The Washington Post and New York Times both greet the returning-from-vacation Congress with stories about the political woes facing the legislators.
But for the funding necessary to to the war that the House refused to pass before leaving town ten days ago, we would all be better off if the Congress just adjourned until 2011.
The screw-up in the funding for the Afghanistan surge demosntrates the fiscal dysfunction that Pelosi and Reid have bred into the Congress. $33 billion is needed to pay for the 30,000 new troops headed to Afghanistan, but the porkers in the House ladled on their unrelated projects to a House measure that pushed the proposed total spending package to $80 billion.
That’s $47 billion unnecessary dollars that the Treasury doesn’t have and which the Congress shouldn’t spend.
But refusing to recognize the vast and growing deficit hole is standard operating procedure for this Congress which is easily the most irresponsible ever when it comes to money.
Fred Barnes writes in the Wall Street Journal today the Deficit Commission might actually do some good when it unveils its recommendations in a few months. Fred is much more an optimist than I am about the Commission but even if he is correct, there won’t be the crucial change necessary unless the November elections make a wholesale change in Congressional membership. (For a report on what the Commission chairs think, see this story from Townhall.com.)
From now until November every Republican must preach the defeat of every Democrat in order to salvage the fiscal future of the country. There is no local issue more pressing than this reality, and only the dangers abroad from the Islamists, both Sunni and Shia varieties, compete for priority in the national debate on the future of the country.