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Balanced Budget – Fail

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…but they sure can roll it together when budget shortfalls threaten to turn off the Government’s lights (even if they are in the shape of curly fries)

The US Senate continues to show its dysfunctional state of operation by showing that it can’t do one simple thing without overcomplicating the issue. At the center, the Balanced Budget Amendment prevents Congress from doing what normal people have no choice but to do – spend less than we take in and to show fiscal responsibility with taxpayer dollars. But rather than just promote a simple bill that would have started the process, both parties had to add in riders so they feel like they are getting something that they want.

Republican Bill (defeated 47-53)
– 2/3ds majority vote on raising taxes
– Spending limit 18% of GDP

Democrat Bill (defeated 12-79)
– Prohibit lowering taxes on millionaires
– Lock-box Social Security

Don’t get me wrong – I like the idea of restricting tax raises and controlling spending through caps.  But perhaps it would be a good idea to just write a simple amendment and send it out to the states, rather than playing games.

The stupidest thing said in this process came from Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt) made this statement: “I wish those who so often say they revere the Constitution would show it the respect it deserves rather than treating it like a blog entry.”

Uhh, excuse me Pat, but who is “those who so often say”? Are you talking about Democrats, Republicans, or your “living Constitution” brethren? By the way, the Founders didn’t say that the Constitution could never be changed, but rather, just put tight controls to keep it from being changed capriciously (like you say, “like a blog entry”). Now unfortunately, The Rabid Conservative doesn’t get updated as much as it should, but saying this process is anything like that, well, your objections are seriously far-fetched, dude.

However, I think the GOP seems to be more in touch with this than the Dems here, since the results of the GOP bill were along party lines while over 30 Democrats voted against their own bill – unless there are over 30 Dems who just don’t believe in fiscal policies like a balanced budget. Either way, to me, the Dems own this budgetary mess, since they lack the real mettle to fix it. And fixing it doesn’t mean the fallacy of taxing the rich into oblivion, since taking 100% of the rich’s earnings won’t even fix it.

So, no Balanced Budget Amendment from our do-nothing Congress. The losers in this aren’t the Republicans or Democrats – it’s all of us outside the Beltway who continue to watch the Government spend itself into oblivion and can’t make a simple piece of legislation without twenty policy riders.

Last night, the Congress though decided that it would be a really bad thing if it had to turn the lights off because they couldn’t spend money. So, faced with another $900 billion or so in spending, Congress throws together another big bill in darn near the dead of night.

But like Congress, policy riders abound, such as whether or not incadendescent light bulbs were legal, whether contractors had to disclose their political contributions, or issues over nuclear waste. Once again, Congress has to play games rather than doing the actual work of governance.

And as I write this, I see:

Do-Nothing Congress -> DNC -> Democrat National Convention

Coincidence?  I think not.

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Written by The Rabid Conservative

December 16, 2011 at 9:47 am

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