No, Obama won’t be getting a budget out on time this year, either

posted at 9:21 pm on January 7, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

It’s helpful to mark these milestones every year. While President Obama lectures his opposition about unprecedented obstruction and lack of governance, he continues to miss the most basic of statutory requirements of governance every year.

Like the budget. Delivered late by Obama five of six years despite the fact that law requires him to produce it by the first Monday in February. As Guy Benson notes, George H.W. Bush, Clinton, and George W. combined for a total of four late budgets in 20 years of governing.

Obama just hit number five. He’s missed more budget deadlines than any president since the current law was passed in the early 1920′s. Chalk up another “unprecedented” achievement for Team O. High fives all around. The CQ story goes on to speculate that Senate Democrats will once again shirk their budget duties this year for the explicit purpose of evading tough pre-election votes.

The Obama budget’s tardiness keeps appropriators from meeting and basically results in any kind of normal order falling apart, again. And, that’s just the way Sen. Harry Reid likes it, having used the Budget Control Act as an excuse to avoid his legally required governing responsibilities for three years because putting the Democratic Senators’ spending priorities down on paper for voters to see would be inconvenient for him. Because voters might not like them. If the Ryan-Murray deal had not been struck, one imagines Reid would have run down and grabbed a guy who just negotiated a Prius lease and stood behind that deal to avoid budgeting. Surely, this hard-fought Prius topline number is sufficient to run the American government and a triumph of bipartisanship!

CQ predicts Reid will be using Ryan-Murray as his excuse for shirking this year:

The expectation is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., will keep a Senate budget deal off the floor, arguing the Ryan-Murray pact makes it unnecessary. Senate debate on a budget resolution could open the door to numerous amendments that the chamber’s Republicans can use to force highly partisan votes just months before the elections.

But really, what is the reason for being late on this? It’s a bunch of made-up numbers anyway. Take last year’s made-up numbers, massage them into new made-up numbers, dream taxes, and super-fun plans for driving us to fiscal doom, and be done with it. Eh, he’s been busy for 17 days.


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Electrongod on January 7, 2014 at 9:31 PM

Surprise.

listens2glenn on January 7, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Maybe’s Boehner could schedule a Budget session on the golf course,
or, after one of Hopey’s Demonization of the GOP speechifications!!

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Budgets are so white people.

Dack Thrombosis on January 7, 2014 at 9:36 PM

You do a new budget you lose the baseline increases of the “stimulus”. 1 trillion/year.

wolly4321 on January 7, 2014 at 9:40 PM

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, …………………………..:

House Passes the Bipartisan Budget Act
The bill will reduce the deficit by $23 billion without raising taxes.

Washington, Dec 12, 2013
************************

WASHINGTON, D.C.

—Today, the House of Representatives passed the Bipartisan Budget Act. Written by House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan and Senate Budget Committee chairman Patty Murray, the bill will provide $63 billion in temporary sequester relief and $85 billion in mandatory savings. It will eliminate waste, cut corporate welfare, and make needed reforms to autopilot spending. On net, the bill will reduce the deficit by $23 billion over the next ten years. The Senate will take it up next week.

Upon passage of the legislation, Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin made the following statement:

“I want to thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for supporting this bill. It reduces the deficit—without raising taxes. And it does so by cutting spending in a smarter way. It doesn’t go as far as I’d like, but it’s a firm step in the right direction.

“This agreement will stop Washington’s lurch from crisis to crisis. It will bring stability to the budget process and show both parties can work together.

“I want to thank Senator Murray for her hard work on this agreement. And I’m confident her colleagues in the Senate will pass this bill.”

Click here

http://budget.house.gov/the-bipartisan-budget-act-of-2013/

to learn more about the Bipartisan Budget Act.
===============================================

http://budget.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=364270

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 9:42 PM

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canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 9:45 PM

That’s just retarded. Sir.

DanMan on January 7, 2014 at 9:49 PM

Can’t we just fire this non-performing guy who is dragging the rest of our team down?

Oh I forgot, performance is the last criteria used in government service evaluations.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on January 7, 2014 at 9:58 PM

“I think there’s a laziness in me…”

Fallon on January 7, 2014 at 10:05 PM

I am shocked … shocked I say …. maybe if he cut out a vaca or maybe a round or two of golf he could find the time to come up with a budget.

conservative tarheel on January 7, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Fore.

SparkPlug on January 7, 2014 at 10:36 PM

thanks govment idiots for spending us into a hole.

let’s print more money using chink ink.

SparkPlug on January 7, 2014 at 10:38 PM

If the Ryan-Murray deal had not been struck, one imagines Reid would have run down and grabbed a guy who just negotiated a Prius lease and stood behind that deal to avoid budgeting. Surely, this hard-fought Prius topline number is sufficient to run the American government and a triumph of bipartisanship!

If that Prius lessee had paid $3.6 trillion, maybe.

Seriously, Dingy Harry once said that the Budget Control Act of 2011 was the FY2012 budget. Since the Ryan-Murray deal sell-out covers FY2015, he’ll stand behind that.

Steve Eggleston on January 7, 2014 at 10:40 PM

No, Obama won’t be getting a budget out on time this year, either ever

FIFY. Seriously, why should he? How has he paid for failing to perform required duties and usurping congressional power? He still gets what he wants (mostly).

Besides, budgets are full of numbers, and numbers are used in math, and math is hard.

Marcola on January 7, 2014 at 10:44 PM

That’s just retarded. Sir.

DanMan on January 7, 2014 at 9:49 PM

“I think there’s a laziness in me…”

Fallon on January 7, 2014 at 10:05 PM

…these two posts…so close together…made me laugh for some reason!

KOOLAID2 on January 7, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Maybe’s Boehner could schedule a Budget session on the golf course,
or, after one of Hopey’s Demonization of the GOP speechifications!!

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Way better chance for it in a bath house. In Chicago, preferably.

riddick on January 7, 2014 at 11:20 PM

Worst president ever!

sadatoni on January 8, 2014 at 8:19 AM

chink ink.

SparkPlug on January 7, 2014 at 10:38 PM

Seriously?

Eviva on January 8, 2014 at 8:56 AM