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Why can't Senator Reid be forced to submit a budget?
It's the law of the land that the Senate must submit a budget by April 15, but the last time Harry Reid was in compliance was 2009.
Why isn't Reid being punished for being a budget scofflaw?
While it would be emotionally satisfying to see Harry Reid frog-marched out of the Senate chamber and straight to jail for arrogantly ignoring the law, this isn't going to happen - and neither is a budget plan coming from the Democrats in the Senate.
The plan is simple: Hide the massive increase in government spending by passing Continuing Resolutions rather than an overall budget. It is also to the advantage of President Obama for the Senate not to pass a budget, largely for the same reason.
Obama is desperate not to negotiate with Republicans because the debt ceiling is the only leverage they have. He is telling the GOP to sit down and shut up about spending cuts and let him get on with the business of spending all that revenue he just raised in the cliff deal. Can Republicans sell the American public on their stance that spending needs to be pared back to sustainable levels? We shouldn't be optimistic, given their track record.
And that's what the Democrats are counting on.