By David Bozell
Another Round of Failures for the President
At this point, one begins to wonder why the country even has laws. The President of the United States is required to submit a budget on the first Monday of February according to the 1974 Budget Act. February 6 came and went and we still have no budget from President Obama.
Yet again, for the third time, our President has decided that he is above the law and won’t submit a budget until February 13. Apparently to this White House, the law is just a mere inconvenience.
In another shocking display of disrespect for the law, the President thinks that he can abandon constitutional rights if they don’t fit with his political agenda.
In the past week, we’ve seen this play out with the mandate from ObamaCare that will require health plans to cover free contraception and provide abortifacients. This is a major strike against religious institutions, like Catholic hospitals and universities, whose faith doctrine does not allow for contraception or abortion. It also affects religious individuals like doctors, farmers, and businesses that have group health insurance plans.
Essentially, the First Amendment right to practice one’s freedom of religion is utterly disregarded. The President is bent to pursue his ideological agenda, no matter what the cost.
Speaking of “costs,” when the President finally gets around to delivering a budget, what can we expect? If the last budget Obama submitted is any indication, please don’t hold your breath, America. His last budget, a complete disaster, called for so much more spending and taxes that it couldn’t capture a single vote in the Senate, not even from a Democrat.
The President’s FY 2012 budget would have been $3.7 trillion for one year, adding $1.7 trillion to the deficit instantly. The plan would have supposedly saved $1.1 trillion over 10 years because it “froze” domestic spending to current levels—which should be cut, and are obviously far too high already. Just to compare scorecards, Paul Ryan’s budget passed by the House in April 2011 would save $5 trillion over 10 years.
Oh, and for those of you keeping count out there, today marks day 1,016 since Harry Reid and his leftist allies in the Senate have passed a budget. What does Reid say? “We do not need to bring a budget to the floor this year.” You can’t even make this stuff up at this point. He claims that last August’s debt deal had spending caps, and therefore didn’t require them to pass a budget this year. That would only make sense—in fantasyland. The 2012 spending blows through those “caps,” according to analysis from the Congressional Budget Office.
We call on the President and both Chambers of Congress to, first and foremost, do what is right: protect religious freedoms in this country. Second, we call on them to do follow the law and produce a budget that will get our nation back on track.
Don’t raise taxes, don’t increase the deficit, and do address the fundamental problems in the government that drive this fiscal insanity. Cutting spending would be a genius place to start.
ForAmerica Executive Director