The whole theory behind giving the "power of the purse" to our elected representatives in the legislative branch is neatly summarized by James Madison:
This power over the purse may, in fact, be regarded as the most complete and effectual weapon with which any constitution can arm the immediate representatives of the people, for obtaining a redress of every grievance, and for carrying into effect every just and salutary measure. (Federalist No. 58)
Democrats on Capitol Hill need to recognize that the people want them to cut off the Cheney/Bush criminal enterprise. Congress is the bartender, and the people are begging that the liquor of their taxes no longer be served to the irresponsible louts bent on destroying our democracy.