When Barack Obama strides to the podium of the U.S. House of Representatives to offer his fourth (and hopefully last) State of the Union address on January 24, it will mark a milestone in government dysfunction.
And believe it or not, we’re referring to something other than the Obama administration’s disastrous handling of this country.
January 24 will mark the 1,000th day that’s passed since the Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate has approved a budget. Seriously … the Senate hasn’t passed a budget since April 29, 2009. Of course that 1,000-day streak isn’t entirely their faults – as the Democratic-controlled U.S. House was too busy shoving Obamacare down our throats to pass a budget in 2010.
Anyway, the result of all this dysfunction? A bunch of “continuing resolutions” that kick the can down the road month-by-month while the public is subjected to the occasional “government shutdown” threat (which, unfortunately, is never acted upon).
All this process does, of course, is to perpetuate a spending culture that continues to rack up trillions of dollars in deficits while refusing to prioritize government functions or address mushrooming entitlement obligations. In fact, 2012 will be the fifth year in a row in which the federal government spends more than $1 trillion in money that it doesn’t have … which would seem to indicate that this approach isn’t working.
So … will Obama make note of the 1,000 day anniversary when he addresses lawmakers?
What do you think?
Frankly, we’re not holding our breath that this president- who has failed to propose a single dime of savings since the debt debate began – will call attention to this colossal failure of leadership.
Why not? Because doing so would run counter to his partisan blame narrative.
That’s disappointing … and risky.
After all, despite its failure to hold fast to the fiscal principles its members were elected on, at least the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives passed a budget last year.