Senator John Thune (R-SD) has presented an idea that would radically change the way Congress plays politics with my money. In fact, it's so good and so simple it will get nowhere.
Thune is suggesting that Congress only adopts a budget in off-election years and that the main focus of Congress during election years would then be spending oversight.
This will eliminate things like the horrendous fraud that was perpetrated on the American people by the Congress led by Harry Reid (D-NV) and Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) last year when they punted on passing a budget, leaving the dirty work to the new Republican-led Congress they rightfully expected to see in place after the 2010 election. Brilliant political ploy, despicable leadership.
The problem with the Feds is in fact spending, not revenue. Revenue for 2010 is expected to be at par with pre-2008 revenue levels. The problem with the Feds is politics.
If Congress concentrates on the budget when they are not focused on an election and then concentrates on spending when there is one, we'll all benefit from a little clear thinking and political sanity.
Too bad this is probably the last time you will hear about Senator Thune's brilliant yet simple plan.