In Response to Burr Deming's Fiscal Train Wreck of 1973 Law
The budget process is initiated with a budget proposal from the president. The president's budget needs to take the opinions of the House into consideration if the president expects congress to seriously consider his budget proposal. Obama's unfounded arrogance apparently leads him to believe that he can completely disregard Congress' budgetary desires and ram his own desires down everyone's throat. He was mistaken.
F&B, January 16, 2013
What do you think the President is asking for when he submits his own budget proposal? The President has departments within the Executive branch that submit to him their own budget proposals, funding goals and plans for the coming year. The President takes this information, consolidates it into an overarching budget proposal and submits it to the Legislature where the Legislature uses it to determine the country's budget.
The President's budget proposal is, just that, a proposal. Not the set in stone budget for the country. The Legislative Branch has the power of the purse.
As far as the vote in the Senate that you refer to:
That was pure political theater. The House had already rejected the President's budget proposal, so what was being voted on in the Senate was not the actual budget proposal from the President but one from a Republican Senator.
And honestly, in lieu a budget, the Legislature produces the continuing resolutions to pay for things. Where do you think the President gets his credit card? The legislature gives it to him.
Now the Republicans, after letting the government spend money, want to play political games when the bills are due.
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Are you seriously implying that the republicans are the only ones playing political games?
When Obama was a Senator, he voted against increasing the debt limit during the Bush administration. Following are a couple of key parts of Obama's rant in the Senate regarding why he was voting against raising the debt limit:
"Mr. President, I rise today to talk about America’s debt problem. The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies.
Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘‘the buck stops here.’’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.
Recently, when asked about this by one of the few reporters who seeks to gather the truth from this administration, Obama (or one of his lackeys) stated that he did it for political reasons.
And yet, when the republicans do the same, you want to cry foul and accuse them of playing political games. BOTH sides are playing politics, and both sides have to play with the cards they're dealt.
Obama and the democrats will have to learn to work with republicans, and learn to compromise in order to get spending under control. This isn't partisan, this is for the future of our country.
As long as the republicans have the debt ceiling card in their deck, they should play it. The democrats certainly are playing every card they have, and when they have the debt ceiling card again, you can bet they will play it then.
Republicans have already demonstrated that they are willing and ready to compromise in order to fix our fiscal and spending problems.
When are the democrats going to do the same?
No. Nothing about that statement has an implication that the Republicans are the only ones playing political games. Furthermore, when you take that statement with the rest of what I said just prior to that, you would understand I'm referring to the political games being played by the Republicans in this particular instance.
Of course all sides play the game. In this instance, with economic default on the line, it's the Republicans chomping at the bit to score points. My overarching point is that this is the inappropriate time to talk about spending cuts. Holding mine and yours 401Ks hostage; Holding the good faith and credit of the USA hostage; Holding the world markets hostage just to cut benefits to seniors and poor people is inappropriate. The time to talk about the amount of spending and the budget is, you know, during the debates on the budget.
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