Think back to April 29, 2011. Was there anything special about that day? Yes, Prince William married Kate Middleton in a regal affair at Westminster Abbey, but there is something more important about that date for Americans. April 29th, in fact, marked two years since Senate Democrats last summoned the courage to pass a budget funding the Federal government. That’s two entire years of shirking their constitutionally mandated duty.
October 1, 2011 is the beginning of the 2012 fiscal year and it is anyone’s guess at this point if there will be a budget in place or what it will look like. The House, traditionally the leader in budget process, has presented a budget in the form of Path to Prosperity, the result of the fine work done by Rep. Paul Ryan. In theory, the Senate follows suit by presenting their own budget, then the two versions are reconciled before being passed by both chambers and presented to the President to be signed into law. That was until Senate Democrats decided to play chicken with the budget.
We are now watching that game of chicken play out on Capitol Hill. We have career politicians (of the Senate Democrat variety) defying the law of the land (the Constitution) in order to satisfy their own curiosity: What if we don’t present a budget and instead demagogue Paul Ryan’s plan? Will that cowardly scenario be enough to save our hides in the 2012 election cycle?
Senate Democrats are dangerously and artificially creating budget chaos and their own words bear this out:
In short, Senate Democrats are willing to flat line the budget process in a selfish act of political self-preservation. There are very real consequences to their inaction: essential services can be curtailed or halted, our service members are threatened with non-payment and others face furloughs, making a weary American public even more skittish about the economy. Doing what is right is not above the pay grade of Senate Democrats.
Stacy Mott, President