The federal budgeting process was broken long before Matt Gaetz and Kevin McCarthy's recent spat.
Those sounding the loudest alarms about possible shutdowns are largely silent when Congress ignores its own budgetary rules. All that seems to matter is that government is metaphorically funded.
When you use incorrect stats to bolster your claims, as Reuters did, all kinds of foolish conclusions follow.
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America’s biggest fiscal challenge lies in the unchecked growth of federal health care and old-age entitlement programs.
Short-term solutions and governing from crisis to crisis isn't working.
The lack of oversight and the general absence of a long-term vision is creating inefficiency, waste, and red ink as far as the eye can see.
Since Congress designed and implemented the last budget process in 1974, only on four occasions have all of the appropriations bills for discretionary spending been passed on time.
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Congress Will Vote Today on Continuing Resolution That Hikes Spending, Extends Patriot Act Surveillance
Rep. Justin Amash and some progressive lawmakers are trying to block it, but most Democrats seem happy to hand more spying powers to a president they are investigating for abusing his power.
Make no mistake about it, avoiding another shutdown is for the best.
Congressional leaders have reached a compromise. But Trump will have the final say.
A lot of what government does is better done by somebody else-or not at all.
The outpouring of emotional and material support for federal workers during the shutdown is understandable, but mistaken.
"At a time when the nation's really divided, let's try to do something good," says BudTrader CEO Brad McLaughlin.
The shutdown rolls on, with no obvious solution in sight.
It's time to remove this vital function from the government budget.
Shutdown-Induced Bottlenecks at Nation's Airports Shows Folly of Letting the Federal Government Run Things
Farming out airport security and air traffic control would help to immunize air travel from the Congressional budget chaos.
Shutdown teaches us that much of government is NOT essential.
Trump's fast-food feast at the White House earned jeers, then backlash to the jeers. But who cares? This is comedy gold.
U.S. Air Traffic Controllers Are Working Without Pay During the Shutdown. Canada's Privatized Air Traffic Control System is Bailing Them Out With Free Pizza.
Spinning off America's air traffic control system from direct government control would immunize it from the shocks caused by government shutdowns.
Rebutting Krugman, cracking on Graham, and searching in vain for "freedom" in a caucus.
There's one fool-proof way to find out.
Trump's shutdown is a temporary, political fight that won't save any money or reduce the size of government.
Republicans embrace presidential authoritarianism, continuing a foul bipartisan tradition of legislating immigration through the executive branch.
Mitch McConnell is Keeping the Senate Out of the Shutdown Fight. It's a Hypocritical Abdication of Congressional Responsibility
Five years ago, McConnell declared the need to restore the Senate. Instead, he's broken it further.
Government Shutdown Means No New Beers, Because No Bureaucrats Are Working To Approve New Beer Labels
Why do we need the government to do that in the first place?
The president's Oval Office address was misleading.