President Obama continues to be irresponsible on budgetary duties. The President of the United States has a duty, annually, to submit a budget to congress that has some measure of fiscal sanity which can then be debated in congress. Ultimately, a committee composed of members of the House and the Senate meet, in a process called “conference”, and arrive at a compromise of expenditures that can be approved by a majority of all parties. But that’s not what happened.
Instead, Obama submitted a Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 budget of $3.7 trillion dollars that almost tripled the size of the federal budget from the previous year and would have increased the federal debt by over $7 trillion dollars. Needless to say, the President’s Budget was voted down. Indeed the senate didn't just vote down Obama's budget, but instead delivered a stunning vote of no confidence 0-97. Never before has a president been so totally rebuked by a senate controlled by his own party faithful.
Americans might expect that the president would be embarrassed, but it seems that this sort of behavior has come to define President Obama. In fact, during 30 months in office, Obama has never produced a budget that could be signed into law. Instead, Americans have seen Continuing Resolutionafter Continuing Resolution passed by congress.
Congress’ responsibilities are actually quite limited—make laws, levy taxes and annually approve a federal budget. That’s it. Everything else that congress does is supposedly in support of those three tasks—all the congressional hearings, grandstanding and finger-pointing have no real purpose unless it provides congress with the information needed to do their job.
However, for the past several years, in the area of the federal budget, congress hasn’t really done its job approving a federal budget. The budgets submitted by President Obama have been so polarizing, so fiscally impractical, and so filled with pork that these budgets have been impossible for congress to take seriously, let alone create consensus.