Well, I guess timing is everything. Prez O unveiled his fiscal 2013 federal budget proposal yesterday — at the same time that Kate Upton was unveiled as the cover girl for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
OK. As a pajama-clad citizen journalist I know I should be analyzing the federal budget in all its policy wonk and political glory. But why? It’s been more than a 1000 days since Congress last passed a budget. And in an election year, what the Prez proposed yesterday has already been declared DOA on Capitol Hill.
Here’s from CNN, “Analysis: Politics Trumps Policy in Obama Budget“:
Washington (CNN) — A piece of advice: If you’re worried about President Barack Obama’s budget, find something else to fret over. The president’s blueprint has about as much chance of becoming law as yours. It’s all about election year 2012, not fiscal year 2013.
Don’t take my word for it. Take Harry Reid’s. The Senate majority leader — the Democrat most responsible for moving Obama’s agenda through Congress — said Friday that there’s no need to bring the budget to a vote this year.
“It’s done. We don’t need to do it,” Reid said, citing spending outlines agreed to in August’s debt ceiling agreement.
Well, OK then. Stand at ease. And wait for the Santorum administration and the newly elected members of Congress to step up to the plate in January. Just kiddin’.
Well, maybe not. As Chuck Todd opined on Morning Joe this morning nothing much is going to happen in Congress until after the November elections — then it will be a fire drill featuring the lame ducks to pass or reject key legislation, including the Bush tax cuts that expire at the end of this year.
So I might as well take advantage of this continuing lull in the action Inside the Beltway and catch up on the only issue of Sports Illustrated worth looking at.
The federal budget, apparently, can wait until next year.