A month ago, President Obama sent a $4.1 Trillion budget to Congress for consideration. The size and scope of that number is staggering and the Republican Congress simply will not consider it, but their consideration of the Presidents’ budget isn’t what frightens me. It’s the budget that Congress actually is considering that troubles me immensely.
This is an election year for our Representatives in the House, and I would caution them not to approve a budget that fails to address our growing debt. Any budget that increases the federal debt should be a nonstarter. Period. There shouldn’t even be any discussion of an unbalanced budget.
Now, I know we’re all distracted with this circus we call primary season, however, out of control federal spending and an ever increasing federal debt are still at the forefront of voters’ minds. I imagine that many of our Congressmen are trying desperately to figure out a way to vote for a budget, to ensure that their districts get their cut of the obscene graft, at taxpayers expense. I understand that they are all under a great deal of pressure.
This upcoming budget, however, will be a significant part of the campaign season ahead – and a vote for an irresponsible budget is not something any of our Congressmen should want hung around their necks as they try to rally their constituents to the polls in November.
Now, I’m sure this process is far enough along where there really is no fixing whatever Leadership has in store for this budget, but there is plenty of time for our Congressmen to consider voting NO. Every year the debt gets worse and this issue becomes more and more a matter of principle and resolve for voters. People are scared, frankly, that our government is behaving recklessly and irresponsibly with our economy. Our Congressmen should not be afraid to vote against this budget if they feel that it is reckless and irresponsible.
Your constituents will appreciate your principled stand – even if your party’s leadership does not.
What scares me about the Presidents’ $4.1 Trillion budget is that it sets the bar for ridiculousness so far ahead of anywhere we’d ever want to be, that an irresponsible Congressional Budget, by comparison, may look sane and reasonable. A Presidential election cycle is not the time for the Republican Party to appear weak and without resolve.
I hope that this Republican Congress writes a good budget, but if they do not, I hope that our Virginia Republican Delegation will not support it.