Originally Posted by FrankC
The Tea Party controlled (or frightened) Republicans have a majority in Congress thus they controll the budget...not the minority Democrats. The Congress allocates funds for government. You should really educate yourself a bit.
......Oh, Okay. Let's have a quick civics lesson. Pay attention, there will be a test later.
The President submits a budget each year to both the House and the Senate. The Senate and House argue among themselves and come up with a compromise (usually) that pisses everyone off. (That, by the way, is how you know you got a good compromise; no one likes the bottom line.) Anyway, the compromise budget is voted on and sent to the President for signature. If he doesn't like what Congress did with his budget he can veto it, or do nothing and let it become law without his signature. Or, he can hold his nose and sign it anyway.
End of Civics Lesson
Obama submitted the budget at issue in April; usually, it's submitted the first week of February, but no matter. The point here is, the Publican controlled house and the dummycrat controlled Senate haven't been able to come to any kind of agreement on the budget.
Not since about 2009.
The best they've managed is continuing resolutions that basically say; Keep spending the money like you always have.
The ongoing impasse is because the Publicans keep pissing off the dummycrats with their "hate Obamacare" tactics while the Dummycrats keep taking a "we do not negotiate" tactic.
So, just to piss off the Dummycrats, and so they can say "see, we tried to get a budget passed" the Publicans submit the budget with provisions they know will crank up the Dummycrats and the President. The current tactic is to defund Obamacare.
The Dummycrats in the Senate don't negotiate, so since the bill isn't what the President submitted, they kick it back over the fence to the House. And, the Publicans in the house puke on it some more by putting some other provision aimed at defunding Obamacare in there, and they send it back to the Senate. And so on and so on.
This isn't just about the radical tea party, or the publicans or even the dummycrats. It's about a Congress that can't or won't work with the President, and vice versa. There's plenty of blame to go around; plenty for the Publicans, who are like the grandstand heckler, and for the Dummycrats who simply will not bend, and for a President who has never been a bridge builder or a fence mender.
Or a negotiator.
Other Presidents, both Republican and Democrat, have been faced with the opposing party controlling one or both houses of Congress, but by negotiation and compromise they have collectively managed to keep the governmental train on the tracks.
Even when we've had a weak or ineffectual President, Congress one way or the other managed to come up with enough meeting of the minds to make things muddle along until the next election.
This President hasn't led, hasn't discussed, and won't negotiate. I decided he's the Teflon President because even though his party holds both the office of the President and the Senate, and a close margin in the House, he hasn't been effective, and he's managed to blame the Publicans and Tea Party "whackos" for all that is wrong with everything.
It's always the Publicans fault, or Bush's fault, or even that rascal Reagan. Last week, Obama even blamed those Radical politicians who watch to much Fox News.
And as for the Publicans, the best thing they could do is roll over. Give this president everything he asks for. Pass whatever budget he wants, put his agenda bills on the fast track, and send it all right through faster than poop through a goose.
And in 2014 the Publicans can point to whatever they want; the economy, the mid east, the shrinking working middle class (who are these people anyway?), unemployment, or the deficit and say; see, this is what the Dummycrats have done.
And in 2016 they could easily own the White house, the Senate and the House.
But nah, they just gotta keep tilting at windmills, and pissing off the Dummycrats, and setting themselves up to be blamed for this mess.
End of lesson.
Now the test.
When was the last time a Presidential budget bill was passed by both the house and the senate as submitted by the President?