SSDD, (same shit different day for the uninitiated ).
Obama jumped in his limo and pretended to negotiate with congress, hosted a couple of inconsequential meals with the opposition and can now say he made his best effort to negotiate. The republicans conversely, rapidly blink and say “well he won’t repeal the ACA and restructure the entitlements” so obviously he’s not serious. The democrats present a budget with huge tax revenues, dust of their hands and say “we’re done, where’s my paycheck.” Unless I’m missing something, this is still politics as usual and doesn’t represent a serious effort at reconciliation. I would take a lot more comfort if I saw these guys coming out of meetings with bloody elbows and at least showed an inclination to fight for us, as so many have fought for them…
What never ceases to amaze me is this concept of budgeting that only focuses on the rate of growth of spending, not on the core structure of the spending. During my tenure in corporate America I would have been laughed out of the room and quickly unemployed if I presented such fantasy and called it “budgetary planning.” Worse yet, I would have been rapidly bankrupt when I was first married and both of us were working, going to school and trying to keep our fiscal heads above water.
We may not look like Greece but IMO we sure don’t look like the greatest super power in history and a country that sets an example of proper governance for others to follow.