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Slow Pace From Congress On Federal Budget Raises Ire

September 21, 2010 by  

Slow pace from Congress on federal budget raises ireFailure to pass the Federal budget on time is nothing new for Congress, but its dawdling pace this year, amidst economic uncertainty and election campaigning, is drawing harsh criticism from political analysts.

The new fiscal year starts on Oct. 1, but the House and Senate are far from meeting their deadline, according to CNN.com. The news provider reports that the House has passed just two of the 12 annual appropriation bills, while the Senate has approved none.

Furthermore, FoxNews.com reports that House Democratic leaders are considering leaving the Capitol one week before the scheduled Oct. 8 adjournment to grant legislators more time on the campaign trail in preparation for November's midterm elections.

Tardy budgets have been commonplace for the last 35 years, but CNN commentator Jack Cafferty believes that Congress' pace this year is unacceptable. He called the members of Congress "cowards," claiming that the lawmakers are trying to dodge tough budget cuts before the elections.

"Without a budget it is impossible to have any idea what the hell the government is doing with our money," Cafferty wrote in his blog.

The House and Senate also missed the spring deadline for passing a budget resolution, which sets caps for spending, establishes revenue targets and serves as a blueprint for congressional priorities.

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  • dan az

    What budget Its an all out spending frenzy. You cant really think they are concerned about checking the coffers do you? They know its empty, and the feds arent done playing monopoly yet.Screw the check book lets all go on vacation were going to lose our free ride anyway,Lets party!

    • Warrior

      Come on, pass a budget so we can see what’s in it!

      • Richard Pawley

        Ha ha! A good one! Actually there is so much crap that Pelosi and Reid have added into actual spending bills, millions of illegal aliens suddenly made citizens if they pass the military spending bill and special rights for gays if they pass another, all added in at the end of serious bills by Congress and unlikely to be taken out by the president who supports it all, that some in Congress don’t want to vote on it before election night. Nothing done to stop the next 40 million Hispanics that are said to invade in the following decade if the currecnt group are just accepted and not made to earn their citizenship. Nothing is mentioned about the 45,000 illegal Muslims in the country. I wouldn’t mind if the government shut down for a week or two. That would save us enough money to operate another day or two. In fact having the government shut down 20% of the time, every Friday, and cutting all salaries and budgets 19% would be fine (you need 1% to power the computers and keep all systems running by a skeleton crew. That’s what the semi-conductor industry does when things get tight). They are beyond tight in Washington and that is why they are just monetizing the debt (printing money at will). No country in the world has ever done that and avoided big time inflation. To much government and government spending is what got us into this mess in the first place, but I’ll tell you a secret. I believe this is going to happen by necessity, and when that happens you don’t want to be around the cities who have been bred to depend on government to protect them and feed them and all the rest. It is not going to be pretty. I will do what I can to keep this from happening a bit longer. Re-elect the majority in Washington and it will all be speeded up. The choice of slowing it down a bit or speeding it up, is ours, in just six weeks. Whatever happens it will not be dull. Socialism and poverty for all but our illustrious Congress or freedom and success for those willing to work for it. Yes, the choice is clear. Just don’t listen to those who are muddying the waters of truth before election night, not here and not on the major TV networks that someone somewhere must watch.

        • Warrior

          Well said.

        • 45caliber

          I agree about the big cities. The last major riot occured in Detroit back in the late 60′s. They rioted for two weeks for some minor cut in something. The police couldn’t put it down; the National Guard couldn’t put it down. They finally called in the army.

          With the cuts in expenses the government is going to have to do sooner or later, it will be dangerous for the army to even go in! The rioting will make those riots in Greece or France appear to be child’s play. And forget power, food, etc. They will be lucky to have water. The shop owners can kiss all their stores goodbye even if they try to guard them. And guarding them will only bring out the police to arrest them for doing it. The rioters will rule – and probably will continue to rule the inner cities for years. I don’t want to be even close to those cities!

          • http://?? Joe H.

            45caliber,
            That was July 67 and they were still giving riot training at Ft Knox in July of 68. I remember as I was one of them taking the training!!!

    • 45caliber

      This is their chance to get every idiot pork package that they’ve ever dreamed about for years passed. They have the Congress votes for it and they have a President that won’t veto any Dimocrat bill.

      What more can they ask for? Pleasing voters? Why? Voters are supposed to do as they are told, right? And if they don’t, perhaps those same voters should be locked up for not obeying.

  • s c

    Cut spending. Lower taxes. Get rid of every career politician. Anything else is useful idiot CRAP.

    • dan az

      SC
      thats what Im talking about straight to the point and on the table for all to see.thanks

    • Kinetic1

      Yes, gut all programs except defense. Forget the economy and those in need, just cut my taxes. And while we’re at it, let’s fill Washington with inexperienced politicians who will turn to advisors and lobbyists for help since they have no idea what’s really going on or how to craft new bills.

      There are good people in Washington. Not all of them are good, and some who are don’t see things your way, but that’s the idea. Yes, we need to get rid of the bad apples and replace them with good people. Yes, people like Charlie Rangle need to go if they think that they have the right to use their office for their own selfish goals, but does it make sense to replace them with someone like Christine O’Connell? Do you remove one politician for ethics violations and then replace them (figuratively) with someone who used campaign contributions for personal expenses? This whole “clean house and replace them with everyday folks” act is going to blow up sooner or later. Half of these candidates are political wannabes who could never get the time of day until now. O’Connell has been trying to get in for the last 5 years, and when you look at her past (something the tea party failed to do) it suggests that she may end up being just the kind of Politician you are complaining about. So how about we try and educate the voters, stop allowing candidates to run hit adds full of lies and half truths (same with the talking heads) and wake people up to the fact that their incumbent may be past their prime. Let’s replace the bad ones with people who have the education and the motivation to do what is right.

      • Robin from Arcadia, IN

        Kinetic1… Educate the voters? How? You can’t trust the MSM. Barry promised transparency in government if he was elected. Haven’t seen it yet. As far as Christine O’Connell is concerned, the voters spoke. That’s what we were told when Barry was elected. He will only serve one term now that the people know better, and perhaps it will be the same for Ms. O’Connell if she is elected. I think this is how government is supposed to work.

        • http://naver samurai

          Yes he has shown transparency, we can see right through his crap. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

      • Richard Pawley

        Washington is full of people with “education and the motivation to do what is right” in their own eyes, of course. Obama and his Czars have as much education as anyone. What they don’t have is common sense. What we need is down home people. The future of our country could well depend on Delaware. Do they elect a sincere person who is uncorrupted by the incredible power, money, sex, and all the rest available to our politicians in Washington, or do they elect an avowed Marxist? It could well be up to Delaware if we survive as a nation. So rather than oppose Christine O’Donnell and vote for more of the same I’d vote for her if I lived in Delaware. The Republican Party should do the same but many of them have been in Washington to long to learn anything new. Ms. O’Donnell’s inexperience is not a handicap (that’s all we have in Washington these days) but she is willing to listen and learn and grow, something most of those in our District of Corruption are long past. Sadly establishment Republicans are the opposite side of the coin that establishment Democrats are on. The socialist progressives (Mostly Democrat but a few so-called Republicans) will stop at nothing less than bringing down our country to grovel at the feet of international bankers (we are almost there now). “Please Mr. Banker, a crust of bread!” I’m afraid you have been listening to the spin doctors. If we continue on the path we are on then a Greater Depression than the Great Depression is inevitable. This one, as I said in autobiography years ago will make the Great Depression look like a walk in the park. I’ll trust the American people before I’ll trust the establishment. The hippies from the sixties who now run the government, taught me that long ago.

        • 45caliber

          Actually, I don’t think it is just common sense that Oblama and Czars are missing. I think a strong sense of honesty and a desire to help the country is also missing and has been replaced with a strong desire to rule rather than govern.

      • 45caliber

        Kinetic:

        Since it seems that ALL of them end up as people we don’t like or need in office, it seems to me that it would be better to put in new people (rather than the old ones already as crooked as the hind leg of a dog) and then get someone else when they turn crooked. In fact, we should have a time limit on how long they can serve for that very reason.

        And getting new people isn’t always bad. At least they tend to start off trying to do what is best for the country. The ones already there are working only for themselves or their larger donors.

      • http://?? Joe H.

        ken.1
        “Fill Washington with inexperienced politicians”. sounds like a win/win situation to me! Those “experienced ones you love so much have screwed us so bad over the last thirty years it isn’t funny!!!

        • 45caliber

          And by the time the inexperienced ones can figure out the system it will be time to replace them again.

          Actually, I don’t believe we need Congress all the time. There isn’t really that much work that needs to be done. They could probably do all the need to do a few months every other year. And that would save us tons of money.

        • http://naver samurai

          The POTUS, Obama bin Laden, is an inexperienced politician and look what he has done for us. I hope the next POTUS in 2012 does a lot better job! Great news, Harry Reid’s “Dream Act” wasn’t passed. 56 of the Senators voted for closure and couldn’t vote on the measure. Hurray! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

          • dan az

            Now thats news that will make allahoboma through a fit!

          • http://naver samurai

            I know Dan. Isn’t it great? Another victory in the good fight. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

    • BigBadJohn

      The only purpose tax cuts serve is to get the party proposing them elected.

      When Reagan cut taxes the national debt tripled. When GWB cut taxes he doubled the national debt again. Now because of those two presidents the country is facing bankruptcy.
      When Clinton raised taxes and tried to balance the budget, we had the longest stretch of prosperity in history.

      Cutting spending, including military, AND raising taxes is the ONLY hope this country has.

      The first thing that should be examined before going to the polls is what is your parties stance? Do they want to cut taxes further and bury the USA?

      • Richard Pawley

        Taxes cannot possibly be raised high enough to keep inflation (the most hidden tax of all) from eventually raising it’s ugly head. Just the increase in the debt that Obama will be blamed for but which the Democratically controlled congress passed (in the last four years) is so great that if we paid a million dollars a day for the next 2,700 years it would not be enough to pay it off (IF IT WAS INTEREST FREE). Those without an ax to grind who have studied the situation say that the only way to save the United States is to greatly reduce spending AND DOUBLE ALL KNOWN TAXES ON EVERYONE, but Congress and the president want to spend MORE. Billions didn’t do it so they spent trillions. That didn’t do it so they want to spend more. Is it any wonder that some consider Congress to be insane? By the way there are those historians who have studied the Great Depression and they say that it was the raising of taxes that caused an ordinary depression to become the Great Depression. There was a world wide depression back then but it was only a Great Depression here. The spent and they raised taxes, and it got worse, and they kept doing that until WWII got things going again, and now Congress is doing the exact same thing. We never seem to learn. Will WWIII get our economy going again?
        Time will tell, as is usually does. Hope you have your “Victory Garden”.

      • http://?? Joe H.

        BBJ,
        The economists say the recession ended last year yet we are getting further and further in debt! jobs are still being lost and people are still going broke! You raise taxes in spite of that and you will kill the economy. R.I.P.!!! Cut spending and get the people back to work!! That might not cure everything over night, but it will point everything in the right direction! The more people you have working the more tax money you have coming in! You will bring in more tax money that way than raising the taxes on ANYBODY!!!

      • http://naver samurai

        I seem to remember a person who ran for president, Walter Mondale, and he said about the same nonsense that you have. He not only lost the election, but it was the biggest landslide in U.S. History. Keep dreaming and get off of the kool aid. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

        • http://?? Joe H.

          samurai, was that for me??

          • dan az

            Joe H
            I doubt it hes been doing that to me all night!

        • http://naver samurai

          That was for BBJ. Sorry for the confusion.!

  • tim

    So if they leave a week early does that mean they are resigning??? I would think so, because if I just walked off my job it wouldn’t be waiting for me. My boss would figure I quit!!!!!

    What’s the matter kinetic???? You can’t handle a liberal being voted out in your’e state. We need all the fresh faces we can get because these career politicians are destroying this country for thier own profit. Obama said the lobbyist were gonna be gone when he took over. Guess after he stuck his hand out and figured he could make millions he let them stay. Some of these new faces are honest and want this country straightened out, not ran like it has been for the last 50 years!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mark

    Oh my, elephants and jackasses and late budgets. Tell me something I don’t know. Whether dems or repubs, they are mostly millionaires or more anyway. They are probably dickering over who gets the most in their pockets. Worthless, treasonist people like pelosi are already rich from illegal alien labor, but they want some spending money. But there are repubs that are just as bad, that is why I am neither. Yes faces need to change, yes some would be inexperienced – just like the kenyan that sits in the presidential chair. But maybe, just maybe we should outlaw these lobbyists aholes and the pot stirers, or maybe pick them off at about 4000 ft. or better.

    • Robin from Arcadia, IN

      Mark… The fact that our sitting president has no experience in politics was a great example. And why aren’t they doing their job in Washington? Could any one of us decide to take off our jobs to do something else and still have a job? It’s BS! They really think they are so elite and unstoppable.. They will be wondering where the unemployment line is soon….

  • http://gmail i41

    We don’t want the experienced politians that duck out on payingtheir taxes, like the democrap party does to elevate themselves in national party standings. kentic, the crap of the wonderful government programs, several hundred billions could be saved if they were just s–t canned tommorrow. Conservation Reserve Prograsm that pays billions to land owners to sit on their rears and do nothing year after year, but collect their government checks, the difference between welfare mothers and land owners, is welfare mothers have to track down and get screwed to screw the taxpayer, landowners just has to sign on a few peices of papers to screw the taxpayers for millions every year for themselves. Cut the funding for everyone going to school for basket weaving and artsy fatsy worthless degrees, all it does is make professors rich and colleges teach BS theories non stop. If you want to go to college, work and join the military, do something useful and learn something besides video games playing and coloring. USA government would operate better, if walking down the street and picking any person digging a ditch or working at something, than the stuffed pukes that sit in the beltwayplush offices and are always on vacation!

    • 45caliber

      I agree. Some years ago, I saw an article about a man who simply lived by filling out grant applications for the government. One of the ways he made money was to use grant money to buy “farmland” – the worst land he could find since it was the cheapest – and then get grants for not growing things there. He had other ways as well.

      He made $150,000 a year doing this. He worked for 3 months a year filling out the papers but he said the government liked it because it kept over a hundred people on the government payroll handling his papers. He could make a lot more money but $150,000 was all he cared to spend a year. And it was all legal too.

  • Howard Roark

    The Dems are scared to death to pass a budget as it will show exactly what their intentions are. When the Constitutionalist take controll, the first thing they need to do with the budget is reverse the spending definitions. right now they are ass backwards. the spending on running the Govt. (Military etc.) should be called entitlement spending and the Unconstitutional give away programs (Food stamps Medicade Etc. should be called discretionary spending.

  • Howard Roark

    The new Constirutional congress also needs to look at the Article one Section eight so called Constitutional provision to provide for the General Welfate. (which James Madison and Thomas Jefferson both told the States during ratification: DOES NOT GIVE THE CONGRESS ANY POWER WHATSOEVER BUT IS MEARLY A GOAL STATEMENT)

    The criminal US Supreme Court in US v. Butler started the decision correctly when they ruled that the Constitution was never intended to mean that Congress can take money from one citizen and give it to another. but then they criminally ruled that the provide for the GENERAL (Means all or nearly all) welfare sentence means that Congress can provide money for the GENERAL WELFARE as long as it benefits all or nearly all of the citizens.

    You can see by this decision that even if it is correct, that things like Social Security and Medicare would pass muster. (all or nearly all citizens benefit) it is also clear that things like food stamps, Medicade, Govt. housing, WICK etc do not pass muster and are totally ellegal.(only a small percentage of citizens benefit)

    Im sure that some Liberal will say But doesen’t helping the poor benefit all of us. the answer is a resounding NO. it does not. It only monetarily benefits the small segment of society that receives it.

    Based on this the new Constitutional Congress can immediately eliminate all of the unconstitutional programs and send them back to the States where they belong.

    • 45caliber

      I agree with you.

  • 45caliber

    They plan on passing a budget fast – right after the Nov. Election. That gives them the reason for a lame duck session and since the election will be over they don’t have to worry about how they vote on all the various things (give-away programs) that will cost more than we have. After all, if they did it now, they might not get reelected by the idiots they expect to vote for them.

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