There has been much criticism of the budget cuts proposed by the House of Reps. The President has made no recomendations for the CR which must be brought forth to avoid a Government shut down. The Senate leadership has made no effort to produce a bill to vote on to resolve the issue, but many of their number have joined the critique of the effort of the House. Is it better to do nothing productive as has been the habit of the Senate leadership for the last 4 years or to do something to address the problem as the House has done in the one month since the change in the Party in control? The Budget submitted by the President is a joke and is nothing short of a complete abdication of his Constitutional responsibility. It would have been better if he had just saved the paper. At least that would not have hurt the environment with additional trash. We are in a serious dillema and it requires serious solutions. The Democrat Party seems to be AWOL in the face of the challenge. It has been absent in this situation for four years, now, but one always hopes that they might wake to the reality around them.