Democrats in the last Congress could have passed the 2011 budget, but they did not. They punted, leaving the door open for Republicans to do what they will with the budget for both this year and for FY 2012.
Today, on Budget Kabuki Day, President Barack Obama twice referred to the level of discretionary spending in his proposed budget for fiscal 2012 as the "lowest share of the economy since Dwight Eisenhower was president."
Part of a leader's job is to challenge popular illusions, not reinforce them. The fate of Democrats is sealed if they lose touch with a reality that's shared by the millions of Americans who are impoverished or jobless. For them, this isn't a game.
Obama has stated that job creation and economic recovery are his administration's short-term priorities. His 2011 budget, however, fails to offset lost growth potential, higher unemployment, and service cuts at the local level.