When Republicans faltered on budgeting in the past, Democratic criticism was severe, including a press release headline by then-Minority Leader Pelosi that read: “Republicans’ Inability to Pass a Budget Hurts America’s Children.” Today the echo of their words is deafening.
While Americans scramble to file their Federal tax returns, the Democratic Congress is sliding past its deadline for the most fundamental obligation of governing: adopting a Federal budget by April 15. Nevertheless, the President and Democratic Congress have managed to enact nearly $1.8 trillion in additional spending (over 10 years) since January 2009, and to raise Americans’ taxes by $670 billion over the same period. This week, press accounts hinted House Democratic leaders might choose not to bring a budget to the floor at all – which would be an unprecedented failure to govern, at the worst possible time.
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