President’s Budget Can’t Be ScoredJune 24th, 2011 by Lee Eldridge
As the President’s latest budget commission falls apart, it’s important to understand the lack of leadership we’re getting in Washington. Here’s a very quick video of an exchange between Paul Ryan and CBO Director Doug Elmendorf concerning President Obama’s budget framework.
In 2010, Democrats in the House and in the Senate failed to introduce or pass a budget. They seem to have forgotten that passing a budget is part of their job. In February of this year the President released a budget proposal that was so bad that even HE came out two months later to discuss a new budget framework. The problem is that all he did was issue a speech, not a new budget. Democrats have refused to release a budget proposal in either the Senate or the House. Republicans in the House have passed a budget. It’s time for the Democrats to step up and provide their own budget that can be scored by the CBO and scrutinized by the American people.
But you want to hear something funny? Let’s look back on how we got here. Instead of tackling the budget, the debt and the deficits, the President put together his bipartisan debt commission led by Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson to study the problem, and recommend solutions. When the President introduced his budget earlier this year he ignored just about every recommendation from his own commission. And what does he do when it becomes clear that his budget proposal is a complete flop? He creates a new commission led by Vice President Biden.
Now for the funny part. In 2008, candidate Obama had this to say about John McCain’s suggestion to put together a commission to study a problem (found on Politico):
Just today, Senator McCain offered up the oldest Washington stunt in the book – you pass the buck to a commission to study the problem. But here’s the thing – this isn’t 9/11. We know how we got into this mess. What we need now is leadership that gets us out. I’ll provide it, John McCain won’t, and that’s the choice for the American people in this election.
You couldn’t make this stuff up if you tried.