There’s a reason they call it the do-nothing Democratic Senate. On April 29, it will have been three years “since Senate Democrats” have “passed a budget., a “dereliction of duty”, writes Deroy Murdock which “flagrantly violates the 1974 Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act.”
Murdock quotes the Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, outgoing North Dakota Senator Kent Conrad, who explains his party’s inaction: “This is the wrong time to vote on the floor. . . . I don’t think we will be prepared to vote before the election.”
Wrong time to vote? Not voting until before the election? Kind of gives away the Democratic game now, doesn’t it?
Guess Conrad and his fellow partisans don’t want to let the American people know where they stand on the issues, particularly his colleagues in “purple” and “red” states. And the Democratic contends he is “focused on getting a positive result for the American people.” (Via Nick Gillespie via Glenn Reynolds.)
So, by that Democrat’s logic, you get a positive result by doing nothing.
“Floor votes”, Murdock offers, “would require Senate Democrats to borrow and spend, which annoys taxpayers, or cut outlays, which aggravates liberal lobbyists and porcine government-employee unions.” Read the whole thing to learn some impressive projects “focused, energetic humans have completed in less time than Senate Democrats have consumed to accomplish nothing on the budget.”
But, well, it’s jus the wrong time for Senate Democrats to vote on the budget. Wish I could have sent a note to the IRS earlier this month telling them it was the wrong time to do my taxes — that I needed to wait until after I bought a home to do them.
(So, any time we want to shirk our responsibilities and not meet a deadline, we can use the North Dakota Democrat’s excuse and say it’s the “wrong time” to get things done.)