“Budget Hawk” Kent Conrad Spending Last Days In The Senate Trying Not To Pass A Budget

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Senator Kent Conrad is talking out of both sides of his mouth about the budget these days. While, on one hand, he insists that we need a long-term solution for the nation’s deficit and debt problems, he simultaneously backs Senator Harry Reid’s opposition to even proposing a budget in the Senate this year.

An ignominious end to a career built on the illusion of fiscal hawkishness.

Here’s Conrad insisting that we need a budget:

Yesterday on Fox News Sunday, Senate Budget Committee chairman Kent Conrad (D., N.D.) emphasized that “we’ve gotta serious about” devising “a long term plan that gets deficits and debt under control.” Specifically, “what we need, I believe, is at least a ten-year plan. That’s why I am going to mark up the first week that we’re back in session.”

Here’s Conrad backing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in opposition to even presenting a budget:

Conrad indicated that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) does not intend to bring a budget resolution — not even Conrad’s — to the floor before the election. “Senator Reid has made the judgment, probably quite correctly, that there is very little chance that we’re going to get the two sides together before the election,” after which “all the tax cuts [will be] about to expire” and “we’ll be staring sequester in the face.”

We need a budget but we don’t need a budget.

Conrad is no principled leader on fiscal issues. He’s a partisan hack. He’s his party’s fiscal mascot, trotted out to the media to give the appearance that they care about balancing the budget.

The nation’s fiscal health will be better upon Conrad’s departure in so far as whoever replaces him couldn’t possibly be less serious about budget matters. Unless it’s Heidi Heitkamp, who seems to think that we can balance the national budget on discretionary spending alone.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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