It's an occurrence that some say happens only once in the lifetime of a congressperson. Historical documents point to a time when such things happened on a regular basis, but it has been many years since the last time such an event occurred. Some believed it was a myth, others that it's time was long gone. But all those who said it couldn't be done have been proven wrong. Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you...a federal budget.
Before you get any ideas that such a thing has been met with fanfair and celebration, think again. While we have a budget that has passed the Senate and is looking good in the House, there are many fringe groups on both sides of the aisle that have expressed their frustration with the plan.
For those on the Left, there are concerns about the fact that federal workers will have to contribute more to their pensions, as well as for domestic spending cuts. For the Right, there are concerns that the plan rolls back some of the Sequestration cuts (which the Right claims as a great victory, if you can believe that). They are also not happy about continued Defense cuts, and the fact that overall spending reductions don't go far enough.
This is one of those times where the old saying "a negotiation is successful when nobody's happy" comes to mind. Those on the extreme Left and the extreme Right are dissatisfied with the plan moving through Congress. Some are even calling for it to be stopped in the House (doesn't seem likely, thank goodness). But from my perspective, anything that pisses off the fringe groups and makes the middle ground happy is a solid plan. And, if it can pass Congress, that's even better.
What amazes me the most is how people on the extremes would rather see NO budget than a budget that fails to adhere to their strict extremist views. While there are things that I would like to see happen, I understand that I am only one person with one point of view, and that everything must be negotiated and a middle ground must be found. If this budget proposal has a shot in hell of passing Congress, and Obama stands by his agreement to sign it when it hits his desk, then please, for the love of Democracy, pass the damn budget! Stop pandering to extreme special interests, stop playing to your nut-job base, and just pass the damn thing. Please. The American Majority will thank you!