It could be like when during the Bush I Presidency the government played with the withholding tables to put more money in our pockets. At the end of the year I owed $4k in taxes. To get back on topic, it seems to me that congress creates a crisis so they can more easily pass an irresponsible budget. If it were up to me we would always have the opposition president/congress dynamic. That seems to be the only time we're able to control our spending.