Monday, May 30, 2011

Where's the budget?

Byron York of the Washington Examiner writes?
Passing a yearly budget for the federal government is a fundamental responsibility of Congress. Lawmakers do not have to spend their time naming post offices or passing healthcare reform. But they do have to pass a budget. In 2010, neither the House nor the Senate did so. It's not that members just didn't get around to it, which would have been scandalous enough. No, Reid and then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi feared that passing a budget would hurt their chances in the November midterm elections. So they did nothing and took a beating at the polls anyway.
Now Pelosi is out of the picture. But Reid is still at it. The Republican-controlled House has passed a budget, but Reid will not produce a Democratic spending proposal. And if Reid doesn't want to pass a budget, then a budget won't be passed; the majority leader controls what is and what is not considered in the Senate.
York concludes:
The most amazing thing about all this, to Republicans, is that Reid's abdication of responsibility has attracted so little attention. In a country drowning in debt, where's the outrage?
I would add: Why on earth to voters keep electing members of a party that is not only guilty of such monumental irresponsibility, but is actively running the country toward bankruptcy?

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