• The Heritage Network
    • Resize:
    • A
    • A
    • A
  • Donate
  • Morning Bell: Congress' Historic Decision to Ignore Its Basic Duty

    House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) once said that the “most basic responsibility of governing is to pass a budget.” Yesterday it became clear that Congress has decided to shirk that responsibility, as word broke that the House likely will not pass a budget resolution for the first time since the modern budget process was created in 1974.

    That’s earthshaking news, especially given the ballooning federal spending, which soared to an $82.69 billion deficit in April, a projected $1.5 trillion deficit in 2010, and even more deficits as far as the eye can see. Like any American’s household budget that tracks income and expenses, budget resolutions set a framework for Congress’ taxing and spending. But it’s a framework that the leadership in the House would rather do without.

    The news came from Rep. Hoyer himself, who said “It’s difficult to pass budgets in election years because they reflect what the [fiscal] status is.” In other words, with November looming on the horizon, the left doesn’t want their constituents to realize just how much Congress is spending and how high taxes will go.

    Heritage’s Brian Riedl explains:

    Members of Congress are likely hesitant to show the American people how seriously they have damaged America’s current long-term budget picture. This Congress has refused to pare back runaway spending and deficits, and many of its Members may now hesitate to pass a budget resolution that shows the resulting trillion-dollar deficits. Instead, Congress is likely to try burying this vital issue in this election year.

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) tepidly acknowledged election year fears yesterday when she said, “There’s no question there is, at this moment, an anti-incumbent mood.” With 93% of Americans calling the federal deficit a “crisis” or a “major problem,” it might make sense for Congress to consider putting two-and-two together, recognize there’s a reason Americans aren’t happy with their performance, and exercise some leadership in righting the country’s fiscal ship.

    Instead, Congressional leadership and President Barack Obama are abdicating their authority and putting America’s financial future in the hands of an unelected deficit commission tasked with making decisions on taxing and spending. The commission, though, is focused on long-term issues and doesn’t meet until well after the FY 2011 spending bills are due.

    That leaves America in a lurch. Riedl explains that the failure to pass a budget resolution prevents Congress from capping discretionary spending for FY2011, and it’s an indication that Congress won’t find a way to limit runaway entitlement spending. It also means that other priorities, such as extending the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts will fall by the wayside, leading to steep tax hikes, all while America is in the midst of a recession.

    In the middle of this leadership vacuum, President Obama is touring the country in an attempt to convince the American people that his economic policies have steered the economy in the right direction. Yesterday in Buffalo he said:

    I knew that if we didn’t act boldly and quickly — if we didn’t defy the politics of the moment and do what was necessary — we would have risked an even greater disaster.”

    There are 172 days left until the November election, which leaves Congress time to act boldly and quickly, to do what is necessary to take up its “most basic responsibility,” pass a budget resolution, get a grip on spending and set a course for the United States’ fiscal future. To sit back and do nothing would truly risk that greater disaster.

    Quick Hits:

    • The Environmental Protection Agency yesterday released its final greenhouse gas regulations designed to increase energy costs. Watch the Heritage Foundation’s entry to the EPA’s ‘why federal regulations are good’ video contest, here.
    • Today at 2 PM EDT, join Heritage Foundation experts Ben Lieberman and David Kreutzer online to discuss disastrous EPA regulations, and also hear from Heritage Action’s Dan Holler and Dan Ziegler about what you can do.
    • Attorney General Eric Holder, who has been critical of Arizona’s new immigration law, admitted Thursday he hasn’t yet read the 10-page law and is going by what he’s read in newspapers or seen on television.
    • A New Jersey Senate Committee yesterday approved legislation creating scholarships for students to attend private schools.
    • Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England, says the United States shares many of the same fiscal problems currently haunting Europe.
    Posted in Ongoing Priorities [slideshow_deploy]

    102 Responses to Morning Bell: Congress' Historic Decision to Ignore Its Basic Duty

    1. Bill Brownfield, Bev says:

      Why should Congress be any different than 60% of the rest of the country with no budget. Most of us spend more than we should, but we know the Feds will bail us out as they have in the recent past. There will be no hope before November 2010.

    2. Turner, Massachusett says:

      watch this video on inflation: http://inflation.us/videos.html

    3. NeoConVet, Kentucky says:

      Once again the new Socialist Democratic Party (SDP) has demonstrated that the motiovation for them is POWER not leadership or doing what is best for the nation. They have refused to subordinate themselves to the needs of the nation.

      By abdicating responsibility they have proven that their socialist programs and ideas are void of responsibilty.

    4. John Roane Sarasota, says:

      We don’t need a lot of window dressing, put simply failure to do one’s duty in the face of the enemy is weakness, fearfulness, spinelessness, fear, and cowardice all of which there is an over abundance in our US Congress. They all must go for that reason.

    5. Lowell Knouff, Johns says:

      Every voter in the country should tell their Congressman to stay in washington until the budget is passed. If that keeps them from campaigning that a good thing!

    6. jill -Maine says:

      I have never seen a president lie about everything under the sun like this guy does. I can't wait till he's gone and most of the others are gone too.

    7. Ben C. Ann Arbor, MI says:

      At his point our Federal Government has strayed so far from the Constitution that it is criminal. Clearly Jefferson, Madison, Franklin, Washington et al would not recongize what they created. Their predictions of the path for failure are coming true. We have a monarchy in disguise and tryanny is not far behind. Our only hope is the election process to rid Congress of the demons and return to what works.

    8. Betty says:

      I proprose that we impeach them al. Throw out anyone with more than 2 terms in office. People reaching 94 ought to be sitting on their porch with their nurse instead of being wheeled in to vote. All others should be ousted just on general principle that they've had "their turn". There are many younger minds with brains to do the job. WHY Americans are putting up with this is totally beyond me. The young generation's Opium is the electronic gadgets, another segment is scrabbling to see how much they can get off the dole; other people are working their brains out trying to save their homes and that leaves a few to fight for America. If we do not get turned around SOON we will be history and our children will be speaking Chinese. God help America.

    9. James, Houston, TX says:

      Let us all pray that Congress can keep being listless and do nothing. At least no further damage can come from passage of stupid laws or meaningless budgets. My suggestion is an adaptation of our system here in Texas that only allows congress in session every two years and only for a very limited time even then. Hitler, Stalin and the Mafia would have loved our current congress had they managed to employ such a gang of powerful fools.

    10. Donald Cutshaw 158 B says:

      Stop the elitist government in Washington from their socialist attack on our country. Call,email,or write your representatives in elitist Washington today. States, take back our freedom to control our congress and senate and make it clear,that they work for the people. Stop the excessive spending spree now! God bless America, God save America!

    11. toledofan says:

      This is another clear and glaring example of why the Democrats can't be trusted to run the government, the economy or the military; they don't have the restraint to not spend and raise taxes. It's just not a part of their parties plan. It's not what's best for the country, it's about what is best for the Democrats.

    12. Ken Jarvis says:

      ALL "The annual budget resolution is

      an agreement between the

      House and Senate on a

      budget plan

      for the upcoming fiscal year

      and at least the following four fiscal years."

      It is NOT a LAW.

      The HF,

      in its normal fit of hysteria

      tries to make is sound like -

      something it is not.

      LVKen7@Gmail.com

    13. John R. Turner, Ariz says:

      Congress is digging the United States into a hole She will never recover from. This irresponsibility has only one purpose and that is the destruction of the Republic which is the United States of America and turning the U.S. into an oligarchy with obummer as the puppet figurehead.

      Rusty
      http://constitutiontalk.lefora.com/

    14. Pete, Houston says:

      There is basically no reason to waste the time, effort, hot air, and paper for a budget if you have no intention of keeping it. Turn the money presses up another notch and hope for the best. It is like putting a teenager in charge of the family checkbook and they have no idea where the money comes from that goes into the account and how much. A teenager also would have not idea what the section of the book is about keeping track of the balance and what checks have been written. Hard to believe the House and Senate are run by adults? Maybe we should vote in teenagers and then at least they would have an excuse for their behavior.

    15. Ken Jarvis says:

      HF – starts off talking about the – budget.

      But, the Artical today is about something different -

      about a -

      "budget resolution".

      Just another SCARE TACTIC FROM THEM.

      LVKen7@Gmail.com

    16. Bob Hall says:

      What did you expect? This is what happens when you have a Sociallist as president He hsa said many times that he favors redistribution of wealth. The problem with his plan is that when he gets through there will be no wealth to distribute.

    17. Rich G. Kelso, WA says:

      Yet another example of the "most open, honest and ethical Congress" in action. Their actions are nothing but cowardly and self-serving. The November elections are, in my opinion, our last hope at stopping the lunacy that is our current federal government and restoring some sanity to Congress.

    18. Jill, California says:

      This isn't a question of shirking, avoiding, or abdicating responsibility. It's all part of their deliberate and calculated efforts to destroy our economy and our country. The only thing that's not clear is exactly how this fits with the rest of their diabolical plot.

    19. Steven D. Shurtleff says:

      This is Government AGAINST THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE and violates their oath of office! The only recourse we have is the vote in November, LET'S USE IT!!!!!

    20. Ellen Humphrey Tulsa says:

      Am I the only one who see the "lack of a budget" as an open check for Washington spend thrifts? As I understand by not passing a budget bill, there will be no cap on discretionary spending! SEND YOU EMAILS TO CONGRESS AND THE PRESIDENT TOO!!!!!!!

    21. Matthew C , Santa Ba says:

      The entire Obama Administration is hopelessly incompetant and and only capable of enacting critically destructive policies to this country. The ill informed ignorant public still unaware of the drastic need to change the balance of congress MUST be enlightened before next November . Please stand up and speak up , our nation depends on it ….

    22. KLIMAX Baltimore MD. says:

      This is total a disgrace for OUR elected Representatives who can't balance the Government check book !! Every American Citizen has a responsibility to balance their finances whether they are single or have a family but the people who spend OUR hard earned tax money act like they can spend what they want and who is going to stop them !! Hiding behind the fact that they will not pass a budget resolution so the American tax payers will not know the sad state of OUR countries finances is cowdley and a sneaky way to hide the facts until after the November elections !! The fact that the budget decisions will be left to the UNELECTED DEFICIT COMMISION who will make the budget decisions behind closed doors should enrage the tax payers !! November will be a tough time for the representatives who are hiding the fact that 2010 will cost us 1.6 trillion dollars we don't have !! Vote them all out of office !!!!!!!!!

    23. Jim Buzzell, Kenmare says:

      Whatever happen to veto override? The office of President takes its direction from congress, he is the chief executive of the nation, not the ruler, its congresses duty to tells him or her what the budget is for the coming year, and he needs to stay within that budget guidelines; and he wants to run corporate America..

    24. wayne az says:

      Why aren't they put in jail? they swore to uphold constitution, they have the most stupid systems working in congress, adding amendments that have nothing to do with a bill, they don't read or know anything about bills they vote on. They just like to propaganzie through alphabet networks. Has anyone been more inept? They need to be shut done as they can't do a decent job at any legislation. Shut the money off. they don't deserve taking our tax dollars in any way. We can't defeat them soon enough. Repeal and impeach ought to be daily activities. They don't represent or listen to anything constituents say. The president steals social security numbers, keeps illegal aunt in united states, has an inept attorney general who knows nothing about what he talks. When is enough enough?

    25. Neal Palmquist - Ohi says:

      "It’s difficult to pass budgets in election years because they reflect what the [fiscal] status is."

      I don't see why… the health care reform was passed this year. Why not tell Congress they have to pass the budget before they know what is in it?

      I wonder if this budget issue will be the obstacle that stops all other reform act in front of the election. I don't see how it is responsible to leave the budget ignored until after the election for the sake of passing the other agenda items. In other words, does no budget mean everything else is stalled and there will be no amnesty for illegals before the election?

      I thought Congress was in a rush to get everything on the liberal agenda passed before the election when they know they will lose power.

    26. Kenneth Duane Pugh, says:

      I am reading Dick Morris new book 2010 and though it is depressing it has been talking about all of this and how to fix it. Considering his former association with the Clinton s I am somewhat distrustful of him but the book makes sense. I am sorry to say that I believe we as a nation are screwed as Obama intended for us to be.However with that said I offer hope 2 Chronicles 7:14 is the only hope I see in this situation. May G-d show us his mercy.

    27. Barbara J. Souders, says:

      Hope and prayer for those in Congress yet with ethics, morals and determination to do what is right for this country. We have not come as far as we have without standing for that which is for the good of the country and the people – not that which is right for a few taking advantage of leadership for their selfish financial and power-hungry grab for the limelight. I pray we have the courage to do that which is right! And I so appreciate Heritage Foundation's honesty, strength and encouragement.

    28. Norman Amper, Pittsb says:

      What a holy mess!! I hope that when November comes around that it isn't too late to save this country. This is the change we didn't want, but got anyway. I knew this was coming but none of my friends would listen.

    29. American says:

      When you tear down a wasp nest you most likely get a few of them in the process, but not all. So, where do the rest of the wasp go? Then, the Soviet Union fell and all was well. Where did all the commies go? Vote in November, yes! However, make sure you know who the candidate is lest you vote in a wasp cloaked in pretty little butterfly wings. How is it that the voice of the majority of the American people can be so vehemently ignored? Well, maybe it's all that fluttering of those butterflies or is that buzzing I hear?

    30. Bob Ward, Raleigh, N says:

      What continues; on virtually a daily account, to unfold within the Obama administration is no less than surreal! I have long held beliefs that our country desperately needs to subject all of those "serving" us in Washington to TERM LIMITS!! It would dramatically change the whole complexion of those who would seek office, and candidly, provide a mechanism of damage control to protect the liberties and freedom currently endangered by these selfishly minded career pundits.

    31. William Cole, Texas says:

      To use the word BUDGET in association with the actions of Congress is asinine. They no more understand fiscal responsibility than I know how to fly the space shuttle!

    32. Robert Mathias Canal says:

      This is why we do not trust our goverment. Vote them all out!

      Term limits are needed too much power to people who have lost touch with the people. Health care 115 billion more than stated really? I'm not surprised. The only thing I want gov. to do is keep me save.

    33. Normca says:

      Its another historic move by the historic president who said he would eliminate ear marks, go through the budget and eliminate unnecessary spending. Keep going Obama, telling the 17% what you've done for them – all the way to November.

    34. E.P.WOOLLEY,CLEBURNE says:

      WE NOW HAVE A ,

      (1)SUPREME LEADER

      (2)CZARS

      (3)POLITBURO

      WELCOME TO THE U.S.S.R.ofA.

    35. nadine sand says:

      term limits immediately in every state, clean elections without non citizen voting,

      hold all elected officials accountable for their actions, any infractions of the law should mean the loss of their retirements and dismissal immediately not at the end of their terms.

    36. Louis Cattera, Homos says:

      No matter how much the populace implores their representatives and congressmen to cast their vote in favor of the will of their constituents they continue to ignore their voices and bend to the coercing of the lobbyists and personal agendas. The old saying, you can't spend what you don't have, still holds true. The November elections will not come soon enough.

    37. Harold AKA Kimo Mahe says:

      I wish that I had the resources to run for office. One thing I would try is talk our governing body to cut their salaries. I of course would do the same. Please I know that a workman is worth their hire, but lets face it, It should be a privilege to serve, not a profession. Also, I would advocate that no one would could be retiring at expense of the American Taxpayer. I would advocate no more that 8 years in office. Many of our politicians are not out for the people, if they were, they would know that less Government, is better Government.We are throwing money all over the place, and we don't need to.

    38. Jim Brown, Weatherfo says:

      Would love to get Pelosi and all the other members of Congress to visit the below web site and enact some of the proposed laws that would effectively eliminate the "masses at the welfare hog trough'. Some of these programs have been feeding the Economic Moras that the USA is being dragged into by the current administration.

      http://jimfromtyler.blogspot.com/2007/07/stop-wel

    39. Blair, Franconia, NH says:

      Harry S. Truman once called the 80th Congress the "Do Nothing Congress." Now we

      have a "Do Nothing President" as well. Obama thinks he can do nothing and keep us

      safe. Since when has "peace through weakness" ever worked? We also have another

      "Do Nothing Congress" that's unwilling, unable, or both, to do what it takes to protect

      this country from all threats foreign and domestic. Truman got a Congress he could work with. It's time we got a Congress, and President, we could work with. Starting this year, with Congress, and two years from now with the defeat of Obama. Then on 1/20/13, we'll have the change we hoped for.

    40. Steven C. Keeler, Pe says:

      I Think it is time for some impeachment proceedings as the congress and the Obama administration are derelict in upholding their sworn duty, to uphold the Contitution and the laws of the United States of America.

    41. u.s. says:

      These leftists in Washington are not only re-writing history. they are re-writing how to lie to the American people by the Government. They lie, and don't care who knows it.

      My question: WHY AREN'T THE CONSERVATIVES IN CONGRESS IN FRONT OF NEWS CAMERA'S EVERY DAY AND TELLING AMERICAN'S THE TRUTH ABOUT WHAT THESE DEMOCRATS ARE DOING???

    42. Barry S says:

      Budget? WHAT budget? Even if they pass a budget, it means nothing. They just go ahead and spend and spend and spend. Then they tax and tax and tax to pay for all the spending. If our government were run like a business, having to spend its own money instead of ours, it would have gone broke decades ago.

    43. Joy Staveley, Flagst says:

      I am extremely frustrated with this administration and Congress. They are into full blown socialism, and that is not right for America! I agree with a previous commenter who said they are all about power, and not doing for what is doing right for America. We only need to look to Greece and Europe in general to see what the results will be down the road. We must stop this huge government spending, excessive entitlements, ever increasing taxation, and this deplorable redistribution of wealth that eliminates creativity, growth, and prosperity! I do not spend more than I make, and I'm very tired of this Robin Hood activity from our Federal government. It's got to stop.

    44. Lennox says:

      It becomes more disheartening each day to learn that the "rumors" of: cheating, lying, cowardness, destruction of the constitution, runaway spending, stealing our rights as THE PEOPLE" by this administration are actually true, knowing this is just the tip of the iceberg of what is to come from our present leaders.

      We have some very smart men and women in our country, but we do not have a "main" voice. Where are the Washingtons, Jeffersons, Adams, Lincolns, Reagans? Who will lead us in this time of termoil? Those of us who pray, need to pray for a leader for all the citizens in America regardless of race religion,color or creed.

      Those of you who are capable must take YOUR PLACE, please take the stand to lead, you may be reading these comments, maybe that is a sign for you. Those who have influence over those men or women who have leadership qualities need to encourage them to take a leaderhip positions.

      Voting this November will not be successful for change unless there is a force of Americans; republicans, democrats, libertarians, who can clearly see the path of distruction our America is traveling down. This administration will do what ever it takes to win power. We the people must take a stand as our consitutional rights as our forefathers have taken for our freedom of our children and grandchildren and theirs or they will never know what we have enjoyed as Americans. I am not qualified to lead but I am qualified to follow. God help me to find and help that leader we so much need at this time in our history. We will be judged by those coming after our generation.

    45. Steven G. Poyzer says:

      Not only is their duty to pass a budget, but the Constitution of the United States of America clearly and directly mandates that the Congress approval all spending and allocations which would require them to fulfill their duty by providing the framework of a Congressional Budget.

    46. Joy Staveley, Flagst says:

      I just wanted to add to people calling for term limits, that if you don't also get rid of the "staffers" you accomplish very little!

    47. okiejim says:

      Speaker Pelosi, if you were stubborn enough to ram healthcare through the house, surely you are stubborn enough to put a stop to Congressional spending. At least you acknowledged that the American people are fed up with the manner in which your party has had to pass legislation. Now, stop the reckless spending and we may even come to love you. Did I say that?

    48. Mark Wilhelm says:

      Damn the torpedoes full speed ahead!! That sentiment would never have worked if the crew was staffed with our current "elected" political leadership.

      Heroes are a plenty in our heritage but modern times have pushed them, like the man who reportedly uttered those stirring words, David Farragut, aside for more inspirational leaders like Mr.Ernesto Guevara or the even more admirable Mao Zedong. Mr. Farragut born of a Scottish mother and Spanish father, is as any seafarer would know was and perhaps still is the most revered American Naval figure. Funny all those racist white guys who hate all foreigners hold their manhood cheaply as compared to Mr. Farragut, possibly the quintesential foreigner. Of which the foundation of our beloved country is made up. Foreigners who became Americans. Now we have americans who become foreign. Stop bickering about petty details, such as trillions of dollars in deficit. It all starts with real people who can see straight, think straight, and act straight. We need to focus on removing those american foreigners who have lost that ability. Our own president is at the moment foremost amoung them. A "man" who can not ever seem to do the right thing even when it might be easy to do so. One statement that can clearly be labeled deliberate lie would be enough. Please start removal from office procedures for Mr. Obama. Mr. Reid, Mrs. Pelosi, Mr. Frank, Mr. Dodd. Mr and Mrs. the list goes on too far to state it here. How can an honest man tolerate such lack of honesty, and incredible incompetence from our "elected" leaders? Answer. It can not be tolerated. Do the right thing and then Full speed ahead!! Thanks for your consideration. Mark

    49. Tom Berquist, Pennsy says:

      They won't pass a budget or secure our boarders but they pass a health care bill that no one wants. Greece was just told to get rid of their nationalized health care…Washington …..CAN YOU HEAR US NOW! I sent an e-mail to Pelosi telling her to pass a balanced budget resolution and posted it on a number of rather large blogs. Feel free to say hell…o to Nancy.

      http://www.speaker.gov/

    50. James Chesapeake, Vi says:

      This is not just a democrat party that has been ruining America. For the most part, the Republican party has been walking right along with them, side by side. Unfortunately, the progressives have been infiltrating both parties, and it's time we got rid of all of them. Maybe we a few gun right's activists, running on the democratic ticket.

    51. Lil, San Diego says:

      This non-action clearly defines exactly what the Democrat leadership primary goal is: re-election and the nation's fiscal health is certainly not their concern! It is well past time to inform these parasites their days are numbered! It is time to inform these people that a budget resolution is not only wanted; but it is most definitely required! The current leadership has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that they neither care nor are concerned with the fiscal management of this nation. They need to go home permanently! November can't come soon enough!

      I echo several here who have called for term limits—this Congress has proven beyon doubt that the best move for this nation is limit the number of terms these parasites can serve!

    52. Barb, Wisconsin says:

      Obama, his czars and majorities in Congress know EXACTLY what they are doing. They are hell bent on destroying this country into a total social, racial and fiscal mess so that in the end, they have created a bewildered, needy, fearful and dependent voter base. They have no intention to unite, but to DIVIDE. They are so radical, they know they must divide and conquor to create mayhem. Then Obama hopes to become king of the US. Next, Obama, the dillusional narcissist has dreams of a world government with himself throwned at the top. I'm afraid folks, Obama appears to be mentally ill and surrounds himself with equally sick radical idealogues with visions of tranforming our great country into nothing for which our founding fathers established. God save us.

    53. Duncan Druhl says:

      I knew they had no b*lls since the time when I was a child. That is one thing; but to not have the courage to take responsibility for what you have done is merely childish level irresponsibility. With that in mind, I would suggest declaring the lot of them unfit to hold office by reason of not reaching a sufficient age to hold office.

      Gutless, spineless, irresponsible girly-men is all they are, irrespective of their given gender.

      Vote out the lot of them and start all over every election until we find a set that represents us and not some faceless corporation, mafia-style union, or frilly-green-my-tuchas-pansy-fascist special interests. Let Congress experience the idea of being out of work – though with their self-voted benefits, we'll be paying even for the poofs we kick out for decades; but better to have them out than in doing more damage.

      I once had a choice of alimony or continuation. It was expensive, but worth it.

    54. Herbert Bowie Panama says:

      Theodore Roosevelt wrote in his Quotes; When they call the roll in the senate , the senators do not know whether to answer , "Present or not guilty " Lots of good stuff in Presidential quotes and they haven't changed for the good either .

    55. J. A. Lynn, Ft Myers says:

      A very few in DC are listening to the American people these days. They are on a run away train with no one capable at the controls. We need to vote out every incumbent in every election in the next 5 to 10 years. Create our own term limits and make ourselves heard. Tell Congress to stop putting themselves first or else.

      How many of us now FEAR our own government,and our futures? Take back America.

    56. Robert Edwards, Phoe says:

      America is in a CRISIS. The Democrats control BOTH houses…One person in six in Arizona is a non-tax paying illegal. The majority of felons are illegals. Taxes are going up. We have spent our childrens children into bankruptcy. When the illegals are gone, Arizona will be in an even worse economic mess.Real estate values will drop. Unemployment will rise.. It will take decades to reverse the damage caused by congress….Time to start with this year's election. I am still voting for Kyl and Flake….

    57. wroginski,glen gardn says:

      I agree with lowell knouff —Stay in washington —but until a balanced budget

    58. Barbara Borowy, Corr says:

      I propose the congress start paying rent on their offices and all the services this royalty of ours requires to run the country. We paid for the buldings, if they so highly desire these plush offices and spend so much to get elected, let them pay rent to use them.

    59. Pingback: Democrat Controlled Congress = No Budget!

    60. John K Mooney says:

      I agree with this article. However I am doing something about it. I got off my back side and am running for Assessor-Court-Clerk-Recorder for San Mateo County as a write in candidate. Go to my election web site

      In this county the Assessor is also the Chief Election Officer. I am doing my small part by trying to keep the election honest. In my election material I wrote an article on who started this sub-prime mess.

    61. Drew Page, IL says:

      Heritage, chiding the Congress for not delivering a budget is equivalent to trying to teach a pig to sing. You are wasting your time and annoying the pig.

      What possible difference does a budget make to them? Have their actions over the past 18 months given you any indication that they intend to live within their means. their attitude is "as long as we have checks in the checkbook, we aren't broke. They recently passed a "Pay-Go" law saying that before a piece of legislation became law money had to be found in the "budget" to cover the cost of the legislation. THE VERY NEXT BILL PASSED had to do with extending unemployment compensation benefits. When a lone Congressman dared to ask "Where's the money going to come from to pay for this?", Obama, his Democrat majority in the House and Senate and their lap dog media wanted to boil the guy in oil. Of course the bill passed extending unemployment compensation benefits without reducing any other budgeted expenses to cover the costs of the legislation. That the passage of the bill extending unemployment comp benefits violated his "Pay-Go" legislation was as irrelevant to him as a snowball is to an Eskimo.

      I would just as soon they didn't turn in a budget. It would be one less lie we would have to keep track of.

    62. Linda, Louisiana says:

      Soooooo tired of the lies.

    63. Peyton, a Libertaria says:

      It's time to get fat assed D.C. leaders off their kiesters and make them work! We do this by holding them responsible, at the voting booth. We do this by writing letters and demanding action.

      Washington needs to be nuked. We need new leadership.

      Call or write your congressman everyday until something is done!

      Why do we allow those elected to serve us to screw us?

    64. SueD says:

      First Obama declared "America needs Change"! What kind and how much weren't in any speeches I can recall. We all have seen the changes, some beginning with the election of the Democratic House and Senate in 2007. Now billboards and small signs are popping up with pictures of President 43 asking "Miss Me Yet?" Interesting enough is the last fitting remark written: O.B.A.M.A. = "Oops, Big A_ _ Mistake, America! Talk about prophetic.

    65. Barb, New York says:

      A question for Ken Jarvis. I wonder what it will take to make YOU afraid. What is happening in this country and other countries isn't scaring you? What exactly do you think is happening right now What is your interpretation of our national and global situation? I am really curious as to how you have perceived the last 2 -4 years. You accuse Heritage of using scare tactics in their articles. What do you believe is the truth? Please share with all of us.

    66. They just said slow says:

      If they can just print money……why do they bother taxing us?

      Ain't nobody said anything 'bout me being stupid!

    67. Edward Kleren, IL. says:

      Every State, all 50 of them should disolve themselves from Washington and let Obama and Congress just govern themselves. Let the States run as an individual country.

      No more sending taxes to Washington. That means not a check for them, no heathcare and no big retirement plan.

    68. Pingback: Kagan Must Not Be Confirmed

    69. wade, texas says:

      what a farce this admin is.

      vote em all out.

    70. Lee White Tanks AZ says:

      Well we have a President who fails in his most basic constitutional duty, to provide for the safety and security of the people and the property of the United States. Border Security is only one element of his failed policies.

      We have a DOJ/ AG who pontificates and condemns law(s) passed by the states, laws that by his own admission he has not read.

      Now we have a Congress that fails in its fundamental duty to pass a budget.

      Is there a pattern here? November is getting closer and closer

    71. Thomas GOODRICH says:

      please tell me is pelosi on nov. ballet? i hope she is and gets voted out,out,out we have had enough of her to last for ever!!!!!!!! we need someone who is for america, and not her agenda. thank you, heritage foundation for your insight and to debate the facts!!!

    72. Mary Chewelah, Washi says:

      Why is it that we have to live on our budget. The towns, cities, counties, and states have to balance their budget every year but The GOVERNMENT can spend and spend and spend. The GOVERNMENT can do anything they want

      to. We can't do anything about. I have heard this saying so many times. You voted us in, so we know what is good for you.

      I really don't think the GOVERNMENT know what a BUDGET is.

    73. Jackson, Denton, TX says:

      Obama is and always has been in "campaign mode." That's all he knows but now with the presidential magic wand and pan pipe he is leading the entire legislature with him to the promised land of politicians: Absolute Power.

      Apparently none of the charlatans in the congress give a lick about "we the people." It is time to clean House and Senate with the ballot box in 2010. Vote them ALL out and sweep up the White House in 2012 too.

    74. Mike Sheahen, Hickor says:

      Ok, first the bad news, then the good news.

      The bad news is: Same as other examples of reckless and irresponsible government elitist and statist power and money-grabbing politicians throughout history to this day, the example at hand of Congress' historic decision to not only not do but also try to make irresponsible lame excuses for its' not doing its' basic duty of presenting a budget for passing is, in fact, just another symptom among others of how too many of us, the people, have, for evidently not the first time in the history, brought the rise to power of such politicians, their antics and machinations, and the consequences of them, on all of us.

      How so? The answer to that is in the same two things which enabled such politicians to get into power, the consequeces of which history shows, and continues to show, have always been, and continue to be, at the people's expense, and those two things are:

      Apathy and cynicism, both of which are, as shown throughout history to this day, always have been, and always will be, caused, manipulated, and taken advantage of by such government elitist and statist power and money-grabbing politicians and their accomplices.

      Such facts are of course why Thomas Jefferson said "The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so that the second does not become the legalized version of the first", and "Government big enough to provide everything you need is big enough to take everything you have. The course of history shows that as government grows, liberty decreases", and why Benjamin Franklin said, when asked by a woman what he and our other founding fathers had given us, he answered with "A Republic, madam, if you can keep it", and why even Alexis de Tocqueville said "The American Republic will succeed until the politicians realize they can bribe the people with their own money".

      But now the good news, which is: We, the majority of the people, can stop such politicians, and get and keep them, and those who would follow them, out of power, but only if we get up off of our "rusty dusty" now and use any and every peaceful bit of the power and rights we still have, before such politicians finish taking away our power and rights, which includes the right to recall out of office (where that right is still available to the people), and through our votes in every election in the U.S. this year (2010) and any elections thereafter.

    75. Dave California says:

      Oh, it's starting to look a lot like Christmas (Oh can I still say that?) everywhere I go. Soon Santa will be bringing all those free Obama Dollars to me. Free food, housing and health care. Just think I won't have to look for work, or pay my bills. Where do I sign up for my free lunch. I'll just bet someone already has a tape of the the patron saint of freebies Mother Nancy saying, "Budget, we don't have to show you no stinking budget." Maybe an expert on the mainstream media can tell me what will happen to the illegal immigration problem when this country goes bankrupt? What will Mexico do when we start running across the border to protest in the streets of Acapulco demanding free food, housing, medical care and the right to a suntan. How cool is that.

    76. Ticked says:

      Why not have a committee, probably Republican, come up with "best guess" budget figures and post them as the approximate amounts, had a budget been proposed.

      It is hoped that the figures would be posted on the internet, and/or FOX news.

      If the democrats begin to cry "foul", then, let them disprove the figures.

    77. Myron Kent says:

      Q: how can you tell a terrorist Not a terrorist?

      ANS: When his/her name is Bederrock the O'lebomber

    78. Ken, PA says:

      I agree with that other guys comment at 9:05 am

    79. J. B. Jones, Bellair says:

      Everyone seems to assume that we can vote them out this November. Don't count on it. If they (the democrats) can't be certian of stealing the elections, look for them to manufacture some sort of crisis – as an excuse to not have the elections.

    80. craig Sacramento, Ca says:

      The basic aim of the Democrat (socialist) party is to turn America into a Godless third world dictatorship and indeed this is the one and only task they are good at carrying out. Our nation will continue to go rapidly downhill as long as these destroyers of the Republic continue to hold office in Washington. One last chance to get rid of this demolition team comes up in November and if we screw that up you might as well look for another country to live in, that is if you have any money left to get there and the Obama regime will allow you to go!

    81. Pingback: RealityKnocks.com » Blog Archive » What Budget?

    82. John Koss, Free Stat says:

      Will Rogers would have a field day today with these political hacks in Washington.He'd be the #1 show on Cable. Bet he wouldn't even have to say one cuss word either to get effect. Like I say most of these politicians are too busy gettin their butts kissed. Like my Dad always said: Only one thing worse than a butt kisser and that's the person who likes their butt kissed. We've become a Society where you can't say what you mean and mean what you say. We've become coddlers,enablers,free thinkers(whatever that is) and politically correct idealoggies. Like Hank Williams Jr. put it. "Like to spit some Beech-Nut in that Dudes eye." Oh and in regard to the other days' articel: "Can we become like Europe?" NO! WE LIKE TO WORK IN THIS COUNTRY!

    83. Larry Frazer Hot Spr says:

      Even though it seems Americans have lost a Representative form of Government since our Congressional Representatives don't listen to us anymore, we need to keep the communication going to Congress to keep them mindful that we are watching. If we give up and don't send our concerns and desires to them then they will opt for the conclusion in their favor that we don't care anymore, apathetic! Write, call, e-mail you Congresspersons toady, tomorrow and the next day and demand responcible Government!

    84. bigdave ocala fl says:

      Boy did they fool me! I thought congresses basic duty was PROTECTION OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, OUR LANGUAGE, OUR CULTURE AND BORDERS and upholding the laws of our CONSTITUTION!!! How simple can that be?! For two hundred years, inspite of liberal intrusion, we built the strongest country on the planet which everyone wanted to immigrate to. We now have a totally corrupt administration which gets its talking points on policies and bills FROM THE LEFTIST NEWS MEDIA!!! These so called "leaders" condemn an American State and their own CITIZENS for a law which is exactly like the one the FEDS REFUSE to ENFORCE!!Under Obama's leadership(?!) we will soon be on a par with ZIMBABWE!! Uh, I believe that will solve our illegal immigration problem and at the same time create one for MEXICO, as AMERICANS will soon cross the border and begin to TAKE OVER THAT COUNTRY!! Hey, what goes around comes around!

    85. Pingback: Must Know Headlines 5.15.2010 — ExposeTheMedia.com

    86. joan, connecticut says:

      Eric Holder, followed the lead of his President in condemning the Arizona Law before he read it. The President did the same, when he said the “Cambridge Police acted stupidly”, when at the time, he did not have all the facts. It is hard to fathom, how two educated lawyers, would make statements about an issue they had not researched. Attorney General Holder, would not answer questions about whether Radical Islams are responsible, for recent terrorist deeds in the USA , even though ,he was advised that the Islamic religion is not being named, only Radical Islam terrorists. Isn’t it strange, that Holder did not have the same qualms, when he called the American people , “COWARDS and Racists” ? It sends a message ,that its okay to insult the people who pay your salary, but not the people trying to destroy our great country. Puzzling!

    87. Matt Erkert, The Lan says:

      "The people of the U.S. owe their independence and their liberty, to the wisdom of descrying in the minute tax of 3 pence on tea, the magnatude of the evil comprized inthe precedent. Let them exert the same wisdom, in watching against every evil lurking under plausible disguises, and growing up from small beginnings." James Madison – Detached Memoranda

    88. barbara j papier says:

      Citizens know that Obamayambdama's regime is heading toward socialism if not worse. Why does the Senate and House not recognize the trend towards a complete destruction of our nation? Have we elected idiots? Sad to say, yes. However, route out the decay, progressive destruction of our country, devaluation of our freedom and stand firm on the Constitution. The "O" is a symbol of oblivaition.

    89. Pingback: Rebellion News

    90. christine Ohio says:

      what disgrace and disrespectful behavior of B.Husen Obama, Nancy, and Hari, get in to the higest office and missuse the power for greed and advantage for the American enemy. All what these people doing is giving truble to normal America citizens. And they paving the way for Arabics to become bigger and better…Obama letting all the American enimeies to run the country the way they want.So, all these enimes of America get in there and turn every good stablishment in to there advantage…everything against the constitution…everything against the Godly way of life…everything against the will of the people….what a shame you all are doing. Think this is not your parents heritage… You are missusing the will of the proper citizen of this country,you are damaging the prosperity of this savering nation…You are no good to run this land of the free and home of the brave… You must pay back…you must repent the harm you doing and harm you allowing for this wonderful land…GOD shed His Grace…Stop water bording good normal citizen of this country. Go home or resign and do not act bedind the seen.

      Do not bend the law so that you can be in power, repent put your greed on the cross of Christ.

      I came to this country just becouse it is the land of the freeeeeee and home of the brave… not becouse of cowards who run this Nation now…

      Please do not distroy it anymore…RESIGN never be in the public office…

      No to all the illigals, send them where they came from.

      You are not serving the real Americans. Where is your true love for the country ???who establized this Nation…Let me tell you all those who came from Mayflower…Thay are the real backborn of this country…Mr.Huseen you and me came after they shed their tears and their blood to get this country as a superpower…I am not for the distruction of this country. I am for the goodness of this country…Mr B.O Husean you and me owe for those who work hard to stablized this country.I am angry those who tusting and turning against the proper will of the people…stop your lawlessness.It dosn't mean you looking good or you read your speech… Mr. hussen it has to come from the honesty and intagirity from with in…you dont have it inparted with in you. You are lying every time you open your mouth… Mrs.Nancy you are acting behind just like high school, Mr. harry you act like tenage grown up got the power of majority….Go home do not try public office anymore…

      Stop drugs and illigals coming to the country,

      Stop dugging rest of lost Americans…It dosent mean you cant using it, so you can make it legal…So when the enemy come in alll are in druges…So Mr. Hussen you WEAKENING REST OF AMERICAN.

      LOOK AT EVERY FRONT YOU CREATING AND THOSE WHO YOU PUT IN POWER THEY ARE CREATING MESS AND BAKRUPTINF WHOLE COUNTRY…WHEN YOU ARE GOING TO STAY IN THE LIMITS.???

      I may not the best writer, but my pain in the heart… I did this much, my apology for language barrier…I am willing to serve…

      You are using race issue for political gain… STOP PUTTING YOUR (RACE ISSUE OR COLOR ISSUE) GREED ON THE WHITE AMERICANS, THEY DID GREAT DEEADS TO GET THIS COUNTRY IN SUPER POER…IN THE WORLD. WE DO NOT HAVE TO BOWE TO NOBODY IN THE WORLD OTHER THAN OUR ALLMIGHTY GOD. Where is your righteous conduct???evrything you do, chech it out…it within you.WHAT A DISGRACE YOU ALL ARE DOING TO THIS COUNTRY…WWWWWWWWWWWWAAAAK UPPPPPP AMERICA…NOOOWW!

      So all the profits and all the goodness of this country are in bankrupcy… WHAT are you doing to this country…You are making this country like third world country…is that the vision imparted to you when you were a child…

      Every one must speek English,otherwise leave..

      Laguage,border and culture as Dr. Michal Savege say. Those are the tru lovers of this country remember threr wisdome and vission… We need wise men and women in the white houe and to run the country for the goodness and greatness

    91. Cindy, NC says:

      They should be defeated just based on the comments quoted in this article. The comments demonstrate the utter lack of character and honesty these people possess.

    92. Pingback: Morning Buzz 05/16/10 | Daily Buzz Factor

    93. Cary Upchurch, Green says:

      This just goes to show the gutless elected majority that is more concerned with reelection than doing what is right. I believe the answer to this financial crisis can be found in studying the history of the "Crash of '29". Our government has to release the power of the American businessman by getting out of the way. "Government is not the solution, It is the problem"….Ronald Reagan

    94. Drew Page, IL says:

      A budget, by its very nature is limiting. As such, it is anathema to the current administration who want no limits on their spending or their power.

    95. Pingback: Congress’ Historic Decision to Ignore Its Basic Duty « Citizen Gravity

    96. KEN HOGAN,HENRICO,VA says:

      I am in favor of term limits–2 terms.

      1 in Congress and 1 in prison.

    97. david in franklin says:

      well they can always blame it on BUSH

    98. david in franklin says:

      If bush is not available to take the blame then Obama can apoligize to China

    99. Jim Tooley, Las Cruc says:

      It truly makes me sick to see the elected representatives in Washington trash two of the greatest documents ever penned. The Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were crafted by some of the most brilliant minds ever. They were very clear in their intent to develop a government that protects the people from intrusive government, and socialist practices. Yet here we are with on unqualified president steering the ship toward economic disaster and the congress spending their time trying to preserve their positions of power.god help us all if any of these congressional leadership people get re-elected.

      .

    100. Matt Erkert, The Lan says:

      "On every unauthoritative exercise of power by the legislature must the people rise in rebellion or their silence be construed into a surrender of that power to them. If so, how many rebellions should we have had already?" – Thomas Jefferson – Notes on Virginia, Query 12 – 1782

    101. Matt Erkert, The Lan says:

      "If the federal government should overpass the just bounds of its authority and make a tyrannical use of its powers, the people, whose creature it is, must appeal to the standard they have formed, and take such measures to redress the injury done to the Constitution as the exigency may suggest and prudence justify." – Alexander Hamilton – Federalist No. 33 – January 3, 1788

    102. Matt Erkert, The Lan says:

      "A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acqiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Trajedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives." – James Madison – letter to W.T. Barry – August 4, 1822

    Comments are subject to approval and moderation. We remind everyone that The Heritage Foundation promotes a civil society where ideas and debate flourish. Please be respectful of each other and the subjects of any criticism. While we may not always agree on policy, we should all agree that being appropriately informed is everyone's intention visiting this site. Profanity, lewdness, personal attacks, and other forms of incivility will not be tolerated. Please keep your thoughts brief and avoid ALL CAPS. While we respect your first amendment rights, we are obligated to our readers to maintain these standards. Thanks for joining the conversation.

    Big Government Is NOT the Answer

    Your tax dollars are being spent on programs that we really don't need.

    I Agree I Disagree ×

    Get Heritage In Your Inbox — FREE!

    Heritage Foundation e-mails keep you updated on the ongoing policy battles in Washington and around the country.

    ×