President Obama, reports Dwvin Dwyer this morning on ABCNews, “has spent the past three months railing against a ‘do-nothing Congress,” and tonight he has the opportunity to deliver his message face to face.” As the Democrat demagogues a legislature that won’t rubberstamp his priorities, he will certainly obscure one fact: Congress is not a completely Republican, but a divided, institution. The House, to be sure, is Republican, but the Senate remains Democratic.
And it’s that Senate that hasn’t been doing much of anything. Speaker John Boehner reports, for example, that “Thirty jobs bills passed over the last year in a Republican House of Representatives that are sitting in the United States Senate“. And “today marks the 1,000th day since the Senate Democratic majority . . . approved a federal budget.” One thousand days. That’s about as long as Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second wife, reigned as Queen of England.
“The federal government“, observe the editors of the Washington Examiner
. . . still managed to pile nearly $4 trillion onto the national debt as the Senate dithered during those 1,000 days. The Senate forced the federal government to function piecemeal for three years through a series of haphazardly stitched-together omnibus bills and continuing resolutions. These bring together in one massive document trillions in spending and borrowing that can then be jammed through Congress with one convenient up-or-down vote, with only token debate and few if any amendments allowed. It’s Washington’s nice and tidy way of handing voters a take-it-or-leave-it approach to federal spending.
Wonder if Obama will fault his fellow partisan Harry Reid for leading a do-nothing legislative chamber? Wonder if our friends in the legacy media will even note the thousand days.*
As usual, Democrats will try to blame Republicans for their mistakes as John Hinderaker reports:
Democrats like Dick Durbin and Nancy Pelosi have tried to blame their dereliction of duty on the Republicans, claiming that it would be futile to propose a budget since the Republicans would filibuster it. As usual, the Democrats rely on ignorance: under the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, budgets pass the Senate by a simple majority and cannot be filibustered.
In contrast to the Democratic Senate, the current Republican House passed a budget just over 100 days after being sworn in. This year, the president will again miss the statutory deadline for submitting a budget. Last year, his budget couldn’t even garner a single Democratic vote in the Senate.
We don’t have a do-nothing Congress. It’s just that the Republican House isn’t doing what the president wants them to be doing. And the Democratic Senate hasn’t been doing anything. Will Obama call them on their failure? Will the legacy media report it?
*As time allows today, I’ll be doing advanced google searches of the web-sites of the New York Times, the Washington Post, ABC, NBC, CBS and CNN to see if they mention the 1,000 days — and if so, how prominently they feature this telling number.