By JOE NEWMAN
Remember last summer when everyone thought the sky was falling?
The mounting budget deficit had Chicken Littles on both sides of the aisle crying doom and gloom. There was hemming and hawing and the obligatory appointment of a special-joint-bipartisan-really-important congressional panel.
Super Committee, anyone?
It seems the more things change, the more they stay exactly the same.
As Congress gets down this month to approving hundreds of billions of dollars in national security programs and policies, the deficit is hardly front and center.
The version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that the House of Representatives passed Friday is $3 billion fatter than President Obama's defense budget request and about $58 billion more than the potential automatic cut established by the House-approved budget deal from last year.