The federal government is trying to bring back budget rules that embody some sort of common sense:
Mr. Obama announced he was sending legislation to Congress to restore the 1990s-era “pay as you go” law, known as Paygo. The law, in effect from 1990 to 2002, required that tax cuts or new entitlement spending — like the health care overhaul that Mr. Obama hopes will be a signature domestic achievement — be paid for through budget cuts or tax increases.
PS. Supposedly the Democrats are also near consensus on a health care plan.