Obama’s Budget Backlog
Another year, another missed budget deadline.
Another year, another missed budget deadline. For the fifth time in six years, Barack Obama will not have a budget ready to send to Congress by the legal deadline of Feb. 1. The White House says it’s at least a month behind schedule, which would be a slight improvement over last year – that one was two months late. There’s no consequence for Obama being late and plenty to gain politically, which is the only reason he brushes his teeth in the morning. Delaying his budget means appropriators can’t really begin their own budget work, and it means less time for pre-election battles over spending. Then again, a budget implies spending within one’s means. It would be more fitting for the administration to simply abandon the pretense.
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