- Never passed a budget since joining the Senate;
- Voted for the $787 billion phony “Stimulus Bill Saying It Was ‘The Beginning Of The Investment’ To Turn The Troubled National Economy Around;”
- Voted to increase the national public debt limit;
- One of only 7 Senators to vote to continue funding the corrupt ACORN;
- Refused to support legislation that limited federal spending in 2012 to $680 billion. The legislation also proposed a Constitutional amendment requiring federal spending to be capped at a percentage of GDP;
- Voted in favor of the largest tax increase in American history, Obamacare, which the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates will raise the national debt by $226 billion in just its first six years;
- Voted against the repeal of wasteful corn ethanol subsidies;
- Refused to support a bill prohibiting budgets which increase the public debt in 10 years by more than it has increased over the past 220 years. Unmanaged, deficit spending that racks up more debt is all she knows.
Concluded Long, “Gillibrand is cynically selling out the next generation of Americans for corrupt ACORN, liberal special interests and a few votes from scared seniors. We deserve lawmakers who will make adult decisions. We deserve a budget. We deserve better than another grim milestone like $16 trillion debt,” said Long.
… Of Obama’s Budget.
Sure that’s a bit of a shocking headline, but we learned over-the-top bombastic statements from the Democrats themselves – specifically, DNC Chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
DWS recently accused the Republicans of having “fully embraced extremism”. So when Democrats last month reached across the aisle with their Republican counterparts to defeat President Obama’s budget by a vote of 414-0, it stands to reason that they were also ‘fully embracing extremism’.
Extremists as you know, have a propensity for violence, a willingness to kill. In this case, it just happened to be the Obama budget proposal that fell victim to an attack by House member extremism.
So why provide this handy reminder for the radical left?
Because Debbie Wasserman Schultz seems to have already forgotten this case of budgetary violence in her extremist past.
Maggie Thurber points out that a little noticed aspect of an interview with Fox News Bret Baier, includes DWS placing blame for the strangling of Obama’s budget solely on the lap of Republicans. Trying to pawn that vote off on Republicans appears to be blowing up in her face however.
As Thurber points out, Democrat extremists also took part in the murder…
Baier, noting that Democrats have gone out of their way to criticize the budget presented by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), said there was no Democrat budget on the table.
Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) objected stating that Pres. Barack Obama had submitted a budget. But Baier continued saying the President’s budget wasn’t being voted on.
“That’s right, because House Republicans voted it down,” she said.
The vote on Obama’s most recent budget was 414-0.
It wasn’t just House Republicans who voted it down – not a single Democrat voted for it, including Wasserman Schultz herself!
A statement addressing the budget vote from the Karen Harrington for Congress website adds:
Interestingly enough, and somewhat shocking, Obama’s Cheerleader-in-Chief, DNC Chair/Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was present for the vote, and voted a resounding ‘Nay’ to the measure.
Yes, you read correctly, Debbie voted against her boss’ budget.
Thurber asks, “Hypocrisy, lies,distortions …how does she live with herself?“
It’s easy… when you’re extreme.
Guy Benson writes that the picture is worth 1,085 words – one for each day we’ve gone without a Senate budget.
From The Tipsheet:
What you’re looking at is a view of today’s Senate Budget Committee meeting, at which Chairman Kent Conrad conducted a faux “markup” of his party’s FY 2013 budget resolution. The near side of the table is where Democrats were supposed to sit. Granted, this entire exercise was somewhat academic because its resulting product would receive neither a vote in this committee, nor in the Senate at large. Details! Throughout much of the session, all 11 Republican members were present to, you know, do their jobs. Of the 12 committee Democrats, no more than 3 or 4 were in attendance at any given time, according to sources inside the meeting. “[The Democrats] showed absolutely no interest in discussing our big picture problems or offering solutions,” a GOP budget aide tells Townhall. “Those who were there showed up only to make a brief statement for the record, then took off. The photo speaks for itself.” That it does.
Ed Morrisey at Hot Air adds:
The meeting was broadcast on one of the C-SPAN channels, so this isn’t exactly a secret. Only three Democrats bothered to show up at all, out of a dozen assigned to it. Republicans showed up, prepared to cast votes to finally bring the ignominious streak of 1,085 days (as of yesterday) without a budget resolution to an end. Sadly, Democrats — who control the committee, the chamber, and the White House — don’t have the same sense of responsibility.
For a party that demands that voters put them in charge, they seem utterly unwilling to do the job once they have it. Voters should keep this in mind in November, up and down the ballot.
The Republican National Committee put together a video that shows President Obama’s budget speech from yesterday was essentially a repeat of his budget speech from last year. Which of course shows that the President has no new ideas. If you liked the economy in 2011, then you’ll love his plans for 2012.
From Hot Air Pundit:
This is brilliant. The RNC digs up one of Obama’s speeches from last year to show his budget speech yesterday recycled the exact same scare tactics he used in 2011.
Gateway Pundit adds:
Barack Obama dug up his same old tired speech from 2011 attacking the Republican budget, beat it against the wall, dusted it off, and delivered it again this week.
Watch the video below…
See that? Republicans can swallow their pride every now and again, to give credit where it’s due…
The Republican National Committee took advantage of Obama’s embarrassing budget plan, which went down in the House yesterday to a 414-0 vote. It likely will go down as his “greatest bipartisan achievement”.
The video, titled Zero Votes, can be seen below…
Just kidding! The budget, which featured major tax increases while still adding trillions to the deficit, was defeated in the House by a margin of 414-0.
From the Washington Times:
President Obama’s budget was defeated 414-0 in the House late Wednesday, in a vote Republicans arranged to try to embarrass him and shelve his plan for the rest of the year.
The vote came as the House worked its way through its own fiscal year 2013 budget proposal, written by Budget Committee Chairman Paul D. Ryan. Republicans wrote an amendment that contained Mr. Obama’s budget and offered it on the floor, daring Democrats to back the plan, which calls for major tax increases and yet still adds trillions of dollars to the deficit over the next decade.
“It’s not a charade. It’s not a gimmick — unless what the president sent us is the same,” said Rep. Mick Mulvaney, a freshman Republican from South Carolina who sponsored Mr. Obama’s proposal for purposes of the debate. “I would encourage the Democrats to embrace this landmark Democrat document and support it. Personally, I will be voting against it.”
But no Democrats accepted the challenge.
The budget is actually a gimmick – on the part of the President. The proposal was submitted in an attempt to placate his left wing base. He knew it would never be considered as a serious budget proposal, but now he can go back to his Occupy/Union goon base and say, ‘See? I tried to raise taxes. I tried to increase spending. And those DC insiders wouldn’t let me.’
Sad part is, his unthinking liberal followers will buy it even though his Democrat cronies in Washington did not.
414-0. That’s a rout.
With the economy continuing to struggle despite claims coming out of the White House, and gas prices surging upwards of $5/gallon, it’s no wonder that the one thing most important to voters this year would be their wallets.
The administration would have you believe that the economy is churning along on its epic recovery, yet the fact remains that if the number of people actively looking for a job were the same as the day Obama took office, the unemployment rate would be at a stunning 10.8%.
We asked, “What issue is most important to you in the 2012 election?”
- Economy/Jobs – 65%
- Healthcare – 15%
- Taxes – 0%
- Education – 0%
- Budget Deficit – 15%
- Other – 3%
Governor Cuomo seems to be following the path blazed by his colleague in the White House, riding a wave of popularity that he incorrectly perceives as a mandate to consolidate more power in his own hands. And even Democrats are wary of these dangerous actions…
Via the New York Times:
He has included a clause that would allow him to give out some contracts without the customary review of the state comptroller. And he added another provision that some budget experts fear could expand his authority to borrow money for construction projects.
Riding high after a string of successes during his first year in office, Mr. Cuomo is now taking an expansive, and expanding, view of the role of governor, in the name of reining in the state’s sprawling bureaucracy.
But even some of Mr. Cuomo’s fellow Democrats are raising questions about what they view as a power grab. And suddenly a staple of civics class — the notion of checks and balances between different branches of government — is the talk of the Capitol.
One fellow Democrat calls it an overreach:
“I think many of us, including myself, feel that there is overreaching proceeding down the path by our new governor, and that it is ultimately not healthy for there to be excessive power in the executive branch, even though he’s popular,” said Assemblyman James F. Brennan, a Democrat of Brooklyn.
This of course comes on the heels of another power grab yielded by the Governor, in which the entire New York State Inspector General’s Office was granted the authority to snoop into the tax returns of not only the state employee workforce, but anyone they deem to be relevant to an investigation. At the time, this level of investigative power was being labeled ‘unprecedented’, something even the State Attorney General has not been granted.
Cuomo brushed off any questions regarding this consolidation of powers in the executive branch as “basic competence”. But another Democrat Assemblyman claims it will undo years of efforts to improve government accountability.
Richard L. Brodsky, a former Democratic assemblyman who wrote legislation to improve accountability of the state’s public authorities, said the provision would undo safeguards that lawmakers had put in place with some difficulty.
“It goes to the heart of the reform efforts that took six years, three governors and two attorneys general to get done, and it’s extremely important,” Mr. Brodsky said.