The media are all lauding the successful budget agreement that would finally pass the FY2011 budget. Underemphasized is the key point that the deal will not actually come to a vote until sometime this week. The White House and congressional leaders have agreed–I haven’t seen any clear reporting on whether the Republican rank and file in the House or the Democratic rank and file in the Senate are on board. Perhaps they are, but until the actual vote, all we have is a tentative agreement.
NPR breathlessly announced that the $38 billion in cuts were record spending cuts. Undoubtedly so, but it’s rather like a half-ton man boasting about not eating the whole pumpkin pie for dessert after Thanksgiving dinner. Look, ma, I left a slice!
Between our runaway budget deficits and ever-increasing executive power, our country is doomed. The current structure of our political system is what has brought us to this point, so only major structural reform–i.e., blowing up the first two articles of the Constitution and completely revamping our political branches–can change our course.