Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we are now going on two years since the Senate passed a budget. And Harry Reid is just fine with that:
Passing a yearly budget for the federal government is a fundamental responsibility of Congress. Lawmakers do not have to spend their time naming post offices or passing health care reform. But they do have to pass a budget. In 2010, neither the House nor the Senate did so. It’s not that members just didn’t get around to it, which would have been scandalous enough. No, Reid and then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi feared that passing a budget would hurt their chances in the November midterm elections. So they did nothing and took a beating at the polls anyway.
Now Pelosi is out of the picture. But Reid is still at it. The Republican-controlled House has passed a budget, but Reid will not produce a Democratic spending proposal. And if Reid doesn’t want to pass a budget, then a budget won’t be passed; the majority leader controls what is and what is not considered in the Senate.
“There’s no need to have a Democratic budget, in my opinion,” Reid told the Los Angeles Times last week. “It would be foolish for us to do a budget at this stage.” Instead, Reid wants to wait to see if the deficit-reduction meetings led by Vice President Biden bear any fruit. Before that, Reid wanted to wait for the Gang of Six — now nearly defunct — to come up with something.
This is simply appalling. I’m guessing what happened here was that the Democrats produced a budget that reduced the deficit mostly through tax hikes and then chickened out on actually presenting it. Right now, they’re milking anti-Republican sentiment, culminating in last night’s win in NY-26. They’re running with their Mediscare tactics. And … that’s it. That’s all they are prepared to do.
There are plenty of people criticizing the Republican plans to privatize Medicare and cut spending without any tax hikes. But here’s the thing: at least the Republicans proposed a budget. At least they’re trying to get out deficit under control. Whatever you may think of their plan — and I have issues with it — at least it’s a plan. That’s a a massive improvement over the big democratic pile of fucking nothing.
Here’s a question for the floor: why do we even have a Congress anymore? They won’t vote a war up or down; they’ve punted much of their law-making ability to the bureaucracies; they won’t pass a budget; they want to repass the Patriot Act with zero changes. As far as I can tell, their primary duties are appearing on TV and collecting campaign contributions.
What are we paying them for? Why do we even have these clowns around? They have made themselves irrelevant and immaterial.