Nine Days Before Democrats Shut Down Government
posted at 10:40 am on February 23, 2011 by Rovin
U.S. Senate M.I.A. while a nation sits on the precipice of insolvency.
The Democratic Party is faced with a daunting choice on Friday March 4th; accept the critical budget cuts a majority of Americans know must be made to rein in the enormous debt that is choking a stagnant economy, or, force the federal government to shut down. While the liberal media and their pundits are doing their best to point the blame at Republicans for this potential meltdown, most Americans, (who are getting squeezed by rising taxes, gas and food prices), are not buying it. Further, with little or no relief for small businesses, unemployment remains high in the private jobs sector while the Obama administration and the Democrats have poured billions into the public sector—think union job security and benefits—leaving growth in the private sector stagnant.
Even the ever liberal Washington Post allowed a writer to publish a story a few days ago, recognizing the enormous debt levels facing the nation:
“The daunting tower of national, state and local debt in the United States will reach a level this year unmatched just after World War II and already exceeds the size of the entire economy, according to government estimates.
But any similarity between 1946 and now ends there. The U.S. debt levels tumbled in the years after World War II, but today they are still climbing and even deep cuts in spending won’t completely change that for several years.
As President Obama and Republicans squabble over whose programs to cut and which taxes to raise, slow growth and a rising tide of interest payments – largely beyond their control – are making the job of fixing the budget much harder than in the past. Statehouses and governors face similar challenges.”
Here, the Washington Post writer makes a typical assumption about “debt control”, (or lack of it), while publishing nothing about the past three years of unprecedented spending and entitlement growth while this country has been in the “capable” hands of the Democratic Party. As I wrote in the GreenRoom this last Sunday, even while the Republicans in the House have passed a Continuing Resolution that would keep the government running through the end of September, Senator Chuck Schumer made the feeble attempt to pit the blame of a potential shutdown on Republicans. Schumer’s “spin” was relayed by the Hill, while the liberal media spread his words as if it were the gospel according to Democrats.
President Obama or Harry Reid could call the Senate back at any time. Senate Republicans do not have this power. (Article 2, Section 3, Clause 2 of the Constitution states: “The President may call extraordinary sessions of one or both Houses of Congress.”)
It would be remiss not to mention that even with this shutdown crisis looming, the United States Senate, (under control of the Democrats), is “out of town” taking a much needed week off. Remember when Harry Reid insisted the Senate remain working through the holiday season to pass a multi-trillion dollar healthcare bill because of its urgency? Doesn’t a potential government shutdown fall under these parameters?
While the House Republicans have completed their job by submitting a CR, the Senate sits at home spouting their political talking points and doing virtually nothing to prevent this shutdown.
So, with nine days left, (and a Senate on vacation), AND DEMOCRATS refusing to pass meaningful spending cuts, who should Americans blame if the government shuts down?
It certainly appears that President Obama, Harry Reid, and Chuck Schumer (ALL DEMOCRATS), don’t feel any urgency to rein in national debt spending, or facilitate a Continuing Resolution to keep the government from defaulting. (It should also be noted that the Democrats failed to produce or pass a budget for 2010, when they had complete control of Congress)*. One would have to wonder if this wouldn’t be considered a crisis. Clearly, the Democrats have the opportunity, (and the power), to prevent this crisis from becoming a reality. But, I doubt the American public will be buying the media spin that Republicans are at fault.
The ball is in your court, Mr. President. And your Democratic Party. Any failure to sign a Continuing Resolution will be your Party’s fault—period.
*(House Democrats will not pass a budget blueprint in 2010, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) will confirm in a speech on Tuesday. But Hoyer will vow to crack down on government spending, saying Democrats will enforce spending limits that are lower than what President Barack Obama has called for. LINK
(note: all bolding/emphasis is mine)