Forbes' Stan Collender:
The White House and congressional GOP insisted the big tax cut bill would pay for itself so there would be no negative impact on the federal deficit or national debt. They also said the fiscal 2019 budget resolution … would be the first one considered since the tax bill was enacted and, therefore, the first with projections that should validate and confirm those promises.
That means House and Senate Republicans should be rushing to get it done, take another victory lap and prove themselves to be budget seers, sages, oracles and truth tellers…. So why isn’t the GOP going to do a budget?
Because the vote on the 2019 budget — the last one Congress will consider before the 2018 midterm elections — will reveal that all the Republican promises on the deficit and debt, including its blind belief on dynamic scoring, were completely bogus.
In one way their slimy cowardice and total inability to admit being wrong is a good thing. "Not doing a budget resolution means there can't be reconciliation," observes Collender, "and without reconciliation the biggest parts of the GOP's legislative agenda will be virtually impossible to enact" — such as even more reactionary "corrections" to the deficit-exploding tax bill, cuts to Medicaid and Medicare, "most of the Trump infrastructure plan" and any further gutting of the Affordable Care Act.
These boys just cannot strategize beyond one move.