You're absolutely correct, it is way past time for the Democrats to lead. This whole mess is a concoction because of the excess spending over the past almost four years. No matter how you frame it Obama can only make excuses for the hand he was dealt on for a little while and has to start accepting responsibitly for fixing the mess he and his party created. It's really simple to fix but now, politically, it's a disaster. I mean the Senate hasn't developed a budget in four years. Regardless of what happens the Republicans will get blamed not matter what so they may as well go down standing on some principles rather than just being weak kneed.