Hey, Look Who Passed a Budget

by Andrew Stiles

No, not Harry Reid and the do-nothing Democratic Senate, who have gone 777 days since passing a budget of their own (that would be “foolish.”) As it turns out, despite being embroiled in a civil war and under constant threat of drone attack, even Moammar Qaddafi and the Libyan “government” found the time to actually write down their financial priorities in a budget and pass it into law:

(Reuters) – Libya’s government approved a $31.4 billion budget for the rest of 2011, the official news agency said on Wednesday, a move apparently aimed at showing it was functioning as normal despite air strikes and sanctions.

Jana said the funds would “provide the necessary financial sources to cover the state’s expenditure for the rest of the year” and would be distributed to the country’s 22 districts.

It said just under half of the total 37.65 billion dinars ($31.4 billion) would be used to pay salaries.

It appeared to be an attempt by Muammar Gaddafi to show his government was still solvent despite a civil war pitting his forces against rebels looking to end his 41-year rule.

Meanwhile, here’s what the “greatest deliberative body in the world” has been up to lately.

The Corner

The one and only.