3/13/13 – CHEYENNE, WY – In advance of unveiling by Senate Democrats of the Democrat’s first budget in four years, (which, by the way, is late again; federal law, specifically, the Budget and Accounting Act of 1921 (31 U.S.C. 1105(a), requires the President to send his proposed budget to Congress by the end of the first week of February), US Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) cautioned that the tax gimmicks and new spending that will be included in their budget will grow the government, not our economy. In the Weekly Republican Address, Senator Sessions, the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, said, Congress has a “moral duty” to balance the federal budget and bring the deficit down to zero. “But,” he said, “I fear the Democrat proposal will fail this defining test and will never achieve balance.” He went on to say, “I fear it will crush American workers and our economy with trillions in new taxes, spending and debt. I fear [Senate Budget Committee] Chairman Murray will follow the President’s lead: raising taxes to enrich the bureaucracy at the expense of the people.” Senate Republicans, Senator Sessions said, “… are ready to reform Washington’s spending to grow the economy, create American jobs, and balance the federal budget.”
Yes, Sessions DID say, “Congress has a ‘moral duty’ to balance the federal budget and bring the deficit down to zero.” I agree. But the Republican Senator from Alabama didn’t say how long they should take to do it.
I’ve seen the figure “ten years” bandied about. That means the nation would have to wait until 2023 for a balanced budget to be achieved. That’s waaaay too long. Makes me wonder if anybody’s actually serious about this.
Here’s a thought. Why doesn’t somebody pick up the phone and call Newt Gingrich? As Republican Speaker of the House due to the so-called Republican Revolution of ’94, he and his Republican cohorts balanced the budget during the Clinton Administration’s second term, after taking over as a majority in Congress in January 1995 in the US midterm elections and passing the Contract with America, in which they promised to do so. Dragged Mr. Clinton kicking and screaming, along with them in doing it. But IT GOT DONE! And later, Mr. Clinton, in his usual, habitual disdain for the truth, claimed that he had been responsible for that action.
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