Obama: Quit playing blame game

On Aug. 2, 2011, the U.S. Senate approved a plan to raise the federal debt limit and cut government spending by a Senate vote of 74 to 26, a significant majorities of both parties.

President Obama promptly signed the bill. Obama called the initial round of spending cuts in the package “an important first step” in forcing the government to live within its means. “This compromise requires that both parties work together on a larger plan to cut the deficit.” He also added, “And since you can’t close the deficit with just spending cuts, we’ll need a balanced approach where every thing is on the table.” Now we have sequester recommended by the White House and agreed upon by our senate.

Fast forward to Feb. 19. The President comes back from a Florida golfing weekend. has now warned that “people will lose their jobs” if Congress doesn’t act to end the sequester. He now calls the Aug. 2, 2011 plan an act the Republicans support that was not smart, not fair and was a meat cleaver approach.

The Democrats, Senate and president have failed to submit a federal budget for the fourth time in five years as required by the Budget Act and have failed to say when it will have a plan. Yet the president missed the deadline the same day he signed the aptly named “no budget, no pay” act. The House Republicans passed budgets in 2011 and 2012, though they never reached final agreement with the Senate.

What the Senate Democrats and Obama need to do is come up with their own option and quit blaming their own failures on the Republicans. The president has won the election Now he needs to start governing and quit playing the blame game.

S.H. Bush