The New Year is starting off a lot like past years under President Obama: Washington is still spending at an unsustainable rate, families and small businesses are still struggling, and our economy still isn’t creating enough jobs. It’s similar in other ways too. While Speaker John Boehner says “the House will do its job and pass responsible legislation that controls spending, meets our nation’s obligations and keeps the government running,” we’re once again left wondering …
WILL SENATE DEMOCRATS EVER PASS A BUDGET? “Mr. Reid's Senate has not produced a budget in three years,” writes Kim Strassel in the Wall Street Journal. In the 1,361 days since the Democratic-controlled Senate last passed a budget, rampant spending has helped add more than $5 trillion to the debt. Senate Democrats also sat on more than 40 House-passed jobs bills over the last two years. “In Mr. Reid's Washington, the House works its will, the Senate does crossword puzzles.”
WILL POTUS SUBMIT A RESPONSIBLE BUDGET ON TIME? “Ordinary folks, they do their jobs,” says President Obama. “They meet deadlines.” But the president can’t seem to meet his. According to The Hill, “The White House has informed House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) that it will miss the legal deadline for sending a budget to Congress” – for the fourth time. The extra time hasn’t made his proposals any stronger. None of them have had the spending cuts and reforms needed to address our debt; the last one was unanimously defeated in the House and Senate, 0-513.
WILL THE WHITE HOUSE JOBS COUNCIL EVER MEET AGAIN? “President Barack Obama's Jobs Council hit a notable milestone on Thursday: one year without an official meeting,” reports Politico. According to Jim Pethokoukis, our economy is so sluggish that we “won’t return to pre-Great Recession employment levels until after 2025,” and real wage growth is “pretty much flat.” He says “2012 was another lost year for American workers” – it was apparently a lost year for the president’s jobs council, too.
In the timeless words of Bob, if they can’t even offer a budget (at all or on time), or arrange a meeting of their own hand-picked jobs council, what would the Democrats running Washington say they do here?