When I outspend my budget,* I have to make drastic cuts in my expenditures. Sadly, I cannot march into my boss and announce that he must immediately give me a huge raise to cover the shortfall. Fortunately for those in government, because they have the rare ability to boss around those who pay them, they can cover their shortfall, not by cutting waste (the government unions would never allow that), but by demanding a huge raise to cover the shortfall. Hold on to your wallets, if you can, because 2009 is going to be a very costly year.
*Just kidding. Because I’m (a) frugal (some would say cheap) and (b) lucky enough that both Mr. Bookworm and I have stable incomes, I never outspend my budget.