Harry Reid’s Animus Towards Budgets

Monday, February 6th, 2012 and is filed under Blog

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Nothing exemplifies Democrats’ antipathy for fiscal responsibility like their disregard for the budget process.  It’s been over 1,000 days since the Senate has passed a budget, yet Harry Reid has no intention of formulating one for FY 2013.  One would think that with all the publicity exposing their callous attitude towards budgeting, Democrats would be embarrassed into coming up with some sort of a budget blueprint.  I guess you can never underestimate the extent of their fiscal recklessness.

Late last Friday, Harry Reid announced that he won’t even allow a budget resolution to come to a vote on the Senate floor this year.  He asserted that the Budget Control Act, which set discretionary spending at $1.047 trillion for FY 2013, is tantamount to a budget!  This would be hilarious if it weren’t so sad.  All the BCA does is set a topline discretionary spending cap.  It doesn’t specify the funding levels for the hundreds of line items within that topline number.  Imagine if you would sit down to formulate a personal budget and rely solely on the topline spending figure, instead of working out the individual costs for specific expenditures.

It is quite remarkable that Democrats are roughly even with congressional Republicans in favorability and electoral polling.  This speaks volumes of the failure on the part of Republicans to expose Democrat budget failures and articulate an alternative vision.