Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell just announced a "historic bipartisan agreement" to keep the country running until January 15, 2014. Break out the champagne! Shoot off fireworks! The country is saved! Until January 15, 2014. That's three months. Am I missing something here? Our government is rupturing at the seams and an agreement to slap some Scotch tape on it is a historic agreement?
Right about January 2, 2014, we're going to be right back where we are now, and Congress and the President will wrangle over the impending disaster until, on January 13, 2014, they all agree to slap another piece of tape on the problem. Who knows, if we're lucky the next piece of tape might even hold us together for six months.
They say in a democracy you get the government you deserve. I sincerely hope and pray that we don't actually deserve the mess we've had up on Capital Hill the past few years. Nobody wants to settle anything. They just want to stand around in a circle and point fingers at each other trying to blame someone else. There's enough blame for everyone. Who do I think is responsible? Democrats, Republicans, the President, and anyone else who subscribes to the whole Washington culture of confrontation. Everybody on every side portrays everyone on the other side as evil villains. Maybe they're all right. Maybe the whole lot of them are villains. The only other explanation I can come up with that fits the facts is that they're all idiots.