On his road to winning the Democratic nomination in 1984, Walter Mondale asked his charismatic challenger, the man who supposedly had a whole bunch of new ideas, “Where’s the beef?” — a play on a Wendy’s commercial about the paucity of meat in the burgers of the fast-food franchise’s competitors. Well, the question we should all be asking Democrats, eager to demagogue the Ryan/Republican budget, “Where’s the budget?”
Yeah, they’re trying to use Newt Gingrich’s loose lips to attack the former Speaker’s party, but as Tom Coburn might put it, they haven’t put a plan on the table. Seems they want to succeed by attacks alone. Reminding us that the “Senate Budget Committee hasn’t produced a workable plan in 750 days”, Ed Morrissey welcomes us
. . . to the most transparent Senate evah. Despite not having produced a normal budget for two years, the Harry Reid-led Senate Democrats will keep their current budget plan under wraps for a while longer. Apparently, Budget chair Kent Conrad is waiting to see whether the White House and House Republicans let him off the hook … again.
Shouldn’t the Senate Democratic decision Thursday “not to release their spending plan to counter the budget blueprint approved last month by House Republicans” have generated a little more press? Given our nation’s fiscal problems, this issue should have gotten a little more ink than an (almost) everyday occurrence (Newt Gingrich misspeaking). Seems the Democrats would rather let Republicans get attacked for the cuts in their budget than put their plan before the people .
Given their failure, Morrissey suggests a new name for the Democratic Senate:
The Senate could just as easily change its name to the Responsibility Shirking Committee and give voters a more accurate picture of their mission under Democratic leadership.
Excuse me … that should be the Responsibility Deferment Committee.