Ogsbury Puts Forth Balanced Budget Proposal

Call this post a lesson on political science and public relations.

Anyone with any degree of political awareness would immediately react to Ogsbury’s latest press gimmick with one word – Duh!

Almost every politician running for office who has anything to say about spending our money is going to demand that the budget be balanced. That’s simply a no-brainer. So why is former lobbyist Jim Ogsbury releasing a proposal to balance the budget? Simple. It’s nothing more than a means to drum up some publicity.

The fact of the matter is that the President of the United States officially submits the federal budget to the Congress for approval. Data toward formulating the budget comes from several federal agencies including, The Government Accounting Office, Congressional Budget Office, The Office of Management and Budget and The U.S. Treasury Department.

Oh, and did we mention that Ogsbury will need 218 members of the U.S. House to get behind his proposal? That’s probably where those lobbyist skill will come in handy.


Comments

  1. Okay, we’re whacking him because we like Schweikert, I get that.

    But this post was kind of lame. Every candidate puts out press releases on all sorts of stuff just to see if they can get anyone to pick it up. That’s just running a standard hard campaign. Why are we whacking a Republican candidate for running hard?

  2. Frank Coz says

    Lame attack. At least he and Knaperek talk about issues.

    Unless they’re proposing crazy stuff, file this under normal campaign work.

  3. AZpublius says

    A press release designed to drum up publicity? I’m shocked!
    I’m actually more shocked that a Republican has to say he is for a balanced budget, since it seems a large number of the ones elected across the country don’t seem to care much about that. Jim is indisputably qualified to talk about appropriations (not budgets) which is the actual check writing exercise. I make a budget that is balanced, but my wife is in charge of appropriations, which explains our household deficit!

  4. The Sonoran Alliance is showing its ignorance. First, there is no such thing as the Government Accounting Office. Also, neither the Government Accountability Office nor the CBO have anything to do with the President’s budget as both are creatures of the Legislative Branch. So, it isn’t a surprise that the Sonoran Alliance is being fooled by the slick Schweikert rather than giving the real budget expert, Jim Ogsbury, a chance to go to Washington and cut wasteful spending.

  5. Sonoran Alliance says

    PaulKirk,

    Uh, I don’t think this really has anything to do with David Schweikert’s campaign.

    However, we do stand corrected on one minor point. The name of the GAO is not the Government Accounting Office but rather the Government Accountability Office. (we were typing too fast at the time.)

    If you want the quick Wikipedia explanation of each agency here are those descriptions:

    GAO: It’s mission is “to support the Congress in meeting its Constitutional responsibilities and to help improve the performance and ensure the accountability of the federal government for the benefit of the American people.” The GAO’s function is to, “investigate, at the seat of government or elsewhere, all matters relating to the receipt, disbursement, and application of public funds, and shall make to the President…and to Congress…reports (and) recommendations looking to greater economy or efficiency in public expenditures”

    The Congressional Budget Office function: “With respect to estimating spending for Congress, the Congressional Budget Office serves a purpose parallel to that of the Joint Committee on Taxation for estimating revenue for Congress.” Responsibilities include, “Projecting the budgetary effects of proposed legislation. The main goal is to provide Congress with objective, timely, nonpartisan analyses needed for economic and budget decisions and with the information and estimates required for the Congressional budget process. This includes projections on the effect on national debt.”

    With regard to the Federal Budget process, we will stick with our original explanation: “Data toward formulating the budget comes from several federal agencies including, The Government Accounting Office, Congressional Budget Office, The Office of Management and Budget and The U.S. Treasury Department.”

    Wikipedia states, “The Budget of the United States Government is a federal document that the President submits to the U.S. Congress. The President’s budget submission outlines funding recommendations for the next fiscal year, which begins on October 1st. Congressional decisions are governed by rules and legislation regarding the federal budget process. House and Senate Budget committees each develop budget resolutions, which provide spending limits for the House and Senate Appropriations Committees’ subcommittees, which then approve individual appropriations bills to allocate funding to various federal programs. After Congress approves an appropriations bill, it is sent to the President, who may sign it into law, or may veto it. A vetoed bill is sent back to Congress, which can pass it into law with a two-thirds majority in each chamber. Congress may also combine all or some appropriations bills into an omnibus reconciliation bill. In addition, the President may request and the Congress may pass supplemental appropriations bills or emergency supplemental appropriations bills.

    Several government agencies provide budget data and analysis. These include the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Congressional Budget Office, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the U.S. Treasury Department.”

    Federal Budget
    Government Accountability Office
    Congressional Budget Office
    Office of Management and Budget

  6. Kudos to SonoranAlliance for its responsiveness, intellectual honesty and willingness accept public criticism.

    I am still confused about your defense of your statement:

    “The fact of the matter is that the President of the United States officially submits the federal budget to the Congress for approval. Data toward formulating the budget comes from several federal agencies including, The Government Accounting Office, Congressional Budget Office, The Office of Management and Budget and The U.S. Treasury Department.”

    When you say data toward formulating the budget comes from GAO and CBO, that isn’t correct. GAO is more of an oversight organization and CBO is the Congress’s independent scorekeeper and offers alternative accounting and analysis so that Congress maintains its independence from the Executive Branch. It is correct to say that GAO and CBO are tools used by Congress in the budget process, but your “explanation” that GAO and CBO are involved in the formulation of the President’s budget is not correct.

    Sorry for the tone of my last message, but I think it is very unfair that Schweikert is being strongly supported while Ogsbury didn’t get a chance from the Club for Growth or SonoranAlliance.com. To continue attempting to slander Ogsbury by replacing his first name with the word lobbyist seems small-minded. The U.S. Constitution provides specific protection for those who petition their government. As you well know, Ogsbury faithfully represented many communities and interests of great importance to people in Arizona. If you would take some time to talk with Ogsbury, you will find that he is an expert on how to get things done in Washington, and he is passionate about his desire to represent folks in Arizona who have a proud history of supporting limited government and greater freedom for all.

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