Ho Hum, Another Possible Government Shutdown

So the government may shutdown if the Senate doesn’t pass the omnibus funding bill under consideration—and members of the House, including Speaker-presumptive McCarthy, have said that after control of the House flips next year they will quash any legislation originated by a Republican senator who votes to pass the bill.


Given that I work as a government contractor, I suppose I should take a greater interest in the matter, but I was planning to take next week off anyway. Oh, and one of the reasons I’ve got over six weeks of paid time off accrued is because my previous experience with Congressional budgetary incompetence.

The next few weeks are going to be … um … complicated.

Another Unfair Argument …

… using math. Patterico shows how the President’s 2013 budget gets to be over $1,000,000,000,000 in the red. He says that when he tries to explain the budget to Democrats they don’t seem to see what the problem is.

And they want us to believe that they are the reality-based community.

It doesn’t matter how many times they send me to Room 101, I still believe that 2+2=4.


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?


In honor of its 414-0 vote down in the House and 99-zip support in the Senate, the President’s budget has its own hashtag. Among the items tweeted:

New Coke. The OWS Personal Hygiene Manual. The submarine ride at Six Flags Chappaquidick. ‘Firefly’ cancellation (@adamsbaldwin). The hunter who killed Bambi’s mom. Bush’s budget. Dollar coins.

1000 Days …

… and counting since the Democrats in the Senate put forward a budget.

UPDATE–It looks as if the President intends to run against the “Do-Nothing” Congress as part of his reelection campaign. But the chamber that isn’t doing much is controlled by his party. I’m not sure that I understand the reasoning behind such a plan, but I don’t understand the reasoning behind much of the President’s programs.

Oh, and lots of bloggers are noting this 1000 day milestone. Roger Morse has this at PJ Media. Kate Havard comments at The Weekly Standard’s blog.

UPDATE 2–The Heritage Foundation has posted this video on its blog.