Column: Lack of budgetary courage keeps U.S. economy vulnerable

After watching the federal budgetary process unfold over the past year, one might be sorely tempted to utter the timeless curse of a plague on both the houses.

Unfortunately, if we are to bequeath to our children a thriving republic, we taxpayers cannot so easily dismiss the budgetary process. What we now witness is the continuation of the debate over the size and scope of government that animated “The Federalist Papers.” This is not to suggest that the current antagonists compare favorably to Hamilton or Madison. Larry, Curly and Moe would seem a more apt similitude.

Of course this leadership failure rests most painfully on the president, whose reliance on Joe Biden’s skills of persuasion is nothing less than a mark of weakness.

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