Miracle of miracles, on Wednesday of this week the House managed to approve a two year budget deal, avoiding the next government shut down until at least after the elections. When the idiocy is sure to come in for a repeat performance.
This is where we have come to now: the fact that the federal Congress and the President are actually able to negotiate a budget deal is major news. And what’s in that budget deal?
The media, as usual, was mighty sparse on the details. For us policy wonks, there was no meat to sink our teeth into. As reported by the Boston Globe,
The agreement, approved 266-167, would raise the government’s borrowing limit through March of 2017, averting an unprecedented default just days away. It would also set the budget of the federal government for the next two years, lifting onerous spending caps and steering away from the brinkmanship and shutdown threats that have haunted Congress for years. Most of the ‘‘no’’ votes were from Republicans, but 79 GOP lawmakers voted for approval.
This was the House Republican’s “parting gift,” if you will, to outgoing Speaker John Boehner. A little something to remember them by as they kicked him out the door.
Whatever works. Now instead of focusing on another budget impasse we can turn our full attention to this interminable Presidential election. Let nothing distract us from this long-running farce.