I call it a dysfunctional federal government and something that no one can be proud of.
First, the federal government should look to the states for a few lessons in budgeting. Most states require a balanced budget and that forces legislators to work on solutions rather than speeches. It's time to revive the balanced budget amendment that was so popular in the 1980s.
Second, every businessman in the country operates with a budget and required to submit it on time. Small and large companies have to prepare, negotiate and then explain their budgetary choices. Most businesses usually have a deadline to write a budget but in Washington DC we have something called the "CR", or continuing resolution. In the real world, a budget is something that you complete whereas in Washington DC it is something that you keep punting and punting.
Third, these huge bills include stuff that most hard working Americans can not understand. This is a bit of what's in that mammoth bill:
As the new Congress comes in, I hope that President Obama and the GOP commit to a timely disposition of budget items. It is embarrassing to have this annual circus around our federal budget.
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