Congress returns for short session

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  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 11, 2012 7:49 a.m.

    Today is September 11th. Congress is required to pass 12 separate funding bills by September 30th to keep the government funded for the new fiscal year which starts on October 1st.

    So far, they have passed exactly ZERO of the 12. The Senate has not even passed a budget (nor for the previous three fiscal years either!!!) so that agencies can plan their spending priorities.

    Instead, these 535 congresscritters (the most polite term they have earned) will (again!) pass a "continuing resolution" funding things for a few days, weeks, or months, with all sorts of gimmickry and nonsense to ensue.

    What is worse, we are broke, deeply in debt, and 40 cents of every dollar they will spend is being borrowed (to be repaid by our children and grandchildren) and too much of what they spend is aimed at buying votes, not meeting urgent federal obligations allowed by the Constitution.

    The fact that it will be a "short session" is the only good news. Since Congress does so little good or right, it is perhaps best that they minimize the damage from their incompetence and inefficiency by doing as little as possible.