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And it’s back to square one

Everything will return to normal and all the fights get postponed until early next year

Written by New York Times | Published: October 18, 2013 4:02:46 am

Everything will return to normal and all the fights get postponed until early next year

Well,um,yippee. Wow. Congress has decided it won’t trigger a global financial crisis out of pure pique. Can’t get any better than that. Plus,the government is going to be funded until after the holidays.

Even in defeat,Ted Cruz was in the limelight on Wednesday. “It is heartbreaking to the American people that Senate Republicans divided as they did,” he told his colleagues,demonstrating an unshakable confidence in his capacity to peer into the national mind. Earlier,in a press conference,Cruz announced: “Unfortunately,once again,it appears the Washington establishment is refusing to listen to the American people.” There have been about nine million polls taken since the government shutdown,all of which showed the American people shrieking do not shut down the government! Where do you think Ted Cruz gets his information about public opinion? Twitter,that’s where. There is nothing so dangerous to national wellbeing as an extremist with a smartphone.

Let’s think positive. Americans want to get back to normal. We want to admire the fall foliage and plan for Thanksgiving and complain about Congress’s failure to pass a farm bill. There is nothing we find more attractive than the sight of a bipartisan majority,holding hands to kick the budgetary can down the road. As Congress began debate on the new get-out-of-this-ditch plan,the Senate devoted most of its time to a celebration of that sudden blossoming of bipartisanship. The House whipped through its approval with virtually no comment.

About the plan: Everything goes back to normal and all the fights get postponed until early next year. Meanwhile,a House-Senate conference committee will try to agree on a budget. This is basically the same House-Senate conference committee that the Senate Democrats have tried to create nearly two dozen times over the past seven months. The Republicans resisted,arguing that it all might be a trick to raise the debt ceiling. Which is now being raised. So it’s fair,if you have the urge,to say that this whole ordeal has been for nothing whatsoever.

Any further consideration of what is going to happen with Congress and budgets would require bringing up the sequester issue. Instead,discuss the following: Would you say that Congress is more like the movie Gravity (government employees helplessly adrift in space) or the movie Captain Phillips (hero trapped in small,sweaty place with unstable people waving guns)? I am going for Captain Phillips,which has Tom Hanks stuck in the end in a lifeboat-capsule with three Somali pirates: the navigator who does not know how to steer,the strongman who keeps threatening everybody,and a nice kid who is in way over his head. Obviously,we the people get the Tom Hanks role. Everybody likes Tom Hanks. I will allow you to attach Congressional identities to each pirate. Feel free to bring up Ted Cruz.

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