance real solutions for the nation’s fiscal and economic ills. What they met was a wall of obstruction by Democrats in the Senate, and a President who quickly demonstrated he was more interested in positioning himself for re-election than providing any real leadership. In a rational world, this conscious decision by the Democrat leadership to avoid dealing with these problems would lead to another overwhelming defeat in November. And perhaps it will. But maybe their strategy all along has been to minimize the consequences of running out the clock as much as possible, but keeping their ultimate goal in mind which is to allow the Bush tax cuts to expire at the end of this year. After all, what’s the point of passing a budget if you don’t have more and more of the people’s money to spend.


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This is also a plan to eliminate congress.
Obama by passes congress at every opportunity.

This is a constitutional crisis.

The Rock on April 30, 2012 at 2:05 PM

…AND THEY ARE NOT IN JAIL!

KOOLAID2 on April 30, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Bishop!

They still won’t, not in their best interests, country be damned!

NOMOBO on April 30, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Democrat response:

So?

OhEssYouCowboys on April 30, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Not passing a budget also, allows spending to continue at the inflated 2009 levels. A feature, not a bug.

Jeff2161 on April 30, 2012 at 2:05 PM

…and make sure you pay your parking tickets!

KOOLAID2 on April 30, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Drats! Not even second

NOMOBO on April 30, 2012 at 2:06 PM

CONTEMPT…!!!
F U taxpayer!

KOOLAID2 on April 30, 2012 at 2:07 PM

These miscreants are leftist thugs who need to be tarred, feathered, shackled and frog-hopped down Constitution Avenue in orange jumpsuits for trial and sentencing.

They have violated their Constitutional mandate at the peril of the nation. This is criminal and needs to be adddressed.

HomeoftheBrave on April 30, 2012 at 2:10 PM

It’s all about the “process”, Morgen, Debbie Wasserman Schultz told me so.

JPeterman on April 30, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Our government is a joke.

Washington Fancy on April 30, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Bishop!

They still won’t, not in their best interests, country be damned!

NOMOBO on April 30, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Wrong on both counts, what the hell is wrong with you?

But yeah, in some nations not following the law would get you tossed in prison. Not here though, not for the royal class.

Bishop on April 30, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Where is the hyper-polling by the pollsters to keep a fix on the public pulse regarding the Democrats continued failure to pass a budget? Is the public becoming more accepting of it, or less accepting of it as time wears on?

Maybe some conservative media person could get the answer to that, if they aren’t too busy.

Buddahpundit on April 30, 2012 at 2:15 PM

What would the Founding Fathers have done?

OhEssYouCowboys on April 30, 2012 at 2:15 PM

“While they lack the courage and vision to lay out any meaningful solutions of their own, they have mocked, demonized, and ultimately blocked any serious consideration of conservative proposals for tax reform, deficit reduction, and dealing with the long term fiscal imbalances in Social Security and Medicare…”

Too bad it’s not an election year…

Seven Percent Solution on April 30, 2012 at 2:17 PM

I know it’s getting a little tight in DC but we better make sure we have room their for a monument to Reid.

I’d also be worried about space for obama but I’m sure he’ll just tear out the reflecting pool and that “unsafe tower” and use the space for someone more fitting and important than our first President. After all he did have to “straighten out our economy and our country.

acyl72 on April 30, 2012 at 2:18 PM

You’re a racist!
Haven’t you heard? It’s the Republican’s fault!
/s

RedManBlueState on April 30, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Democrat response:

So?

OhEssYouCowboys on April 30, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Media response:

So?

talkingpoints on April 30, 2012 at 2:23 PM

I know it’s getting a little tight in DC but we better make sure we have room their for a monument to Reid.

I’d also be worried about space for obama but I’m sure he’ll just tear out the reflecting pool and that “unsafe tower” and use the space for someone more fitting and important than our first President. After all he did have to “straighten out our economy and our country.

acyl72 on April 30, 2012 at 2:18 PM

There are several as-yet undedicated urinals at Union Station.

Happy Nomad on April 30, 2012 at 2:23 PM

This is against the law . Why isn’t someone taking the fact that they wont pass a budget to the Supreme Court?

V7_Sport on April 30, 2012 at 2:23 PM

At what point do Senate Republicans bring business to a halt by refusing consent, etc, and just INSIST that a budget be created?

RationalIcthus on April 30, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Gallup Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Romney 47%
Obama 46%

angryed hardest hit.

Gunlock Bill on April 30, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Remind me again why there is such a thing as a Senate Budget Committee?

Red Cloud on April 30, 2012 at 2:26 PM

What would the Founding Fathers have done?

OhEssYouCowboys on April 30, 2012 at 2:15 PM

These miscreants are leftist thugs who need to be tarred, feathered, shackled and frog-hopped down Constitution Avenue in orange jumpsuits for trial and sentencing.

THIS.

HomeoftheBrave on April 30, 2012 at 2:27 PM

angryed hardest hit.

Gunlock Bill on April 30, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Not really. That poll’s just null and void.

Flip the names, of course, and it’s another sign that Romney’s doomed, natch.

Red Cloud on April 30, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Remind me again why there is such a thing as a Senate Budget Committee?

Red Cloud on April 30, 2012 at 2:26 PM

I asked my Senator who is on the Budget Committee that very question. No response.

Happy Nomad on April 30, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Something I’m missing here?

Whats wrong with that?

liberal4life on April 7, 2012 at 10:34 AM

JPeterman on April 30, 2012 at 2:29 PM

At what point do Senate Republicans bring business to a halt by refusing consent, etc, and just INSIST that a budget be created?

RationalIcthus on April 30, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Don’t hold your breath. Why aren’t the press hounding them over it?

dogsoldier on April 30, 2012 at 2:31 PM

angryed hardest hit.

Gunlock Bill on April 30, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Not really. That poll’s just null and void.

Flip the names, of course, and it’s another sign that Romney’s doomed, natch.

Red Cloud on April 30, 2012 at 2:27 PM

..expect TruculentEd to awaken any moment from his crack stupor, ctrl-c/ctrl-v a bunch of polls from last month, rant some non sequitur about MittBotts and then fulminate the rest of the day away with his usual tedious, frivolous Pee Wee Hermon ripostes.

But give him a break. He was up all day posting on the $200M Palestinian gift and Obama’s hit list threads..

..oh, wait.

The War Planner on April 30, 2012 at 2:35 PM

I asked my Senator who is on the Budget Committee that very question. No response.

Happy Nomad on April 30, 2012 at 2:28 PM

..are you sure he’s still alive? Like drug-testing, maybe these guys should show up once a week for, um, I don’t know, a mirror-fogging test?

The War Planner on April 30, 2012 at 2:36 PM

I bet that the pigs in Animal Farm didn’t bother with any budget.

OhEssYouCowboys on April 30, 2012 at 2:39 PM

P.S.

And pigs will be pigs.

OhEssYouCowboys on April 30, 2012 at 2:40 PM

The lunatic-left d-cRAT socialist extremists actually are using the exact same budget they’ve had for decades – it’s called the “WE SPEND OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY UNTIL WE DROP” budget. (BTW: It’s the exact same budget used by the euro-trash socialist government of Greece.)

TeaPartyNation on April 30, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Official White House Statement: Stop complaining and get your tires properly inflated.

Rovin on April 30, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Just watch for the b!tching and moaning when President Romney misses the deadline by a week!

DuctTapeMyBrain on April 30, 2012 at 2:49 PM

As Treasury Secretary said, they don’t have a solution – they just don’t like ours.

If the GOP had any brains or courage (and they don’t), this would be repeated over and over.

search4truth on April 30, 2012 at 2:55 PM

The indispensable Jeff Sessions.

Knott Buyinit on April 30, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Just watch for the b!tching and moaning when President Romney misses the deadline by a week!

DuctTapeMyBrain on April 30, 2012 at 2:49 PM

..just hearing that makes me all giddy. (I mean, hearing something other that pResident LightBringer or the like.)

The War Planner on April 30, 2012 at 3:07 PM

What’s their big deal about not passing a budget. It’s not like they stick to the paygo anyway. There’s more unfunded liabilities coming out of DC then there’s tumbleweeds in Texas.

Kissmygrits on April 30, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Hey! Shut up you racist right wingers…Obama kilt Osama bin Laden!!!!!!!!!11111!!!!!!11111!!!!

Strike Hornet on April 30, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Hard to draft a budget when you DON’T HAVE A PLAN.

GarandFan on April 30, 2012 at 3:17 PM

I blame the MSM for this. They’ve had more than one chance to put the Senate leadership on the block and they’ve refused. The latest, as I recall, was Candy Crowley with an exclusive interview with Reid, during which she never asked a budget question. The only one to get into it has been Bret Baer, of Fox News, and he was willing to call them on their claim that you needed 60 votes for the budget, which is an out and out lie.

bflat879 on April 30, 2012 at 3:20 PM

We can vote the Democrats out. We are stuck with their fluffers in the media until they die or retire.

swinia sutki on April 30, 2012 at 3:21 PM

..are you sure he’s still alive? Like drug-testing, maybe these guys should show up once a week for, um, I don’t know, a mirror-fogging test?

The War Planner on April 30, 2012 at 2:36 PM

You just wrote a headline for Allah, Ed, Morgen, et al. When they get to blogging the U.S. Senate contest. They need to include that in the post headline LOL!

Dr Evil on April 30, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Total National debt on 01/03/2007, when Reid and Pelosi took control of Congress:
$8,677,214,255,313.07 ($8.677 Trillion)

Total National debt on 04/27/2012, after less than five years and four months of majority-Democrat control:
$15,623,697,207,417.39 ($15.624 Trillion)

We are mere days away from the Democrats having increased the total debt by $7 TRILLION.

ITguy on April 30, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Hey, while Jeff Sessions is out in the public eye calling out the Democraps for their anti-constitutional behavior and generally juvenile irresponsibility, maybe someone conservative will ask him why he voted to confirm that worthless piece of crap Eric Holder as Attorney General.

Hmmm?

Jaibones on April 30, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Make it 4 years running. Dingy Harry wants the record all for himself! What leadership!

Makes one long for the days of rails, tar & feathers…

insidiator on May 1, 2012 at 7:42 AM

Heh you all are fools. There is a reason for this.

It is political suicide for the dems while in power so to say, to pass a budget because it would show its face to the public and the kickback would be horrible. No no, they will not risk it.

Then, I think they gots a feeling O is going down.. and if even more pubs take seats, then the ball is in their court.. by design, and guess who will get the blame when the pain has to start? You guess it, not the democrats who put us in this position, but the pubs who now have to deal with the mess… and then bam… we do another swing because the handout society will not have any of that.

watertown on May 1, 2012 at 9:12 AM