The United States federal budget process seems to have become nothing more than a red-light exhibition of political manifestos, party-platform porn produced for a base of ideological fetishists. The president whips out his budget and his base ogles his girthy cuts; the Senate Republicans flash their budget just to enjoy the expected reactions of interest and disgust; House Democrats want to create a tasteful fluff piece but can't even get out of the writer's room; and everyone knows, that no matter what, not one of them will see the light of day anyway.
But, still, the process must go on...
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse described the reality of the process during Wednesday's Senate Budget Committee hearing, one that should be of the utmost importance, designing the foundation of a functioning government, but one that he accurately says is "broken" and "useless."
"There are actually about forty seats in this room and there are now one, two, three, four, five, six, seven people sitting at them. There's the world's smallest press table over there with the world's most bored press corps reporting on the world's most useless hearing... and we've gotten ourselves in to this pickle on our own."
I love it when politicians just get sick of the bureaucratic stench around them. It's like The Real World, "...seven strangers picked to live in a house and have their lives taped. Find out what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real..."
I guess we'll just have to wait for the next looming shutdown to get our budget.
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