What If Congress Was Held To the Same Standards As the Private Sector?

Let me get this straight.  One of Congress’ main functions is to fund the government (the appropriations process) every year by September 30th. I believe this date is pretty firm and the expectation of the deliverable (to use a term we use in our industry) is understood. So, if the date and expectation is known, why doesn’t this get done? Continuing Resolution (CR) after CR appear to have made CRs the new normal, allowing Congress to miss their deadline. Congress is allowed to not really produce any decision other than to continue at status quo. Instead, they dust off the previous year’s appropriations as their “product.” Recently I have found myself in conversations with colleagues within my company and other companies about our industry and what would happen if we couldn’t provide a client a product that we knew (a) was due every year on September 30th and (b) had clear expectations of the deliverable. Funny…we all agree that we wouldn’t have that client very long.  Without identifying realistic expectations with our clients we would be fired. Better yet, what if, when we missed the deadline, we handed in the old version as-is but said something like “don’t worry, we did spell check it again.”  That wouldn’t go well.

So, I’m curious, why do you think we allow Congress the option of missing due dates and continuing to defer decisions?