Democrats Using Deficit Reduction Committee As Political Cover For Not Passing A Budget

WASHINGTON - JANUARY 28: Senate Budget committee ranking member Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) (L) questions Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf during a hearing about the CBO's Budget and Economic Outlook for FY 2010 to 2020 as committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND) listens January 28, 2010 in Washington, DC. The CBO's latest estimates see a $1.35 trillion deficit for the current budget year, dropping to $980 billion next year only if a host of tax cuts enacted under President George W. Bush are allowed to expire at the end of the year. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Our nation is trillions of dollars in debt. Our national debt is larger than our gross domestic product. Obama and his fellow liberals are adding over a trillion dollars in new debt to the balance books every year. The national debt is, in the public’s opinion, as great a threat to this country as terrorism.

So you’d think that, at the very least, Democrats could pass a budget. But no, it’s an election year. And they’d much rather shirk that most basic and essential of their duties and instead use the deficit reduction commission to cover their dereliction of duty.

And no less than leftist columnist David Broder is calling them out on it, saying “the Democrats are using the existence of the commission to justify the abandonment of their long-term budget responsibilities.”

Of course, the idea that the commission was little more than political posturing was something some of us understood from the beginning. Back in April I wrote:

It’s been pretty clear to me from the get-go that this panel is all about political cover. Senator Conrad, as well as any other member of Congress, could submit bills to reduce the deficit right now. And they could be passed using the very same budget reconciliation process the Democrats just used (fraudulently) to pass the health care bill.

But people like Senator Conrad do no such thing. Because they’d much rather sit around and talk about the problem, and then eventually just raise our taxes some more.

Congress has all the authority it needs to reduce deficits. They don’t need some extra-special commission to study deficit reduction. They just need to engage in the budget process they’ve been using for centuries.

But they won’t do it. Because they don’t want to cut spending.

The deficit commission is a joke. A charade put on by politicians who would rather talk about doing something than actually do it.

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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