A Budget Crisis Requires a Budget

by Andrew Stiles

House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) took to the House floor Wednesday to scold Democrats for their persistent abdication of fiscal responsibility and set the record straight on what the House Republican budget actually does to Medicare — saves it from the impending bankruptcy to which Democrats and their beloved Obamacare have doomed it.

“We have a budget crisis,” Ryan said, as if telling schoolchildren for not paying attention in class. ”We’ve got a $1.5 trillion deficit. We’ve got a debt that is getting out of control. And what do you do when you have a problem like that? You pass a budget.”

I understand why this might be confusing to my friends on the other side of the aisle. After all they didn’t bother to pass a budget last year. Our friends on the other side of the rotunda in the Senate didn’t bother to pass a budget this year.
 
We have a budget crisis. We’ve got a $1.5 trillion deficit. We’ve got a debt that is getting out of our control. And what do you do when you have a problem like that? You pass a budget.
 
We passed a budget. And we are acknowledging and living within that budget. If our friends on the other side of the aisle bothered to pass a budget we wouldn’t be in the situation we are today… 
  
Because we face a debt crisis we think we have a moral obligation to our constituents, to our children, and to our grandchildren to put our budget on a path to balance and to pay off our national debt. We also think we need to put our economy on a path to prosperity to help spur job creation…

We simply think Congress should function the way the Founders envisioned and American families expect: we actually pass budgets; we actually scrutinize spending; and we actually finance government’s functions and its agencies.