Vox Daily reveals the reality:
I find it remarkable that so many Americans still believe they live in a Constitutional democratic republic when it's quite clear that it is neither Constitutional nor democratic, nor is it even a republic any longer.
Last night, as part of a procedural vote on the emergency war supplemental bill, House Democrats attached a document that "deemed as passed" a non-existent $1.12 trillion budget. The execution of the "deeming" document allows Democrats to start spending money for Fiscal Year 2011 without the pesky constraints of a budget. The procedural vote passed 215-210 with no Republicans voting in favor and 38 Democrats crossing the aisle to vote against deeming the faux budget resolution passed.
Never before -- since the creation of the Congressional budget process -- has the House failed to pass a budget, failed to propose a budget then deemed the non-existent budget as passed as a means to avoid a direct, recorded vote on a budget, but still allow Congress to spend taxpayer money.
I mean, Congress isn't even seriously trying to make things look legitimate anymore. They're barely bothering to go through the motions and they're certainly not concerned about whatever the will of the People might happen to be. But please don't let that get in the way of enjoying your Department of Public Safety-regulated, Division of Fire Safety-approved, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms-licensed pyrotechnics celebrating liberty today.