Deficits get blamed on Congress. Congress approves budgets and they have "the power of the purse strings" to vote on the budgets. On the other hand, the presidency has "the power of proposal." He can put a budget proposal before Congress for a vote. The bill would pass in either part of Congress, then get reconciled in the House and the Senate. President Obama proposed a vote in 2013. The vote in the House of Representatives for it, out of 432 votes (almost 200 of them being Democrat) was 414 against, 0 for. The same thing happened with President Obama's proposal in the Senate in 2012. Of 100 possible votes for, Obama got zero votes for his proposal. Of 100 possible votes against his bill, Obama got 97. The total was 97 against, zero for. The Senate is controlled by Democrats. Even Democrats find President Obama's budget proposals to be insane, pure anathema. There has never been a budget proposed by Obama that received even 1 vote in support in both houses of Congress. How then can the president say that he will "reduce the deficit" and even in his pre-election promises "cut the deficit in half" when he cannot get a single vote for his budget proposals?