FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
At a time of skyrocketing federal deficits and a national debt that just passed $13 trillion, the Democrats in Congress can't be bothered to pass a budget for next year.
[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/10/art.donkey.jpg caption=""]
That's their job. Congress is supposed to decide how to spend the taxpayers' money. They are mandated to pass a budget; and presumably to stick to it... but that's a whole other story. Yet efforts to pass a budget have stalled in the House because Democrats can't agree on what and how much to cut. See, it's an election year - can't be seen cutting things in an election year.
It's simply outrageous.
Republicans say Democrats are making a "huge mistake" by not passing a budget; and they're right. House Minority Leader John Boehner suggests Pres. Obama should find someone's "ass to kick" when it comes to the budget deficit. He says the GOP will be relentless about this issue.
One Democratic Congressman - Gerry Connolly from Virginia - calls budgets "inside baseball." Suggesting it's not something the public is interested in.
Meanwhile our government just keeps spending and spending - from the Wall Street bailouts to the economic stimulus to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and health care reform.
They are bankrupting the country by running up an astronomical bill. The national debt is now estimated to reach $19.6 trillion in less than five years.
It is a debt that can never be repaid. Our government is in the process of destroying this country. And despite warnings of the dire consequences of their actions, they continue undeterred taking us down the road to financial ruin.
Here’s my question to you: Why is the Democratic Congress refusing to pass a budget?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Cowardice. Lack of vision and principles. Fear of being unseated for doing the hard work of governance. Unwillingness to buck the system for the betterment of the rest of us. Not wanting to seem stern or hurtful to sectors of the electorate. Pick your own reasons. Too many of this bunch are four-square behind the "participation trophy" idea. If you never make a decision, you can't be responsible for any result. November can't come soon enough.
Steve in Portland, Oregon writes:
Jack, You know as well as I do that we are the problem. If the politicians do what we sent them to do, we won't reelect them.
Katy in Washington writes:
You've already found your answer, Jack. It's an election year and Congress would rather put itself first and the country second.
Geri in Mead, Oklahoma writes:
I've never seen a politician or CEO ever worry about future generations, have you? Case in point: Almost 40 years ago, there was an oil embargo that produced an oil crisis and nothing has been done in all those years to help this nation become energy independent thanks to big oil and big 3 automakers. Though in the last 40 years, every politician has declared we must and will do something. They are all bags of wind, Jack. The only thing they focus on is themselves, how many perks they can get from the lobbyists, and getting elected and re-elected.
Democrats? Budget? Two words that have nothing in common. It's tax and spend. Pure and simple. "We don' need no stinkin' budget!"
Jack, You're an idiot. If President Obama didn’t do what he did, we would all be in bread lines and you would be unemployed. The second would actually be a good thing.