01 April 2011
Get Your Act Together, Congress
I sent the following letter to Senators Boxer and Feinstein and Representative Darrell Issa (R-49). I really resent the closed door, last minute manner of coming up with a "sellable" budget. Why do we have to cut anything just to extend it? I want Nancy Pelosi back. I want President Obama to act like a Democrat, not as a Conciliator. I want to win the latest Publishers Clearing House grand prize. I want all of my family and friends to live in contentment, comfort and beauty.
To My Elected Representation in Congress:
I am sick and tired of the lack of consideration by Congress of my needs and opinions during this week’s haggling over the temporary funding legislation. Pass the damn legislation without those $61 billion cuts, then make sure the next temporary funding bill includes the revenue side (Taxes) not just spending.
For the past four decades, the Democrats have claimed their share of discretionary expenditures in the form of “Entitlements” and the Republicans claimed “Defense and some Treasury” as exempt from the discretionary budget. As far as I can recall, the only time there was a bi-partisan reduction in the “Entitlements” segment occurred in the 1994 reform of several welfare programs under President Clinton. From 2001-2009, $1 trillion was appropriated with almost total bi-partisan support as additional or “emergency” appropriations for Defense and Homeland Security and yearly operating budgets followed the usual partisan process.
Since 2008, annual budgets under the Obama Administration have incorporated the heretofore “emergency” appropriations into the annual budget process. As I see it, the increment to the Defense and Homeland Security budget proposals were brought to Congress as part of a sacrosanct whole and the resultant budget deficit has fallen completely on the sacrosanct Entitlement program budget proposals to solve.
Until the annual “Guns versus Butter” proposals reach a parity that we, the electorate, can endorse, you need to work with deficits and surpluses in responsible ways--some years you have to borrow and sometimes you pay down debt more rapidly.