Thank you, Republican lunatics!
Because they control the House, this radical Republican base is now holding us all back. President Obama was moving to the center in these budget negotiations. He reduced his demand for higher tax revenues to $1.2 trillion from $1.6 trillion; he upped the level at which Americans who would be hit with higher taxes to those earning $400,000 a year from $250,000; and he made his own base holler by offering to cut long-term spending by lowering the inflation adjustment index for Social Security. It seemed that with a little more Republican compromise, Obama would have met them in the middle, and we could have had a grand bargain [a nice wank] that would put the country on a sounder fiscal trajectory and signal to the markets, the world and ourselves that we can still do big hard things together. That will have to wait. Now the best hope is some mini-, crisis-averting, Band-Aid.
Then may The God(ess)(e)(s) Of Your Choice, If Any, bless the Repubican Party! (The lunatics in the Republican Party were absolutely right on TARP, too. That's why Obama had to whip the Democrats to pass it.)
I realize this isn't a very responsible attitude, but how come I have to be the responsible one?!