Deseret News
Letter to the editor

From sea to shining sea, Democrats, some Republicans and almost all of the media are outraged over President Trump's insistence on funding his promised border wall. Without his signature, Congress can't pass another continuing resolution to fund the government.

Reasonable people can disagree about the merits of a border wall, but sensible citizens should be appalled by business as usual in the halls of Congress. For years now Congress has been funding the government with continuing resolutions and ignoring the vital and mandatory budgeting process.

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The result is that we now have an ever-expanding $22 trillion debt. Creating a real budget forces lawmakers to set priorities and establish limits on spending. Continuing resolutions simply allow for more of the same and runaway debt. Since Congress cannot, or will not, put its fiscal house in order, any responsible president, Republican or Democrat, should be using his bully pulpit and his constitutional powers to renew compliance with the Congressional Budget Act — even if it means shutting down the government.

President Trump may be warring with Congress for the wrong reason, but there is an unintended method to his madness.

Steve Fillerup

Elk Ridge