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Democrats may skip voting on a federal budget this year

April 12, 2010

  Fearful of their re-election prospects, Democrats appear to be on the verge of skipping voting on a new budget. It seems that they are afraid to go on record with a vote on the budget for this year.

some Democratic insiders suspect that leaders will skip the budget process altogether this year — a way to avoid the political unpleasantness of voting on spending, deficits and taxes in an election year — or simply go through a few of the motions, without any real effort to complete the work.

  This will not be the first time that a budget has not been voted on; three times under President Bush and once under President Clinton the congress has failed to vote on a federal budget, but this does provide us with some insight as to what the Democrats’ mindset is heading into what proves to be a volatile election season.

  Democrat leadership seems to be leery about going on record voting for increased taxes and deficits so close to a pivotal election. The government is going to have to make a choise between rasing taxes or cutting entitlement programs– a choice that they seem unwilling to make with votes on the line.

   Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke recently had the following to say about making tough budget choices:

These choices are difficult, and it always seems easier to put them off — until the day they cannot be put off anymore

  If this sounds familiar it is because Barack Obama had this to say about President Bush’s unwillingness to stop the out of control spending in Washington on entitlement programs– specifically Medicare and Medicaid:

What we have done is kicked this can down the road. We are now at the end of the road and are not in a position to kick it any further. We have to signal seriousness in this by making sure some of the hard decisions are made under my watch, not someone else’s

  Yet Democrats seem prepared to do just that now that they are facing what could be an uphill battle in November. They seem to be putting their re-election above making the tough choices that they promised they would make. They are kicking the can down the road in an effort to help themselves get re-elected.

 

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. LD Jackson permalink
    April 12, 2010 10:16 pm

    The Democrats can only kick the can so far down the road before someone has to take responsibility for the money they have been spending. So far they haven’t been willing to do that.

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