Several threads back on this very blog I vented with righteous indignation how Paul Ryan and the Republicans "gave away the store" (a key Democrat's phraseology) with this Rosemary's Baby of a Omnibus budget. In addition an anonymous commenter was perplexed as to why a Super-Genius like CW would allow an obvious "clown" like me access to his blog because I "...clearly don't have the same level of understanding about the legislative process" CW possesses. CW (being the sometimes prick that he is) piled on claiming my entry was "over the top" and "uninformed". Well, never one to back down from a fight (remember Ft. Sumter) I offer a mild rejoiner.
WTF ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT!!? I have an intimate knowledge of the budget process! Don't believe me? Ok fine, I'll prove it. Here's how it's supposed to work.
February the President presents his budget to Congress, his Santa list if you will. It's all the cool shit he wants but IN NO WAY expects to get. Both houses of Congress send the proposal down to various committees including the...wait for it...the Appropriations Committee. They part it out to various sub-committees to slice and dice. What comes out is 10 or 12 spending Bills which are hashed out, amended, reconciled etc. etc. until every last power player gets something they can crow about back home in Bumfuqington, Idaho (no YOU da ho). If they can't get a budget done (which is the new normal under Democrats) they just do a "continuing resolution" which means overtime for the last budget. It could be a day, a month...whatever.
But what happened this time is the Republican leadership, Speaker Boehner and Mitch McConnell really couldn't bring themselves to vote on anything that might smell of true fiscal discipline and they certainly didn't want to piss off the Chamber or somehow screw up the 2016 elections (or a hundred other things cowards think about when they have to make a decision) so they kicked the can down the road to the point an "Omnibus" was necessary. In other words all these individual appropriation bills were lumped into one. In this case it was sorta like a group gang-bang on conservative principles (you knew you were getting screwed it's you just didn't know who's penis it was).
The Democrats loved it!