How Long Has It Been Since the Senate Passed a Budget?

Yesterday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) had his office release an infographic pictured below that shows what could have been accomplished since the last time the Senate passed an actual budget.

April 29, 2009 was the last time the Democratic controlled Senate brought a budget plan to the floor of the Senate and the last time they adopted a budget resolution.  Supposedly, the Senate is required to adopt a budget plan annually, but as you can see, that has not been the case for nearly four years.


According to Boehner’s posting, in the time since the last Senate budget:

  • Could have constructed all 1,179 miles of the Keystone XL pipeline TWICE.
  • Could have driven the 3,500 miles from Key West, FL to Seattle, WA 684 times.
  • Could have earned a BA in accounting from the University of Chicago.
  • Could have built three Pentagons, back-to-back-to-back.  (original built in 491 days)
  • Could have flown 179 round trips to the moon using the same technology as Apollo 11.
  • Could have defeated the Axis powers in World War II in less time.
  • Could have made 73 trips around the world in a hot-air balloon.
  • Could have climbed Mt. Everest 292 times, if you were in top physical condition and could make the climb in only 5 days.

In other words, there is a great deal of historic accomplishments that could have taken place multiple times since the Democrats last passed a budget.

Without a budget, how does anyone or any business know how much they can spend and how much they have to cut?  If you tried to operate your household affairs without a budget, you will soon find yourself overspending and in trouble with the bank and everyone else.  The same is true for a business.  Without a budget a business has no idea how much they need to make in order to pay their expenses.  If not properly controlled, the business soon finds itself spending more than it makes and ends up closing its doors and laying people off.

Our federal government is no different than running a household or a business.  You have to have a budget to know how much you make and how much it costs to operate.  Only then will you know how much you can spend, if any or how much you have to cut back in order to break even.

As much as I have disagreed with Boehner in the past couple of years and feel that he has been a Democrat in Republican clothing, I have to give him credit for his infographic and hope that it makes people realize that we are in this mess mostly because the Democrats have no idea what they are doing.