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The rhetoric never seems to change. Paul Ryan and the House Budget Committee have brought a budget resolution to the House floor and passed it. While this was going on the Senate should have been passing a budget of their own. The problem is that the Senate has not brought a budget resolution to the floor in well over a thousand days.

Why hasn’t the Senate passed a budget? In the words of Harry Reid “It would be foolish for us to pass a budget. What do you think he meant by that? Maybe he meant it would be foolish for America to have the Senate pass a budget but I doubt it. What he meant was that it would be foolish politically for the Senate to pass a budget.

If the Democratic controlled Senate were to present a budget they would by necessity have to put their cards on the table, They would have to attach dollar signs to all their ideas. Sure it would be foolish if you only cared about the party line instead of doing what is best for the country.

Regardless of your politics this country needs a budget. The way it’s supposed to work is that both the House and the Senate pass a budget. Then they get together and hammer out a budget which would be a compromise brought about by responsible people resolving their differences. This has not happened in nearly three years and we wonder why things are going to hell in a hand basket.

I hear the baby boomers and people older than them lamenting the state of the economy and the country. Well I’ve got news for them. A lot of the problems happened on our watch. If you look at the facts it’s hard to deny. We sat on our duffs and were content to let others take care of the problems. Instead of us helping the poor and needy, we expected the government to take care of those problems. Instead of us throwing the bad guys out of office we didn’t even show up to vote. I ask them. How has that worked out for you?

The government responded to our lack of will by taking over huge sections of the economy. They supposedly solved the problems by creating one huge bureaucracy after another. So here we are in 2012 with a Congress they can’t or won’t pass a budget. A national debt in the trillions with the government proposing more spending that is financed by borrowing more money. If the lunacy weren’t so sad I would LOL.


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AnnMarie  

Borrowing and Making more money without the means to back it up! Good article, John. It's a frustrating state of affairs. Inaction in politics always makes me suspicious.

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks for the comment AnnMarie. It sure is frustrating and it's getting harder and harder to know who to believe

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Joan S  

I totally agree with you. Now they're wanting to monkey around with Social Security, calling it an entitlement when it is insurance that tax payers have been paying for their entire working lives. It was a trust that the politicians spent on other things, so now funds are low. We can thank Lyndon Johnson for that one. This alone is cause for a law suit. I agree with you that we have all been asleep on the job, guilty of laziness and trusting.

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks for the comment

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I also think this is a great article. Well said!

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Thanks for the comment

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I agree, good article.

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