As required by law, House Republicans presented a budget in committee, brought it to thefloor, and passed it earlier this spring. It was an honest, detailed, concrete plan to put our budget on the path to balance and our economy on the path to prosperity. But SenateDemocrats, during this time of national crisis, failed even to present a budget plan ² inopen defiance of the law and the public they serve.
What we have seen from the Obama Administration is bigger government, moreregulations, and massive amounts of government spending in the hopes of stimulating theeconomy. The trouble is that it hasn't worked, as the numbers show. Obamapromisedthathis $787 billion stimulus would save or create 3.5 million jobs by the end of 2010. It didn't,and given the jobs that were lost, he came up7.3 million jobsshort of his goal. His healthcare plan, better known as Obamacare, did not reduce health care costs as promised and isin fact responsible forincreasing costs in 2011. On top of that, the law will price many unskilled workersout of full-time employment. And those are just the big-ticket items. Over the last 1,000 days, America has seenincreased regulations, a 9,000-earmark omnibus bill, a government union bailout, a WallStreet reform bill that will do more harm than good, a nuclear arms treaty thatis detrimental to missile defense, a refusal to expand domestic energy production, federaloverreach into education, an undermining of the rule of law, and a dark cloud hanging overour military's future due to a failure to ensure adequate defense spending.In yesterday's
Wall Street Journal
, James Freeman writes of an interview with billionaireMortimer Zuckerman--Democrat, real-estate mogul, and
New York Daily News
owner. "Among business executives who supported Barack Obama in 2008,[Zuckerman] says, 'there is enormously widespread anxiety over the political leadership of the country.' Mr. Zuckerman reports that among Democrats, 'The sense is that the policiesof this government have failed.'" Given the track record of the Obama Administration overthe last 1,000 days, they would be right. Bigger government has not put America on astronger fiscal path, it hasn't created jobs, and it hasn't built a stronger economy.There is a better way. Heritage's
Saving the American Dream
plan charts a course that fixesthe debt, cuts spending, and restores prosperity. It redesigns entitlement programs,guarantees assistance to those who need it, and saves the American dream for futuregenerations. If Congress and the President want to move America forward, create new jobs,and spur businesses to grow and invest, then piling on debt, raising taxes, and increasingspending is not the answer--no matter how much Obama would like it to be.