Chris Salcedo tackled the issue of budgets, budgeting, and the national debt on “The Chris Salcedo Show,” arguing that budgets presented by a president are merely guidelines offered to Congress and are not to be treated as the final budget. According to the U.S. Constitution, all spending bills originate in the House, including the budget.
Since this is the case, how have we come to be in so much debt?
“The reason why we’re $20 trillion in debt right now is this country hasn’t been doing budgeting because it was too political, because there were too many tough decisions to be made,” Salcedo said.
Harry Reid and the Democrats didn’t want to make those tough decisions and, therefore, continued to spend and spend, he asserted, pointing out that if they’re not up to the task of making hard choices, they’re in the wrong business and should find a new line of work.
Salcedo offered a new paradigm through which the budgeting process and spending should occur: “The American people tell Congress how much money we’re going to give them of our money and that’s the number. Congress doesn’t come up and say, ‘Well we’re gonna tell you, how much you have to do without.’ … No we have to turn around this mindset.”