What’s more important to this President? Presenting a budget on time at a time when there is a growing urgency for Washington to put its fiscal house in order, or NCAA Brackets!1!!!
The House Republican Conference has the disturbing answer to that question.
With March Madness scheduled to start later today, let’s take a look back at the President’s history of submitting NCAA brackets:
2009 – On Time
2010 – On Time
2011 – On Time
2012 – On Time
Now let’s take a look at President Obama’s history of submitting budgets:
2009 – Late
2010 – On Time
2011 – Late
2012 – Late
2013 – Late
He always makes time for getting his brackets in on schedule, but his budget arrived on time only once.
Paul Ryan noted on the House Budget Committee website:
- In just one term, President Obama has missed the budget deadline more than any other President.
- In the 90 years covering FY1923 through FY 2013, President Obama is the only President to miss the deadline two years in a row. He is the only President who has missed the deadline in three of the four years of a term. And, he holds the record for the longest delay (at 98 days).
- All Presidents from Harding through Reagan’s first term met the statutory budget submission deadline in every year. In five of these years, a change in the law was requested and passed to extend the deadline, and the President always met it.
- Since the budget process moved the date of submission to the first Monday in February, the incoming President’s first budget submission has been delayed for practical reasons (the President’s inauguration is less than three weeks before the budget submission’s deadline). Yet President Obama’s first budget in his first year set a new record with a 98-day delay for his FY2010 budget.
- Since the statutory deadline was extended to the first Monday in February, with the exception of the first budget for a new President, this deadline has only been missed three times: Clinton FY1998; Obama FY2012; and Obama FY 2013.
Big Government: Time for Presidential Accountability on the Budget:
he nation’s chief executive has at his disposal the Office of Management and the Budget, with a $90 million budget of its own, not to mention seasoned budget experts in every agency and department of government, yet he chose to defy the early February deadline once again.
It’s time to hold the President accountable the same way we’re now holding Congress accountable. We need an executive branch corollary to the No Budget No Pay Act that will force the President to abide by the law. If the President fails to do his job and flouts the Budget Act deadline, his pay gets docked – just like Congress.
Congressman Larry Buschon (R-IN) has proposed a bill to do just that, the aptly named SUBMIT Act. Congress should fast-track Buschon’s bill – and maybe take it even further. Many Presidents (including this one), have outside assets and income far beyond the $400,000 they earn from taxpayers each year. A pay cut may not be sufficient motivation to obey the law. So let’s also squeeze the entertainment and political travel budgets of any President who fails to do the people’s work. Taxpayers have to put up with subsidizing presidential political travel: most of the actual costs of the airplanes, motorcades, security details, advance work and other extremely expensive logistics. That comes with the job – but when the President isn’t doing the job, he or she shouldn’t get to bill the taxpayers for non-essential political activity.
The same goes for spending on lavish White House social events that aren’t open to the general public. If President Obama feels that government can’t afford White House tours under the sequester, why should taxpayers have to fund any costs associated with private concerts and dinners with movie stars when the President won’t even meet the basic statutory obligation to deliver a budget on time?