Jack Cafferty: 'Outrageous' That Democratic Congress Can't Pass Budget

Jack Cafferty, CNN Commentator | NewsBusters.orgCNN's Jack Cafferty ripped the Democratic-controlled Congress for their inaction to pass a budget during a commentary on Thursday's Situation Room: "The Democrats in Congress can't be bothered to pass a budget for next year. That's their job....It's simply outrageous." Cafferty also channeled the Tea Party and strongly condemned the federal government for "taking us down the road to financial ruin."

The CNN commentator began his 5 pm Eastern hour commentary by highlighting the "skyrocketing federal deficits and a national debt that just passed $13 trillion," along with the Democratic congressional leadership's stalling in passing next year's budget. He continued that "efforts to pass a budget have stalled in the House because Democrats can't agree on what and how much to cut. See, it's an election year and we can't be seen cutting things in an election year."

After using his "outrageous" label, Cafferty actually complimented the Republicans in Congress: "Republicans say the Democrats are making a huge mistake by not passing a budget, and they're right."

Other than lumping in "the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan," the CNN personality's condemnation of federal spending near the end of his commentary sounded like it could have been taken from a Tea Party protester:

CAFFERTY: Meanwhile, our government just keeps spending and spending, from the Wall Street bailouts to the economic stimulus, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, health care reform- on and on and on. They're bankrupting the country by running up an astronomical bill. The national debt is now estimated to be $19.6 trillion in less than five years, and that's a debt that can never be repaid. Our government is in the process of destroying this country, and despite warnings of the dire consequences of their actions, they continue undeterred, taking us down the road to financial ruin.

While maintaining his consistent anti-Palin stance from time to time and devoting five commentaries in 20 days to attacking the Catholic Church earlier this year, Cafferty has actually regularly bashed congressional Democrats and President Obama over the past months. On January 6, he slammed top Democrats, including the President, over their closed-door negotiations over ObamaCare. Cafferty has labeled House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a "horrible woman," "beyond sleazy," and slammed her "breathtaking" arrogance. The commentator devoted three of his Cafferty File segments over 2 weeks to bashing Obama and Congress for their opposition to Arizona's anti-illegal immigration law.

The full transcript of Jack Cafferty's commentary, which began 13 minutes into the 5 pm Eastern hour of Thursday's Situation Room:

CAFFERTY: At a time of skyrocketing federal deficits and a national debt that just passed $13 trillion, the Democrats in Congress can't be bothered to pass a budget for next year. That's their job. Congress is supposed to decide how to spend the taxpayers' money. They are mandated to pass a budget, and presumably, to stick to it- but that's a whole other story. Yet, efforts to pass a budget have stalled in the House because Democrats can't agree on what and how much to cut. See, it's an election year and we can't be seen cutting things in an election year. It's simply outrageous.

Republicans say the Democrats are making a huge mistake by not passing a budget, and they're right. House Minority Leader John Boehner suggests President Obama should find someone's 'ass to kick' when it comes to the budget deficit. He says the GOP will be relentless on this issue. One Democratic congressman, Gerry Connolly from Virginia, calls budgets 'inside baseball'- that's a quote- suggesting that it's not something the public is interested in. Hey, it's our money!

Meanwhile, our government just keeps spending and spending, from the Wall Street bailouts to the economic stimulus, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, health care reform- on and on and on. They're bankrupting the country by running up an astronomical bill. The national debt is now estimated to be $19.6 trillion in less than five years, and that's a debt that can never be repaid. Our government is in the process of destroying this country, and despite warnings of the dire consequences of their actions, they continue undeterred, taking us down the road to financial ruin.

Here’s the question: why is the Democratic Congress refusing to pass a budget? Go to CNN.com/ CaffertyFile, post a comment on my blog.

Matthew Balan
Matthew Balan
Matthew Balan is a news analyst at Media Research Center