“I am deeply disappointed in this President’s abdication of leadership when it comes to prioritizing Americans’ hard-earned tax dollars. The decision to delay the release of his budget again could not come at a more precarious moment for our fiscal and economic future. This will mark the third time in four years the President has missed his statutory requirement to present a budget on time, while trillion-dollar budget deficits continue to mount. As the President announces another missed deadline, tomorrow marks the 1,000th day Senate Democrats have gone without any budget at all.
“Having buried Americans under trillions of dollars of debt, the President and his party’s leaders remain unwilling to account for their spending spree. The lack of credible budget plans from the President and his party’s leaders raises the question: What are they hiding? Given their refusal to advance serious spending restraints and reforms, the President seems unwilling to specify the extent of the job-destroying tax increases and disruptive health-care rationing required to make a dent in his borrowing binge. The merciless math of Washington’s current fiscal trajectory requires tough decisions and principled leadership, which leaders are supposed to offer in the form of budgets. Rather than tackle these challenges head-on, this President continues to punt, while his party’s leaders in the Senate have simply abandoned responsible budgeting altogether.
“While the President’s failures delay the Fiscal Year 2013 budget process, House Republicans remain committed to advancing solutions that get American back on track. We deserve better than a President unwilling to meet his legal and moral obligation to tackle our nation’s most pressing challenges. We deserve better than the President’s path to debt, doubt and decline.”
President Obama should be ashamed, as should all the Democrats in the U.S. Senate, of the continued failure to pass a budget. There should be extreme disappointment that not one of them wants to be held accountable.
Former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingoldannounced this morning he will not be a candidate in 2012, telling supporters he will instead focus on teaching, writing a book and leading his Progressives United PAC.
Feingold was the favored candidate of some Dems to seek the party’s nomination next year either for the open U.S. Senate seat or to challenge Scott Walker if the guv is recalled. He also acknowledged in an email to his Progressives United supporters of his strong standings in the polls for both races.
“After twenty-eight continuous years as an elected official, however, I have found the past eight months to be an opportunity to look at things from a different perspective,” Feingold wrote.
In his concession speech on Election Night 2010, Feingold declared it “was on to 2012,” prompting speculation he may challenge President Obama in a Dem primary, a notion he quickly sought to tamp down.
In the email, he said he meant those words and said they were a reference to the need to re-elect Obama, pledging to work toward that goal. He said those words also now mean retaking Wisconsin government after the “aggressive tactics of Governor Walker and the legislature,” and pledged to use his Progressives United PAC to fight against those in the political process willing to accept unlimited corporate contributions for “short-term political gain.”
Still, he also called the last few months with family, friends and loved ones “among the best in my life, and I am not eager to give that up.”
“But for now I am thoroughly enjoying the life of a private citizen in this great state of Wisconsin,” he wrote.
In other words he doesn’t want to potentially be a “junior” Senator again and he sees that a recall of Governor Scott Walker has no real chance of success.
Big Labor has now sent more than six million dollars to finance recall efforts in Wisconsin according to a review of campaign finance reports conducted by the MacIver News Service. The figures only account for disbursements reported to the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board; these organizations do not have to report expenditures made for efforts to communicate with their own membership.
The contributions can come in the form of monetary contributions like wire transfers and checks or in-kind contributions. Wisconsin statutes define “in-kind” contributions as a disbursement by a contributor to procure a thing of value or service for the benefit of a registrant who authorized the disbursement.
All told, Big Labor has spent more than $6,419,000 in the recall efforts this year, having delivered $2.2 million to the state since July 1.
The AFL-CIO sent $3,884,170 to the “We are Wisconsin” Super PAC in six monetary disbursements since May, the last one being for $778,431 on July 5.
As previously reported by MNS, The deceptively-named “We are Wisconsin” effort has a decidedly non-Wisconsin infrastructure, with well in excess of 90% of its funds and many of its key operatives coming from out of state.
AFSCME has set up a special account for the Wisconsin recalls and from that delivered $1,855,617 in monetary and in-kind contributions to “We are Wisconsin” in the last eight weeks. On July 7 alone, AFSCME sent an $800,000 monetary contribution to that Super PAC.
So much for the claim of grassroots by the liberals and Democrats.