Rhetoric Doesn't Control Budget
Obama’s jobs speech showed a community organizer at work. Typical hardball tactics were on display: Make demands couched in class warfare rhetoric, reject negotiations, and mount public demonstrations if demands are not met.
Obama imposes all these tactics on a struggling economy, increasing the uncertainty that is stifling economic expansion, the real source of jobs.
Seventeen times Obama demanded that Congress pass his jobs bill now. No hearings! No negotiations! No transparency! Just accept the plan as if he had brought it down from the mountain etched in stone. And if Congress doesn’t obey, his campaign will carry the message throughout the country.
It’s the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974, not Obama rhetoric, that controls the budget process. Indisputable facts show how Democrats have gamed this budget process, including baseline budgeting, to introduce consistent trillion-dollar deficits since Obama’s inauguration:
Continuing resolutions used in funding government every year Pelosi was speaker (2007-2011) and Obama was president (2009-2011).
Harry Reid’s Senate hasn’t passed a budget since 2009.
Obama crippled the 2012 budget cycle by submitting a budget proposal that was rejected by the Democratic Senate, 97-0, and then only made speeches to sketch his budgetary program.
Of the three main players in the budgetary process (president, House and Senate), only one has faithfully obeyed the law: the GOP-controlled House.
Oddly, it is the House that is in Obama’s re-election cross hairs to be the fall guys for his dysfunctional administration. The real targets should be the president and the Democratic Senate leadership, who utterly failed to meet their mandated responsibilities.
Mr. President, shuck your community organizer garb, accept the responsibilities of your oath of office, and obey the laws that you are supposed to enforce.
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