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Krauthammer: Just make the Senate deliver a freakin’ budget

Charles Krauthammer suggests that the GOP House play it small:

Can you govern from one house of Congress…shrink government, restrain spending, bring a modicum of fiscal sanity to the country when the president and a blocking Senate have no intention of doing so?

…The more prudent course would be to find some offer that cannot be refused, a short-term trade-off utterly unassailable and straightforward. For example, offer to extend the debt ceiling through, say, May 1, in exchange for the Senate delivering a budget by that date — after four years of lawlessly refusing to produce one.

Not much. But it would (a) highlight the Democrats’ fiscal recklessness, (b) force Senate Democrats to make public their fiscal choices and (c) keep the debt ceiling alive as an ongoing pressure point for future incremental demands.

Read the whole thing. Agree/disagree?



  1. If the GOP had a brain or a spine, that would be a fine idea; but they have neither. The Republican symbol should be the jellyfish.

    Comment by V the K — January 18, 2013 @ 1:17 pm - January 18, 2013

  2. I think it is a great idea.
    The media however, will still find some way to blame the GOP.

    I also don’t think the GOP has the balls to do anything other than cave to the media and Obama.

    Comment by Just Me — January 18, 2013 @ 2:04 pm - January 18, 2013

  3. Seems like the House is paying attention to your suggestion 🙂


    Comment by Tony — January 18, 2013 @ 4:18 pm - January 18, 2013

  4. The Senate should not have to be blackmailed into doing its required work.
    Obama usurped, but the Senate abdicated.
    They made it easy for Obama to go around legislators.
    I wonder if the Senate CAN deliver a budget.
    Creating one requires enough backbone to take a stand on things….in writing.

    Comment by Nan G — January 18, 2013 @ 5:14 pm - January 18, 2013

  5. The Senate is current being run by senile pederast Harry Reid. His rapidly advancing dementia is the worst-kept secret in DC.

    Comment by V the K — January 18, 2013 @ 5:23 pm - January 18, 2013

  6. Agree. Don’t think it is too much to ask that our government passes a budget.

    Comment by Chris — January 18, 2013 @ 5:46 pm - January 18, 2013

  7. I listened to a podcast the other day an learned that Obama had yet to submit a budget on time. The due date is mid-January so presidents typically miss the first one since they’ve only been in office for a few days and members of the administration are still being appointed and confirmed.

    Bush-43’s first budget was a couple of months late, the remainder were on time. Clinton’s first budget was 52 days late, all but one of the remaining budgets were on time (the one late budget was three days late).

    So the Administration (and the Senate) don’t see the need to observe the budget law. Maybe a penalty needs to be added.

    Comment by SoCalRobert — January 18, 2013 @ 6:42 pm - January 18, 2013

  8. Yes and I think we would see real cuts from such a measure.

    Comment by mike — January 18, 2013 @ 8:57 pm - January 18, 2013

  9. At this rate, the Enabling Act of 1933 2013 isn’t far-away now.
    A “Law to Remedy the Distress of People” sounds familiar…

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — January 18, 2013 @ 9:06 pm - January 18, 2013

  10. I have to agree with Ace. The idea will fail because no one is willing to hold Democrats accountable.

    Comment by V the K — January 18, 2013 @ 11:32 pm - January 18, 2013

  11. Krauthammer always tells it like it is. Gotta hand it to the man. He is a solid conservative. Republicans could do a lot worse than listen to him.

    Comment by David — January 19, 2013 @ 12:07 pm - January 19, 2013

  12. Forget about the debt limit, I’d say no more continuing resolutions. Concede a debt limit increase that should be big enough to carry them as far as current legislation allows the government to spend money, and then if the Senate hasn’t passed a budget that can be reconciled in committee with the House budget and signed by the President, the government just doesn’t get to spend any more money – borrowed or otherwise.

    Yes, I know, the GOP will be blamed for the government shutdown, and in 2 years voters will be constantly reminded by the Democrats and the press (but I repeat myself) that the GOP was the reason they stopped getting their free Obamaphones. Guess what – the GOP is going to get blamed for everything that goes wrong anyway, even if they capitulate. As long as you’re going to take a beating, you might as well make sure you’ve done something worth taking a beating over.

    Comment by AndyN — January 20, 2013 @ 9:24 am - January 20, 2013

  13. AndyN, agree. Getting unfairly blamed while knowing that you did the right thing, is a far better position to be in than getting unfairly blamed while knowing you caved in.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — January 21, 2013 @ 11:14 pm - January 21, 2013

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