House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters at an afternoon news conference that they had spoken with President Obama, and both insisted that the Tuesday deadline will be met.
The sentence above appeared in today’s Washington Post. I agree with it completely.
What it means is the budget drama going on in Washington is nothing but show and political posturing. Everyone involved knows the conflicts will be resolved before the deadline, most likely with a lot of smoke and mirrors and little
meaningful change. There will be no real spending cuts (Boehner’s recently tabled plan only called for 7 billion in cuts next year), and the spending ceiling will be raised. Both sides will declare victory. The relic media will give the Democrats the victory. The president will make a speech where he will take credit for the deal.
Meanwhile unemployment remains at emergency levels, stifling rules and regulations continue to pour out of the bureaucracy, more money will be spent by the government than it takes in,
bribes campaign contributions will continue to pour in, pundits will continue to babble to each other, the stock market will not crash. The budge crisis will fade into the back ground. Few if any lives will be changed. Life will go on.
In Washington everyone will wait for the opportunity to play their games. Another day in D.C.