Gregory Tells Reid 'Democrats Haven't Put Together a Budget in a Year' - It's Been Almost Three
The lack of current events knowledge demonstrated by today's anchors and political commentators is often breathtaking.
On Sunday's Meet the Press, host David Gregory actually told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), "Democrats haven't put together a budget in a year." Actually, it's been almost three years (video follows with transcript and commentary):
DAVID GREGORY, HOST: Talk about who should have the most influence in this new year and Gallup has a poll that was very interesting. I'll put it up on the screen. Forty-six percent said President Obama, but 42 percent said Republicans in Congress and this is after you and President Obama had been out there campaigning saying it's all the Republicans' fault. They're standing in the way. They won't get anything done, yet it's pretty tight between who should have most influence, whether it should be the president or Republicans.
SENATOR HARRY REID (D-NEVADA): We know that we have a unique form of government, a Constitution which I think has been the most defining document in the history of the world for having good government. We have three separate equal branches of government. And the only way you get things done is not having one dictate what happens, not, not the legislative branch, not the executive branch or the judiciary. It's all a balance and that's what I think that we have to look forward this coming year. We haven't had that balance because we've had one arm of our bicameral legislature that has said we're going to do nothing except go after Obama. That's not the way we get things done.
MR. GREGORY: But you know what they're saying. I mean, look, you run the Senate. Democrats haven't put together a budget in a year. The Republicans in the House are doing that. So you can say that they're, you know, holding the process hostage, but they're actually getting things done. That's the argument they've made. Are they wrong?
The last time Senate Democrats created a budget was when they passed their version of President Obama's in April 2009.
As such, it's approaching three years since the Senate Majority Leader and his Party proposed a budget and brought it to the floor for a vote.
If this immutable fact was raised by a member of the press every time a Democrat like Reid had the nerve to complain about Republican obstructionism, maybe there'd be less gridlock the media find so offensive.
Of course, that would also prevent Obama and his Party from blaming all that ails the nation on the GOP, so don't count on it happening.