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As I explain in my column from today's Roll Call, if you're not yet angry about The Cliff, you soon will be and what's taking you so long?

Coming to a Political Theater Near You: The Cliff

I only realized how angry I was about the cliff several days ago when I started to outline this week’s Fiscal Fitness. By the time I sat down to write it several days later, I was fit to be tied and needed to avoid anything that included caffeine.

You know what I mean by the “Fiscal Cliff” — Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s ultimate Fed-speak for the budget apocalypse that could occur between Dec. 31 and Jan. 2. That’s when a series of existing federal-budget-related policies will expire and others will be triggered that could result in an economic calamity.

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My column from this morning's Roll Call explains why we'd all be much better off if Congress would use the federal budget debate to do something more than send messages. What else? How about a novel idea like policymaking?

Budget Process Is Not Fiscal Instant Messaging

By Stan Collender
Roll Call Contributing Writer
April 24, 2012, Midnight

One of the things that always impressed me about the earliest days of the Congressional budget process — circa 1977-80 — was how quickly Members of Congress learned to use it to send messages.

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As my column from today's Roll Call explains, if you've been thinking that everything will be settled in the lame duck session of Congress that's ahead, think again...and again...and again. Would you believe that nothing will be settled?

Expect Less, Not More, in Lame-Duck Session

By Stan Collender
Roll Call Contributing Writer
April 17, 2012, Midnight

I’m always surprised that federal budget watchers learn so little from even the very recent past.

After almost two years of continuing expectations that the next budget-related opportunity is going to result in the “big deal,” we should all know and admit by now that when it comes to federal spending, revenues, the deficit and the national debt, dreams hardly ever come true.

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My column from today's Roll Call explains why "ridiculous' and "infuriating" are two of the milder words you might want to use when you think about the latest House GOP plans to abandon the deal it agreed to in August and try to use the fiscal 2013 budget resolution to cut appropriations even more.

In case you're wondering, This and they are not going to come even close to being successful.


Tea Party Budget Plans Don’t Make Political Sense

The big federal budget news from last week was that, pushed by their tea party wing, House Republicans were seriously considering a fiscal 2013 budget resolution that proposed to cut appropriations below the levels agreed to last August in the Budget Control Act.

Posted by Stan Collender

My column from today's Roll Call explains why you may be VERY disappointed if you're waiting for next year for things to happen on the budget. Can you say more stalemates?

New Budget Cry Is Dodgers’ ‘Wait Till Next Year’

Given that Major League Baseball’s spring training has just begun and that everyone still thinks his or her team is going to win the World Series, the classic Brooklyn Dodger fans’ lamentation of “wait till next year” obviously is inappropriate when talking baseball.

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