1. Post #1
    What fun is there in making sense?
    Dennab
    October 2007
    9,274 Posts
    [release]It’s been more than 1,000 days since the Senate has passed a budget, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is unconcerned. In fact, he says he has no plans to bring a budget to the floor in 2012, either. He argues the 2012 budget is already done because last summer’s debt-ceiling deal included a few spending caps. Essentially, Reid wonders: Why do we need a long-term spending plan when we can stumble into some spending caps here and there? The Hill was first to this story:

    “We do not need to bring a budget to the floor this year — it’s done, we don’t need to do it,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters on Friday, echoing previous statements from his office.

    Reid and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) argued that the debt-limit agreement in August directs spending for the next year and that Senate Appropriations Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) has already asked the heads of the subcommittees to write their bills for fiscal 2013.


    Senate Budget Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) has said he would probably mark up a budget resolution this year to appease ranking member Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), but Reid said he didn’t expect any floor action on any measure produced by the panel. …


    Schumer said it is a “total falsity” for Republicans to say that Democrats haven’t passed the budget: “we passed it on Aug. 2.”


    “They’re attacking us because they have nothing better to do,” Reid said. “They need something else to talk about.”
    If what Reid and Schumer are arguing is that the Senate doesn’t need to pass a formal budget resolution to enable the government to spend taxpayer money irresponsibly, then they’re right. For the past couple years, while the Senate Budget Democrats have sat on their hands, failing to submit a budget resolution to the full Senate, the Senate Appropriations Committee has still authorized ungodly amounts of discretionary spending.


    But if what Reid and Schumer are saying is that they’ve followed the law and submitted a budget resolution, then they’re flat-out wrong. The Congressional Budget Act requires the president to submit a budget to Congress by Feb. 1 every year. The Senate Budget Committee is to report a budget resolution to the full Senate by April 1. The House and Senate are to reach agreement on a concurrent budget resolution by April 15. Senate Budget Democrats haven’t submitted a budget since 2009.


    Here’s why it matters: The Appropriations Committee determines levels of discretionary spending. Approps don’t touch mandatory spending. But mandatory spending constitutes about 60 percent of all federal spending — and mandatory programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security drive our deficits and debt. Without the imposition of budget discipline, these programs grow on autopilot.


    By never submitting a budget, enacting a few discretionary spending caps as a part of the Budget Control Act (a.k.a. the debt ceiling deal) and punting to the Super Committee that also punted on entitlement reform, Democrats avoid any difficult discussion of how to ensure the solvency of our entitlement programs. With no plan of their own on the table, they’re free to shoot down anything Republicans propose.


    It’s no secret why no one wants to touch entitlements — but it is still the shame of Washington that nobody will.[/release]

    http://hotair.com/archives/2012/02/0...loor-this-year

    So our government has just given up on doing it's job. Good to know.
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  2. Post #2
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    Emperor Scorpious II's Avatar
    February 2009
    24,508 Posts
    Well...it's not like the government puts the money anywhere useful anyhow....
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    Exploits's Avatar
    January 2010
    2,368 Posts
    Well...it's not like the government puts the money anywhere useful anyhow....
    They're good at blowing it out their ass at least.
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    ToXiCsoldier's Avatar
    March 2008
    1,128 Posts
    It seems abortions and vegetables are more important issues
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    February 2006
    3,225 Posts
    It seems abortions and vegetables are more important issues
    Don't forget gays.
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  6. Post #6
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    Dennab
    September 2010
    8,080 Posts
    I don't even know how Reid got so far. He's really just a terrible politician. He's one of the bigger sell outs for the democratic party.
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  7. Post #7
    fox '09's Avatar
    July 2010
    1,291 Posts
    I don't even know how Reid got so far. He's really just a terrible politician. He's one of the bigger sell outs for the democratic party.
    indeed, he completely fucked up the healthcare bill, he had the votes for the public option yet he refused to bring it up. No wonder democrats lost the 2010 elections.
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    Dennab
    September 2010
    8,080 Posts
    He just needs to get out really. In my opinion, a person over 70 just has no place in government.
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  9. Post #9
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    dbk21894's Avatar
    June 2010
    2,479 Posts
    Guys, I figured it out. Reid is a Republican in disguise!!!

    call the tinfoil hats!
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