Last week's news that Congress will likely be unable to pass the FY2011 budget came and went without a whimper. That is a pity. Our Constitution is quite specific, outlining the duties and responsibilities of the Congress in shaping a budget and balancing revenues (via taxes, and duties) with outlays for general welfare and government. Approving the budget, ensuring that our government’s system of checks and balances is functioning properly is one of Congress’ most important responsibilities. Our 111th Congress has decided that other more pressing and demanding issues that must be urgently addressed than to perform their primary Constitutional duties.
Make no mistake, as Nancy Pelosi often claims, our Congress has been very busy. They have focused on a myriad of issues, most of which are designed to impose government directives into every nook and cranny of our lives. Right now, for example, Congress is ramping up efforts to push through an inordinately complex set of new regulations and expand a government takeover of much of the energy sector of the economy. Congressman Waxman held all sorts of hearings earlier and felt compelled to include legislation requiring specific lights for private pools and legislating the temperature of hot tubs. More recently, some members of Congress have turned their attention to baseball, and a botched umpire call that cost a Detroit Tigers pitcher a perfect game. It seems that Congress, with nothing more important to do, is turning its full attention to calling a man out at first base.