posted on May, 16 2012 @ 05:28 PM
Originally posted by usernameconspiracy
Anyone who thinks a budget will get passed in an election year should take a look back at history. Actually, anyone who thinks an official budget will
get passed at any point of any year should do some research. We've been rolling on continuing resolutions for most of the last 40 years.
Adding to that: Raise your hand if you were aware that even if a budget was passed, the numbers within said budget are not required to be followed.
It's more of a guideline than anything.
edit on 16-5-2012 by usernameconspiracy because: Added some more info without providing a source.
Actually, failure top pass a budget isn't a laughing matter. The 1974 Congressional Budget Act (A Democratic piece of legislation and bill, for what
that matters) created standing Congressional budget committees and should have prevented this. That was, in part, the logic for having passed it.
Richard Nixon was playing games with the money in much the same way Obama is now. The Democrats wrote that to fix Nixon's little games and any future
Presidents who might think to do it. Funny how the opposite is now the case and problem. Now in fairness, this isn't the first year without a Budget.
There have been a few others...
Our Florida colleagues also foundthat since 1983, the House and Senate have failed to pass a joint budget bill on four occasions.
For fiscal year 2003, the Senate, under Democratic control in 2002, failed to pass a budget resolution of any kind. On three other occasions (fiscal
years 1999, 2005 and 2007), the House and Senate failed to reconcile their different bills and pass a compromise measure. In these latter three cases,
the Republicans were in the majority in both chambers of Congress.
So, this isn't unheard of and near criminal irresponsibility had been a shared problem between both the right and the left in those past instances.
This is a unique situation now in that a proper budget hasn't passed in the United States since 2009. That was passage of BUSH's last budget and
interestingly enough, the way the law reads, that is still the budget "in effect". At least federal law as I read it stipulates that the failure to
pass a budget in a fiscal year causes the previously passed budget to carry as the framework into the following year. I don't believe they envisioned
a situation of an ENTIRE 4 year term passing without a budget.
Now the House version is imperfect, but that 1974 Congressional Budget act established the procedures for the Senate to produce their own version for
considering. This is something Reid has refused to do and still does. That is now running through the 3rd year of violating a set of laws both parties
agreed on and established, not to mention the base requirements of the U.S. Constitution, which is also very clear about the duties and requirements
of the annual budget process.
1974 Budget and Impound Act
U.S. Federal Budget Law Summary - Source: White House (PDF
It's not enough to simply say Republicans have screwed this pooch themselves. They certainly have in single year instances, as I note above.
Justifying bad behavior (criminal in this case, and in more than mere technical terms after 3 long years, IMO) by citing OTHER bad behavior is the
last refuge of those who know they're wrong and can't admit it. Who's justifying? Well... I'll leave that to stand for itself.