“Abdication of Leadership” On Budget Disappointing

The lack of leadership when it comes to a budget by President Obama is very disappointing.  From Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI):

“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.

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Senator DeMint Not Endorsing In Primary

From Senate Conservatives Fund, a PAC chaired by Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC):

“I’m going to work on Senate races and let South Carolina decide for itself who they want to nominate,” DeMint said. “I want to help deliver a conservative Senate, otherwise it doesn’t matter who is in the White House.”

Interesting decision by the Senator, considering his voice carries a great deal of weight among Conservatives.  But he does make a great point in that without a conservative Senate it really doesn’t matter.  The GOP having control of the House the last two years shows that.

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Where’s Your Budget?

Let’s be perfectly frank, when it comes to the so-called debt-ceiling “deal” I’m not exactly a fan.  I don’t think it goes far enough when it comes to making spending cuts.  That being said it does seem that thanks to the stand by many freshman Republicans and the Tea Party things are better than they could have been when the debate started.  And the Republicans have presented a budget which is more than President Obama and the Democrats in the Senate have done.  As Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) points out:

Nevertheless, the president still hasn’t shown us his cards. He still hasn’t put forward a credible plan to tackle the threat of ever-rising spending and debt, and his evasiveness is emblematic of the party he leads.

Ever since they abused the budget process to jam their health-care takeover through Congress last year, the Democrats have simply done away with serious budgeting altogether. The simplest explanation—and the president’s real bluff—is that they don’t want to commit publicly to the kind of tax increases and health-care rationing that would be required to sustain their archaic vision of government.

The president’s February budget deliberately dodged the tough choices necessary to confront the threat of runaway federal spending. It was rejected unanimously in a Senate controlled by his own party.

In short it’s been nothing but rhetoric instead of leadership coming from the Oval Office.

Since then he has offered a lot of rhetoric but no real plan to avoid a spending-driven debt crisis. His speeches and press conferences are no substitutes for actual budgets with specific numbers and independently verified projections of future deficits and debt. Meanwhile, it has been over two years since the Democrat-controlled Senate passed any budget at all. This is a historic failure to fulfill one of the most basic responsibilities of governing.

This leadership deficit has thrown the federal budget process into chaos at the worst possible time.

While this so-called “deal” is far from perfect there is a silver lining:

The president tried to use the debt-ceiling negotiations to secure the first of many tax increases that his party needs to pay for its legacy of unfunded promises. He failed. Instead, Republicans won the policy debate by securing the first of many spending restraints we need to avoid a debt-driven economic calamity.

The question is when will President Obama and the Democrats be willing to have meaningful debate when it comes to a “real” budget plan?

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State Senator Holperin on way home?

WisPolitics is reporting that in light of the endgame move played by Republican State Senators on the collective bargaining aspect of Governor Walker’s budget repair bill 12th Senate District Senator Jim Holperin is on his way home from Illinois.

State Sen. Jim Holperin was driving back to his home in Conover this morning and said he expected other Dems to follow suit after the Assembly votes later today.

Holperin said most of the Dem caucus met last night and agreed to return once the Assembly finished its work on the legislation to strip away most collective bargaining rights for public employees. He said he may have left a little earlier than the others, but he believed the Assembly action was a foregone conclusion and there would be no Senate floor session today or tomorrow. He said he would return to the Capitol if that changed.

Holperin headed back three weeks to the day after the Dems went into their self-imposed exile.

A self-imposed exile that did nothing but hold democracy hostage and resulted in 42% of Wisconsinites not having representation in the State Senate for three weeks. Here’s a novel idea for the minority, next time you don’t like a bill do your elected job which is to debate and vote on ALL legislation brought to the floor.

Welcome back Jim.  Perhaps you would like to explain to your constituents why your actions don’t warrant being recalled.