Analysis: Politics trumps policy in Obama budget
February 13th, 2012
01:53 PM ET
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Analysis: Politics trumps policy in Obama budget

Washington (CNN) - A piece of advice: If you're worried about President Barack Obama's budget, find something else to fret over. The president's blueprint has about as much chance of becoming law as yours. It's all about election year 2012, not fiscal year 2013.

Don't take my word for it. Take Harry Reid's. The Senate majority leader - the Democrat most responsible for moving Obama's agenda through Congress - said Friday that there's no need to bring the budget to a vote this year.

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  1. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Rudy NYC - Not any elected official. Good call. We can start with the "Do Nothing" Congress, particularly those stall-warts in the House with the Tea Party hats
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    You mean THE ONLY ONES that have done their job and passed a budget????? The only "Do Nothing"s are the Democrats in the Harry Reid controlled and permanently on vacation Senate. No budget in over THREE YEARS and noting being worked on for the last year.

    Then when they decide to do something it was to SCREW the American people by only passing the tax holiday for two months instead of the 12 months that the House passed.

    Like I said, Democrat gross mismanagement and incompetence.

    February 13, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Michael - This guy is so far right his turn signal is broke and he is going in a right turn circle and you know what that means when you are a dog in a corner chasing your tail.
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    So instead you'd vote for a far left "progressive" whose latest budget clearly indicates he's perfectly content with bankrupting the country? You make absolutely no sense.

    February 13, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  3. Hammerer

    Watch Greece burning on your local and you will see the result of obama's vision for America!
    Through plan or ignorance this is the results of direction that obama is leading America.

    February 13, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  4. Ray E. (Georgia)

    It is past time due for the Senate to take up and pass the Budget! The Constutition requires it. It is time for Obama to quit voting present ! The Democrats are afraid to pass a Budget because they will have to take a stand. The mess we are in on the Debt is because too many voted "Present" in the past. Obama said "He was the one we were waiting for". Well most of us are still waiting.

    February 13, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  5. Four and The Door

    Susan
    Our debt now exceeds the US GDP. Each taxpayer's share of the debt is more than $135,000. 2012 interest is $12,000 per CITIZEN. At the current rate, 2016 taxpayer share will be $197,000. In 2008 it was $87,000; in 2004, $69,000; in 2000, $56,000. Anyone saying this is not a failed presidency is delusional.
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    Point well made, Susan. So many people have no concept of what a disaster this debt is, but when you point out something like how much interest each one of us is responsible for they can get a better feel for it.

    Can you imagine how disappointed James Madison would be with what has happened to Washington and what a convoluted mess of a bureaucracy the federal government has become? This is not what they intended. For good reason. A large federal government getting into the daily lives of citizens is a very different system than what they established and what has worked so well for the first 200 years. States were set up to be much more powerful than what they have evolved into. We can do better just by looking at what has worked. Romney 2012!

    February 13, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
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