Sunday, July 8, 2012

Harry Reid's No-Budget Game - Barry'd in Debt

The U.S. Government's fiscal year starts on October 1. Fiscal Year for US Gov't

Please keep that fact in mind when you read about Harry Reid and the democrats gaming the budget systems to AVOID ANY ACCOUNTABILITY for the Economic Disaster caused by the DEMOCRATS.and the performance of the POTUS and his  economic 'team'. The Election is now months away after years without a budget.

In the next article, TPM plays  semantics with constitutional  requirements for a budget versus appropriating or spending the money. 
The Truth Behind The GOP’s ‘1000 Days Without A Budget’ Canard
 In the narrowest technical sense, Republicans are right — Senate Democrats haven’t passed a “budget resolution” since 2009. And it’s true that a big part of the reason for the delay is that vulnerable Democrats don’t want to associate themselves with a tax-and-spending plan that will, by necessity, envisage high deficits, some tax increases, and unpopular spending cuts, for years to come

But the much more important fact Republicans have left out is that the Senate passed a budget on an overwhelmingly bipartisan basis last summer — one that unlike an annual “budget resolution” has the force of law behind it. The Budget Control Act — the law that resolved the debt limit fight — set binding appropriations caps for this fiscal year and the next and instituted a mechanism to contain spending on domestic discretionary programs — education, research, community health programs and the like — through the next decade. 

The author calls the argument of a 1000 plus days without a budget  a canard, when he never addresses the constitutionality of the Budget Control Act, a super panel of congressman etc. Just as Obamacare and the mandate isn't constitutional, neither is the budget control act in regards to process and powers. The Budget Control Act Of 2011 Violates Constitutional Order

Harry Reid loses procedural ruling on budget vote Harry Reid loses procedural ruling on budget vote
From Politico
"The Senate’s chief referee has issued a key ruling against Majority Leader Harry Reid, POLITICO has learned — a move expected to bring unwanted election-year pressure on the Nevada Democrat to act on politically dicey budget bills.
Newly appointed Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough, whom Reid recommended for the job, has decided that last summer’s deal on the debt ceiling and spending caps does not preclude the Senate from taking up other budget resolutions this year. The ruling could force vulnerable Democrats to cast tough votes that hurt them in November, a situation Reid and other leaders are eager to avoid as they work to protect their fragile majority."

"Democratic aides have dismissed the ruling as irrelevant, arguing that the historic debt deal already serves as a legally binding budget."


 Cnn reports
May 16, 2012|From Ted Barrett, CNN Senior Congressional Producer
Senate's all-day budget debate dominated by politics

 Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell opened the debate by accusing Democrats of being "irresponsible" for not passing a formal budget this year. "If you're looking for a simple, three-word description of the Democrat approach to the problems we face, it's this: duck and cover. They don't have a budget of their own. They're going to vote against their own president's budget later today and they're going to vote against every budget Republicans put up."

 "Republicans commandeered the floor by taking advantage of a seldom-used Senate rule that allows any senator to offer a budget if the Budget Committee has not passed a budget resolution by April 1.
In this case, Republicans called up five budgets: one that closely mirrored President Obama's budget proposal submitted earlier this year; another, authored by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, which the House approved; and three from very conservative senators aimed at making drastic reductions to entitlements costs, government spending and taxes.
Romney, GOP try to shift focus to deficit

Going into the day, everyone knew none of the bills would get the 51 votes needed to succeed.
And, as Republicans had calculated, the president's budget got zero yes votes, providing Republicans with the political ammunition they sought for the campaign trail this year.

The House Republican budget got 41 Republican votes and zero Democratic votes. Five Republicans, including Sen. Scott Brown who is facing a tough re-election fight in Massachusetts, voted against it.

A proposal from Sen. Pat Toomey, R- Pennsylvania, that would balance the budget in eight years got 42 Republican votes and no Democratic votes.

A proposal from Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, that would cut eliminate several cabinet agencies -- including Commerce, Education, Housing and Urban Developments and Energy -- only got 16 votes.

And a proposal from Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, which would institute a flat tax, raise the eligibility age for Social Security, and repeal "Obamacare" only got 17 votes.


Harry Reid: Tax Deal Unlikely Before Elections

 By Meredith Shiner Roll Call Staff May 22, 2012, 11:57 a.m. 

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) indicated that he does not see a way to reach bipartisan agreement on deficit reduction or taxes before the November elections.

Reid, in a terse letter, was responding to a letter signed by 41 Senate Republicans that demanded immediate action on extending Bush-era tax cuts that expire at the end of this year.
In his letter, Reid suggested that the GOP Senators’ concerns were not legitimate unless they agreed to compromise on a deficit reduction package that includes tax increases on the wealthy and corporations.
“Unfortunately, it appears that Republicans’ blind adherence to Tea Party extremism is making it impossible to reach this sort of balanced agreement before the election,” Reid wrote

Harry Reid on the Bush Tax Cuts 07/18/2012


 The fiscal year starts on Oct 1, 2012 and King Harry Reid is going to vote on budgetary matters after the NOVEMBER election. The Democrats abuse the parliamentarian's ruling to pass Obamacare as a budget item, then ignore the rulings on budgets when inconvenient. 

 Yes, King Harry Reid and Emperor Obama, we get the  budget games. Increase discretionary spending and rack up huge debts to FORCE A PERMANENT REDUCTION IN MILITARY SPENDING and RAISE TAXES on the productive. Automatic dollar for dollar cuts and autopilot "pseudo-budgets"  to provide political cover for your cronyism, graft, corruption and collusion. CBRs, extracongressional committees and ignoring parliamentary rules, when convenient, prove the Democrats under Obama and Reid never intended to truly account for their spending, gaming the system for their agenda. All phony, progressive politics.  

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US Debt Clock July 8 2012
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  • When President Obama took office in 2009 the U.S. Debt = $9.986 trillion
  • When President Bush took office in 2001 the U.S. Debt = $5.629 trillion
What does 15 trillion dollars look like in 100 dollar bills?


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