But the greater value to the biennial budget proposal comes in the second year. No budget in the first year, no oversight. No oversight, no reason for being in Washington until there's a budget. No reason to grandstand. No opportunity to hold hearings or demand accountability. In other words, no theater, no fun. And what are politicians without their hearings and political "fun?" That means we will likely start passing budgets and budgets that receive true scrutiny, if only so they can get to the fun part of picking it all apart!
Like many conservatives, I've had my fill of Republican leaders who have enjoyed too many years in the rarified air of Washington. But Senator Isakson is a far cry from that bunch. He was a real live businessman for decades, actually lives in the same suburban house in which he raised his now grown children and still goes to the same church where he taught bible school for years with the same wife he married long ago. In other words, he is the real deal.
This past week, for the first time in twelve years, I received not one negative comment to one of my columns. My plea was to put the "United" back in "The United States of America." But one reader, while supportive of the column, noted that I failed to give a positive proposal upon which we could unite.
He was right; I did not. But Senator Johnny Isakson, a conservative Republican who was GOP before it was cool, has, along with a Democrat co-sponsor (FYI folks -- you have to have one of them when they are in control) has done just that. Let's end this annual madness and start to treat our budgeting process with the same process that so many states have adopted and, in doing so, end this annual "crisis mentality" used by devious politicians. That's something we can all unite around.