... one must not watch them in the making." This was the advice of Otto von Bismarck and, over one hundred years later, legislative Democrats did their best to spare our sensibilities, putting together a budget in the wee hours of a Friday morning.
Once again, the budget becomes a dumping ground for policy proposals that could never be passed on their own. Whatever you think of drivers licenses for illegal immigrants, new health insurance mandates, domestic partner registries, changes in liability law, early release of convicted felons, new mandates for choice schools and the like, it might be nice to see them debated on their own rather than folded into a deal on the budget.
But it does extend our sausage metaphor. The budget will consist of whatever the Democratic coalition had lying around.