S. 39 is an interesting bill, in abstract. Certainly, I can see how many citizens on both sides could come to support it. There is a lot of pent up anger over the government not reaching consensus on a budget yet signaling to the citizens that they are somehow bad people if they cannot live within their home budgets. It must be nice to be in a position to print or borrow money as necessary to fund the war machine while citizens are made to live with intolerable infrastructure problems that would shame poorer countries into action.
This bill is a double-edged sword. Yes, it might prompt action. But what kind of action would it prompt? Can we live with a budget that is made up of the least people can agree on out of their own personal interest?
How about putting the budgetary line items to a vote among the citizens? Let’s let the representatives in Congress see what the people consider important in terms of the use of their tax dollars. That might be a better start than withholding pay.