Obama Budget Rejected by House in 414-0 Vote

by Hans Bader on March 29, 2012 · 2 comments

in Politics as Usual, Zeitgeist

The House of Representatives rejected the Obama administration’s proposed budget 414-to-0; it failed to get a single Democratic vote. As Ed Morrissey noted, “the President wants to keep proposing massive deficits, increased spending, and higher taxes . . . This is the second year in a row that Obama’s budget couldn’t win a single Democratic vote in Congress. In parliamentary systems, that would be a vote of no confidence and the party would be looking for new leadership.”

While the GOP-controlled House has just passed a budget plan of its own, the Democratic-controlled Senate has not passed a single budget during the Obama Administration, leaving the country without an official budget for over a thousand days. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) acknowledged that “there’s no excuse” for Senate Democrats’ failure to pass a budget, and that a state governor might face impeachment for similarly failing to put together a budget. Senate Democrats don’t want to pass a budget containing all the spending they’ve authorized through individual spending bills, since doing so would further expose their complicity in the Obama administration’s record deficit spending. During the Obama administration, the federal government has run up the largest budget deficits in history; the Obama administration ran up more red ink in just one month (February 2010) than the Bush administration ran up in an entire year (all of 2007). In the 2008 campaign, Obama promised a “net spending cut,” but as soon as he was elected, he proposed massive spending increases.

One way to reduce trillion-dollar deficits would be to pass legislation eliminating obstacles to economic growth. The more the economy grows, the more tax revenue the government will have. But Obama administration policies have created more obstacles to job creation, and are preventing the economy from recovering at a rapid rate. Liz Peek writes in Fiscal Times about “How Obamacare Derailed the Economic Recovery.” As we noted earlier, Obamacare is causing layoffs in the medical device industry, is discouraging employers from hiring, and is reducing capital investment needed for future hiring and expansion. The Dodd-Frank law pushed through Congress by the Obama administration has also wiped out jobs and driven thousands of jobs overseas.

Pam Dyer April 1, 2012 at 7:06 am

Why has Obama not been impeached? Why has he not placed a freeze on gas prices? Why should anyone vote for him again? It’s all about money, money, money. Please Vote this year. Obama has hurt us more than helped. I remember a time when all little boys wanted to be President, policeman, or fireman. Now no one wants the part and those that due aren’t worth voting for. Wake up America and check into lives before elected not after by then it’s too late. Vote American and vote wisely.

Hank April 2, 2012 at 10:53 am

Pam, I agree that Mr. Obama should be impeached but price controls are never a good alternative. Oil is an internationally traded commodity. If we put price controls on oil we will find ourselves facing shortages because the oil will just be sold in countries where there are no price controls. Remember the rationing and long gas lines caused by price controls under Presidents Carter and Nixon? I’m probably older than you so I can remember waiting in line for sometimes over an hour and then only being allowed to buy five gallons. The answer to high prices of any commodity is to produce more of it. Then market forces will drive the price down in an orderly manner. The real problem is that Mr. Obama and his Administration have created a regulatory environment which suppresses the production of all carbon based fuels. It is an ideological issue with him. He believes CO2 is bad for the environment and apparently doesn’t know that plants and trees use it to make Oxygen. One of the things he wants to control is personal mobility. It’s all about more power for government and less freedom for people. This is what makes all Socialists the most happy. An empeachment must be brought by the House of Representatives which is controlled by Republicans but, must be tried in the Senate which is currently controlled by Democrats. There is no chance that the Democrats in the Senate would convict Mr. Obama of any impeachable offence. That is why you will not see any attempt to impeach him under current circumstances.

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