It’s been years since the senate has passed a budget; we’re going on 5 now. And if you wanted to know why that is, you have to look no further than these two articles from The Hill.
First, Paul Ryan gettin’ it done:
Ryan, the former Republican vice presidential candidate who chairs the House Budget Committee, will release his 2014 budget on Tuesday. He’s expected to outline a plan to balance the budget in 10 years.
And why does this contribute to the reasons democrats won’t pass their own budget?
Senate Democrats promised Monday to make Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) new budget a focal point of their 2014 campaigns.
Democrats argue changes to Medicare and other spending cuts outlined by Ryan will pay political dividends for their Senate candidates, who face a difficult 2014 landscape.
“The Ryan budget will be a gift that gives throughout the 2014 cycle for Democrats,” pollster Geoff Garin said on a Monday call hosted by the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee.
And now over to the article describing progress on the senate’s budget:
Senate Democrats say they will soon pass their first budget in four years, but it is proving a test.
Disputes over tax cuts, spending reductions and entitlement reform all present challenges to Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).
One reason Senate Democrats did not pass a budget bill for the past four years was that they wanted to avoid unpopular votes to cut spending and hike taxes.
Leadership aides say Democrats from red states are less nervous now.
“The 2012 election showed that being in favor of revenue does not tar and feather you as a tax-and-spend liberal,” one aide said.
For the democrats, being elected to public office is the whole of the point. There is no effort to govern or lead, only to win the next election.
Paul Ryan submits a budget and the democrats do nothing but “run against” the “gift that keeps giving.” Yet when it comes time to pass their own budget, we get nothing because they are afraid to make the tough decisions.
Not surprising really.