No Budget Is No Way to Run a Country

Tuesday, 05 Mar 2013 01:41 PM

By Bradley Blakeman

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America has been without a budget for the past four years and counting. We go from continuing resolution to continuing resolution to keep the government funded. We are continually passing legislation to raise our debt limit without a five-year plan to deal with our short and long term liabilities and entitlements
 
We move from “fiscal cliffs” to sequestration without care or concern. We manufacture fiscal problems and then fail to solve them. There is no accountability or responsibility because there are no consequences.
 
Is this the way the greatest nation on earth should conduct economic and fiscal policy?
 
We have procedures in place to avoid this however our president and those in his party honor such lawful requirements in the breach.
 
The Budget Control Act of 1974 requires the following as a matter of law:

On or before the first Monday in February: President submits budget to Congress.
 
Feb 15: Congressional Budget Office submits economic and budget outlook report to budget committees.
 
Six weeks thereafter: Committees submit views and estimates to Budget Committees.
 
April 1: Senate Budget Committee reports budget resolution.
 
April 15: Congress completes action on budget resolution.
 
May15: Annual appropriations bills may be considered in the House, even if action on budget resolution has not been completed.
 
June 10: House Appropriations Committee reports last annual appropriations bill.
 
June 15: Congress completes action on reconciliation legislation (if required by budget resolution).
 
June 30: House completes action on annual appropriations bills.
 
July 15: President submits mid-session review of his budget to Congress.
 
Oct 1: Fiscal year begins.
 
The president’s submitted budget must inform Congress of three things:
 
1. How much will be spent and where;

2. How much revenues can be expected and from where will it come;

3. How will his budget effect the deficit and how much will be added.

President Obama has been powerless to pass a budget since he has been president and has willfully refused to submit a budget for fiscal year 2013 or 2014. To date the president is in violation of law and could care less.
 
Is it not an outrage that the president can find time before the legal required time to submit a budget at a time of pending sequestration and continued economic crisis to golf with Tiger Woods but he cannot find the time or care enough to meet with his OMB Director or Congressional Leadership on the budget?
 
Ask yourself these questions:
 
What U.S. corporation could function without a budget?
 
What U.S. corporation could exist without a minimum of a five-year business plan? Would they be able to get financing? Would they be able to make long-term purchase of land or equipment, honor orders, or hire staff?
 
What American CEO could survive if he blew off his corporate responsibilities to produce a budget on time?
 
What American family could survive without a budget and living within their means of income and expenses?
 
What American family or corporation could not survive with a reduction of 10 percent in yearly expenses or better yet a 2 percent cut in growth?
 
President Obama is derelict in his duty to produce a budget on time and to lead in a time of economic crisis. It is solely his job and I submit to you a high priority to not only produce a budget but also to see to it that one is passed.
 
A president of the United States swears with his hand on the Bible to preserve, protect, and defend the laws of the land; yet he is one of the most flagrant violators of it. He appoints people to high government position without Senate confirmation. He uses Executive Orders to bypass Congress to legislate. He tells his agencies not to enforce laws, and the list goes on.
 
The most dangerous president is one who disregards the rule of law and worse yet has the attitude that if you do not like it — “sue me”.
 
There is no one to blame for the president and his staff not producing a budget as required by law. Sequestration and yet another pending continuing resolution are his fault and his alone. Had he produced budgets and worked to have them passed by the House and Senate we would not be faced with manufactured crisis after manufactured crisis which has handcuffed America’s economic recovery.
 
Businesses in America have been frustrated by economic inaction, insecurity, and uncertainty. They are not confident to invest, hire, or buy. Without knowing what the present or future will bring with regard to budgeting, taxation, or regulation they are hurt in their own planning and investments.
 
Enough is enough.
 
Now is the time to demand that the president act and honor his lawful obligations to produce and pass a budget.
 
This is no way to run a country.
 
Bradley A. Blakeman served as deputy assistant to President George W. Bush from 2001-04. He is currently a professor of Politics and Public Policy at Georgetown University and a frequent contributor to Fox News Opinion. Read more reports from Bradley Blakeman — Click Here Now.
 
 

 
 

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