Congress has not passed the 12 annual spending bills to keep the government running but left on vacation.

It will return to work on Sept. 7 to pass its famous stop-gap spending bill to keep the government from shutting down.

Congress will return to work again in December in order to pass its famous omnibus spending bill for 2017.

Every year Congress plays its version of Charlie Brown football on the U.S. voters and kicks the budget reform can down the road for the next new Congress.

I wonder when the congressional deficit train will run out of track.

I wonder if I should even bother to vote.

A $20 trillion deficit and a 55-gallon barrel of red ink is a disaster getting ready to happen.

Dennis L. Compton

Filly Court

North Charleston