FRONT PAGE CONTRIBUTOR
Budgets Force Choices.
“A budget is values,” says Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former head of the Congressional Budget Office and an adviser to John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. “When you put together a budget, you display where you’re going to put the nation’s resources and what you care about.”
Something went wrong with the universe after the Puerto Rican GOP Primary. Mitt Romney not only made an accidental relevant statement, he made an intelligent and acutely cutting statement. He pointed out that nobody with a time horizon much beyond November 2012 could cast an intelligent vote for the Democrats. His actual quote was “I don’t see how anyone who is a young person could vote for a Democrat, I’m going to be honest with you.”
I’m no fan of Mitt Romney, but when he said that, he explained what we need to be shouting from the rooftops about the American Left. They have no values, they have no vision, and they offer no future. Well, they do offer a future; it’s just not a particularly bright or promising one. The chart below gives you the details. Maintaining Barack Obama’s current budgetary practices will spend our great nation into its grave and they know it.
Why do I believe they will spend us into perdition? Well as Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum have told us recently; past performance is a powerful indicator of future results. CBS News explains how things have gone under the first 3 and 1/3 years of Barack Obama’s Presidency.
The National Debt has now increased more during President Obama’s three years and two months in office than it did during 8 years of the George W. Bush presidency. The Debt rose $4.899 trillion during the two terms of the Bush presidency. It has now gone up $4.939 trillion since President Obama took office.
It would be grossly unfair to blame just Barack Obama for this deficit. It would be meaner than going on Fox News calling the poor man a Moslem! Barack Obama had plenty of help with the deficit. Despite the unequivocal language of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, the Congressional leadership of the Democratic Party had the following things to say about the impending 2012 budget process.
“We do not need to bring a budget to the floor this year,” Reid told reporters last month, arguing that legislation setting limits on spending is sufficient. “The fact is, you don’t need a budget,” agreed fellow Democrat and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer a few weeks ago. “We can adopt appropriations bills. We can adopt authorization policies without a budget. We already have an agreed-upon cap on spending.”
The more accurate statement of fact would be that Barack Obama, Steny Hoyer and Harry Reid do not want there to be a budget. A budget restricts your choices to something less than “all of the above”, “more than I can possibly afford” or “whatever the [barnyard epithet] gets me elected next time.” It’s always saying the magical word “No” that requires a set of nuts and a set of values.
This explains why no budget has made it to Barack Obama’s desk for 1,056 days. It explains why the US Senate has not passed one since 2009. It explains why House Minority Whip Hoyer does not want one to go up for a vote this year either.
Yet like Sisyphus, Republican Paul Ryan will try to bring Congress back into compliance with its own Federal Law. He will yet again attempt to pass his budget and cut $5.3 Tr from future domestic spending. The Democrats will predictably rerun their infamous advertisement showing him pushing Grandma Wheelchair off of a cliff. But Ryan has looked into the Abyss that is Southern Europe, and he’s seen Illinois, Rhode Island, California…(and quite possibly the other 54 states as well).
For his efforts to at least mitigate the problems of our profligacy Ryan will be castigated, stone-walled and ultimately defeated in 2012. This is when whomever we nominate needs to do more of what Mitt Romney did in his Chicago speech. When the Democrats hide from the future they arrogantly and self-righteously bluster that they represent, the Republicans need to call them on it. Those deficit charts need to be stapled to every Democratic Congressional Candidate’s forehead. This is the only way we can force our Congress to actual pass a budget. This budget is the only way to make our government actually make a choice.