July 13, 2011
On the differing Republican and Democrat approaches to the budget crisis.
Eight hundred six days, ladies and gentlemen, since Senate Democrats – and they run the place – have passed a budget. There are 365 days in a year. So well over two years since the Democrats – who run the place – have passed a budget. The law requires them to pass a budget every year. Eight hundred six days and counting. And this, by the way, is the strategy. There’s no question. They devised, two years ago, a strategy: "We’re not going to present a budget"... now this was part of the 2010 re-election strategy: "Don’t put a budget out there, because we don’t want voters to have any specifics about what we intend." So they didn’t. Now the strategy remains implemented, so that they don’t have to tie themselves to any of their own numbers specifically. So while they have no numbers, they have no budget – Obama hasn’t presented one either. The Republicans do. The Republicans are acting like the adults. The Republicans are presenting plans. Say what you want about some of them, but the Republicans have ideas with numbers designed to seriously address the problem and fix it. Start down the road and fixing it. The Democrats as a strategy do not. For the sole purpose, of doing nothing but assaulting the Republicans for the numbers they present.