30 December 2008

While Rome Burns

I recommend WashingtonWatch to those of you interested in the sausage-making that goes on in Washington DC. In a recent email, WaWa says:
Just before the beginning of the 2009 fiscal year in October, Congress passed a temporary spending measure to fund the operations of the government until March.

[snip]

The stopgap bill passed in September set full year FY 2009 funding levels for Defense, Homeland Security, and Military Veterans. It spent about $8,000 per U.S. family.

[snip]

The operations that expire in March include Agriculture, Commerce/Justice/Science, Energy & Water, Financial Services, Interior, Labor/HHS/Education, Legislative Branch, State/Foreign Operations, and Transportation/HUD.

[snip]

They total just over $10,000 in spending per U.S. family.
Every citizen should be forced to read the budget (and appropriations bills) because it's clear by the structure and language of the bills that the Congress Government does not want to be clear about why or how it decided to spend $18,000/family.

I often wake up with the fantasy that I am laying out the budget, cutting spending and bureaucracy as I send responsibilities (and funding) back to states (education! welfare!) and end stupidnesses (agriculture! war!).

Sometimes, I have to end my fantasies and just consider the serious legislation that our leaders consider worthy of their time (and our money). For example:
H.R. 693 is entitled the “Restroom Gender Parity in Federal Buildings Act of 2007.” Shockingly, Congress let this essential legislation languish since its introduction back in January 2007.

In newly acquired or renovated federal buildings, the bill would require the Administrator of General Services to make sure that toilets in women’s restrooms exceed the number of toilets in men’s restrooms (including urinals) by a ratio of 2 to 1.
What kinda of equity is that? Time in line? Is the Congress going to mandate federal timers to measure "effectiveness" in surge conditions?

Bottom Line: Sometimes I gotta wonder WTF is going on in that swamp.

1 comment:

dWj said...

Where do I send a check for your campaign committee?