June 10th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Why is Democratic Congress refusing to pass a budget?

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.
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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?

Bill writes:
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.

Tony writes:
Democrats? Budget? Two words that have nothing in common. It's tax and spend. Pure and simple. "We don' need no stinkin' budget!"

John writes:
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.

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soundoff (127 Responses)
  1. heavyhorse

    You expect congress to actually do what it was elected to do ?...If so I have some marshland in Louisiana you might want to purchase..

    June 10, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
  2. Joseph


    The Democratic Congress isn't passing a budget, because it is impossible to do so. We can thank the Republican Party of the previous administration for leaving our country's (and arguably the world's) finances in a disaster. Ironic isn't it... cause the damage-pass the football-and then blame the people you pass it onto. Laughable if it wasn't so serious...but hey-that's politics and business. It isn't the end of the world, and the U.S. will still be here for a long time to come, and we'll be on top for a long time to come.


    Brooklyn, NY

    June 10, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
  3. Annie, Atlanta

    Maybe they’re waiting for expert input on how much or little spending is needed right now in the middle of a slow, painful recovery, since we all know Congress’ only expertise lies in their self-serving interests. Ok, just kidding on that expert input. Congress has to be right at or near the top of the most inept know-it-alls in the history of mankind.

    June 10, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
  4. Mike

    Incompetence. From the top on down.

    June 10, 2010 at 4:20 pm |
  5. Richard35

    They lack the courage of their Convictions pure and simple! As far as the Republicans are concerned, they just say No! Therefore no Budget!

    June 10, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
  6. Olga O. Pina

    John Boehner is so full of hatred for anything Democratic, his views are always myopic.

    Since when does Boehner become so concerned about the budget? He wasn't so concerned about budgeting when Bush was President.

    We need to concentrate on jobs, relief, on the Gult Coast, and stop the fear-mongering....

    Austin, Texas

    June 10, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  7. Jack Jones

    Why should the Congress pass the Budget – they are spending 100 Billion each week – we watch ESPN. Never did before however like most Americans we are watching these clowns now.
    They are trying to hide what they are spending is what the answer is.
    Jack J

    June 10, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
  8. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    All of the Congressmen/women presently seated do not want to go back home in an election year and tell their constituents that they are not bringing home the bacon. No one wants cuts in their district. They are all worried about their own arses and be damned with the country. Just re-elect me so me and my family and cronies can continue to live the good life. The rest of you fend for yourselves. A new take on Marie Antoinette's "Let them eat cake!"

    June 10, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  9. JOE CE

    The budget is not due until July. It is not in least unusual that the budget is not passed by then. The Budget process is a rewdiculous waste of time. Nothing is final until the appropriations are passed. It should be changed to have the President submit a budget and Congress given 2 days to comment. Then thefunding shoulld continue at 90% of the previous year uintil a new appropriation is passed. This would save a ton of time & useless debate

    June 10, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  10. Bill in North Carolina

    The Democrats are too BUSY to focus on trival matters like our country's budget. We're now projected to be only $20 TRILLION dollars in the red in the next five years. These self-serving idiots have got to get a grip. We MUST have term limits. If the true patriots/citizens don't STAND UP in November, and again in 2012, the best country on this planet will no longer be the shining star of the last 200+ years. I will continue to pray for her, and even those recognized "leaders" in Washington who think they can mislead the world. I do however believe in the citizens of America, and I believe the future will become much more "transparent" in November.

    June 10, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  11. honest john in vermont

    Because Congress would like to pile on some more PORK before they pass anything. Maybe they want to vote themselves a raise and more benefits too.

    June 10, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  12. Moe Dallas tx

    They are waiting for BP to file bankruptcy so that will be in the MSM headlines and no one will know how much worse off the country is going to be in five years. They also will probably slide a big pay increase in the bill for them so they will be able to survive !!

    June 10, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
  13. Carl


    Come on, don't over work them, they just got back from there Memorial day vacation of almost 2 weeks, our government is a worthless government thats out of control, if this keeps up, we will soon be a third world country.

    June 10, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  14. Leslie

    Because they can't count to a zillion? This is just another example of how our government is broken. No really they need to start cutting some of the fat salaries and subsidies that are being paid by the government. I think that CNN should do a story on where the money is and where the fat is in government. Like that expensive toilet seat back in the 80's. You cannot tell me that waste like that has stopped. I also think that CNN should track and show on a daily basis where the bail out money is. If we want to hold our government accountable. The media will have to put what they are doing or not in the face of the public without leting the liars spin the truth in thier favor first.

    June 10, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
  15. Mr D

    I wouldn't touch it either.

    June 10, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
  16. Richard McKinney, Texas

    Because mainly to the democrats the budget is completely irrelevant. They spend what they want and as much as they want and no one including themselves are going to tell them how much and for what they can spend it. The budget is similar in nature to the old shell game Jack. They put a pea in their pocket and then slide the shells across the table then ask the American public to find the pea. Unfortunately the hand is always quicker then the eye in congress.

    June 10, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  17. Greg H - Minneapolis

    Jack, the Democrats are not passing a budget because as usual they are focusing on THEMSELVES instead of "we the people!" They are looking for whatever they think will help come November. But also as usual, they underestimate the American voter who, like Howard Beale from "Network" are "MAD AS HELL, and WE'RE NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE!!"

    June 10, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  18. Don (Belleville, Ontario)

    Because calling it a "budget" is a ridiculous falsehood. A true budget means showing revenues that at least match expenses.
    The Democratic Congress is probably in the same situation that Bernie Madoff was in just before his Ponzi scheme unravelled. They know they are in an impossible hole and can't hide their fiscal sins much longer, but they want to keep conning the American people until after the November elections. Scary stuff.

    June 10, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  19. Minesh - Troy, MI

    Jack, The Democrats never like cutting and always love spending. Do they want to show the voters how huge the debt is? I don't think so.

    At the same time, the brain-dead liberal voters want more spending. They are still voting blindly for their spend, spend politicians. Go figure.

    June 10, 2010 at 4:52 pm |

    Thats an easy question and the answer is "because they can"
    I blame us, the american people for letting it happen.
    This country should not be afraid of revolution.

    June 10, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  21. june

    I presume they expect our entire system to fail. Then they can put America 'in it's place', and redistribute our wealth to the rest of the world, instead of bringing the rest of the world up to our status. It's called Marxism. (Carl Marx – the father of the 100 million deaths last century – and our president's self-proclaimed hero.) ......Scary.

    June 10, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  22. Kelvin - Providence, Rhode Island

    "Our government is in the process of destroying this country"... Um, Mr. Cafferty, why not vote REPUBLICANS in again? They did a great job of ruining this country w/ the last administration. This is simply outrageous.

    June 10, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  23. Layne Alleman

    Jack, Simple; if the budget gets revealed before the election, it's game over(just as you said). The biggest problem will be that the new majority of Republicans will be no better(see Bush Presidency). No one is going to say no to pork and spending. We ALL have to make a decision as to who we want to run this country, big business, or us. It's that simple, it's just no one wants to admit or deal with it. Big business will just threaten to pull up stakes and leave(see oil companies in Gulf). But seriously, where would they go where they are going to get as big a tax break(or lack of paying tax at all, if not receiving huge rebates). Answer: no where! It's the same insane threat the big C.E.O.'s make and it's all a lot of crap. Layne A. Antioch, Il.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  24. riley oday

    They cant grasp reality. DC is like hollywood.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  25. Bill-Minneapolis

    Simple they cut, they get cut. All about job security for them. What about the rest of the 300,000,000 of us?

    June 10, 2010 at 5:00 pm |

    You put a person in office. And they don't do a thing. People don't care about NOTHING. They get lazy, and wait for someone else to do their job.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  27. Mark, Oklahoma City

    It's obvious, Jack, that Congress thinks 2012 will bring the end of the world and no one will be around to come knocking on our door wanting to be repaid after spending spree.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  28. christine

    Why didn't Republicans do it Jack? I didn't see you fret about it then. Oh I remember, you were too busy attacking immigrants without a care about about the economy. Jack, you will never bring down Dems because Repubs have no plan for anything. Saying no and attacking Obama every minute will not get you vote. People never rally around mean complainers like you. People like optimistic positive people.Give it up. The economy is getting better and your side did nothing to help fix it. Dems will take asll the credit.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  29. Ann from Charleston SC

    Maybe Congress doesn't believe the sky is falling.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  30. Rick Medina,OH


    10 years ago, we were close to fixing the federal budget deficit. Then 'W' came along with his tax cuts and two ilc[oncieved wars. Then the economy tanked at the tale end of the Bush administration. Democrats took control and have to deal with the legacy nonsense. We should send our troops home, and rely on B-52s and drones. We'd save billions, and get more done..

    Medina, OH

    June 10, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  31. Randi Dennis

    For one: Congress is laced with fatcats who do not give a tinker's damn about you, me or the rest of the population. Hence, they will not pass a budget, yet.

    Second: They will pass a budget just in time for some to get relected so that they can continue to act like a bunch of spoiled brat morons.

    Third: Some of these primadona cretins are waiting for a camera to show up, preferably from their home district to claim 'I am working for you here in DC'. which we all know is pure, unadulterated BS.

    Almost makes a benevolent dictatorship look like a nice alternative at times.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  32. Scott Stodden

    First of all Jack let me just say that the budget is something that Americans are definetly interested in and I demand that Washington Democrats pass a budget and do it now! We have to realize with the deficit as high as it is that we have to cut spending and also cut certain programs and what not from the budget and maybe even raise taxes its the only way to maybe try to solve this budget crises! You said it best Jack Washington Democrats are refusing to pass a budget and make cuts because its an election year!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    June 10, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  33. Michael H. in Albuquerque, NM

    Why would you want them to? They can't spend what they haven't budgeted for, Jack. A little history lesson would be good. Contrary to popular belief, it has been republican administrations that have raised the deficit and driven us into economic depressions. The following democratic administrations were left to clean up and cut the budget. Even today the republicans have no solution to offer except the same policies that got us into this debt. Let the congress take as much time as they need to create a thoughtful budget. We should tell John Boehner NO!

    June 10, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  34. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, can you say DEFICIT? Democrats won't pass a budget because they know there is going to be huge increases in deficit spending, and they don't want to face their constituents in November with the increased spending already passed. Re-elect them, and watch how fast they pass a new set of deficits, that will result in the debt hitting $15T by the end of 2011.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  35. mike a,lakewood,co

    what's the hurray jack? you can't spend what isn't there. the congress for years has thought you can just print more money. now the printer is fried, the repairmans job has been outsourced and the chinese won't loan us a new machine.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  36. Ralph Spyer

    It takes money to buy Votes

    June 10, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  37. Jim, Va

    They are following their leader O'bama, which shows that they are incompetent on managing the economy.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  38. Antonio from Washington D.C.

    Two words: Tough Economy!

    June 10, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  39. Michael Armstrong Sr. Tx.

    Democrats dont want a budget because there not finished spending yet it's as simple as that .

    June 10, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  40. Remo, from beautiful downtown Pflugerville Texas

    Could it be that the Democrats are thinking they are going to fired and therefore don't give a rat's ass about our country. Or could it be they have no clue (already demonstrated) about what a budget is.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  41. Gary

    Because they don't want us to know how much it's going to cost. Is there anything else to it?

    June 10, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  42. Sue from Charleston, S.C.

    That's simple, Jack. They don't know what one is...

    June 10, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  43. Michael Armstrong Sr. Tx.

    As long as the democrats can use George Bush as a prop there not going to fix crap .

    June 10, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  44. Chris Haas

    How about "Because John Boehner's party of NO is making it impossible!!" Remember the Republicans that took us to war on our credit card? Did you complain about that then?

    June 10, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  45. Steve Portland, Oregon

    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.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  46. mike a,lakewood,co

    Congress could pass a new budget and balance it easily. All they have to do is take it out of BP's hide.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  47. Louis Anthes

    Why? Because they can't agree to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. How else are all those military families, support staff, and associated private interests ever going to get all those monthly billion-dollar federal military subisidies?

    Oh, right. War with Iran - the rallying cry of the Republican Party in 2012, 2016.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  48. Julie

    They are waiting until after the November election of course.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  49. Ruth

    Don't ask me. I voted for Hillary

    June 10, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  50. Jeff In Minnesota

    Gee Jack, could it be that the Democrats want to get re-elected? Kind of tough to get that done if you have just passed a budget that destroys the US financial markets when China and the rest of the world refuse to buy our debt. They know the jig is up, but they cannot face that reality. So, they are postponing the bad news until after the mid-term elections.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  51. Craig Mellor

    The Democratic congress is populated with incompetent buffons, either that are they are just flat out crooks that need to be put on trial in front of a jury of members of the Middle Class.....the entire sitting majority in congress is not fit to run this country and that is from the President on down and they will end up paying the price.....unfortunately not near the price that the American taxpayers are paying.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  52. James L. Law

    Tired of hearing No!?!

    June 10, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  53. Bill Funhouse

    Jack -

    The Democrat Congress AND the Republican
    Congress have no concept of the reality of the
    average Joe American...why would budget be
    any different? In all fairness, however, Bush
    was no better, maybe worse, and worse yet,
    may be responsible for the energy policy that
    let this non-stop BP oil gush happen in the first

    June 10, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  54. corey


    You know as well as we all know that, yes it is an election year. Do you remember the healthcare debate? If the dems propose any type of budget, the gop will surely find some way to make it a socialistic act. I can't really say that I blame the dems. I do wish they would be more upfront and open about what we as a country have before us and need to do, but not at the expense of getting a bunch of business owners friends elected in November. and that's all I got to say about that.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  55. Dillion in Kentucky

    Jack its obvious, these people don't care about the deficit. That is the only conclusion that a logical person can reach.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  56. john spinosa

    When I hear you say were in trouble. I'm worried

    June 10, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  57. cambren

    Don't worry. We owe all this money in dollars. After we hock the entire country, we'll just devalue the dollar to a worthless level and then we won't owe anything. That must be the plan because I can't think of anything more stupid than that.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  58. Cedric

    I understand that the national deficit has reach an all time hing but you need to remember that is President and Administration inherited this mess from another Presidential administration and we must give it time to fix itself so the only way e are going to get out of this is to allow the men and women in congress to pass bills and legislation until we can get our economy undercontrol instead of the news commenting about what they do let's start prasing for what they have done and accomplished

    June 10, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  59. Roger

    They do not know how.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  60. Alex

    Mr. Cafferty I believe the reason is that they just keep spending is because no one is saying anything and no one is representing us. This is why I am a strong supporter of independent and third party candidates. I'm tired of the corrupted two parties.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  61. David, CA

    Maybe McCain can swoop in and lend his expert.... wait.. oh yea.....

    June 10, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  62. Kevin in CA

    Because they aren't finished wheeling-and-dealing yet ... more earmarks to come.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  63. Lyn

    Well now you are wanting them to spend. Let's make up our mind, they are damned if they do and damned if they don't.
    It is the whinning Republicans that caused this mess in the first place and are probably the cause for it not being passed. Who cares what orange face has to say, he has baked his brain and reduced it to nothing. A little less campaigning for them please.
    How long will you leave this one on? It's a wonder you have anyone answering you, you won't leave them on if they are against who you are for.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  64. Rich

    It's not the Democratic congress, It's the U.S. congress. It becomes extremely difficult to pass any type of budget when the party of NO refuses to play ball.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  65. Kacey Gibbs

    Whether it be Democrat or Republican, congress has taken a backseat throughout the few years. what will it take to get them out of their seats and into the game. i believe a major reason for the democratic congress to not pass a budget is that no matter how we spin it, or any way we put it we are to far gone. what is the point of creating a budget with money that we simply don't have. I believe congress is busy finding a debt consolidation plan big enough to bail us out, rather than choosing to focus on the budgeting what we DO have.

    Kacey Gibbs
    Wilmington, Illinois

    June 10, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  66. Bgreen in AZ

    Jack, there is no excuse for why they can't pass the budget. But I will try one on you. We already know where the do nothing Republicans stand on it. It is interesting that they (republicans) can make the show in front of the cameras but when it comes to doing somthing for the county they are asleep at the switch. Chances are the Dem's are trying to figure out what the cost or credit to the country they can apply to the budget number to cover the portion of the Republicans representation in the Congress and Senate for doing nothing but obstruct the last year and factor in what will happen in after November. The cost should be at least one and a half of the total cost as they(Republicans) complain about everything. I can hardly wait for the Novemeber do nothing change in Washington.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  67. Lenna Warner

    Jack, You're right on most of the time. But right now budgets and deficits
    need to take a back seat to finding a way to plug that hole in the

    June 10, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  68. BunnyPants

    The reason why Congress in my wholeheartedly opinion has not passed a budget and most likely won't, belates to the fact that so many problems are present and no one is capable enough to stop and let what has to be done get done. Almost nothing in life is free, you cant expect to fix the whole sum of our nations problems with shackled fist. Dramatic actions might be a necessity for so many dramatic occurences; for as a whole slew has been bestowed on us in the past decade. If Congress doesnt pass a budget it must be of good entent to go beyond of the point of return.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  69. Walter

    They won't vote on a budget because the only way that they can pass a reasonable one is to have it include social welfare cuts that are the antithesis of everything they promise their contigent. As to those squawking about the Republicans, I say get into the 21st century, libs. Your crew has been in charge for years. We have no one to blame but the left for the lack of a budget. They actually think if they don't pass it, it will help them in November. New flash....nothing will help the left in November.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  70. R

    Bunch of dummies...

    June 10, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  71. Denizen Kate, San Jose, CA

    It was predominately Republican fiscal policies that got us (and much of the rest of the world) into this financial mess in the first place, and now they're blaming the Democrats. Typical. Both parties are the problem, neither has a solution, and they wonder why so many of us are registering, and voting, as independent.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  72. Karl from SF, CA

    With all the concerns about the budget and debt, has anyone figured in 2010 dollars what FDR spend his first term to bail us out of the hole Hoover got us into. That wasn't cheap either. If you can't do the math then don't make the speech.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  73. Craig in Illinois

    It's funny how the Republicans associate Obama with Wall Street and the wars when the last clown in the White House should still be held accountable as well.
    If a politicians from either party is talking guess what? THEY'RE LYING!

    June 10, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  74. Nathan

    As neither a democrat nor a republican, I can sense an attempt at spending us into a global or at least a regional dependence on a common currency. With the Fed relentlessly printing worthless money, what do these numbers mean in reality anyway? Our financial system is no longer based on gold, but merely on a number. When we spend ouselves broke, we will find ourselves in the same stagnant situation that forced Europe into consolidating their system into the EU and the Euro. It could even be argued that we have already entered the precursor of that stagnant period: a 3-yr "recession" (they used to call these depressions) and an empty economy on so many levels that in one way or another was brought in by the policies of Washington to begin with.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  75. Dave

    Jack. Passing a budget takes guts. Most of these political animals run for cover at the first sign of having to get in the hurt locker and publicly defend their actions/in action. It's much easier when initiative happen automatically and without a vote. Personally, I was just notified my pending loan on a home purchase in CA could not close because Congress allowed the Federal Flood Insurance Program to lapse. Not whining, keeping my other home that is upside and taking the hit while pressing on with another home purchase, or so I thought. I am firmly in the camp of "kick them all out regardless of party and establish term limits". The term career politician is an oxymoron and has not served us well. Dave H.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  76. Bryce Cockerham

    Mr. C: Obama told us that he would fundamentally change the US. to do that he has to destroy the present foundation. Question is: What will he rebuild. I can understand one man thinking like that, but why does Congress buy in?

    June 10, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  77. Peter

    Jack,Jack,Have you and the American people have not learned who is running the Congress?.The lobyists are,not the elected representatives.Ged rid of them and let the the lobyists control the destiny of the American people.Is it not the way it is?And thats the way , as Cronkite used to say?.BP wont allow you to even take pictures of dying birds at the Gulf of Mexico.Figure it out Americans.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  78. Bunnie

    Maybe they're waiting for the Republican Senate to make an example out of the unemployed again? Besides, I didn't hear anyone squawking about the budget during the Bush administration and the billions of dollars being thrown away looking for Bin Laden or taking out Hussein.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  79. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    You can't pass a budget when Bush enacted a budget in 2009 three months before he left office which left a $9.7 trillion debt.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  80. Eddy

    Easy, because if they do not pass a budget, last year's budgets remains in effect. And that is because those in need, more than ever, need our help.

    Its easy to say "Lets cut spending". But tell us Jack, who is most undeserving of our help? The elderly? the children? the genuinely unemployed? or maybe the all of the above?

    Sure, we have a big deficit, but for now; it'll have to keep growing until the economy recovers.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  81. Annie, Atlanta

    Which government is destroying our country, Jack? The one we voted for, or the one corporate America has owned for decades?

    June 10, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  82. Gary in Poulsbo, Washington

    The Democrats were always considered a 'Tax and Spend' party. That always made me chuckle, because if they were, I could have supported them. Tax to get the fund to pay for your projects, and them put them in place.

    Unfortunately, undeniably, the truth is reversed. The Democrats are a 'Spend and Tax' party. Now, the problem is that they have to pony up the money to pay for their programs. Well, WE, the American taxpayers, have to pony it up.

    The Financial Budget Committee that the President put together to work on this has already commented that tax increases, BIG tax increases, are the wave of the future.

    So, why are the Democrats trying to cut taxes? Yes, it's an election year, and yes, the Americans want to have their cake and eat it to. But, whether the Democrats are in power, or the Republicans, either we raise taxes, or we cut about half the government programs, including Health Reform.

    Let's just get the tax increases out there, like $3 gas, we'll get used to it....eventually.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  83. Jordan W

    Until we can take private money out of campaign finance we will never have a decent budget that will stick. Everyone in public office is simply an advocate for hire, a vote that goes to the highest bidder so they can get back in for another term. Take out private funds, and job promises from elections and we might just get a government for the people...then maybe a budget would follow.


    June 10, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  84. Donald J. Glidden JR.

    Dear JACK,
    Why is the Democratic congress refusing to pass a budget? Because in reality (Democrat or Republican) there is no such thing and if there where whatever the given number is add another 31/2 trillion and we will know. Most sincerely,
    DONNIE Salem Mass.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  85. kathy from phx,az

    Who says it's the Democrats Jack? The Republicans!! Well it must be true if they said it. After all why should the democrats worry about the budget when the republicans are a party of "no". No matter what, neither party agrees on anything so why waste the time on a budget. They get paid no matter what and how long something is not decided. The only people that have something to say about it must not be up for re-election.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  86. cel

    I'm tired of political BS. Time to toss out everybody, do away with political parties and have a new system put in place where a person states what they stand for and we vote. If they lied, they go to jail for fraud and someone else gets their place. We do this until we find the right people to run the country.

    No more republicans, no more democrats, no more conservatives, no more liberals, just people serving the people.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  87. Rocco

    As long as Americans aren't willing to make sacrifices, neither will any politician. Everyone wants change as long as it doesn't affect them. Tell me one politician that ran on a "cut spending, cut services and raise taxes" platform that was elected?

    Raise the Social Security retirment age to 70, senior citizens will howl, raise taxes for anything and everyone screams, ask a politician to show courage and do the right thing, "yeah, right".

    June 10, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  88. dems_areterds

    This spending spree is owned 100% by this Democratic contolled congress and this revolting socialist president. He is thrilled to sack the treasury as an international financial meltdown would further his goal of having a ONE WORLD Government and signng away our Bill of Rights to the United Nations. There is no truth in Washington.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  89. Michael Roepke - Dallas

    Jack, I;m a financial planner and I sit down with young, professional, college educated people who finally decided to get there house in order. It is amazing how many of these people do not have a budget or anything close to it. It seems to me that Congress is only reflecting the nation's values.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  90. Jon Youngblood - Portland, OR

    Jack, the generals will never let our president conclude our engagements overseas. THEY decide what monies are spent in the area of government that the GOP will never touch: Military spending. Cut health care and a million other social programs, but not the military. I wouldn't pass a budget under those constraints either. Remember the concerns about playing World Police? The left are the tree huggers, remember?

    June 10, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  91. David Connelly

    Why no budget- becasue that would force the issue back to spending- no matter what budget passes it will be billions and add to the deficit and make headlines and people like you will cover it and decry the soending in it that you feel is "bad" and in this political climate the Dems want no more of that- hence republicans are all in favor of doing this since it will be a budget ultimately passed by Dems and WH that will pass it and then they can decry all of the spending as well- really a silly question in the end since you know darn well why no budget has been passed- volitile political environment and this one will just cause more problems

    June 10, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  92. Jay

    Looking at the responses it apparent that our far left liberals do not have a clue.
    I am totally fedup with how our politicans are running our government, I am an independent, but leaning hard to the Tea Party side.
    Hopefully in the next two general elections we can oust all of the idiots that think our federal reserve is a bottom less pit...........
    Mabe then we can get Americal back on track, doing the things we do best.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  93. StevieT

    Just require your audience to read Joseph from Brooklyn's answer 10 times. Screw things up, pass the ball, then blame the party that caught the ball.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  94. Jason

    The simple fact is that the USA is deeply in debt. It is the fault of both parties. This should be dealt with first. How do we deal with other issues if we can not pay for it?

    June 10, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  95. rich

    Nobody seems to realize that the Dems have been charge of Congress since 2007, they have destroyed this country and will continue to do so until people vote them and any big spending Republicans out. Socialism will always fail, people get sucked into it like a cult and continue to vote for other peoples' money. Greece here we come!

    June 10, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  96. Donald J. Glidden JR.

    dear JACK,
    Why is the Democratic congress refusing to pass a budget? Because in reality (Democrat or Republican) there is no such thing and if there where whatever the given number is add another 31/2 trillion and we will know. Most sincerely,
    DONNIE Salem Mass.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  97. James Hill

    I feel the democrats view the budget proposal as a means to try to limit the abilities and functions of the party to what the republicans want, but on the other hand there was no bickering or grips while the republican's had the wheel building the deficit here in the first place.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  98. Dave

    Cleaning up after the mess the elephants made is expensive. Too bad we can't undo the damage we have to start where Bush left us. What is harder to believe is that the GOP is still running on deregulation. How many times does that have to fail before they give it a break?

    June 10, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  99. Nancy, Tennessee

    The Democrats in their effort to not lose seats in the November election are putting themselves out there for criticism that is going to be more detrimental than cutting some pork out of the budget. They need to do their job while they have it and worry about getting re-elected on their ability to do what is right for the American people.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  100. Bill from Kentucky

    Could it be that the members of congress are trying to corner the gold market and do not have time to pass a budget?

    June 10, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  101. Tim

    Well Jack, it is not just the democrats, it is the republicans too who are playing the political game. Nobody in congress has the guts to stand up and look people in the eye and tell them what they don't want to hear and that is "Tax hikes " which will be the only way to make a dent in this balooning deficit. Republicans talk about tax cuts, how in the world are they going to pay for the services provided by the government. It takes money to make money.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  102. Ed

    Jack, this will be the fifth stright budget since the DEM's took over Congress who, in case people did not know, has the responsiblity to initiated and approve the federal budget. It is the second Obama budget. They cannot blame Bush any longer.!!

    They will not pass a budget because any honest budget proposal will have over $1.5 Trillion of deficit, and it will be their's to defend and explain and they cannot with a straight face.


    June 10, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  103. David

    You are naive to think the Democrats will do anything that MIGHT hurt them on the next election cycle. Change you CAN"T believe in.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  104. Jaycie

    Gee Jack, you don't suppose the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy and his two wars, always OFF budget, had anything to do with this, do you? I recently saw a chart that shows exactly that. Without those astronomically expensive tax cuts and those two never ending, very expensive wars, we would be in MUCH better shape! I've often thought that the Republicans WANT the country to go broke so that they can get rid of all those pesky programs like Social Security, Medicare, public education/libraries, etc. that they so despise and thereby keep all the money for themselves and their mega rich corporate buddies. We have to decide what kind of country we want to be: one that engages in endless war with the most expensive military the world has ever known as the neo cons want, one that allows corporations to make billions while paying NO taxes, or one that provides a decent life for its people like countries in those dreaded "socialist' European countries do. Personally, I choose the latter.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  105. Jeff

    How can you blame Bush if I remember right the Democrats had the House and the senate during his second term. Lets remember congress makes the laws. Time for Tearm Limits in congress and the Senate. If you look at the records Obama and the democrates in their first year have spent 3 times the amount that bush spent in his irst 4 years.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  106. Gigi Oregon

    They can pass or not pass a budget. Until they create a better plan to finance a growing America and it's needs. The economy will be in the tank. It is still not more money but a Fair and flat tax with no strings attached for the wealthy.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  107. Dumb & Dumber

    Simple. They don't know how.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  108. Anne Marie

    Because they don't want to lose any votes by taking away from those who have come to depend upon their benevolence with our ( the taxpayer's) money.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  109. RB from Seattle

    The liberals are crying "Drill, baby, drill" while the conservatives are crying "Spend, baby, spend." Meanwhile, while the two parties feud, the American public is left holding the bag, with little, if anything accomplished in congress. It is sad commentary. Voters need to clean out the deadwood in congress in November.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  110. Bill

    This drum that the Republicans (and now you) are beating re the budget drives me crazy. Where were the budget hawks when Bush was spending $9BILLION a month in the Iraq war (while cutting taxes)

    Obama and the democrats inherited a terrible mess due in large part to Republican policy of deregulation. BUT , you have to admit that the Republicans are very crafty, they have been harping on tax reductions (more money to the rich) for years and this has led our country to think that paying taxes is a sin. Remember when Regan reduced taxes and increased defense spending and how that led to a major recession?

    Come on, we are defunding our major public institutions. We need to pay for the services we expect, health care, schools, roads, clean water, etc and the Republican have convinced us that this does not require taxation.

    If you want to balance the budget then cut defense spending...like duh it is only about 50% of our budget

    June 10, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  111. JFS

    With all do respect just what Congress has ever passed or agreed upon a Budget during an election year ??? Certainly you can not be trying to drive opinion against the Dem's are you ??? Would love to have you tell us what Republican Congress passed an honest budget while they were in a majority or holding down the White House ??? Certainly not one that was viable . Come on Jack we all give you more credit than this silly question. I think that the Clinton Administration was the best example in recent memory of hitting a mark.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  112. Chad Eslin Dyer Brook, ME

    Republicans appear to think every day is the fourth of July and the Dem's are acting as though every day is April 14th.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  113. Randy

    Look, Jack, you've got to start understanding one thing. And that is, We The People are NOT their constituency. They answer only to filthy rich corporations and to Israel. That's it. We The People be damned.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  114. Mike in SA

    Jack, they are more damned if they do than if they don't. You know the Dems can't cut anything, it's against their nature. Their DNA would explode! However, just see how the electorate reacts if they do pass a budget with another $1.5 trillion deficit that is expected. They are going to wait until after the November elections the whole while pointing their fingers at the GOP for somehow being "obstructionists".

    June 10, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  115. Peyton Anderson

    Printing money is easier than cutting back. States don't have that option & are demonstrating that cuts / choices can be made – even if painful. My solution from perspective of a business owner = start w/ cutting all programs 10% across the board, including defense (let the managers find the savings / sort the priorities – not politicians), then fix social security by raising benefits age 2 years, change COLA to real inflation, and eliminate SS for those making more than $125k per year. This is not rocket science – we all do it every day at our homes, businesses, and state governments. Leaders solve problems but politicians (of both parties) just pass them down to next generation.

    Raleigh, NC

    June 10, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  116. Gary K

    The budget is not normally passed till Sept. or Oct. so it is no big deal that it is not passed now. As for who racked up the deficits, Republicans are more guilty than Dems if you take the last 10 yrs.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  117. Fredrico

    Reagan said that deficits do matter and criticized Carter for them. Of course, Ronnie would become infamous

    for tripling the National Debt. Cheney changed Republican orthodoxy by saying that deficits don't matter.

    Cheney/Bush then went on to double the National Debt. Now that we have a Democratic President, Republicans

    are returning to the old orthodoxy, saying that deficits do matter.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  118. Otis

    Here's an idea, Jack...

    Can you imagine Congress creating a Congress Tax where if each person who serves in Congress serves longer than 12 years, each time they get re-elected they have to pay higher taxes on their income? That would get rid of these career politicians who do absolutely nothing but fundraise, fundraise and then pass out at their beachhouse that they're not paying taxes on.

    A novel idea would be to fundraise to pay down the debt. Oh I am dreaming, Jack. I am dreaming.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  119. Ken in NC

    Stupidity. Enough said.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  120. Dave

    Thanks for stating the status of our country, and where it is going, in simple and direct terms. I agree with you. Gerry Connely's attitude is the same as most of the arrogant, gutless wonders that are in Congress. The people are beginning to pay close attention, and I believe the national media needs to join you in holding their feet to the fire. The time has passed for Dems to continue blaming the Repubs.
    Get busy Dems and do the thng for our country.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  121. Gregory Tripp, Mechanicsburg

    The only thing worse than a tax and spend Democrat is a no-tax and spend Republican.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  122. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    Budget cuts = Le$$ PORK,

    Le$$ Pork = Unhappy voters

    They want to bring home as much pork as possible...Like bridges to nowhere!

    June 10, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  123. Michael Van Pelt

    because unlike our grandparents, most of middle america and the representatives we elect don't know what it's like to have to struggle or tighten their belts or handle bad news. we're alot like the british of the late victorian era. we haven't figured out it's all over but the shouting

    June 10, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  124. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    Seriously, do yoy or anyone else expect congress to work for the people?? It' mostly run by the aristocracy, who know what is best for the people...Never mind what the people WANT!!

    June 10, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  125. John

    Jack, It's very simple. BUDGET is not in their vocabulary just as it was not in the Republican's vocabulary as well during their time in charge.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  126. robert l burford

    i wise tv character mrs,slocum would say "they lost their backbone and their legs are as weak as water"

    June 10, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  127. Barry O

    Reid & Pelosi have been running Congress since 2006! More financial damage has been done to the future of America since then than any 4yr period in our history. In the next 2-6 yrs Obama will take us over the top to certain Greece-like bankruptcy.

    It is only in that type of social & economic can Barack take an even larger step forward on his desire to radically transform the country & push it to the extreme left.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:59 pm |