We learned this week that Washington cannot handle either money or classified information. But, then, this is old news.
Washington routinely spends more money than it collects in the form of taxes. Easy to understand why. When it spends, Washington buys favor with one constituency or another. And that means votes But once you start handing money out, people expect that it will keep coming They can get downright ornery if you cut off the cash. Might even vote you out of office.
They are also likely to take it hard when you raise their taxes. This, too, could cost you votes. Enough that, if you are a member of Congress, you might have to start looking for honest work.
So you vote to spend more money but not to raise taxes.