Fog of War: Fiery Debate Over TWO Annual Budgets

April, 2011 will go down in history as the beginning of both the 2012 Presidential Campaign, and the most significant debate over the appropriate roles of the federal government since the 1930s.

Congress has been arm wrestling over BOTH the 2011 and the 2012 annual budgets at the same time.  The media, apparently oblivious to historic events are immersed in petty speculation over the possibility of a government shut down and which party voters would blame.  People who lack the time or inclination to pore over budget details will be the targets of deceptive, emotional appeals by politicians and the media. There will soon be a continuous barrage of self-serving propaganda from the beneficiaries of government spending programs.

The 2011 Budget should have been passed last summer, well in advance of the October 1 start of the government’s fiscal year.  But President Obama and the Democrats, with commanding majorities in both the House and Senate that empowered them to spend any amount they wished, failed to pass a budget or any of the 13 appropriations bills that allocate funds to the government’s departments and authorize them to function.

Since October 1, 2010 the government has run without a budget or appropriations bills, on a series of temporary “Continuing Resolutions” or CRs.

Back in January the new Republican majority in the House of Representatives passed HR1 a CR that would have prevented all this angst and drama by funding the government for the remainder of the fiscal year.  But the Senate, controlled by Democrats rejected HR1 because it would make tiny, almost insignificant cuts, spending $61 Billion less than projected by the Obama Administration.

Had they followed normal legislative process the Senators would have passed an alternative CR or an amended version of HR1.  Then the House and Senate would have sent representatives to a conference committee to negotiate a compromise between the two bills.  But the Democrats have been unable or unwilling to pass any alternative to HR1 in the Senate.  Their only response so far has been to attack HR1 as “extreme.”

The latest temporary CR expires at the end of the week.  Without another CR parts of the government will shut down.

The 2012 budget debate opens as Representative Paul Ryan, Chairman of the House Budget Committee publishes his ten-year plan, proposing to spend $6.2 Trillion less than President Obama’s budget plan.  Unlike the trifling cuts Republicans proposed for 2011, the Ryan 2012 plan is a blueprint for substantial, long term reduction in the power, scope and cost of the federal government and will drive the historic debate that is certain to continue through the next election.  Media commentators are already calling the Ryan budget cruel, inhumane, draconian, extreme, radical, etc.

Liberty Works will analyze the Ryan budget plan, which includes an overhaul of the federal income tax, one piece at a time.  Stay tuned!

3 Comments so far

  1. buy gold on April 7th, 2011

    The 1997 accounting year of the federal government ended last September . Social Security taxes are inadequate to pay the benefits that the government .

  2. Thousand Flowers Blooming on April 7th, 2011

    What the F is wrong with these idiot Republicans???!!!

    Paul Ryans budget will decimate seniors and the middle class. Once again the ONLY thing Republicans care about is more and more tax breaks for the rich!

    The robber-Barron rich like Drew and BoomerJeff are cheering. But people who work for a living will lose everything.

    Call your Representative and Senator, especially if their Republicans. Stop the insanity! Stop the Republicans from shutting down the government!

  3. Louanne Bettin on April 8th, 2011

    No way, that’s a total sham but I see what you mean by it and i hope you had been just going for the overly dramatic.