Looks like the Republican’s “budget” presentation last week was little more than a PR stunt after all. And I’m not sure why they even bothered. Because all it did was make them seem even less credible when it comes to fixing the economy.
According to a spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the Senate GOP’s plan remains the same: Republicans are planning to offer individual amendments to the Democratic budget but not a detailed, comprehensive budget of their own.
Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, has pointed out that if the GOP amendments are accepted en masse (which will not happen), the amended budget would be the Republican alternative. Senate GOP leaders have also pointed out that Senate Democrats didnâ€™t offer a detailed alternative budget in 2005 and 2006, when Republicans last controlled the Senate.
That’s pretty thin gruel folks.
If they didn’t have a budget, they never should have said they did. Instead, they could have stuck to the facts, and told folks they had viable amendments to the existing budget that would help get this country moving again. But, for reasons that still remain unclear, they traded that for grandstanding and the move is likely to cripple them in this debate.