The role of the United States government frequently is up for debate and, sadly, that government is expanding to the point of malignancy.
However, our U.S. Constitution, the "supreme law of the land," enumerates the specific powers of Congress, the Executive and Judicial branches of government. Now, however, dysfunction is the rule, not the exception, that seems to govern from the root of campaign cycles, not the "consent of the governed."
According to Article I, Section 8, Congress is given the "power of the purse," and Section 9 notes: "No money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published ... "
Further, the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 provides the legal requirement to produce an annual budget. Budgeting is an act of founding principles and legal necessity.
So, heading toward 1,100 days without a budget presented and adopted by the U.S. Congress, our nation continues the reckless, undisciplined slide into more debt. Without an accountable budget that specifies targets of spending and cuts, there is absolutely no effort to reverse our course or to operate in a manner that honors the American trust.
Translation: The U.S. Congress is failing to perform its constitutional duty. Specifically, an obstructive U.S. Senate, led by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and a majority of big-government Democrats, are breaking the law.
Many citizens find engaging in politics a burden and pointless, as elected officials sworn to uphold the Constitution arrogantly betray that oath. The basic trust of the American people has been betrayed. The core of the national discourse is further damaged by those who govern as obvious politicians in contrast to the image of public servants they construct on the campaign trail.
Congress, please do your job and operate under the authority of a budget.
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