Published for www.nationalreview.com, April 27, 2012
The world is a confusing place. After all, a quick consultation with http://www.dictionary.com tells me that a budget is:
1. an estimate, often itemized, of expected income and expense for a given period in the future.
2. a plan of operations based on such an estimate.
And that a resolution is:
1. a formal expression of opinion or intention made, usually after voting, by a formal organization, a legislature, a club, or other group.
2. a resolve or determination
So it would seem pretty straightforward that because the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 directs the Congress to pass a budget resolution, the Senate would be determined to vote and pass a ten-year estimate of expected federal income and expenses, as well as plans for the use of those funds.
Fat chance and Happy Anniversary. On Sunday, it will be exactly three years since the Senate did its budgetary duty.
What does that say about Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Democrats, and President Obama? Most people find not doing their jobs embarrassing, so it certainly attests to their shamelessness. But it is worse.
If any other American didn’t budget, we’d end up bankrupt, foreclosed, and unable to borrow another dime. We’d suffer immediate and drastic consequences. The Senate Democrats’ apparently don’t grasp that the U.S. will also suffer consequences, some immediate and some drastic.