The Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 established a timetable for the annual budget process, which is kicked off each year by the Presidential budget submission. The Budget Act specifies that the President's budget should be presented to the Congress on or before the first Monday in February.
The Budget Act specifies that Congress should complete action on its budget resolution by April 15 of each year.
Once the budget resolution conference agreement is adopted by both the House and the Senate, its terms govern the remainder of the budget process for that year. The budget resolution does not require Presidential signature, although its terms are binding internally on the actions of the Congress throughout the budget process.
In early 2010, the Democratic Party representatives CONTROLLED a majority of BOTH the House and the Senate, as well as the office of the President. Thus, they should have been able to complete the budget process, which by April 15 would have concluded with a budget for the 2011 federal fiscal year.
However, that process was not done. In fact, in June of 2010, Steny Hoyer, the House Majority Leader stated that they were “not even going to propose” a budget. Since 2006, with the Democrats regaining control of Congress, they had been on a spending spree which massively accelerated with the election of a radical Democrat as President of the United States.
Late 2009 and early 2010 saw the rise of the “Tea Party” movement, which is not an actual party, but the evolution of the disgust that many Americans had with their government. Even the Democrats, while deriding the Tea Party movement, recognized the strength and thus the likely losing of power if things stayed like they had been doing things.
Thus, in 2010, they decided to not propose and pass a budget because they knew that the citizens of America would plainly see the continued extravagant spending they had embarked upon. Instead, they simply enacted a series of “Continuing Resolutions” designed to fund the government, thus hiding their actual expenditures.
Now early April of 2011, the Republicans controlling the House of Representatives are trying to get a budget approved for the fiscal year of 2012. Instead of having any help, the Democrats in the Senate refuse to pass any budget proposals. In just two days, the latest continuing resolution will expire, thus everyone in the government and the media are clamoring about a “government shutdown.”
But, even though the Democrats in the Senate plus the President are saying that the soldiers won’t be paid, all active duty military personnel will be paid. As well as the Social Security recipients, welfare recipients, food stamp recipients, the Post Office, and a large number of others will be working and being paid. Both the Democrats and the news media want desperately to blame the Republicans for any government shutdown, just as they did back in the ‘90’s.
However, the obvious actions of the Democrats in not even proposing a budget for 2011 has led to the current “crisis.” If anyone is to blame for a shutdown, it should rest squarely on the shoulders of the Democratic controlled Senate and President Barack Obama. It is also to their discredit that they are lying to the public in saying such things as the military personnel not being paid, parks and monuments closing, plus so many other lies.
It pains me greatly to know that the party in which my parents and grandparents were registered has become such a devious political party. To this day, I know a great many Democrats who can’t believe what has happened to their party. They are disheartened and disillusioned that the National leadership of their party is dominated by Socialist leaning individuals instead of those who really love this country.
Here in Oklahoma, a state which I like to say is the “reddest of the red states,” the Democratic Party no longer holds more than 50 percent of the registered voters. They still outnumber the Republicans, but in the last two Presidential elections, EVERY COUNTY in Oklahoma voted for the Republican candidates. In 2004 only Oklahoma and Utah had done that and in 2008, only Oklahoma and Alaska voted completely for Republicans.
In addition to the elections results, the last two years has seen a majority of new voters registering as Republican or Independent, even though there is no Independent party in Oklahoma and those who register that way cannot vote in any of the primaries.
Since Obama’s election, we’ve seen bailouts of the banks, AIG, GM, Chrysler, and who knows what else has been hidden. While the Democrats always speak of working for the working man, have any of those individuals benefited other than perhaps the “Cash for Clunkers” program? In fact, I would propose that the Democrats are pandering to the rich “fat cats” in the aforementioned businesses, and are certainly not helping the individuals.
Even the ongoing labor union issues in Wisconsin are related not to the Democrats wanting good to come to the membership of those unions. In Wisconsin, the public service union member’s dues are automatically deducted from their paychecks and sent to the unions. Then, those unions make overwhelming contributions to the Democratic Party.
So, that brings up another question for you. Don’t you think that the unions ought to spend those member dues on things that truly benefit the members and not the Democrats in Congress? In most of the union’s campaign contributions, over 90 percent of them go to the Democrats. So, again, the Democrats aren’t working for the little guy. They are working for themselves and what power they can achieve.
So, when you read the news in the next few days, weeks and months, keep in mind that the Democratic Party is NOT working for the people. Nor are they honest about what they have done, are doing, and plan to do to the country in the future.
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