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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    One Bite At A Time

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Mon Sep 30, 2013 at 08:55:17 PM EST
    Tags: One Bite At a Time, CD1, Congress, Power Of The Purse, Article1 Section 9, IRS, NSA, Obamacare, HUD, EPA, DOE, Spending, Appropriations, Constitution, Michigan, Health Care, Purse Strings, Section VIII #1, The Power Of Congress, Candace Miller, Dave Camp, Bill Huizinga, Justin Amash, Mike Rogers, Dan Benishek, Tim Walberg, Fred Upton, Kerry Bentivolio (all tags)

    The old question of how one might eat an elephant could see a fiscal analogy if a miracle of courage and determination sets into the Republican dominated US House.

    Congress has already set an example of continuing resolutions, and money spending sans a budget, balanced or otherwise. Frankly, the role of congress has become that of enabler and cash valet to the spenders elsewhere in government, and little more.  Competing special interests over the years have created some form of acceptance that ALL issues are important enough to fund fully, and no congress critter majority has been able to (as a whole) suppress the need to please.

    Its now a different world.  The stakes are higher, there is a tyranny begging to be funded, and the people are screaming at the top of their lungs that ENOUGH is ENOUGH!

    And something happened in the meantime that should give us hope.  Letting a little steam off the pressure cooker that is Washington DC, the president is at the time of this writing, expected to sign a bill guaranteeing pay for military services and members in the event of a 'shut down'.

    "The measure would also ensure continued pay for civilian employees of the Defense Department and Pentagon contractors whom Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel determines "are providing support to members of the Armed Forces." "
    Big deal, no?

    Think about it as one less thing the president can hold over the Republicans in congress. And the fact is, he really MUST sign it.  Otherwise the tables are turned hard on him.

    And it is pure gold that should not be squandered.

    Listen up GOP, you had best go below the fold and pay close attention.

    You are winning.

    Don't forget this.

    Obama could not turn down the bill because he knows it will backfire if he does. And there are more like it where that comes from. The next one needs to be next in importance to the majority of Americans who are paying attention.  The next one should ALSO be able to stand on its own as critical, and should also buy more time, or more importantly make impossible the use of emotional pandering that has become the hallmark of this administrations advocacy efforts.

    Perhaps Air traffic controllers, Social security, then another bill for the National parks, etc.  Each one specifically appeasing the traditional crowd one item at a time as well as making it nearly impossible for the president to turn down.  Appeal to the emotions as he has.  Roll them out as 'critical', and worthy of standing on their own!  Real people with real jobs etc., yada yada.

    Who the hell needs an omnibus spending bill?

    And before you know it the budget has been built from the ground up.

    eventually, the parts left over stop being as important.  The things that have been funded inappropriately for decades start showing up as an "oh, that thing" budget item.  One of those itmes might even be that thing called Obamacare.

    This is no NEW process, but rather one that has been simply ignored because of the political realities in DC.  those realities sometimes called K-Street, Banking/industrial complex, favor trading, or whatever.  Building from scratch has incredible advantages, and can really put perspective on what is truly important to the people, and those who purport to represent those people.

    Its something commonly referred to as baseline zero based budgeting.

    Update [2013-10-1 13:16:13 by JGillman]:

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    by JGillman on Tue Oct 01, 2013 at 08:13:13 AM EST
    Think about it some more.

    Let the clamor build for something that is "Missing" as a service or 'necessary' funded program. Build a bill around it and give it to Reid and the prez. Totally on them to NOT pass it.

    Each successive bill lessens the pressure for an omnibus bill.

    Are we referring . . . (none / 0) (#2)
    by Kevin Rex Heine on Tue Oct 01, 2013 at 01:12:06 PM EST
    . . . to zero-base budgeting here, Jason?  I ask because "baseline budgeting" and "zero-base budgeting" aren't the same thing, nor are the terms properly interchangeable, and it seems like you're actually referring to zero-base budgeting here.

    • Thanks Kevin! by JGillman, 10/01/2013 01:16:37 PM EST (none / 0)
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