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Imperial Washington

scott s. Wrote: Mar 27, 2013 4:21 PM
I think this is fundamentally the wrong approach. The core problem is that the mission for each agency/department tends to be very open-ended: e.g., defend and protect the Constitution of the US against all enemies, foreign and domestic. With that kind of mission, there is always more you could do if you had the budget, so the problem is not how to reduce the budget, rather how to get more programs into the budget.
The Senate did something this past weekend it hasn't done in four years: passed a budget. The law requires the Senate to pass a budget, but Congress often ignores its own laws. For most of Barack Obama's presidency, a series of continuing resolutions kept the money -- your money -- flowing. Now the Senate wants to add a trillion dollars of new taxes, even more than President Obama seeks. Despite our growing debt, the Senate wants to fund things like the Senate barbershop, which loses a third of a million dollars every year.

It's like they live in a private bubble.