We are being bombarded with unsolicited advice and admonishment from the media regarding which issues are helpful or hurtful to the conservative cause. However, I would wager that the budget issue is a big winner with the public, even as Republicans are prepared to cave on all budgetary matters.
Democrats in the Senate have failed to pass a budget in almost 1300 days. Yet, instead of holding firm on the House budget, Republicans have decided to negotiate with people who have none of their own. Only a communications-challenged party could fail to take their case to the voters. Every family knows that they need to formulate a budget. If Republicans would drive home this point more, the public would support their effort to stand their ground until Democrats come up with their own budget.
Earlier in the year, House Republicans agreed once again to play ball with the budget-less Senate. They jettisoned their month’s worth of budget work in favor of a 6 month CR that will last until March 31 – the first 6 months of FY 2013. Now that Congress has had an extra 6 months to do their jobs and pass a budget in regular order (pass each of the 12 appropriations bills individually), one would expect them to finish the appropriations process. Instead, as Politico reported this morning, they are preparing an omnibus bill to fill out the remainder of the fiscal year.
There is never any excuse for a conservative to vote for an omnibus bill. There is no way that any senator or congressman has the ability to read a 1200-page bill that contains all of the expenditures of government. Republicans must refuse to pass any omnibus bill until Democrats agree to pass the budget in regular order. At this rate, that might take centuries.