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Senate budget plan just isn’t worth the wait

April 2, 2013
Gary Andersen, Lee Smith , Fairmont Sentinel

Well, it wasn't worth the wait. The budget recently approved by the U.S. Senate, that is.

Under Democrat control, the Senate had not approved a budget in four years. That is an exceedingly disturbing lapse in the duty senators have under the Constitution.

But the budget now approved by the narrowest of margins - 50-49 - badly shirked the duty senators have to the American people, to honestly address the deficit spending crisis.

Democrats touted the alleged deficit reduction included in the Senate budget. Eventually, they say, it will reduce deficit spending to $400 billion per year. But think about this: Before Barack Obama became president, the annual deficit had topped $400 billion only twice in the nation's history (fiscal years 2004 and 2008).

And, though Obama got tax increases he demanded just a few months ago, the Senate budget includes even more of them - nearly $1 trillion during the next decade.

It will come as no surprise the Senate budget is a dishonest one, in some ways. For example, part of the alleged deficit reduction is in lowered interest payments on the national debt that Democrats claim will result from the modest spending cuts included in their plan.

No, the Senate proposal wasn't worth the four-year wait. It dodged almost entirely the need for entitlement reform and used more massive tax increases for minimal deficit reductions. Senators really ought to try again.



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