It seems that Congress is punting the budget and taxes questions past the end of this year and into the next Congress’ lap. Not everyone likes that, but a continuing resolution could put a shaky bridge over the economic cliff caused by sequestration and the Obama tax hikes scheduled for 2013.

As Smitty notes, this gives Congress a chance to clean up the mess that’s been caused by politicians ignoring arithmetic. Numbers don’t obey the whims of politician, and we ignore that truth at our peril.

“You are slow learner, Winston,” said O’Brien gently.
“How can I help it?” he blubbered. “How can I help seeing what is in front of my eyes. Two and two are four.”
“Sometimes, Winston. Sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are three. Sometimes they are all of them at once. You must try harder. It is not easy to become sane.”

2+2=4! The math works out regardless of what we wish. It’s never 3. It’s never 5. And rather than let the government try to convince us that letting us keep our money is a form of government expenditure, we need to remind our Congresscritters that things have to add up in the end.

Room 101 contains the thing you fear the most. For a politician that would be losing the next election.

Is it November yet?

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