Tuesday’s House vote against raising the debt ceiling followed show votes on Capitol Hill aimed at voting down the Ryan and Obama budgets. And “although there’s general agreement that the most pressing issue facing the federal government is its runaway finances, the Democrat-controlled Senate hasn’t passed a budget in 762 days, a new standard for dereliction of duty,” wrote Dana Milbank in Wednesday’s Washington Post. The Senate Budget Committee supposedly is waiting to see what, if anything, comes out of Vice President Joe Biden’s deficit-reduction talks. Milbank quoted a Senate Democratic aide as suggesting that the Ryan budget has been such a boon for Democrats that they’d rather criticize it than put forward their own proposal. As Milbank wrote, “It is just the sort of thing that offends Americans about Washington: The triumph of tactical advantage over the national interest.”
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