(…because Congress has never had a spending bill…it didn’t like)

Just before closing down its 2015 session for the Christmas and New Year holidays, Congress passed a trillion-plus dollar spending bill to fund the government through the rest of the current fiscal year, to the end of June, 2016. The bill was immediately signed by the President before he too bugged out of town for a Hawaiian holiday.

For the rest of us worker-bees this was a more or less happy ending to an otherwise raucously squabbling legislative year, during which none of our career politicos from either Party seemed able, or willing, to agree on anything that might be good for the country as a whole. The reason they actually achieved bi-partisan agreement in this instance is because Congress has never had a spending bill…it didn’t like. Besides, with a spending check for a trillion dollars what’s not to like? It was a proposition none of them could…refuse.

So we should all congratulate House Speaker Ryan, Minority Leader Pelosi, and senators McConnell and Reid, for the way they managed to cobble together such a bi-partisan agreement deal. It just goes to show that when push comes to shove, they are all quite adept and skilled…at herding cats!

None of this, of course, does anything to really fix the parlous condition of our nation’s fiscal problems. That is, to come up with…a more equitable revenue producing system of taxation…a more rational and streamlined budgetary process…and…a more consistent and steady debt reduction process. Granted, it would have been a more impressive accomplishment had they done so; but then, why quibble. Let’s just be grateful for small favors (miniscule as these may be).

Well, for now, we’ll just have to wait till the next millennium, or a tax-paying voter mutiny… whichever comes first…before that is likely to happen.