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:
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.