It has to be passed to maintain the government. However, those claiming that we must cut the budget to bring it into balance over time need to stop fooling themselves that there is sufficient slack and fat in the budget to do more than make a trivial dent without damaging our country. The only way to tackle this debacle is to bite the bullet and gradually raise taxes until there is greater revenue coming into the coffers than is going out while ensuring a realistic budget is put together each year. Granted, it will take many years. But we can't go on the way we currently are, and the sooner we start the less pain we will experience.