tzor wrote:The House has passed budgets; it is the Senate who has constantly refused to act. It's actually in the best interest of the Democrats not to pass a budget, allowing the ever growing continuing resolutions to cloak the levels of the spending. Obama, meanwhile has done NOTHING. I'm sorry, but the POTUS should have, at least in theory, a little pull in his own party. He can't even get a single member of the house to vote for his budget and he can't even get his budget up for a vote in the Senate. So not only are his budgets late, they are dead on arrival, by design.
It's not POTUS job to pass a budget, that's Congress's job.
The Bush Congress was happy with the Bush budget because Bush didn't put everything into his budget. As he promised, Obama did put every expenditure that had been made, had been planned, and had been promised (and not just by/for Democrats) into the budget.
And now that they see it in black & white, they won't pass it.
And about the only "cuts" the Republicans want are to those who can least the government cutting off their aid while rich get even richer.
And not one of them has the balls to propose they start cutting with their own salaries and benefits; and not one has the balls to suggest that maybe we have too many congressman now and that, now that "reaching out" is much easier, maybe the population numbers that indicate another representative is in order, should be increased because one congressman can get feedback from a wider area than when those numbers were first set.
Yes, both are responsible for forgetting to lead by example, but since the Republican party wants to claim they're "for tax cuts" it's more their responsibility to start with cuts to themselves, their own salaries, their own benefits, their own numbers, their own pensions, cutting out pensions for those who've committed criminal impeachable acts, and so forth... things pretty much no "average citizen" would disagree with. So if they are supposed to represent "us" and they want to cut expenses, then they should start there.