That’s okay, Barack, you’ll get ‘em next time:
Another day, another congressional shutout of O’s latest unserious gimmick. That makes three in the past year. The Senate torpedoed his last budget 97-0 in May 2011, then the House dropped a goose egg on him in March with a robust 414-0 tally. Now this.
Republicans forced the vote by offering the president’s plan on the Senate floor.
Democrats disputed that it was actually the president’s plan, arguing that the slim amendment didn’t actually match Mr. Obama’s budget document, which ran thousands of pages. But Republicans said they used all of the president’s numbers in the proposal, so it faithfully represented his plan.
Sen. Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican, even challenged Democrats to point out any errors in the numbers and he would correct them — a challenge no Democrats took up…
The White House has held its proposal out as a “balanced approach” to beginning to rein in deficits. It calls for tax increases to begin to offset higher spending, and would begin to level off debt as a percentage of the economy by 2022. It would produce $6.4 trillion in new deficits over that time.
Said Mitch McConnell of Reid’s refusal to offer his own budget, “They’re so unserious they won’t even vote for a budget that was written by a president of their own party. It doesn’t get more irresponsible than that.”
I didn’t know what to do with this story as a stand-alone—but it fits here:
Democratic leaders have defiantly refused to lay out their own vision for how to deal with federal debt and spending, arguing that last summer’s debt-ceiling deal essentially serves as an actual budget. While a budget resolution is non-binding, they say, the Budget Control Act was signed into law.
But a few centrists in the 53-member Democratic conference expressed frustration with their party’s budget inaction.
“Anything we can do to force the Senate to deal with the debt is important to do, and the sooner the better,” Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), who caucuses with Democrats, told POLITICO. “I don’t think [Democrats] will offer their own budget and I’m disappointed in that.”
Freshman Sen. Joe Manchin has often said he would have been “impeached” if he failed to produce a budget as West Virginia governor, though he conceded there are differences between the state and Senate budget processes.
“Sure I have a problem with [failing to offer a budget]. As a former governor, my responsibility was to put a budget forward and balance it, so anyone who comes from the executive mindset has a problem with that. I don’t care if you’re Democrat or Republican,” Manchin said in an interview.
I don’t know if two Democrats (one technically an Independent) qualifies as “a few”, but I take the point. While the Blue Dog Democrat may be extinct, there might still be a few in the remotest parts of the country that are genetically distinct.
As a former Democrat (for over 25 years), I can’t even imagine what I ever saw in these people.