The baseline budgeting gimmick needs to go. Reducing spending by "cutting" projected increases is insanity. I was lost to this regime way back when we needed to spend our way out of debt! The monstrous fed govt has taken lessons from the proverbial drunken sailor and NO ONE wants to address the issue. Look, there's a squirrel! distractions are for the functionally illiterate which we apparently have in great profusion. Patriotism and reality need to kick in to solve this problem. However does anyone believe Reid, Pelosi, waters, Valery and Obama have any connection to either?