Democrats Proposing Spending Caps That Break Limits Set In Debt Deal


According to Senate Democrats, most notably alleged “budget hawk” Kent Conrad, the Budget Control Act (the “debt deal” that raised the debt ceiling while setting spending caps and creating the “super committee) was just as good as a normal budget. Better even, they claim, which is why Congress doesn’t need to pass a budget.

Except, by looking at the new spending proposals Democrats are putting forward, it appears as though they’re throwing the BCA under the bus:

Last summer, as part of the agreement that resulted in raising the federal government’s debt limit, Congress passed the Budget Control Act, which set spending caps for future years. These spending caps represented “cuts” in the Washington sense; that is, spending was allowed to increase, but not as fast as might otherwise have been projected. When it has suited their purposes, the Democrats have been champions of the Budget Control Act. Thus when House Republicans adopted a budget that would have spent less than the maximums under the BCA, Democrats alleged that the budget “violated” the Act. They thus turned the Budget Control Act on its head, pretending that the maximum spending levels agreed on in the Act–caps–were actually minimums.

Now, with no fanfare and no press coverage, the Democrats are attempting to negate–effectively, to repeal–the Budget Control Act by adopting spending bills that exceed its limits. Harry Reid and his Senate confederates have offered a bill to increase spending on the Post Office, S. 1789. The bill has been scored by the Congressional Budget Office as increasing the federal deficit by $34 billion, and no provision has been made to recoup that money somewhere else in the budget. (Of course, we don’t have a budget because the Democrats in the Senate won’t pass one. But spending could still be cut somewhere else.)

One almost gets the sense that Democrats aren’t really serious about budgeting and getting the deficits and national debt under control. It almost seems like all this maneuvering and posturing is just about the appearance of fiscal responsibility, while they quietly push for more and more deficit spending.

This is beyond ideology. This is to the point of recklessness. Whether you’re conservative or liberal or some other flavor of political philosophy, we should all agree that there should be a budget and that the government shouldn’t be spending more than it has.

Rob Port is the editor of 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.

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  • $8194357

    Unless the agenda “is” to default the currency…..
    It worked well in Europe in the 90’s for Soros and his international hedgefund buddies…

    • Goon

      Soros is the puppet master of Obumble as well so he is probably getting his marching orders from Soros. 

  • Kevin Flanagan

    They are working on getting their grubby hands on private retirement assets.

    • Goon

      that idea was discussed on the Mark Levin show and it almost seems criminal that these thieves would start stealing our hard earned money to give it to lazy people or a recipient class who didn’t earn it. 

    • $8194357

      Leftist social engineers don’t beleive old folks need those assets anyway…
      They should just do the “right thing for the common good” and die…

      This mentality of course does not apply to the elderly eliet…..

  • banjo kid

    Every time I see these democrats walking around laughing I know they are laughing at the tax payers because they spend money like no other can. From the insane Pelosi who thinks there is no end to the supply . They have done more than the lady who spent time in jail just for one inside tip, and they should be in jail ten times to her one . Martha Stewart did nothing compared to these crooks. The bill they passed to limit insider trading was nothing more than a cover for what laws they have already broke . They are not exempt from any law that has been passed . Congress and the senate has become a farce , a circus a clown act an elite haven for broken toys what ever, but it is no longer an institution of honor .

  • SigFan

    Democrats and other people’s money is analogous to junkies and crack – they just can’t get enough.  And the destructiveness of either to a stable society is just about equal.  

  • DopeyDem

    The best part of the picture is Steny Hoyer holding his purse while walking hand in hand with his boyfriend.

  • Robertwetsch

    “One almost gets the sense that democrats aren’t really serious about budgeting and getting the deficits and national debt under control”.  Wow, is that an understatement.  Ya think!

  • Gern Blanston

    Where’s Hanni and his/her ilk on this one? Seriously. Port is continuously chastised for his ‘lies’ and ‘spin’ but I want to hear the left’s retort on this story. What IS a rational response to the claim that the Dems in Washington are being reckless and couldn’t care less about a budget?

    • $8194357

      Submission to the UN global agenda is the eleit lefts real agenda and they laugh because they are so close to “gettin er done”..

      One more credit downgrade should about accomplish the real goal, IMO..

  • awfulorv

    In most cities in America , other than the pathetic excuse for same our nations Capitol has become, these bums would be arrested for disrupting traffic, attempting to incite a riot, or not reading more than twenty words of the bill they’ve  just passed.

  • $8194357

    (in-ep-toc’-ra-cy) – a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of��� producers.
    I love this word and believe that it will become a recognized English word. Finally, a word to describe our current political situation with Obama.

    It is what it is..