One might well ask, as I did, why we have all this folderol? If you pass a budget, why not make that final? The budget could appropriate, authorize, and if necessary authorize necessary borrowing, all in one fell swoop. in fact, that's pretty much how a lot of state and local budgeting processes work. Once that was done, Congress could pretty much adjourn.
However, it will take a miracle to simplify the burget process, because to do so would reduce the power of individual legislators. Make no mistake, power is the big thing in Washington, and the reason we have all these rules, plus similar abuse-prone rules such as anonymous Senatorial holds, is purely due to the desire for power and influence on the part of legislators.
For example: a bill has been languishing to permit the combining of a couple of acricultural commodity exchanges. While common-sensical and agreed to be a general good thing, most pundits agree it will never pass, solely due to the fact that one exchange comes under the jurisdiction of the Agricultural Committee, and the other is under the Commerce committee, and combining would cause one or the other to lose jurisdiction and therefore power.
When the interest of the individual Senators and Congressmen comes before the best interests of the country, then corruption has become institutionalized. It's long past time for a housecleaning (and a Senate-cleaning) to clear out this ugly buildup of privlege and streamline the doing of the nation's business.
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