A battle in Congress between Democrats and Republicans over the federal budget came perilously close to shutting down the United States government on the weekend before a last minute deal was reached which prevented it from happening. Obama and the Democrats wanted to keep on with their profligate spending and the Republicans were seeking to restore fiscal sanity in the U.S. through cutting the budget and reducing expenditures.
Obama and the Democrats lost. Thank goodness.
With only 90 minutes to go before the shutdown would have occurred Congress approved a budget which set spending for the rest of the fiscal year at 39 billion dollars less than Obama and the Democrats had budgeted for and 79 billion dollars less than he had requested. In addition, it laid the groundwork for budget battles to come in 2012 and served to give Americans a choice between two competing financial and governing philosophies, huge expenditure, debts and deficits on the Democrats side and the opposite on the Republicans…big, intrusive government on one side versus small and less intrusive on the other.
The deal also guaranteed a debate and vote in the Senate on legislation which would repeal Obamacare, the governments takeover of health care and Obama and the Democrat’s signature domestic policy initiative. Obamacare is opposed by 26 states (and counting), has been declared unconstitutional in a federal court and is widely despised by the American people. The House of Representatives has also voted to repeal it. A debate and vote in the Senate on Obamacare is the last thing Obama and the Democrats wanted as politically it is a complete no-win situation.
This isn’t the only economic battle Obama and the Democrats have lost since he took office. When he was sworn in in January 2009 the national debt was 10.627 trillion dollars. Today its well over 14 trillion dollars and rising exponentially. When he took office there were 2,600,000 long-term unemployed people and 39,800,000 people living in poverty in the United States. Today’s numbers are 9,193,000 and 43,600,000 respectively and are growing, not decreasing. Millions of people have lost their homes and livelihoods and millions of others are hanging on by the skin of their teeth. Inflation is increasing and more bad economic news is a regular occurrence. Despair is everywhere and there is no reason to believe that the economy will improve on Obama and the Democrats watch.
There is no question that Obama and the Democrats stewardship of the economy has been catastrophic and has caused enormous damage and suffering. So have the rest of their domestic and foreign policy endeavors. With any luck the American people will vote them out of office in 2012 and begin rebuilding the country and restoring America’s preeminent position in the world. Let’s hope so. We’re all dead ducks if they don’t.