Omnibus: Not a budget, still a hot mess.

The Omnibus is not a budget. It also is not the proper way to allocate Federal funds.

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The Federal government’s budgetary process begins when the President (actually an entire office of Presidential advisors, as very few of our Presidents have any real understanding of economics on a national scale) writes a budget. With much fanfare, or gnashing of teeth, this request is submitted to Congress. That’s an important point: the document submitted to the Congress is a proposal, a request, a plea, even, for the Congress to set spending levels at certain marks for certain programs. It is not binding. If (more on that “if” in a moment) there is a Budget Resolution passed by Congress that year, the language and spending levels rarely match what the President requested. The allocation of Federal monies is a Constitutional duty delegated to the Congress—one of the few which they still jealously guard.

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