Come on people, surely we can agree that this cartoon is making a valid point?The last time the United States Congress passed a budget was in April of 2009. I wanted to give a few examples of the things that were happening at that time in American history. Gas was on average $2.06. A movie ticket: $7.20 popcorn: $4.75. Gallon of milk: $2.49But even that budget was not a “balanced” budget as it planned to spend more than the revenue projected and did indeed spend almost 1.7 trillion dollars more. The last “balanced” budget passed was in 2001. Further, we practice “base-line” budgeting by all departments. What is it? " Baseline budgeting uses current spending levels as the “baseline” for establishing future funding requirements and assumes future budgets will equal the current budget times the inflation rate times the population growth rate."So if you do not specify the budget, each department can add around 6% to 10% a year to it’s budget requests. Further, each department will spend all available funds to ensure that they can show the need to have the increase. This is the reason we are in such a “crisis” today. Even though the current law states that every funding bill must be “paid” for (pay-go) and the current law “requires” congress to pass a budget.It is not a “party” problem. Blaming democrat or republican is a ruse, a distraction. The inmates are in charge of the asylum.