It is amazing that the American people would continue to elect Democratic politicians to national office, considering Democrats' cynical disregard for the federal budget crisis. They aren't even slightly serious about becoming part of the solution.
Consider the Senate Democrats' most recent proposal for budget cuts to avert a government shutdown. Senate Republicans, following the House plan, proposed $61 billion in cuts for the current year, while Senate Democrats proposed a paltry $6.5 billion. (The Congressional Budget Office says it's actually only $4.7 billion.) Though Obama seems to be hiding in the bushes on this one, he is said to support the Democratic plan.
Did you hear that: $6.5/$4.7 billion? This is nothing. It's an outrage. This from the clowns who say the Republican cuts, which themselves wouldn't be enough, are "Draconian." No, it's their attitude that is Draconian -- to the republic.
There's no hope from the left side of the aisle when these people are irreversibly tied to the fiction that the economy simply can't function without an ongoing federal spending explosion. And they always get their charlatan economists to enable their profligacy.
The fact that their reckless spending hasn't worked as advertised doesn't faze them. Never does it occur to them that the borrowed money they spend to "grow the economy" smothers private-sector spending and is necessarily less efficient and less capable of generating a multiplier effect than private-sector spending. Private-sector spending is actually driven by what people want and need rather than by what dictatorial federal politicians tell us we should want or need.
When you consider that just four years ago -- as I've written many times -- President George W. Bush's deficit was $161 billion, it is amazing we have to begin with Obama's newly established base line of some $1.5 trillion and start our "cuts" from there. We all knew that when he imposed his "stimulus-porkulus" monstrosity, it would not be a one-time affair and that these new levels of spending would find a way to become permanent. And so they have. Under the president's proposed 2012 budget, federal spending would remain well above the 2008 level -- and above pre-recession levels by an obscene amount.