“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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1,000 Days

The Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate should be ashamed that it has been 1,000 days since it passed a budget.

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Feingold not running for office in 2012

This is a devastating blow for the liberal left in Wisconsin going into 2012.

Former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold announced 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.

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Tea Party groups taking another look at Johnson

Wisconsin tea party groups largely stayed out of endorsing candidates in the U.S. Senate race before the September primary, but now some in the movement are reconsidering and pushing to get behind the Republican candidate Ron Johnson.

Johnson, an Oshkosh millionaire who burst onto the political stage this spring with fiery speeches at two tea party rallies, has a checkered past with some tea party groups. He fell out of favor with the Rock River Patriots after a vetting session in which several members said they were unimpressed with his knowledge of the Constitution.

Straw polls of other tea party groups in Madison and western Wisconsin show that members overwhelmingly backed his opponent Dave Westlake. Other groups, including one in Racine, showed members supported Johnson although they didn’t endorse anyone in the primary. A coalition of more than 70 tea party groups did not endorse anyone but may reconsider that for the general election.

Johnson beat Westlake with 85 percent of the primary vote. Johnson spent more than $4 million of his own money blanketing the airwaves, overpowering Westlake who was running on a shoestring budget. After the election Westlake threw his support behind Johnson.

Westlake said he was working to convince his backers reluctant to support Johnson that they ought to because he’s a better alternative to Feingold.

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, head of the Republican Governors Association, said in Milwaukee last week that he expected tea party members to rally around Republican candidates because both groups care about the same issues _ the economy, job creation and excessive spending.

There has been some pressure from local Republicans for the tea party movement to unify behind Johnson, said Tim Dake, organizer of the Milwaukee-area group the GrandSons of Liberty. But Dake and others in the tea party movement say they don’t know enough about Johnson to feel comfortable endorsing him. Dake said Johnson committed to attending roughly a dozen tea party vetting sessions but then canceled at the last minute.

“We feel we don’t really know him at this point,” Dake said. “We would kind of like to see some substance. So far we haven’t gotten that. … We don’t feel we have a good grasp of who he is and what he would do.” (Source: Wisconsin State Journal)

A smart move considering Ron Johnson won the primary.  However I wonder if Johnson realizes why he wasn’t endorsed by the groups in the first place.

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