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BLOG: Deadlines and Demagogues

Don notes another failure of the Obama administration to propose a budget on time.

I read today that President Obama is once again missing the legal deadline for submitting a budget to Congress.  This is neither unusual nor unexpected.  It is also inconsequential, because President Obama's budgets have been generally ignored by bipartisan majorities in both houses of Congress.

This failure would be worthy of some press attention, especially considering that President Obama has been fond of chastising his political opponents with their failures to "meet deadlines".

Unfortunately, there are very few in either Washington or St. Paul who are willing to be honest with the People.  The fact is that in both Minnesota and nationally, we are spending more money than we have, and racking up debt on our offspring.  The problem is far worse in Washington than St. Paul, but the problem is the same.  The voters demand easy answers, and the politicians provide them.  Demagogues trump those who speak the truth, and .

Focus on our growing debt is appropriate, and necessary.  There is no greater threat to our nation than the possibility that we may become a deadbeat nation.  Given that we currently have no plan to repay our national debt, and seem to consider every need a necessity, being a deadbeat is a very real possibility.  No amount of "easing" by the Federal Reserve will satisfy our international creditors.

The house GOP has started on a path to try to force Congress to produce a budget - a reasonable and modest demand - let's support their effort, and at least get some honesty on our out of control spending.

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Ken in MN January 29, 2013 at 01:58 PM
No, Susan. I'm already at work when it airs, and I don't subscribe to cable TV. (Some people may by shocked to find that Liberals have jobs, work their butts off and can still care about somebody other than themselves and are proud to pay taxes in order pay for the greatest country on Earth...)
Susan January 29, 2013 at 02:23 PM
Haha, ok. Krugman was on yesterday promoting a new book and talking about the economy (again). I like the show because it has some real balance. Scarbarough is a Conservative on a liberal network. It's pretty good if you ever want to check out videos online.
Ken in MN January 29, 2013 at 03:10 PM
Okay, Susan. I just caught the clip online. Krugman PWNED them all, even Wall Street Tool Ed Rendell. And Scarbarough was so miffed he had to write a whiny piece that appeared on Politico this morning proving Mark Twain right once again...
Susan January 29, 2013 at 03:44 PM
Yes, he certainly can get worked up when he disagrees, but the reason that I like the show is because even if he disagrees, he has him on the show and doesn't shut him down. He goes after the extreme in the tea party and those opposed to better gun checks (reversing his previous position) also. I don't love Scarborough but I like the show. I only saw part of the Krugman segment and only asked because of the timing of your comment...I think we're mostly on the same "side".
Ken in MN January 29, 2013 at 05:10 PM
Fair enough...

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