Have the Democrats Given Up on Governing?
Last year the Democrats had control of both Houses of Congress by large majorities and had their guy as president. They had complete control of the federal government. And they didn't pass a budget, probably Congress' most basic responsibility. They had control of the government and they didn't pass a budget.
This year, the House has passed a budget, but the Senate, still controlled by the Dems, refuses to pass one. It has been over two years since the Senate, controlled all that time by the Dems, has passed a budget.
Last Wednesday (June 20, 2011), Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin had a press conference, and, acting like two overripe students sitting in the back of an out-of-control classroom making snide remarks and throwing spitballs, opined that the budget problem was because Republicans wanted to sabotage the economy. This from a party that for two years has refused to pass a budget.
Why no budget from the Dems? They don't want to deal with the fact that the bill for the welfare state has come due. Instead, they just want to party on. As the innkeeper is coming out from behind the bar with the bill, they are grabbing their beers and running for the rest rooms, leaving everyone else to pay.
In February, Obama released what is arguably one of the most irresponsible documents ever seriously presented to the public by a president -- a budget with so little discipline in it that even the Dems are running from it. On May 26, the Senate voted 97 - 0 not even to consider the president's budget.
Three years of Obama spending has increased the net debt of the country by 88% -- close to doubling it. The deficit for this fiscal year is projected at 11% of GDP, a ruinous level.
The Dems are spending the country out of house and home and all they can do when confronted with the problem is elbow each other in the ribs and throw spitballs. Where are we going?