December 17, 2013

Patrick Knudsen

Patrick Knudsen

As Congress considers a budget deal that raises spending, it’s clear the federal government’s process for setting a budget is broken. Lawmakers routinely fail to pass budgets at all, and they often deliberately miss budget deadlines for political reasons.

Meanwhile, America is facing a looming debt crisis as spending on social programs continues to rise unchecked—and current budget rules offer little hope that the problem can be addressed.

In a timely report, Heritage Foundation visiting fellow Patrick Knudsen proposes a thorough overhaul of the budget process that would limit government, restore Congress’s constitutional role, restore the balance of powers, and start reining in runaway administrative agencies.

Be sure to read his full proposal, which includes an in-depth review of the problem and an explanation of the solution.

How do you think the budget process can be fixed? Tell us in the comments.

Comments (2)

Jay Reidsma - December 18, 2013

Great article on the history of the budgeting process and the hand of progressivism in rendering it impotent.
It will not get fixed by these politicians, who mostly behave as “alcoholics”, addicted to power based upon their entitlements and spending without accountability to current or future voters. There must be a constitutional convention of the states to vote upon a balanced budget amendment along with a Federal total debt to income level tied to a financial standard that our 50 states achieve for their financial stability. This will hold politicians accountable at the Federal level, return power to the States, provide an incentive to eliminate wasteful spending, and reform a current “budget process” in name only.

Charles W. Krecklow - December 30, 2013

I AGREE WITH MR. PATRICK KNUDSON’S COMMENTS. EVERYTHING THAT I HAVE READ ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT’S PLAN IS GOING TO BANKRUPT OUR COUNTRY. THAT IS THEIR GOAL!

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