A Tale of Budget Cowardice…and Courage

“We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.”

–Thomas Jefferson

“It is time to check and reverse the growth of government, which shows signs of having
grown beyond the consent of the governed.”

–President Ronald Reagan

Erick Erickson
RedState.com
6/22/2010

So the Democrats have finally admitted they will not produce a budget plan this year. This is the ultimate in political cowardice. To understand how cowardly, one must understand what a budget plan really is.

In short, a budget is an outline, a roadmap, a guide for future spending and revenues. It does not actually spend anything or take any money in itself. It’s just a blueprint.

Think of how you do your family budget. You may budget to spend $100 a week on food, $40 a week on gas, and $20 a week on entertainment. Big categories. You don’t have to budget for Cheerios versus eggs, or regular versus super unleaded, or movie night versus mini-golf. Those detailed decisions come later, as you go along in life. But the family budget sets the parameters for big categories of future spending.

The same is true for a budget resolution in Washington. It sets the parameters for big categories of spending—say, “transportation” or “international affairs.” The details of which dollars go where come later in the appropriations bills, tax bills, or direct spending bills.

In other words, a budget resolution is the most basic fiscal legislation that Washington can produce.

And get this: it’s not even binding! A budget resolution does not go to the President for signature and thus does not have the force of law.

So let’s recap: the Democrats have just admitted that they are not able to pass the most basic, almost simplistic fiscal outline that’s not even binding anyway.

Why? Because the Democrats are cowards…

…But I’m happy to say that there is some political courage left in Washington. And some fiscal responsibility.

My congressman, Tom Price of Georgia, and Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio have introduced a budget resolution on behalf of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), the conservative caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives.

And get this: the RSC budget proposal is a balanced budget proposal. It makes some tough choices to get to balance, but it gets there.

For example, the RSC budget takes us back to pre-stimulus, pre-TARP spending levels and keeps us there for ten years.

The RSC budget repeals ObamaCare…

The entire article is at RedState.com

Read also at RedState, by Rep. Michele Bachmann: Democrats fail “the most basic responsibility of governing”

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