This Budget Battle Was Tough? Oh Wait.
A few things to think about on this morning after the near-Armageddon of a government shutdown.
1. The GOP didn't have the balls to carry through with its threat. And by that, I mean the responsible, more mainstream members of the GOP House of Representatives. The tea party members are running around this morning screaming and pulling their hair because not enough money was sliced from social programs. But the sane members of the GOP knew that America would hold THEM responsible for shutting down government over funding for Planned Parenthood.
2. Democrats don't much care for this deal. But that's the nature of compromise. If both sides walk away from a compromise unhappy, then you know you accomplished something. This was probably the best deal Democrats could get, considering the GOP controls the House. Don't like it? You should have voted in 2010 instead of staying home because you were pissed at Obama. Elections have consequences, and this is one of them.
3. We ain't seen NUTHIN' yet! Wait until the Debt Ceiling Battle in May. The teabaggers WANT the nation to default on its loans. THAT'LL teach us to spend more than we took in — which is something Republicans have hated even since Obama got elected. That battle is gonna make THIS one look like two third-graders squabbling over position on the monkey bars. Then, when they take up the 2012 budget, this Paul Ryan fantasy of cutting an official Umpteen Gazillion dollars from spending that will somehow magically balance the budget in 15 minutes? THAT, my friends, will be a battle for the ages and may... MAY... actually herald the return of Jesus Christ in all His celestial glory to klonk heads together.
In the meantime, we'll watch the posturing, we'll watch both sides declare victory over this minor sissy boy slappy fight that took the government to the brink.
Take a deep breath. And have a great weekend.