Driving the Week: Shirking Responsibility

America is heading toward Round 2 of the Shutdown Showdown.  On March 18, the short-term measure to fund the government will expire.  On February 19, the House passed a bill to fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year, cut $61 billion in spending and block some of the Obama administration’s most egregious policies, i.e., Obamacare.

As legislative battles rage over the next 12 days, here are the key things to watch:

  • Spending. The White House and Senate Democrats claim they “pushed this to the limit” in offering $6 billion in cuts, whereas the House passed $61 billion in cuts.
  • Policy. The House passed numerous policy riders, which would block implementation of things like Obamacare, EPA’s global warming regulation and federal funding for Planned Parenthood.  The White House and Senate Democrats have deemed these policy riders unacceptable.
  • Length. On Friday, Senate Democrats unveiled their alternative to fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year.  Heritage Action believes there should be no more short-term funding measures.

While the policy and length are crucial, the issue of spending has dominated the news; however, conservatives cannot afford to lose sight of any of these issues – they need to lead.

On Townhall.com today, Heritage Action’s CEO Michael A. Needham highlights the absurdity of the President’s offer and the White House’s lack of leadership:

Last week, Senator Reid released an alternative that offered only a token $6 billion in cuts. It appears Senator Reid doesn’t have a real plan to cut spending. Enter Joe Biden. As you may recall, President Obama claims “Nobody messes with Joe.” Vice President Biden was tapped by President Obama to broker a deal between the House and Senate on the budget. With two weeks left on the clock until the next budget showdown, what does Joe do? He leaves for a five-day trip to Europe. I guess it’s tough to mess with him there.

There seems to be a pattern developing. In Wisconsin, when Democrats want to stall what Governor Walker is trying to do, they flee. Two weeks ago, faced with a continuing resolution passed by the House of Representatives, the Senate went on vacation. Today, Vice President Biden, tapped with brokering a compromise, leaves for Europe.

The House of Representatives has passed a modest $61 billion in spending cuts. These cuts pale in comparison to $474 billion in spending increases just since 2008. Now is not the time to be fouling off pitches. America demands and deserves bold leadership in Washington.

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4 thoughts on “Driving the Week: Shirking Responsibility

  1. Right on with that analysis of the foot dragging Dems! The House should now add an amend-ment to their modest budget cuts for 2010 that caps all future spending in the budgets to the actual spending levels of 2008. Do it now and not wait for the new 2011 budgets to be presented. The more they walk – the more stringent and draconian the Republicans become!

  2. Right on with that analysis of the foot dragging Dems! The House should now add an amend-ment to their modest budget cuts for 2010 that caps all future spending in the budgets to the actual spending levels of 2008. Do it now and not wait for the new 2011 budgets to be presented. The more they walk – the more stringent and draconian the Republicans become!

  3. My proposal for balancing the budget is by no means unique, but one which I have not heard made by any commentator or, more to the point, from any Legislator.

    My credentials for making this proposal are that I have laid my life on the line in two conflicts (Korea and Vietnam, Purple Hearts, in each) at the order of our Country’s Leadership.

    I have made this proposal to other State as well as Federal Leaders. I hope somebody picks up on it. Following this plan would unite our Nation and States in a way that no other plan does because, rather than DEMANDING CUTS, it would show a WILLINGNESS TO SACRIFICE on the part of a substantial portion of our ENTITLED populace. All we have heard from various other proposals has been more shrill division and anger and how entitled they are.

    Following this proposal will require sacrifice on the part of ALL of us on the PUBLIC PAYROLL, whether currently employed or receiving retirement benefits. To be acceptable to the vast majority, it will HAVE to START with the LEADERSHIP.

    The Infantry Officer’s motto “Follow Me” implies that Leadership has to lead, not push – being willing to undergo EVERY hardship (including putting one’s own life on the line FIRST) before asking others to do so.

    The proposal is simple: EVERYONE ON THE PUBLIC PAYROLL, from the White House and Governor’s Mansions down to include Teachers, Police, Firemen and Military, takes the same percentage cut in PAY AND BENEFITS. I realize this includes MY BENEFITS.
    Many Private Sector companies (generally non-unionized) have done this in the past — everyone has voluntarily taken a cut — in order to keep from laying off employees
    This crisis is far more serious than our recent wars have been, if judged by the possible destruction of the greatest political concept in history. This solution will mean sacrifice by current citizens to preserve our Freedom for our children and grandchildren.

    From all I can see, our Country has really confused WANTS and NEEDS. It is up to our LEADERS to begin to set these principles aright. To give up buying the latest I-PODS, I-PADS, and WIFI seems a small price to pay for our preservation.

    I have no idea what percentage we’re talking about to accomplish this proposal, but we HAVE to do something drastic to reduce our State and Federal Budgets. Borrowing and moving funds from one place to another HAS TO STOP!! The piper WILL be paid — I only hope it is not too late.

  4. My proposal for balancing the budget is by no means unique, but one which I have not heard made by any commentator or, more to the point, from any Legislator.

    My credentials for making this proposal are that I have laid my life on the line in two conflicts (Korea and Vietnam, Purple Hearts, in each) at the order of our Country’s Leadership.

    I have made this proposal to other State as well as Federal Leaders. I hope somebody picks up on it. Following this plan would unite our Nation and States in a way that no other plan does because, rather than DEMANDING CUTS, it would show a WILLINGNESS TO SACRIFICE on the part of a substantial portion of our ENTITLED populace. All we have heard from various other proposals has been more shrill division and anger and how entitled they are.

    Following this proposal will require sacrifice on the part of ALL of us on the PUBLIC PAYROLL, whether currently employed or receiving retirement benefits. To be acceptable to the vast majority, it will HAVE to START with the LEADERSHIP.

    The Infantry Officer’s motto “Follow Me” implies that Leadership has to lead, not push – being willing to undergo EVERY hardship (including putting one’s own life on the line FIRST) before asking others to do so.

    The proposal is simple: EVERYONE ON THE PUBLIC PAYROLL, from the White House and Governor’s Mansions down to include Teachers, Police, Firemen and Military, takes the same percentage cut in PAY AND BENEFITS. I realize this includes MY BENEFITS.
    Many Private Sector companies (generally non-unionized) have done this in the past — everyone has voluntarily taken a cut — in order to keep from laying off employees
    This crisis is far more serious than our recent wars have been, if judged by the possible destruction of the greatest political concept in history. This solution will mean sacrifice by current citizens to preserve our Freedom for our children and grandchildren.

    From all I can see, our Country has really confused WANTS and NEEDS. It is up to our LEADERS to begin to set these principles aright. To give up buying the latest I-PODS, I-PADS, and WIFI seems a small price to pay for our preservation.

    I have no idea what percentage we’re talking about to accomplish this proposal, but we HAVE to do something drastic to reduce our State and Federal Budgets. Borrowing and moving funds from one place to another HAS TO STOP!! The piper WILL be paid — I only hope it is not too late.

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