A Realistic Look at Budgets and other Possibilities
February 2009, the budget was delivered to Congress by the Administration. Democrats rammed it through without time for either party to read or think about much of any of it. There wasn’t a budget passed at all in 2010 for the 2011 expenditures. The Democrats and the President hung together on budget issues as they did on everything else, passing individual spending bills for funding of various departments and programs, so the public would be less aware of the exorbitant spending.
The Federal Budget year ends at the end of September. The “budget” proposals for 2012 were not delivered until recently after the passing of Healthcare legislation, and a horrendous Lame Duck Session. The new Congress was sworn in, and the House proceeded to repeal Obamacare after a lot of committee hearings to hear all sides from both Democrats and Republicans. It was transparent, and provided a lot more information about the parts of the bill likely to kill jobs, companies, and people. They moved on quickly to the task of spending cuts for 2011. A budget was not proposed at all for 2011, Congress has simply continued to spend by passing individual spending bills. This is a first step in cuts. If you want more cuts, it will take a lot longer to peruse the complicated thousands of pages with a lot of entries already partially spent. Because time was of the essence due to this fiscal year being half over, they focused on programs that killed jobs or were causing companies problems creating jobs. This resulted in a significant list of terminated programs. Bear in mind, they must move rapidly to cuts on the 2012 proposed budget.
Okay, so now the House has cut 61 Billion of current spending. A lot of people thought it should be more. The House stated this is the first step, and no one seems to want to hear it. It has been two weeks since that passed, and Senator Harry Reid is adamant that this bill will not be passed in the Senate in the current form. For those of you who are unaware, there is a heated battle going on between Senator Harry Reid and Speaker John Boehner regarding the budget and cuts to spending. The House is choosing to move forward with more cuts and repeals. The House is ignoring the tireades of Senator Reid for the most part.
It is already March, and almost too late to stop the massive amounts of money already “distributed” to worldwide sources as well as domestic sources this year. The Senate adopted a stance of doing almost anything rather than addressing the current proposed cuts by the House. The House has moved on to the next set of cost cutting measures. They passed the repeal of the 1099 requirement for small businesses buried in the Healthcare Reform bill. A good point to make at this juncture is that funding for the Healthcare Reform Law was a line item inside that bill and was approved when the bill was signed into law by the President. A report was issued by the Congressional Research Service in October 2010 that itemized the “pre-approved” appropriations that were inside the Obamacare bill.
To further keep the public off balance, the Administration released the proposed 2012 budget for the Congress to study, make modifications and pass quickly prior to the beginning of the fiscal year on October 1, 2011. This is a compilation of committee recommendations, Presidential recommendations, and thousands of pages of supporting documentation.
The President chose now to make a big issue out of the Defense of Marriage Act. This is a red herring folks. He knew the Conservatives would be upset and it would be hard for them to ignore the screams of anxious Conservative constituents. While there were a few speeches on the House floor about it, Speaker Boehner, and the Majority Leader Eric Cantor kept the house focused on the repeal of the additional 1099 requirements for small businesses. In blogs across the country, rhetoric and venom aimed at the GOP reached a deafening crescendo as people wanted them to drop everything and take action on the latest debacle by the Administration.
While the red herrings continue at a brisk pace, the Secretary of State has given testimoney to several Congressional Committees. Most of these recorded hearings were televised in the middle of the night. She has requested money be sent for aide to the Libyan refugees that escaped to Tunisia. Senator Reid has already stated they are working on it. The House has stated it is not going to happen.
The bulk of my point is the progressives are still held together by Senator Reid and the Administration. They do not break rank unless he says ok. Senator Reid has the ability to prevent anything being heard on the floor. In the House, there are some Democrats beginning to vote more moderately. No matter what the House passes, there is very little chance Senator Reid will permit the Senate to pass anything completed by the House. If a bill is permitted to the floor, thus far the Senator has ensured all progressives vote against the bill in question.
What can we do to take back control? Let’s take a page out of the Liberal playbook for a change. These people have a goal of completely changing the country. IF you will notice, liberal bloggers have not criticized one action or timeline of events with their representatives in Congress. They didn’t demonize any of the Progressive leaders during the Healthcare debates even though some of them were against it. Most of them are promoting what a great job they are doing, and how the evil Republicans are causing trouble. The progressives know how to stick together for a common goal. Note that the progressive constituents continue to “influence” the people via rallies, blogs, facebook, and twitter with positive messaging about their social agenda. Perhaps the conservatives should examine what they want as a goal. My personal goal is fiscal responsibility and a more limited government. Because these are my goals, I blog, twitter, and communicate my ideas and questions on a regular basis with regard to furthering “my agenda”. It has taken the progressives years to put everything into place and will take us several years and all of us working together to put things right in our country.
I don’t wine, dine, or personally hobnob with anyone in Washington. However, over the past few years I have called with suggestions and questions to various offices. They now know who I am and take my calls and letters on a regular basis. A dialogue needs to be encouraged that doesn’t bash, or cajole, but reaches out to see if we can better understand decisions, and help wherever possible. Several of my friends have made suggestions on the America speaks website that was put up prior to the elections by John Boehner, who was a representative at that time, and not a speaker. Two of my friends got callbacks with further questions. Here is that website: http://www.americaspeakingout.com/
Watch for my next blog. I will be outlining some suggested things we can proactively do to help with the economic problem and ensure we win in 2012. Our work has just begun!