Democrats control both houses of Congress. Yet, they have not been able to send ONE appropriation bill to the President. Not one piece of the budget has made it to his desk. Oh, and the deadline is this coming Sunday.
The first important fact to note here is that the Democrats haven't managed to build a consensus on even ONE bill to send to the President. And, moderate Republicans have proven to be very willing to work with Dems, particularly when it comes to spending, so this means the stuff they want to pass must be really bad.
Point two: Cycle back to January when Nancy Boyda tried to blame Republicans as the reason Kansas military bases took cuts in their projects. Republicans "failed to pass a budget last year" she said.
This is nothing but spin and should be discounted as such, because Democrats in the Senate blocked Republicans from getting the 60 votes needed to pass those bills. A tactic Republicans are no doubt employing now. But, Nancy has establised the precedent that the party in the majority is to blame. Either she wasn't informed enough at the time to understand the tactics, or she was lying to cover her backside, but according to her the Democrats are responsible for the budget getting passed this year.
So, who is Nancy going to be blaming next Monday? My guess is, not herself or her party.
Back to what is likely to happen . . .
Democrats want to drive through spending increases in their pet programs. The way to do that is to get closer to Christmas with no budget, then package their spending increases with "must pass" legislation, like funding for our troops, threaten their Republican colleagues that they will work right through Christmas Day to get enough votes to pass it, AND then dare the President to veto it. Based on the fact President Bush has hardly vetoed anything, they're betting he won't draw a line in the sand on troop funding.
Dedicated to the proposition that Nancy Boyda is a one termer.