Civics 101

From the United States Constitution, Article I, Section 7:

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.

That means that Congress controls the purse strings. It writes the budget. More specifically, it starts in the House, the Senate has to concur, and then the president has to sign off on it (or Congress has to override his veto).

Now, remember back to January 2007. That’s when the Democrats took control of both Houses of Congress, which they still hold today.

And remember back to January 2009. The Democrats then took the presidency.

As President Obama used to be so fond of pointing out, you won. You got exactly what you asked for — solid majorities in both Houses and the presidency.

So, when you gonna stop whining about “Republican budget deficits?” You’ve been in the driver’s seat for a couple of years now. Bush’s last two budgets had to pass with your support.

You wanted it. You got it. Now show us what you’re capable of doing.

Besides whining, of course. We knew you were champs at that long ago.

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