The Democrats running Washington aren’t serious about creating jobs and they’re not serious about addressing our debt crisis. In fact, it’s been 751 days – yes, more than two years – since Senate Democrats even bothered to pass a budget (what Democratic leaders once called the “most basic responsibility of governing”). What’s the hold up?
- An Unwillingness to Take “Tough Votes”: According to AP, “[m]any Democrats want to avoid the tough votes that advancing a Democrats-only budget would guarantee.” Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) even warned Democrats “not to ‘draw lines’ by signing on to any budget plan,” writes National Review, just as President Obama reportedly advised Senate Democrats to “avoid any firm positions” on the debt limit.
- “Continuing Differences Within the Party”: Senate Democrats still don’t have a budget because of “continuing differences within the party,” says the Wall Street Journal. For example, McClatchy says some Democrats want “to impose more taxes” that would destroy jobs while others want “no tax increases as long as the economy remains sluggish.” And some Democrats – including the president – want Congress to raise the debt limit without cutting spending, which would threaten job growth. Others “see significant spending cuts as necessary.”
- No Plan to Save Medicare: With tens of millions of Baby Boomers beginning to retire, Medicare is going bankrupt and Democrats have no plan to prevent steep cuts to benefits for seniors. Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) says her party’s plan “is Medicare.” In other words, Democrats’ plan is to do nothing and let an unelected rationing board make dramatic cuts. No wonder surveys show seniors prefer the GOP plan which ensures no changes and no disruptions to benefits for Americans 55 and older.
- “Panic and Hysteria” Over GOP’s Call for Serious Spending Cuts: “Clearly, we struck a nerve,” said Speaker Boehner after Democrats responded with “panic and hysteria” to Republican demands for spending cuts in excess of any increase in the debt limit. “For years, Washington has gotten away with kicking the can down the road on the debt and deficit without ever having to face the realities of the government’s spending addiction,” said Boehner according to The Hill. “While this may be hard for the Washington crowd to accept, those days are over.”
The American people want Washington to focus on creating a better environment for job creation -- and Republicans are listening.
The new House majority passed a budget – The Path to Prosperity – that would spur private-sector job growth, stop Washington from spending money it doesn’t have and put us on a path to pay down our debt, and save Medicare for current retirees and future generations.
Republicans have also been clear that there will be no debt limit increase without meaningful budget reforms and serious spending cuts in excess of any increase in the debt limit.
“Democrats’ only coherent strategy so far has been to demagogue the GOP,” says National Review. They’re not serious about fiscal responsibility; not serious about creating jobs; and not serious about governing.