One of the prescribed duties of the US Senate is to provide an annual federal budget. The last time this mandate was met was in April of 2009.
Each year the president is supposed to put together a budget plan for the federal government that is then presented to Congress for approval. It is rare that the president’s proposed budget is passed without any changes. Both the Senate and House do their wheeling, dealing, slicing, and dicing in their efforts to modify the budget to meet their own pet projects and appease their constituents and lobbyists. Without an approved budget, the government has no guidelines to govern their spending.
For the third year in a row, the Senate has failed to approve the president’s or anyone else’s budget. The results have been as financially devastating as giving a shopaholic a blank check without having any funds to cover it. Since the Democratic controlled government has failed to pass a budget in the past three years, they have spent over $10 trillion and racked up $4.5 trillion in debt.
Sen Jeff Sessions (R-AL) believes this failure is a deliberate act of the Democrats. Sessions, the ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee said,
“This is a deliberate plan that the Democratic majority has executed for three years to avoid the responsibility of laying out a financial plan for America.”
“When your party cannot coalesce around a plan that your members can support and the American people can support, then you’ve got a very deep, serious problem. And I think that is basically what it is.”
“So you’ve got to hide that by avoiding any public accountability. So you have secret meetings, the gang of six, and those kind of things — trying to move along without ever having to lay out their vision.”
When asked about the lack of a 2013 budget, Sen Harry Reid (D-NV) responded,
“We do not need to bring a budget to the floor this year — it’s done, we don’t need to do it.”
Sen Kent Conrad (D-ND), chairman of the Senate Budget Committee has indicated that he will most likely not entertain a federal budget this year until after the November election.
In other words, the Democrats intend to continue business as usual and spend like there is no tomorrow, and they may be right. There is no way the US economy can remain intact with uncontrolled spending and grossly insufficient funds to pay off what has already been spent and I believe they are just following Obama’s plans to bring America to its financial knees so he and his Marxist buddies can take control of the nation.