This is really a case of “go read the whole thing” but HotAir has an article on the House vote over Obama’s budget plan. First a brief reminder on what happened last year.
In early 2011, Barack Obama received a report from the Simpson-Bowles deficit commission he himself launched that outlined a series of significant cuts and new taxes that would have at least lowered the rate at which the country added to its debt. Obama ignored the report completely and instead proposed a budget with nearly $1.5 trillion in deficit spending, with no serious attempts to cut spending. It was so embarrassing that Republicans had to force the Democrat-controlled Senate in May 2011 to bring it up for a vote, where it failed unanimously, 0-97.
OK, so that was then, what happened now?
Before taking up their own budget plan for next year, House Republicans pushed a version of President Obama’s $3.6 trillion budget to the floor for a vote, and it was it was unanimously defeated, 414-0.
This is really quite astounding. Getting every member of Congress to completely agree on anything, with a unanimous vote, is an accomplishment–one of failure. Even the declaration of war vote after Pearl harbor wasn’t unanimous. Ed Morrissey finishes with this thought.
This is the second year in a row that Obama’s budget couldn’t win a single Democratic vote in Congress. In parliamentary systems, that would be a vote of no confidence and the party would be looking for new leadership. Perhaps it’s time for the country to do what Democrats won’t do for themselves and look for leadership who can produce rational numbers in budgets, or at least budgets that can win a vote from its own party.
It is indeed time, but I worry that people won’t be able to put aside their Red vs Blue division and do what is right for Red, White, and Blue.
Update: The RNC has released a video documenting history in the making.