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Budget Politics

John Quincy Adams Wrote: Mar 05, 2013 10:06 AM
"the Senate Democrats have been avoiding for years, by refusing to pass a federal budget, as required by the Constitution of the United States." Does anyone know why, if its a requirement under the constitution, the person in charge of this is not being prosecuted?
Raymond, (Ret) Wrote: Mar 05, 2013 10:20 AM
Sure, because his party is in control of the power to prosecute.
Corbett_ Wrote: Mar 05, 2013 10:16 AM
You cannot prosecute the Senate and you can't impeach senators. But the GOP in the House COULD refuse to pass a Continuing Resolution and REQUIRE the Senate to pass a budget.
Mark442 Wrote: Mar 05, 2013 10:37 AM
What is the point in having laws that cannot be prosecuted?
Back in my teaching days, many years ago, one of the things I liked to ask the class to consider was this: Imagine a government agency with only two tasks: (1) building statues of Benedict Arnold and (2) providing life-saving medications to children. If this agency's budget were cut, what would it do?

The answer, of course, is that it would cut back on the medications for children. Why? Because that would be what was most likely to get the budget cuts restored. If they cut back on building statues of Benedict Arnold, people might ask why they were building statues of...