Kent Conrad Blames Lack Of Democrat Budget On Republicans

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Alleged Senate “budget hawk” Kent Conrad would like you to know that Senate Democrats aren’t producing a budget this year (again) because those stupid Republicans probably wouldn’t like it anyway.

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D., has a plan for solving the nation’s debt crisis but doesn’t expect anything to get done before the fall election.

“I think Senator [Harry] Reid has made the judgment, quite correctly, that there is very little chance that we’re going to get the two sides together before the election,” Conrad said on “Fox News Sunday” of the Senate majority leader.

Conrad believes the only way Congress can significantly reduce the deficit is through a bipartisan deal.
“We got to have a long-term plan,” he said. “The only way you’re going to have a long term that’s sustainable is that we get Democrats and Republicans to agree.”

Whatever else may be true of Republicans and their budget proposals, they can’t agree or disagree with anything until Democrats propose something in terms of a budget.

But that’s probably by design. The Democrats want to propose nothing, and then accuse Republicans (be it directly or in a more oblique fashion as Conrad does above) of being obstructionists. They’d rather attack Republican budgets – such as Paul Ryan’s proposed spending plan, or Senator Rand Paul’s budgets – than propose anything of their own.

Which just goes to show that Democrats aren’t really serious about the nation’s fiscal problems.

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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