Senate budget not worth 4-year wait
Well, it wasn’t worth the wait. The budget approved Saturday by the U.S. Senate, that is.
Under Democrat control, the Senate has not approved a budget in four years. That is an exceedingly disturbing lapse in the duty senators have under the Constitution.
But the budget approved by the narrowest of margins – 50-49 -during the weekend badly shirked the duty senators have to the American people, to honestly address the deficit spending crisis.
Liberals touted the alleged deficit reduction included in the Senate budget. Eventually, they say, it will reduce deficit spending to $400 billion a year.
But think about this: Before Barack Obama became president, the annual deficit had topped $400 billion only twice in the nation’s history (fiscal years 2004 and 2008).
And, though Obama got tax increases he demanded just a few months ago, the Senate budget includes even more of them – nearly $1 trillion during the next decade.
It will come as no surprise the Senate budget is a dishonest one, in some ways. For example, part of the alleged deficit reduction is in lowered interest payments on the national debt that liberals claim will result from the modest spending cuts included in their plan.
No, the Senate proposal wasn’t worth the four-year wait. It dodged almost entirely the need for entitlement reform and used more massive tax increases for minimal deficit reductions. Senators really ought to try again.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder revealed Friday he has found a way to avoid furloughing thousands of federal prison guards – action the Justice Department had claimed would be necessary because of “sequester” spending cuts. Holder said he has moved $150 million from other agency accounts to fund the guards.
If Holder can do it at the Justice Department, why can’t the Federal Aviation Administration come up with a similar plan?
FAA officials, also blaming the sequester, say air traffic control towers at 149 airports, including the Wheeling-Ohio County facility, will be shut down. That means pilots will have to coordinate takeoffs and landings on their own.
The action is part of President Barack Obama’s campaign to avoid any reductions in federal spending by making the sequester as painful as possible, of course.
But again, if Holder was able to keep his guards, why can’t the FAA keep airport control towers?