The Hill is reporting that the Obama administration’s FY 2-14 budget will now be more than two months late.
Let me put on my big surprise face.
One has to wonder why they could produce a budget — not that it was worth the paper it was printed on — in 2009 during much more difficult fiscal circumstances. It was the only time during Obama’s presidency that a budget was produced by February 4th, the legal requirement under the 1974 Budget Act.
According to the article, “The White House has said the delay is due to the budget uncertainty that surrounded the fiscal cliff, sequestration and the continuing resolution that expires March 27.”
But isn’t the job of the Office of Management and Budget primarily to produce a budget, and didn’t the fiscal cliff deal pass more than two months ago, and wasn’t the sequester known to at least be a possibility for 18 months and likely for at least a couple of months?
So why the delay?
Perhaps because they remember that they got zero, yes zero, votes in the U.S. Senate in each of the last two years.
Perhaps even the partisan employees at OMB (not to be confused with the often wrong but essentially non-partisan CBO) know that they will produce what the boss wants produced, and that it will be utterly irresponsible and add to the president’s current self-inflicted political woes.
If that’s true (or even if it’s not), and given that Obama has already repeatedly violated the law, without any repercussions, perhaps the best thing this administration could do for the country is just sit down, shut up, and not waste our time with another worthless excuse for a budget.
In the meantime, count on House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan to produce something very different from the Obama administration, namely a budget that is on time and, in the not-too-distant future, balanced.
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