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Budgets?! We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Budgets!

RNC Communications - January 24, 2012

Obama And The Democrats Have Lowered The Bar For Fiscal Discipline

Senate Democrats Have Not Passed A Budget For 1,000 Days, Since April 29, 2009. (S. Con. Res. 13, Roll Call 173; D 53-3, R 0-40, I 2-0, 4/29/09)

  • Since Obama Took Office, The National Debt Has Increased By Over $4.6 Trillion, An Increase Of Over 43 Percent. (Department Of The Treasury, “Debt To The Penny And Who Holds It,” Treasury Direct, Accessed 1/24/12)
  • Obama Has Added Nearly $15,000 To Every American’s Share Of The National Debt. (Department Of The Treasury, “Debt To The Penny And Who Holds It,” Treasury Direct, Accessed 1/24/12; U.S. Census Bureau, Accessed 1/24/12)

Obama Will Delay The Release Of His FY2013 Budget, The Third Time He Has Delivered His Budget Late

The Release Of Obama’s FY2013 Budget Will Be Delayed One Week. “The White House said Monday that it's delaying for one week the release of President Barack Obama's budget for the 2013 fiscal year that starts Oct. 1. The budget is traditionally released on the first Monday in February - which is Feb. 6 - but the administration has pushed the release to Feb. 13. An administration official said the later date was ‘determined based on the need to finalize decisions and technical details of the document.’” (Andrew Taylor, “White House Delays Release Of 2013 Budget,” The Associated Press, 1/23/12)

  • This Is The Third Time Obama Has Missed The Deadline To Release His Budget. “President Obama will release his 2013 budget one week late, an administration official said Monday, the third time the administration has missed the legal deadline. Under the law, the budget is to be released on the first Monday in February, but the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will be releasing the 2013 budget on Feb. 13. The Obama administration also delayed the release of the budget last year, waiting until Feb. 14.” (Erik Wasson, “Obama Delays Budget For 2013,” The Hill’s “On The Money,” 1/23/12)

White House Memos Reveal Obama Approved His Staff Using Budget Gimmicks, Despite Pledges Not To

Obama Went From Promising “Honest Budgeting” To Authorizing His Staff To Use Gimmicks To Paper Over His Spending. “In the December 20th memo, they resorted to gimmickry. In his first budget, Obama had prided himself on ‘honest budgeting,’ declining to employ the fanciful assumptions that the previous Administration had used to hide the costs of government. On disaster relief, for example, he had estimated that the government would need twenty billion dollars a year, a figure based on the statistical likelihood of major disasters requiring federal aid. Now Obama’s aides reminded him that Congress had ignored his ‘‘honest budgeting’ approach,’ and perhaps they should, too. They proposed ‘$5 billion per year for disaster costs.’ Obama drew another check mark. The White House could also save billions by fiddling with the way it presented savings from Obama’s health-care-reform bill. Check.” (Ryan Lizza, “The Obama Memos,” The New Yorker, 1/30/12)



 


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