The 2014 elections are nearly on us, and three of the most important topics have hardly been covered – at least not in a way voters can tell whom to vote for.
Using the White House OMB Historical Table 1.1, we find we've only had five budget surpluses since 1965. Matching those results with who controlled the House when the budget was passed, we find the last time congressional Democrats were responsible for a surplus was 1969. They've been responsible for 30 of the last 45 budgets, all finishing with deficits. And they continue to fight any attempt to bring spending under control while calling for more spending!
With our national debt well on the way to $18 trillion, how do voters decide whom to vote for? Looking at the how senators have voted on a Balanced Budget Amendment would help. Senators had that opportunity in the 112th session of Congress. Using the NJ Almanac of American Politics as my source, I found that every Democratic senator voted against it and every Republican senator voted for it. There just weren't enough Republicans, or it would have already gone to the states for ratification.
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The Social Security Trust Fund trustees warn us that Congress needs to act in a timely manner in passing reforms. They've been including that statement in their reports since at least 2005. Democrats stopped reforms from being enacted back in 2005 and again in 2011. Sen. Harry Reid is on record saying that he won't allow reforms to be considered until 2031, just two years before the trust funds run out of money.
So Democrats have a terrible record in regards to deficit spending, they rejected a Balanced Budget Amendment, and they aren't willing to consider reforms to Social Security despite the fact they are desperately needed.
Knowing that makes the decision pretty easy to make, doesn't it?