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Explaining Civics 101 To The Smartest Man In The World

I'm sitting here listening to Obama talk about how awful the budget situation is, and how tough it's making it for him, and how he's blaming the Republicans. (Big surprise here.) He's laying the groundwork to blame the GOP for it.

Time to get a bit indiscreet and introduce this renowned Constitutional Scholar to some basics about the Constitution.

Hey, asshole Mr. President: here's how it works.

At the beginning of the calendar year, the president submits a budget to the House of Representatives. The House revises it a bit. (OK, most of the time they toss the president's plan and do their own from scratch, but the principle's the same.) Then they send it on to the Senate, which makes its own changes. The two Houses then finally settle on a budget, send it to the President, and he (usually) signs it, right around Octoberish.

The reason we have a crisis right now is that wasn't done last year. The president -- Barack Obama, Democrat -- never submitted a budget to the House. The House, under the "leadership" of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democrat -- never worked on a budget, let alone passed one on to the Senate. And the Senate, under the "leadership" of Majority Leader Harry Reid, Democrat, never bothered to push the House for a budget.

So, we're in this jam now because none of you Democratic dipshits ever did your jobs. So suck it up, put on your big-boy panties, an own the fact that you failed to do one of the most fundamental responsibilities the government has.

And then STFU while the grown-ups do their jobs.

Correction:
Obama did offer a budget last year. But as usual, the only "followthrough" he knows is the one on the links -- he never pushed Nancy Pelosi's House to actually do anything with or to it. My apologies for the error, and my thanks to former Wizbang commenter mantis for correcting me.

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Comments (15)

What he needs when discussi... (Below threshold)

What he needs when discussing the skyrocketing government spending that he refuses to address is a "trick to hide the incline".

Isn't there a clause in the... (Below threshold)
Stan:

Isn't there a clause in the Constitution stating that the government must pass a budget? Seems to me there is. Well, according to the Constitution, the current government is in default and should not be running at all.

Awesome +1.Whoever... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Awesome +1.

Whoever didn't see this shit coming also doesn't see the sun rising in the east.

Actually what the Constitut... (Below threshold)
glenn:

Actually what the Constitution says about the budget is:

"All bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the
Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills."

I can't find where it says the President submits a budget.It says in part:

"He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union,
and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient;"

I think the confusion about who is responsible for the budget stems from a bunch of lazyace Representatives who routinely shirk their responsibilities.

He can spin like a top but ... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

He can spin like a top but he can't dodge the responsibility of signing a budget.

The Democrats paid for it in November and I do sincerely hope that the Speaker of the House politely reminded the (P)resident "We won, we create spending bills in the House, you can sign it or not."

Barry believes that he can ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Barry believes that he can spin the impasse as a Republican problem.

He's about to find out differently, when the public tells him to bend over in his well-creased trousers - AND SHOVES IT UP HIS ASS.

JT - you were right the first time - he's an asshole. A socialist asshole.

This is the same jerk who i... (Below threshold)
docjim505:

This is the same jerk who is blaming the GOP for not letting him try KSM in federal court. EVERYTHING is their fault. And MiniTru will back him up.

Prior to 1921 (and the budg... (Below threshold)

Prior to 1921 (and the budget and accounting bill of that year) the President did NOT submit a budget proposal to the Congress, instead either signing the budget into law or vetoing it. The "Budget Process" is purely a statutory creation of the Congress.

I can see the act unfolding... (Below threshold)
moseby:

I can see the act unfolding as the curtain rises....the MSM scumbags will lay the groundwork and begin the "spin". Follow that with ol' jug-ears lying thru his purple lips. Then cue the Wicked Witch of the West with her Harry monkey.

Are we currently living pri... (Below threshold)
Wayne:

Are we currently living prior to 1921 or after?

On the plus side, when the ... (Below threshold)
John S:

On the plus side, when the government closes, unemployment checks will stop going out. So next month Bambi can claim unemployment is zero percent.

Unemployment is strictly a ... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Unemployment is strictly a state matter.

Whether or not the (P)resident submitted a budget or not, neither the House, where ALL spending originates, nor the Senate acted upon it.

I seem to remember a phrase Tip O'Neil used, "Dead on arrival." for all of Reagan's budgets. Barry's about to discover how hardball is played.

At the beginning of the ... (Below threshold)
bullwinkle:

At the beginning of the calendar year, the president submits a budget to the House of Representatives.

A budget PROPOSAL. That's the word you were looking for. Looks like Jay needs a little civics lesson too.

Apparently I could, bullwin... (Below threshold)

Apparently I could, bullwinkle. What is the distinction? It's been called "the president's budget" for as long as I can remember. Technically, they're all proposals until passed and signed, but that seems a purely semantic point you're raising -- and pretty pointless.

J.

Wayne,Why don't yo... (Below threshold)

Wayne,

Why don't you tell us what year it is and who the reigning monarch is?




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