Daniel Doherty

Okay, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) didn’t actually say that. But fans of America’s favorite pastime will appreciate his remarks during a recent press conference comparing President Obama’s mind-boggling budget breakdown to the failures of a struggling MLB batter who’s, er, “earned” a one way ticket back to the minors:

[T]he Budget and Accounting Act of 1921 requires that the president submit a budget on the first Monday in February. He’s had five opportunities to do it, and he’s missed the deadline four of the five times. If any of you are baseball fans that’s batting a 200 average. If you’re a big baseball fan, you know now he’s at the Mendoza line. The Mendoza line is about Mario Mendoza. It’s the line that you talk for a major league baseball player if they become incompetent. I think the American public expect more, and expect accountability.

I’ll give McCarthy some points here for style. But again, on a more serious note, the federal law is really quite simple: The president of the United States must submit a budget every single year … on a very specific day:

By law, the president is required to submit a budget request to Congress for the upcoming fiscal year by the first Monday of February. The only time Obama met the deadline during his presidency was in 2011.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, delivered remarks on the House floor this afternoon, declaring that by ignoring the deadline imposed by the Budget and Accounting Act of 1921, Obama “missed a great opportunity” to help the U.S. economy.

Monday marked the fourth time the president failed to meet this important legal obligation -- in five years. Of course, there’s no real consequences for failing to do so, but it is an indication that the president -- along with his Democratic colleagues -- are not really serious about reining in federal spending or reforming entitlements. A budget is coming eventually, we’re told, but when exactly remains a mystery. Meanwhile, the GOP-led House of Representatives -- unlike, say, the Democrat-controlled Senate -- has actually passed a budget for two years running. Question: Is it really too much to ask for our elected representatives to follow the law and do their jobs? I mean, Barack Obama reportedly has time to go skeet shooting “all the time,” but he can’t submit a budget the day it’s due four out of the five years he’s been president? Give me a break.


Daniel Doherty

Daniel Doherty is Townhall's Deputy News Editor. Follow him on Twitter @danpdoherty.

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