Senators Claim, Again, to Have a Budget

Last summer, Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, continuously claimed that Democrats had a budget. Or they were working on one. Or they were about to mark one up. Anyway they worded it; they were always just about to release one.

This week, Sen. Conrad – who is not seeking re-election – says he will move a budget blueprint. Could it be that due to his retirement he might actually stand up and do what’s right? His colleagues, amusingly, are not happy with the decision, according to Roll Call:

“‘Everyone is scratching their head’ about the North Dakota Democrat’s move, one Senate Democratic staffer said. ‘I think everybody assumes there is some bigger agenda that is driving this because it doesn’t make sense and it’s not going to be helpful.’”

Not going to be helpful for who? The American people who would finally be able to see exactly what direction Democrats would take the country? Or Democrats, who would most certainly lose all their arguments if they were to reveal their cards? Probably the latter.

Further in the Roll Call article, Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), the ranking Democrat on the House Budget committee, wondered if this budget was necessary (he did produce his own budget in the House, which was defeated and received no media attention). Rep. Van Hollen also revealed just why Senate Democrats shouldn’t release a budget:

“‘I think for this year that the main battle, discussion, is going to be over discretionary spending, and therefore the Budget Control Act provisions should govern that,’ the Maryland Democrat said after a press conference Thursday. ‘And with respect to issues like tax policy and other major questions, those will be battled out in the election.’”

It’s always about the next election with them. Forget governing to make the country better, govern to get through an election! Which means attacking Republican reforms and sniping about “fairness.”

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