These and other initiatives may have merit. If so, Congress must reauthorize them, so that they are rooted in the law, rather than inertia.
For its part, the Democratic-run Senate is a crime scene. The Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 compels senators and representatives to pass a budget each year by April 15. Whatever. The Senate has not enacted a budget since April 29, 2009. (The GOP House did so in 2011 and 2012.) Too bad this law is toothless.
Rather than huddle with Republicans to rescue America from this mess, Obama is as petulant as ever. He refuses to bargain with Republicans, saying they simply should raise the debt ceiling without restraining spending. Obama said he would not “have that negotiation with a gun at the head of the American people,” presumably with GOP fingers on the firearm. What vulgar rhetoric, post-Newtown.
Finally, what about the national debt of $16,456,185,258,774 and counting? Like Old Man River, it just keeps rolling along.
New York commentator Deroy Murdock is a nationally syndicated columnist with the Scripps Howard News Service.