President Obama Will Release His Budget Late For The Third Consecutive Year

Not that it really matters, mind you. Congress has only actually passed one budget under President Obama, back in 2009. Ironically enough, tomorrow marks 1,000 days without Congress having passed a budget.

President Obama will release his 2013 budget one week late, an administration official said Monday, the third time the administration has missed the legal deadline.

Under the law, the budget is to be released on the first Monday in February, but the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will be releasing the 2013 budget on Feb. 13.

The Obama administration also delayed the release of the budget last year, waiting until Feb. 14.

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said the delay is symptomatic of a fiscally reckless administration.

“I am deeply disappointed in this President’s abdication of leadership when it comes to prioritizing Americans’ hard-earned tax dollars. The decision to delay the release of his budget again could not come at a more precarious moment for our fiscal and economic future,” Ryan said.

There is nothing more fundamental to the work of our national political leaders than budgeting. We can all fight over how we should be taxed, how much we should be taxed and how the revenues should be spent (or not spent, as the case may be), but ultimately there has to be a budget.

The all-Democrat Congress, with a Democrat president, didn’t pass a budget. They didn’t even pass one out of Senator Kent Conrad’s Budget Committee. When Republicans took over the House in 2011 they passed a budget, but Senate Democrats again failed to even produce one out of committee let alone bring a budget to a vote.

That’s not the sort of “leadership” (that’s not the appropriate term for it) the nation can afford. Tax-and-spend politicians are bad enough. Tax-and-spend politicians who won’t even show their work in a budget have no place holding office.

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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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