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Rick Moran


March 9, 2013 - 7:56 am

For the fourth time in five years President Barack Obama will be late in delivering a budget to Capitol Hill. Due by law on February 4, the 2014 federal budget is now scheduled to be delivered to Congress on April 8.

What is it with this president? Does he have enough people at OMB to get the job done? Are his cabinet secretaries tardy in delivering their numbers? Or, like some college kid who doesn’t want to start that project until the last minute and then pull an all-nighter to get it done, is our president a monumental procrastinator?

The Hill:

But Earnest also pointed the finger at Congress when explaining the lengthy delay in producing a budget document.

“The budget has been delayed because some of the impediments that have been thrown in the path of those working on it,” Earnest said, citing the sequester and the “fiscal cliff” as complicating the budget forecast.

The administration’s budget typically kicks off the annual budgeting process, as Congress then shapes its budget resolution on the president’s request.

But this year that process is reversed, as both House Budget Commitee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) are planning to release their 2014 budgets next week.

The House and Senate Armed Services Committees started their 2014 budget hearings with military officials this week without a budget.

A GOP congressional aide said that the delay is fueling what’s already a high level of budget anxiety in the Pentagon due to sequester and the lack of a 2013 budget resolution.

“Budget delays fuel uncertainty in the military, an uncertainty that is already being inflicted through sequester,” the aide said. “It is precisely this kind of uncertainty that the uniformed senior commanders have asked Congress and the Commander and Chief to prevent.”

The White House has blamed the hold-up on the uncertainty caused by fights over the fiscal cliff, sequestration and the continuing resolution to fund the government that expires March 27.

Sessions blasted the administration last week when it appeared the budget would come at the end of March.

“He will be submitting it after the House and Senate have produced a budget proposal and adjourned for Easter. So while the President speaks of his deep concern for American workers and families, he fails to even submit to Congress his financial plan to help those workers and families,” Sessions said.

Isn’t that just like a procrastinator? “Sorry guys, but our dog ate the budget projections.” Blaming those who are actually doing their jobs and coming up with a budget on their own is typical Obama. Goodness, even Harry Reid’s Senate is actually going to come up with a budget.

Congress should amend the budget act to include a penalty if a president fails to meet the budget deadline. Sending him to his room without supper might be apropos, but I think house arrest is probably more to the point. Keeping the president from playing golf while the budget isn’t finished would probably do more to speed up the process than anything else.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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Obozo is NEVER responsible for ANYTHING. Yep, once again, "The White House has blamed the hold-up on the uncertainty caused by fights over the fiscal cliff, sequestration and the continuing resolution to fund the government that expires March 27." So while we are facing those self-inflicted problems [the sequester was the WH's idea] we can't possibly multitask. Our wee little brains just aren't up to the job. What a pitiful excuse for an Executive.
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Since he never gets a single vote on his and Harry Reid never brings one to the floor, why bother? He knows it's a sham, we know it's a sham...who is fooling whom here?

This is like picking wrapping paper and ribbon colors for an empty box. Who cares? There is nothing inside.

Don't get me wrong, I care that the Democratic Party shreds the Constitution at every turn, steals our money and robs us blind.

I just don't care about their phony, fraudulent, masquerade. There is no budget in our future. And there's no future in our budget.
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I've done a lot of executive branch budget proposals. I've worked on executive branch budget proposals when I worked for the Legislature. Two things drive an executive branch budget: revenue projections and what you want. Everything else is the legislative branch's job. I know there is little point in my requesting a bazillion more dollars if the OMB types are telling me that I'm facing a revenue shortfall on current dollars. If I request it anyway, I'm either thinking I can convince the legislative body to take it from somewhere else and give it to me or I'm just proposing it to make them vote it down. Even without a revenue problem if I know the legislative body won't give me money, I either don't ask for it or I ask for it to show some constituency I tried to get it for them or just to make the legislative body vote it down.

Neither the "fiscal cliff" nor the sequestration are any reason for the Executive Branch to be late in proposing a budget because an executive budget is nothing more than a wish list. Whether or not it is a realistic wish list is strictly a political calculation because executive agencies and Presidents or governors don't make budgets, legislative bodies do. The Communist in Chief has a lot of trouble with the notion that Congress sets his allowance, and he's especially troubled by the fact that it is the Republican part of Congress that has to start the setting of his allowance.
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Gotta give the prez a break on this one - isn't everybody busy filling out the brackets for the upcoming NCAA March Madness?

A budget? Its hard work!
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