It's not just Congress. That bastion of conservatism - The Weekly Standard - posted an article online about an hour ago which ropes (you guessed it) PRESIDENT OBAMA into the mess. It is short enough to post here in its entirety:
"Obama Now Says He Was Off by $1.6 Trillion — and 43 Percent
11:32 AM, Apr 11, 2013 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
When President Obama released his first budget — entitled with no hint of irony, “A New Era of Responsibility” — he projected that deficit spending over the next five fiscal years (2010-14) would total $3.767 trillion. Now, Obama has released his fifth budget (which doesn’t seem to have a name). In it, he says that deficit spending over that same 5-year span (2010-14) will instead total $5.398 trillion. (This includes three years that are already on the books...) So Obama now admits that his original 5-year projection was off by $1,631,000,000,000.00 — or 43 percent.
It should make Americans feel better that this is the sort of precision we can expect from the president who spearheaded, and whose administration will now be implementing, “probably the most complex piece of legislation ever passed by the United States Congress,” legislation whose complexity “is just beyond comprehension” — Obamacare.
You might ask: What does the federal budget have to do with snack spending in Congress? The answer is that they both deal with wasteful spending. And the President's latest budget submission answers ANOTHER question: Why didn't Mr. Obama/the Democrats submit a budget in his first term, and engage in the kind of number scrutiny and debate which triggers articles like Jeffrey Anderson's? Answer: Because it makes the system more "transparent," and it brings out into the light the kind of cost overruns that are illustrated above.
In short - the President didn't want the people to know before the 2012 election that his spending projections were off by 1.6 TRILLION DOLLARS. Why? Because enough of them might have voted against him and put Mitt Romney into the White House.