This whole thing is crap. Democrats failed in their responsibility to pass the annual budget when they had control of the house and senate. Everyone now is paying for their continued lack of leadership. Today they dont want a budget solution. Howard Dean said it most plainly...they WANT a government shutdown so they can scare senior citizens, use the poor children in attacks against republicans, knowing that most of their supporters are too stupid to realize (or care) it is the fault of Pelosi and Reid this never got passed in the first place. If they believed in all these programs they allegedly care so much about, then why didnt they pass it in the first place? Answer? Because they knew when they proposed the budget it would show they were spending almost twice what they were taking in in taxes.
Paul Ryans 2012 budget proposals may not be THE answer. If those proposals do not include realistic across the board budget cuts they definitely arent THE answer. But honest discourse on government spending and dealing with our massive debt is needed. Partisan bull**** over piddling costs that add up to a fraction of a percentage of our overall annual budget is mindless.