Democrats started ditching the budget process back when they controlled both houses of Congress and opted to do so with supermajorities in both chambers. They could have passed budgets but opted not to because, well, budgets these days are real downers.
It’s bad enough when your government is borrowing more than $1 trillion a year – more than one third of its total outlays. It’s way worse when the green-eyeshade team at the Congressional Budget Office go to work on long-term expenditures.
Medicare, Social Security, Defense and government pension legacy costs look boggling in real time. On a 10-year curve they become dispiriting on both sides of the aisle.
To deal with this gloom, the Obama Democrats have opted to simply ignore it. They have the Senate just sit on the budget ball. The president, as required, proposes a budget, but does so confident in the knowledge that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will not ever bring it forward for a vote.