Not sure if you all heard that we were once again within a week of the government running out of money for operations. Yep. The current fiscal year (FY11) ends on the 30th and Congress does not have a plan for how to spend the budgeted funds for FY12. No plan. None at all. Instead of making a real plan, they passed a 6 week continuing resolution so that there’s enough money to keep everything going until just before Thanksgiving, at which point they’ll…do something. I don’t know what. Maybe another continuing resolution to fund the government until the end of the calendar year. That seems likely. This Congress is adept at moving the goal posts.
There’s a bit of an orgy of self-congratulation going on, especially among Democrats, because the CR has some cuts but preserves some funding for key areas and blah blah blah. What no one is mentioning is that CONGRESS FAILED TO PASS EVEN A SINGLE APPROPRIATIONS BILL FOR FY2012. Not. One. Not a single damn bill. They have had MONTHS to do this. The House managed to hold votes on a few but not all of them. The Senate finished writing them but never voted on them. The two chambers haven’t conferenced their separate versions to come up with compromise bills and nothing has passed. No appropriations bills have been signed into law.
Why? Because Congress sucks.
They suck at caring about America. They suck an ensuring the republic functions smoothly. They suck an promoting the welfare of the citizens. They suck at anything except campaigning to keep the jobs that they suck so bad at doing.
We should all be furious because this is the second fucking year that Congress has let partisan crap get in the way of taking care of their responsibilities to the American people. They name plenty of post offices but they can’t get their shit together enough to make a year long spending plan using the regular process that’s been in place pretty much as long as there’s been a US Congress. These 535 jokers have defaulted on their responsibilities. And the only reason is politics. It’s all about appearances. Do they look like they’re cutting wasteful spending, do they look like their coddling the right interest groups, do they look compassionate, do they look fiscally responisible.
They. Are. Fiscally. Irresponsible. By virtue of failing to pass any appropriations bills, for the second year in a row, they have demonstrated a flagrant disregard for fiscal responsibility.
Every single one of us should put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboards) and tell our elected officials that we think they are failures of the highest order and that we expect them to do their damn jobs when it comes to financial planning for the nation. They should hear it from every one of their constituents. They should know that we care and that we know that they’ve failed us.
If the budget and appropriations process bewilders you, don’t worry. I once broke it down so non-DC dorks could understand it. It’s really not that fancy or special, despite what most Members of Congress and lobbyists would have you believe. You could effectively do it yourself. In fact, I wish you would. Wanna run for Congress and give it a try?