Democrats: Where Is Your Budget?

The inability of the Democratic Party to come up with a budget that it can even propose to the American people is the biggest news story of the day. It would be nice if somebody decided to cover it. Yesterday, the Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee commented on the Democrats’ paralysis:

With the statutory committee deadline having been missed by six weeks, and with 744 days gone by since the Democrat-led Senate passed a budget, it was reported that this week Senate Democrats would finally produce a budget and hold a markup.  But no budget was produced and the markup was delayed yet again. … [Ranking member Jeff] Sessions summarized the “big problem” facing Democrat leaders during a joint interview with House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan on Greta Van Susteren: “they cannot bring forth a budget their members support that the American people will support, and they understand that, they know that, and they’ve got a big problem.” …
Reports surfaced this week that Senate Democrats’ long-awaited budget plan had not been scheduled for committee action, or shared outside of closed-door meetings with the Democrat caucus, because Chairman Conrad lacked the votes to move the budget out of his committee – particularly, it appeared, the vote of Senator Bernie Sanders.  The Hill reported that Senator Conrad shifted the Senate Democrat budget further to the left as a result, coupling every dollar of savings with a dollar in higher taxes – even as the President asserted his so-called framework would achieve three dollars in savings for every one dollar in cuts, albeit a claim that is not borne out by the numbers. …
Following these revelations, [Congressional Quarterly] published a report indicating that the Senate Democrat Budget had even fewer savings than advertised – cutting only $1.5 trillion over the course of 10 years.

Every intelligent American knows that the federal government is facing a budget crisis that threatens our country’s future, yet the Democrats apparently are incapable of coming up with a plan to dig out of the hole their profligate spending has created. What could be clearer evidence of the intellectual bankruptcy of liberalism?

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