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Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 11/22/2011

The reason Obama has made no progress on the debt and the federal budget

President Obama can’t move the nation, the supercommittee didn’t work — now all we are left with is the Constitution and the legally established process for passing budgets in America. The House of Representatives has passed a budget. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Penn.) offered a plausible way forward for the Senate during the supercommittee effort. The president gave a statement in the White House briefing room last night that said nothing.

Now what is needed is for Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to do their jobs. Where is the Obama budget? Both Houses of Congress should vote on it. Then Reid should offer a budget. The U.S. Senate has not passed a budget in almost three years. Only one since Obama was sworn in. Why has this happened?

It is hard to follow because of all the groaning and obfuscation, but Democrats want to tax and spend. Tax and spend; it has been said so often that it has lost its punch. Unfortunately, it is so blatantly true, we can’t escape those words. Full stop. If anything I’ve said is wrong, readers, please let me know.

But here we are. Carter says we need to walk and chew gum at the same time, but even he is stuck using the Democratic code words to describe what liberals think America needs, “stimulus” and “increased revenues.” Tax and spend.

Now we have duel challenges. We have to deal with the damage to national security caused by the automatic sequester spending cuts that will kick in because of the supercommittee’s failure, and we need to seriously reboot the process for a regular budget. This won’t happen unless the president leads.

All this confusion in Washington stresses the markets, diminishes business and consumer confidence, and endangers the U.S., as other countries sense we are in decline. Maybe we need to have an election, the sooner the better. Please read Jonathan Tobin in Commentary; he offers a very good perspective.

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