The before-year-end passage of the national budget for next year is widely considered a good thing showing ‘good governance.’
Look at Mr. Daang Matuwid himself, Noynoy! Aquino, being able to enact the 2011 and 2012 General Appropriations Acts by the Decembers of the preceding years.
I have a different take on it. Noynoy! is setting record-high budgets ― even accounting for inflation ― two years in a row now. This latest budget for 2012 amounts to P1.816 trillion, or over $40 billion.
Why would the House and Senate prolong proceedings with government agencies? Who’s going to complain? The national government is being handed a larger slice of the pie of total national output! What more could they ask?
And we’re not even considering the Priority Development Assistance Fund, which is what really matters to Congress.
So you can take this ‘solidarity’ of Congress, which is according itself to the expensive will of the president, as a good thing (Hwaw! How efficient!) ― or as a sign that government is becoming bigger, more controlling of our lives.
To me, it is becoming more obvious that the sustenance of government is government’s raison d’être.