The Political Class Base Line Budgeting Scam

The Federal Government is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned and raised as much legal or illegal campaign money to get enough money to buy the field—and to get the treasure, too!

This explanation below and above just frames perfectly what we're up against far as our debt goes. You have a central government that has welded and cemented procedures and strategies in place to forever grow the size and scope of government. A political class that directs it, and since it is not in the best interest of the political class and their families to cut their own influence and paychecks you find them spending billions every election cycle to 'keep” and “grow” their inheritance. As you read the news headlines these days you will see how people will resort to all kinds of violence if you dare to go near that field that has that self perpetuating treasure in it. And in reality that "treasure" is really a "flimsy white washed wall' and when the next strong wind comes along it's going down. So since those that are awake, know that it is a white washed wall, and we can see that their is a political class that is enriching themselves along with their supporting minions maybe we should seriously start looking back to the governments that do not have a printing press in their basements...our own states! Shouldn't we be encouraging our states to start saying "No" to what was supposedly to be a limited referee to the "Union" of states that has now become brazenly ":Unconstitutional” and has now tranformed itself back into the Symbolic Manifestion of King George and Lord North or maybe more fittingly Joseph Stalin?. ...here comes another (3) $ trillion added to the political classes Inheritance....I can hear Yessss! Echoing powerfully through out Washington and reverberating through the Halls of our most "Honorable" Congress now as I hear the "Yea" votes carrying the day as we add that $3 trillion!

"Baseline budgeting" is one of those Washington terms that sounds very dry and boring. In reality, baseline budgeting is one of the most sinister ways that politicians claim to cut spending when they are actually increasing spending. The Congressional Budget Office defines the baseline as a benchmark for measuring the budgetary effects of proposed changes in federal revenue or spending, with the assumption that current budgetary policies or current services are continued without change. The baseline includes automatic adjustments for inflation and anticipated increases in program participation. Baseline, or current services, budgeting, therefore builds automatic, future spending increases into Congress's budgetary forecasts.

Baseline budgeting tilts the budget process in favor of increased spending and taxes. For example, if an agency's budget is projected to grow by $100 million, but only grows by $75 million, according to baseline budgeting, that agency sustained a $25 million cut. That is analogous to a person who expects to gain 100 pounds only gaining 75 pounds, and taking credit for losing 25 pounds. The federal government is the only place this absurd logic is employed.

Politicians often like to have it both ways. Baseline budgeting gives politicians an opportunity to deceive taxpayers by allowing them to claim that they are holding the line on spending while providing more services.

Baseline budgeting seems like a technicality and should not be such a hotbed of contention, but every round of budget negotiations involves baseline budgeting with both sides of the aisle complaining that the other side is using the process to mask spending increases. Baseline budgeting is an issue that truly separates the deficit hawks from the budget chickens.

Eliminating the inflated budget baseline will force Congress to justify and account for increased spending instead of hiding behind automatic increases. Through commonsense accounting, taxpayers would learn that spending in Washington is not under control. (Citizens against Government Waste)


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Comment by Charles F Nichols on December 14, 2012 at 2:09am

I keep saying,. Its ALL  theatrics. Theres one direction.  NWO And the funny part it just like all their of the genius ideas that  don't work  Project 21 was proved insanely flawed and is stilled being proven useless by a natural disaster. SANDY! So Now when  we pile people in ultra sky high living complexness as is China work camps yet in fault area's so that when the ground shakes millions die.. Whats that got to do with the article?   Just like the rest of the federal government it dont work. 

Comment by Sue Carroll on December 13, 2012 at 8:36pm

Zero or Reality based budgeting.  However the real answers lie in a book "They Fired the First Shot, 2012" available at amazon.

Comment by Frank Chance Chenoweth on December 13, 2012 at 9:54am

The evil multiplies and perpetuates year by year, decade by decade, etc.  How can spending be reduced under this scenario?  Can anyone answer this question.  Confession: I am not very good at accounting or advanced math . . . !                             --Frank Nitty

Comment by Rich Knoch on December 13, 2012 at 8:54am

The real solution, in my opinion, is Zero-Based-Budgeting; i.e., each year every agency starts with a $0 budget and justifies every single dollar in every single line item.  

Base-line budgeting is a driving force behind Economic Armageddon . . the other reason: Spineless Politicians.

It is more work, but it cleans up the Budget every-single-year!

What would be a novel idea is for the Senate to actually pass a budget that reduced obama's annual deficits of $1+ Trillion a year. 

Comment by Jimmy Hight on December 13, 2012 at 6:32am

Eliminating this entire staff is the only way to stop this madness. They have become King Obama and his court and have to be thrown out. We have to stand up to our States and make them stand up to this so called King....

Comment by Debrajoe Smith-Beatty on December 13, 2012 at 2:59am

Thanks for the information.

Comment by Paul Szemanczky on December 12, 2012 at 7:30pm

Any "Mr. Smith" going to DC to push the baseline budgeting will be shot clean as a whistel in the Rotunda. What we need is a States' revolution against the entrenched parties in the elite by the people with guns and a committment to die for a revolution that will bring back a rigid Constitution. This won't happen till the dollar collapses, but marshall law will scare the last of the separate voices to the winds for some hard years to come post-crash.

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