The Democrats are the problem (a second view)

posted at 9:21 am on April 30, 2012 by Karl

Yesterday, I wrote about the claims from Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein that the GOP is ideologically extreme and scornful of compromise, noting that the Democrats are similarly afflicted with the problems they identified. However, we need not simply analyze their claims on the basis of what is wrong with both parties. We can also look at the affirmative record of the parties.

One of the biggest and most fundamental tasks of the federal government today is developing a budget. There is consensus on this point. Obama’s budget director has warned that our exploding public debt is “serious and ultimately unsustainable.”

Republicans have proposed a budget (largely the work of Rep. Paul Ryan) to address the debt bomb, and have taken considerable political flak for it, which will only increase in the general election campaign.

The Obama administration’s position?

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, speaking on behalf of the Obama White House, to Rep. Paul Ryan: “You are right to say we’re not coming before you today to say ‘we have a definitive solution to that long term problem.’ What we do know is, we don’t like yours.”

In the House of Representatives, Pres. Obama’s non-solution budget was unanimously defeated, 414-0. The House Democrats’ budget, which relies on massive tax increases and gutting defense spending, while doing nothing about runaway entitlement spending, nevertheless fares only marginally better in reducing the debt/GDP ratio than Obama’s non-solution. Neither the Obama budget or the House Dems’ budget comes close to either the Ryan plans or the bipartisan plans floating around the Beltway.

Speaking of which, people like Ornstein and Mann presumably favor some old school, center-left Grand Bargain along the lines of the Bowles-Simpson Commission recommendations. Beltway establishmentarians pine for the days in which the GOP signed onto budget deals that hiked taxes in return for future spending cuts that never seem to materialize.

In the House, a version of the Bowles-Simpson plan attracted a grand total of 38 votes, suggesting House Republicans are not the only ones scornful of this Grand Bargain. In the Senate, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blocked Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad from taking a vote on a version of this plan, even in committee. Indeed, Senate Democrats, in violation of federal law, have failed to pass any budget for almost three years.

Democrats oppose the Republican budget approach for relying heavily on restraining government spending and avoiding massive tax increases. However, a study of fiscal consolidations in 21 countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development over 37 years concludes that failed attempts to close budget gaps relied 53% on tax increases and 47%, while successful consolidations averaged 85% spending cuts and 15% tax increases. Moreover, the International Monetary Fund would suggest spending cuts and tax cuts as a “Plan B” for overextended countries.

As for Republicans being ideologically extreme, consider the polling coming out of the GOP presidential primary campaign. Americans saw the ideology of the GOP candidates — including Michelle Bachmann and Rick Santorum — as closer to theirs than Barack Obama’s ideology. Even among so-called independents, only Bachmann scored as more extreme than Obama, who holds the record for the most polarizing first, second and third years in office since Gallup started measuring polarization. A majority of Americans (and independents) said Barack Obama’s political views are “too liberal,” a greater percentage than believed either of his main Republican challengers — Rick Santorum (38%) or Mitt Romney (33%) — is “too conservative.” A majority of Americans (and independents) disagreed with Obama on the issues most important to them, while only a plurality disagreed with either Romney or Santorum.

Today’s post is much shorter than yesterday’s, because if you reread Ornstein and Mann, you will find none of this real-world context in their op-ed. In order for them to condemn Republicans as “the problem,” they ignore the country’s biggest problems, save for a passing reference to our exploding public debt as, er, “fiscal pressures.” They ignore the Democrats’ gross irresponsibility and dereliction in meeting the basic duties of governance, similarly burying their heads in the sand. They ignore that the Democrats’ preferred approach to the debt — when forced to consider it — has tended to fail worldwide. They denounce the GOP as ideologically extreme, public opinion data to the contrary. No wonder they demand the media switch entirely to a propaganda machine for the Democratic Party. Their reality-based community is a Potemkin village.

–Karl

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“You are right to say we’re not coming before you today to say ‘we have a definitive solution to that long term problem.’ What we do know is, we don’t like yours.”

Nevermind that finding those long-term solutions is your damned job!

These people are pure evil.

Happy Nomad on April 30, 2012 at 9:24 AM

I hate them…I hate them…I hate them!
…and I scorn the media, that lets them get away with it!

KOOLAID2 on April 30, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Clearly the solution is 1.3 trillion dollar deficits for every year of Hopenchange. Spending money that you don’t have is the easiest way towards prosperity, just ask the housing market.

Rambotito on April 30, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Indeed, Senate Democrats, in violation of federal law, have failed to pass any budget for almost three years.

I just keep struggling with this. Why is this not enforced? Who is in charge of enforcement? Why are suddenly laws ignored with liberals?

search4truth on April 30, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Obama, who holds the record for the most polarizing first, second and third years in office since Gallup started measuring polarization.

I don’t recall hearing about this in the news media.

forest on April 30, 2012 at 9:36 AM

failed attempts to close budget gaps relied 53% on tax increases and 47%, while successful consolidations averaged 85% spending cuts and 15% tax increases. Moreover, the International Monetary Fund would suggest spending cuts and tax cuts as a “Plan B” for overextended countries.

After 47% is the phrase “budget cuts” missing? Just curious. In our current situation we can’t afford more taxes. Taxing corporation will drive them elsewhere along with the jobs they provide.

We have also proven that increasing taxes on producers drives them away also. As an individual I must live within my means. Period. The government MUST also.

dogsoldier on April 30, 2012 at 9:37 AM

search4truth on April 30, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Same question here. If the Senate is violating the law, why no impeachment process or efforts to recall? Why no jail? How can these buggers hold office?

katablog.com on April 30, 2012 at 9:38 AM

I don’t recall hearing about this in the news media.

forest on April 30, 2012 at 9:36 AM

I am rolling on the floor clutching my sides and laughing myself silly over that…

dogsoldier on April 30, 2012 at 9:38 AM

search4truth on April 30, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Same question here. If the Senate is violating the law, why no impeachment process or efforts to recall? Why no jail? How can these buggers hold office?

katablog.com on April 30, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Only some state’s laws provide recall of Senators. You both ask a great question.

dogsoldier on April 30, 2012 at 9:40 AM

The problem is, there’s not one shred of foundation or validity for the liberal-ism that’s crushing America to death, its not what this country is about, never was, and its killing us.

The GOP is right to oppose it, phase it out, the democrats? They’re just wrong.

Its the education stupid. So many have been infected with the collectivism zombie disease that we’re all screwed if it continues to spread.

If we allow it.

Speakup on April 30, 2012 at 9:40 AM

The only way to teach people the consequences of national bankruptcy is for people experience or see it on a personal level.

When the government does not allow personal financial failure fallout*, individuals cannot comprehend the larger national version

* such as not being able to pay for healthcare, losing your home to foreclosure, not having the money for your child’s school lunch, not being able to get a loan for college, not being able to afford birth control (just kidding there) and so on. Saving all individuals from hardships negates their ability to envision them.

tomg51 on April 30, 2012 at 9:45 AM

They ignore the Democrats’ gross irresponsibility and dereliction in meeting the basic duties of governance,

..Sums up most of the MSM when it comes to their pom-pom waving activism in trying to deflect the public from the massive failures of the Obama administration.

A whole week of “Obama is awesome….he got Osama”….
……….while Obama loses the Afghan war and his “smart power” turns country after country over to the jihadist.

4 more years of the chicken hawk,Wall St. bought,downgrade President!!!!

Baxter Greene on April 30, 2012 at 9:49 AM


Congressional Dems: We Don’t Need a Budget

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/293937/congressional-dems-we-don-t-need-budget-patrick-brennan


…only a liberal could be stupid enough to view this as “leadership”…..

Baxter Greene on April 30, 2012 at 9:53 AM

And of course, none of what the Democrats continue to do would be possible if their fellow travelers (and likely co-conspirators) in the MSM did not cover for them and willingly advance their agenda.

Conservatives already know what the media thinks of us; here’s just another piece of proof:
WashPost Writes The Public Be Damned: They’re Biased If They Think We’re Biased

PatriotGal2257 on April 30, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Well, DUH!!!!

mile66 on April 30, 2012 at 9:59 AM

The Democrats are the problem

It’s not that Democrats are the problem. The problem is that marxists have fully captured the Democratic Party.

rbj on April 30, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Senate Democrats, in violation of federal law

What is our recourse? Who is enforcing this federal law? And don’t say voting him out, because that didn’t happen. Reid is personally preventing the Senate from doing its job, but nothing is being done to remove him.

LoganSix on April 30, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Saving all individuals from hardships negates their ability to envision them.

tomg51 on April 30, 2012 at 9:45 AM

This. A thousand times, this.

Washington Nearsider on April 30, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Can we have a balanced budget/presidential line-item-veto/term limits amendment to the constitution please. Now please?

While you’re at it throw in something about the federal government not being allowed to collect race data or use race in any law. Let’s get back to unity here in America. No more hyphen-Americans.

Mojave Mark on April 30, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Ornstein is just pissed that McCain-Feingold is so universally hated on the right, and that the Citizens United case was decided as it was. Those facts are his daily motivation, and why AEI thinks highly of him is a mystery only they can answer. Of course AEI is probably upset, as an entireity, as to how their individual mandate afterbirth tastes too: they like Big Solutions over there, and Ornstein fits right in to that mold. Republicans increasingly do not.

MTF on April 30, 2012 at 10:04 AM

We should treat Karl like a pitcher that’s six innings into a no-hitter. Nobody look at him, talk to him, breathe on him. The man’s on a roll and we don’t want to jinx it.

rogaineguy on April 30, 2012 at 10:05 AM

‘News media’ hmmm… what’s that? I vaguely remember something like that.

faraway on April 30, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Republicans have proposed a budget (largely the work of Rep. Paul Ryan) to address the debt bomb, and have taken considerable political flak for it, which will only increase in the general election campaign.

Republicans have proposed a budget which they claim addresses the debt bomb. Democrats have given them considerable flack for it because the Democrats claim it includes massive cuts. Both the Republicans and Democrats are lying, as the Ryan budget includes not a single dollar in cuts and doesn’t even address the deficit, let alone the debt, for 20 years.

Neither party is even remotely serious about addressing the debt. And we are going to pay dearly for it.

Shump on April 30, 2012 at 10:14 AM

For example, here’s “centrist” Ornstein on Citizens United:

“Chief Justice Roberts broke every vow he made in his confirmation hearings, and his rather pathetic defense of his reversal only underscores his shameless behavior.”

If every lefty and the Big Government Republicans join together, if the likes of Rick Santorum say,were to lie down with Obama or Pelosi, then we would have a problem. But they haven’t. Except for people like Norman Ornstein most AEI types still have pretensions of center-rightyness.

They could prove it by responding institutionally to this latest outrage from Norman Ornstein. In fact, maybe this is a test of sorts for AEI: what sort of an institution is it? I will look forward to answering Op-Ed’s from AEI scholars taking Ornstein down, and his final migration (already half accomplished) over to Brookings or even CAP.

MTF on April 30, 2012 at 10:16 AM

. Americans saw the ideology of the GOP candidates — including Michelle Bachmann and Rick Santorum — as closer to theirs than Barack Obama’s ideology. Even among so-called independents, only Bachmann scored as more extreme than Obama, who holds the record for the most polarizing first, second and third years in office since Gallup started measuring polarization. A majority of Americans (and independents) said Barack Obama’s political views are “too liberal,”

and if the same thing were true of Bush, they would have led ever evening newscasts with how divisive Bush was, how extreme, how unwilling to do the hard work of governing…

oh wait..

They did, and it was never true of Bush..

Obama, the single most hated president since Nixon, and the media can’t seem to notice how he’s tearing this country apart.

any mention at all, is in passing, then dismissed as further proof about how racist the conservative half of the country is, without even examing how hateful the president has been to the opposition, how badly he’s lied about us, how distorted his “facts” are..

The democrats don’t need to beg the media to be their propaganda arm.. they paid for that whore decades ago.. if anything, they need to reign them in a bit in their rah rah enthusiasm,… they’re so openly shilling for the democrats now..

even the independents are aware of it.

The pols show that as well, the indies are becoming contemptuous of the media, seeing what we’ve been saying for years, has been right all along.

The left, the democrat party has for partisan advantage, so delayed doing the right things.. the country may well suffer a collapse that’ll make the depression a walk in the park in comparison.

There are a few R’s who should answer.. but almost to a man, the dems are guilty.

mark81150 on April 30, 2012 at 10:20 AM

I just keep struggling with this. Why is this not enforced? Who is in charge of enforcement? Why are suddenly laws ignored with liberals?

search4truth on April 30, 2012 at 9:33 AM

They are above the law.
Its like when the “fleabagger” Dem senators fled the state here in Wisconsin. They were in violation of a Senate rule…I think Rule 23..a rule that forbids they from doing exactly what they did, but nothing was done. The DOJ snumerous demands for documents relative to an operation in which hundreds of people were killed…nothing. etc..etc.

On the other hand, YOU don’t declare a few stray dollars on your taxes, and start biting your nails if the IRS finds out.
Are we citizens or subjects to a Tyrant?

Mimzey on April 30, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Republicans have proposed a budget which they claim addresses the debt bomb. Democrats have given them considerable flack for it because the Democrats claim it includes massive cuts. Both the Republicans and Democrats are lying, as the Ryan budget includes not a single dollar in cuts and doesn’t even address the deficit, let alone the debt, for 20 years.

Neither party is even remotely serious about addressing the debt. And we are going to pay dearly for it.

Shump on April 30, 2012 at 10:14 AM

So where is the Dem’s alternative budget? Where is the Senate mark-up? Where is the reconciliation conference? Why isn’t Obama jumping up and down demanding that Congress give him a budget to sign?

Bottom line, until the Dems come up with a serious budget proposal they have no room to whine about Paul Ryan’s plan. And even though Ryan’s plan doesn’t go far enough even that has been met with pandering by the filthy Democrat Party.

Happy Nomad on April 30, 2012 at 10:38 AM

I don’t need Hot Air or Fox News or Rush Limbaugh to tell me that spending more money than I have is ruinous. If I ran my household the way this government is handling our money, I’d risk losing everything. We are in a financial crisis, which — for ideological reasons only (i.e. their sacred Big Government welfare and entitlement programs) –the Dems refuse to acknowledge and take seriously. When you have a spending and debt problem, you don’t “compromise” to spend a little less and go into debt less. You cut up the credit cards and establish a budget. Mann and Ornstein are ideological fools.

RobertMN on April 30, 2012 at 10:46 AM

I don’t need Hot Air or Fox News or Rush Limbaugh to tell me that spending more money than I have is ruinous.

RobertMN on April 30, 2012 at 10:46 AM

I would hope not.

But clearly that message isn’t registering in DC. Here we have massive debt and the Dems want to double down on stupid.

Happy Nomad on April 30, 2012 at 10:55 AM

The problem is BOTH parties, not one or the other. They play politics with bills and budgets in both chambers for political gain on both sides.

damian1967 on April 30, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Happy Nomad on April 30, 2012 at 10:55 AM

It is not just the Dems, it is the Republicans as well. They should be working together to get the job done, not both saying our way or no way.

No one side has all the answers, but together they may just make a dent in the problems the country is faceing.

But to say one side or the other is the problem in the stalemate in Washington is absurd. They are BOTH responsible for it.

damian1967 on April 30, 2012 at 10:57 AM

And not for nothing, Democrats did not vote for the Obama budget because it only contained numbers, this is a trick both sides have used a few times in the past to try and embarrass the other side:

Republicans said Democrats were afraid to vote for Obama’s proposed tax increases and extra spending for energy and welfare. Democrats said Republicans had forced a vote on a version of Obama’s budget that contained only its numbers, not the policies he would use to achieve them.

The budget was offered by Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., to show how few votes the president’s budget might get.

House Republicans last tried this same tactic in 2000 on President Clinton’s budget.

House Democrats floated three of President Reagan’s budgets in the 1980s. Those budgets collected 28, 15 and one votes, respectively.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/03/28/gop-run-house-easily-rejects-obama-budget/#ixzz1tXICxLpH

damian1967 on April 30, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Democrats, don’t worry about all those enormous problems facing this country, we’ll deal with that tomorrow. The future will take care of itself.

……”Well, guess what?

try again later on April 30, 2012 at 11:13 AM

try again later on April 30, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Yes the Democrats are guilty of that right now, but Republicans did a good job of it when they and Bush wrecked havoc on the economy with over spending as well.

It’s the same, they both put this country in great economic turmoil, it was not one side or the other, now the question is how to get out of it.

Republicans have some good ideas, and so do Democrats, but their parties both say no to each other.

They need to work for the people, not for their party.

damian1967 on April 30, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Indeed, Senate Democrats, in violation of federal law, have failed to pass any budget for almost three years.

I just keep struggling with this. Why is this not enforced? Who is in charge of enforcement? Why are suddenly laws ignored with liberals?

search4truth on April 30, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Essentially the enforcement method is twofold;
1) the Media makes the situation known to the voters
2) the Voters throw them out of office.

Now I might also add that item 1 is usually a response from the Leadership of the Executive Branch calling out the Senate for thier violation of Constitutional Requirements.

But since the MSM and Obama are in bed together, Item 1 is Not going to happen anytime soon.

jaydee_007 on April 30, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Republicans have some good ideas, and so do Democrats, but their parties both say no to each other.

damian1967 on April 30, 2012 at 11:16 AM

I would be grateful for a list of some of those good ideas the Democrats have.

DaveDief on April 30, 2012 at 11:43 AM

try again later on April 30, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Yes the Democrats are guilty of that right now, but Republicans did a good job of it when they and Bush wrecked havoc on the economy with over spending as well.

It’s the same, they both put this country in great economic turmoil, it was not one side or the other, now the question is how to get out of it.

Republicans have some good ideas, and so do Democrats, but their parties both say no to each other.

They need to work for the people, not for their party.

damian1967 on April 30, 2012 at 11:16 AM

So in your mind there is absolutly no difference between falling off of a Balance Beam in a gym that’s 3 feet high, or falling off of a High Wire suspended 300 feet above the ground.

It’s exactly the same since in both cases you’re falling.

jaydee_007 on April 30, 2012 at 11:44 AM

jaydee_007 on April 30, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Obama has submitted a budget EVERY year since being in Office, Republicans in the house have no interest in working with the other side to make anything happen unless it is their way.

This is a political stunt by BOTH sides.

damian1967 on April 30, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Obama, Pelosi, and Reid completely ignored Republicans in formulating Obamacare and had a great deal of trouble getting enough of their own party on board to ram it through Congress, but the GOP is the party that is scornful of compromise? LOL.

Obama has been at odds with moderates in his own party as often as with Republicans.

This demonstrates and exposes how extreme Obama and his allies really are. Imagine how extreme what they really want is if what they offer is considered their compromise position.

To illustrate, what they really wanted was a complete government takeover of health care and a single payer system. Obamacare was their “compromise” offer. So Republican opposition — nevermind the opposition in their own party — to Obamacare is offered up as evidence of an unwillingness to compromise.

This is pure political propaganda. Obama and the Dems can no longer open their mouths without spewing propaganda, misinformation, and outright lies.

farsighted on April 30, 2012 at 11:49 AM

jaydee_007 on April 30, 2012 at 11:44 AM

If Bush and the republicans did not give tax cuts, and have two unfunded wars, then most likely we would not be in the mess we are in.

Bailing out was not a democrat idea alone, republicans did it as well with Bush.

I am not interested in blaming either side alone, I know it was the fault of Both sides.

It doesnt matter the depth of the cliff, it was a cliff for both sides.

damian1967 on April 30, 2012 at 11:51 AM

farsighted on April 30, 2012 at 11:49 AM

I am by no means a supporter of Obamacare, however I do realize that health care in this country does not work as it is, and is a root cause for destroying so many families that can not afford it.

I am all for throwing it out, but I want solutions, not just going back to the same ole same ole.

Throwing it away is not the answer, fix it. Work on a solution.

damian1967 on April 30, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Obama has submitted a budget EVERY year since being in Office, Republicans in the house have no interest in working with the other side to make anything happen unless it is their way.

This is a political stunt by BOTH sides.

damian1967 on April 30, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Um, maybe you missed it….but Obama’s vaunted budgets have been UNANIMOUSLY defeated. As in, no one voted for it. As in, even Democrats (who won’t vote for any other budget) voted against it.

So your argument isn’t really holding up. In addition, because all the Democrats want to do is criticize the Republicans for having the audacity to come up with a budget. They won’t come up with their own plan, mind you. So that shoots down this part:

Republicans in the house have no interest in working with the other side to make anything happen unless it is their way.

Other than that, great argument.

search4truth on April 30, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Obama and the Dems cannot compromise enough within their own party to get a budget passed, but the GOP is the party unwilling to compromise?

Obama and the Dems have no plan whatsoever to eliminate trillion dollar deficits but Paul Ryan’s plan illustrates an unwillingness to compromise?

Obama’s proposed “Buffet Rule” will not put even a slight dent in the deficit, and Obama has no other plan to address the deficit, but the GOP’s rejection of it illustrates an unwillingness to compromise?

If this “logic” passes muster in the minds of a majority of the electorate we are doomed.

farsighted on April 30, 2012 at 12:01 PM

At the White House Getting Fluffed By Their Press Activitsts This Weekend, Barack Obama made the following statement as a DIRECT criticism of Sarah Palin – which NO ONE – even Drudge appropriately addressed the INAPPROPRIATENESS of:

“Do you know the difference between a Hockey Mom and a Pit Bull? Pit Bulls are delicious!”

WHY does Barack Obama get a “pass” on a public statement – poorly presented as a ‘jibe’ – in which Barack Obama CLAIMS to have both performed CUNNILINGUS on Sarah Palin AND eaten a Pit Bull (her moniker), and found the Pit Bull “better tasting”?

WHY aren’t we calling out these peoples innuendo and statements for WHAT THEY ARE and, instead – ALLOWING them to HIDE behind the drape of their hostility and innuendo?

williamg on April 30, 2012 at 12:01 PM

DaveDief on April 30, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Some of those great ideas?

Get rid of the Bush Tax Cuts, they never should of happend in the first place, the government was in debt all along, that should of been paid down.

There is a lot more, but this is one of the biggest. But unfunded mandates are probably the biggest issue.

Bush may of had a budget passed, but the wars were never funded.

Here are a few facts about Republicans role in the mess we are in:

1. Republican Leaders Agree U.S. Default Would Be a “Financial Disaster”
2. Ronald Reagan Tripled the National Debt
3. George W. Bush Doubled the National Debt
4. Republicans Voted Seven Times to Raise Debt Ceiling for President Bush
5. Federal Taxes Are Now at a 60 Year Low
6. Bush Tax Cuts Didn’t Pay for Themselves or Spur “Job Creators” 7. Ryan Budget Delivers Another Tax Cut Windfall for Wealthy
8. Ryan Budget Will Require Raising Debt Ceiling – Repeatedly 9. Tax Cuts Drive the Next Decade of Debt
10. $3 Trillion Tab for Unfunded Wars Remains Unpaid

damian1967 on April 30, 2012 at 12:01 PM

williamg on April 30, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Who cares, it was a correspondance dinner, both sides have used poor taste in jokes.

damian1967 on April 30, 2012 at 12:05 PM

williamg on April 30, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Wait, so he can not say Pitbull now? Because that means Sarah Palin?

You really need to get over it.

damian1967 on April 30, 2012 at 12:07 PM

damian1967,

You can dismiss offering the president’s budget as a stunt, and it’s fair to note it was just the outline. However, House Democrats offered their own alternative, as did the Progressive Caucus and the Congressional Black Caucus. The entire point of the stunt is to point out that Democrats declined to offer the president’s budget in any form as an alternative, which says something about its level of support.

Karl on April 30, 2012 at 1:48 PM

. However, a study of fiscal consolidations in 21 countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development over 37 years concludes that failed attempts to close budget gaps relied 53% on tax increases and 47%, while successful consolidations averaged 85% spending cuts and 15% tax increases.

Is something missing in this sentence? Perhaps 47% on spending cuts maybe?

mr.blacksheep on April 30, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Congressional Dems: We Don’t Need a Budget
By Patrick Brennan
March 20, 2012 11:37 A.M.
Comments
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Byron York notes that at least one element of the Democrat response to Paul Ryan’s budget is obvious: We don’t like your budget, so we’ll just go without one. Steny Hoyer, House Minority Whip, has argued the following:

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

In February, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was even more explicit: “We do not need to bring a budget to the floor this year — it’s done, we don’t need to do it.”

And yet another reason never to raise the debt ceiling again.

Theophile on May 1, 2012 at 1:22 AM

search4truth on April 30, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Suddenly? Really?

Freelancer on May 1, 2012 at 12:06 PM