At Least Ryan HAS A Budget
In what Paul Ryan called "an unprecedented disrespect for the law", Obama failed
to submit his budget request for the upcoming fiscal year by the the first Monday of February.
This failure to meet statutory budget obligations has become a
pernicious pattern for the President and his party’s leaders. For over
1,000 days, Senate Democrats have failed to pass a budget resolution,
ignoring the legal requirement to pass a budget resolution by April 15
of each year.
Today, Jay Carney announced that the president will put forward a budget "probably the week of April 8".
Congressional Republicans point out that the White House is reversing the traditional budget process of more than 90 years by allowing Congress to propose plans first.
than helping lead Congress toward a reasonable outcome, it appears the
president is happy to drop a bomb on the congressional budget process
instead by releasing his budget plan after the House and Senate have
acted," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
Brendan Buck, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said "it's
understandable that the president would be embarrassed to release a
budget that never balances, but there is no excuse for this
unprecedented delay and failure of leadership."
Of course, Obama's not embarrassed at all. He's not even trying to balance the budget. He sniffs at the out-dated idea:
President Obama’s plans won’t balance the federal budget in the
coming decade, he said Tuesday, stressing that his top priority is
growing the economy and not a balanced budget.
“My goal is not to chase a balanced budget just for the sake of
balance. My goal is how do we grow the economy, put people back to work,
and if we do that we are going to be bringing in more revenue,” he said
in an interview with ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos.