Well that was fast. Less than a month after Senate Democrats passed a debt limit hike that included a provision delaying their pay if they failed to pass a budget this year, Senate Democrats are already signaling that no budget should be expected.

“Senator Murray is working on a budget right now and we hope we can get that done,” Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., told CNN yesterday. “But we need time. So the sequestration will prevent — preempt us from getting a budget done and other factors.”

So don’t blame the Democrats if they can’t pass a budget. It’s the sequester’s fault. Never mind that Democrats never had any intention of passing a budget anyway. Pressed to commit to a budget in November, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray, D-Wash., told The Hill she “had no idea” whether Democrats could come to an agreement.

The reality is that ever since Obamacare passed, Democrats have simply been unable to find a way to match their spending priorities with their promise not to raise taxes on the middle class. Obama did not make anything easier with his State of the Union which included hundreds of billions in new spending programs without any realistic way to pay for them.

The sequester will begin next Friday. There is no sign it will end anytime soon. Perhaps the Democrats should start working on a budget that assumes the full sequester happens on schedule.

From The Washington Examiner
Examiner Editorial: Obama’s energy policies take money out of economy
Joel Gehrke: Obama ignores DOJ researchers who conclude assault weapons ban won’t cut gun violence
Phil Klein: Updating Reaganomics is complicated by Obamacare
Tim Carney: No winners in Obama’s green-energy trade war
Byron York: Obama leak lets ‘Gang of Eight’ look tough on immigration
Brian Hughes: President Obama lacks payment plan for education, other new proposals

In Other News
Gallup, Democrats Push U.S. Satisfaction Up to 27 percent: Slightly more than a quarter of Americans, 27%, are satisfied with the way things are going in the United States today, while 72% are dissatisfied.
The Omaha World-Herald, Nebraska Sen. Johanns says he won’t seek 2nd term: U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns of Nebraska announced Monday that he will not seek re-election in 2014, saying he wants a “quieter time” to focus on his family.
Politico, Obama to press Congress again for sequester fix: Obama is due to speak at 10:45 a.m. ET in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building where he will be joined by emergency responders whose jobs will be on the line if the sequester takes effect.
The New York Times, Chinese Army Unit Is Seen as Tied to Hacking Against U.S.: A growing body of digital forensic evidence — confirmed by American intelligence officials who say they have tapped into the activity of the army unit for years — leaves little doubt that an overwhelming percentage of the attacks on American corporations, organizations and government agencies originate the headquarters of P.L.A. Unit 61398.
The Washington Post, 3-D printers could test gun-control efforts: Three-dimensional printers offer a potentially easy way around restrictions and registrations — a source of growing consternation among gun-control advocates and some allies in Congress.
The Wall Street Journal, U.S. Struggles to Nab Visitors Who Overstay: A long-standing problem in immigration enforcement—identifying foreigners who fail to go home when their visas expire—is emerging as a key question as senators and President Barack Obama chart an overhaul of immigration law.
McClatchy Newspapers, Kentucky suffers as coal use rises everywhere but in U.S.: While thousands in the United States have lost their jobs, coal is booming in the rest of the world. The International Energy Agency’s latest report forecasts that coal will become the world’s dominant fuel, with global burning of the fossil fuel rising by 1.2 billion tons over the next four years.

Lefty Playbook
Dean Baker says Only Spending Can Save Us Now.
Eugene Robinson calls Obama’s weekend immigration leak a decoy.
Molly Redden on NARAL’s new aggressive approach to the abortion debate.

Righty Playbook
Dana Loesch attacks a Colorado Democrat for saying women don’t need guns if they “feel like they’re going to be raped.”
Wendell Cox on The Texas Growth Machine.
Mark Krikorian explains why Obama’s Amnesty Bill = Rubio’s Amnesty Bill.