The title of a recently released Yahoo! article is “Fiscal negotiations STUMBLE in Congress as deadline nears” (Web-site/URL: http://news.yahoo.com/u-senators-hint-possible-fiscal-deal-tuesday-004610122–sector.html). “stumble” is the first sign of TROUBLE.
“NEGOTIATIONS (?) in Congress to end the fiscal impasse SPUTTERED on Tuesday (October 15 2013), leaving both chambers GRASPING for a way to reopen the government and raise the country’s borrowing authority with a Thursday (October 17, 2013) deadline drawing near”. There are TWO things to note here. First, once again, as we know POLITICIANS DO NOT “negotiate”. Secondly “negotiations…sputtered” again AS EXPECTED (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). On top of this “grasping” is a sign/indication of DESPERATION.
“After (a) meeting” between House and Senate leaders”, House Speaker John Boehner told reporters: “There are a lot of OPINIONS about what direction to go. There have been no DECISIONS about exactly what we will do” again AS EXPECTED (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI) because NO ONE SEEMS TO AGREE WITH ANY “decisions” THAT ANYONE ELSE MAKES. “We’re going to continue to WORK WITH OUR MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE (?) to TRY to make sure that there is no issue of default and to get our government reopened“. Does BOEHNER “work with…members on both sides of the aisle?” HE’S ONE OF THE MOST PARTISAN POLITICIANS EVER.
“Senate Democratic (Majority) Leader Harry Reid and Republican (Minority) Leader Mitch McConnell halted talks while House Republicans tried to sort out what they would support, Richard Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2 Senate Democrat, told reporters”. “We were on track and Boehner stepped in. McConnell is WAITING ON Boehner and Boehner is WAITING ON HIS CAUCUS“. So this is now a WAITING game.
“Reid said the Republican plan was “PARTISAN attempt to appease a small group of TEA PARTY Republicans who forced the government to shut down in the first place“. Again, there are TWO things to note here. First, EVERY POLITICIAN is “partisan”. On top of this once again as we know “Tea Party Republicans” are FULL OF ANTICS. “I am VERY DISAPPOINTED with John Boehner who once again tried to PRESERVE HIS ROLE AT THE EXPENSE OF THE COUNTRY“. This is what POLITICIANS do: “preserve” NARROW SELF-INTERESTS. Also, note “I am very disappointed with John Boehner”. It’s NOT as if POLITICIANS aim to PLEASE anyone.
“But Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona, who has blamed House Republicans for the shutdown, BLASTED the White House and Senate Democrats for PROMPTLY REJECTING Boehner’s latest plan”. Once again, there are TWO things to note here. First, “blasted” is yet another/the latest example of BLAMING & CRITICIZING (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-AJviZ8Itk), On top of this, “the White House and Senate Democrats…promptly (rejected) Boehner’s plan” again AS EXPECTED (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). “(With) his voice rising”, McCain declared: “I urge my Democratic colleagues, let’s SIT DOWN and WORK THIS OUT“. Again of course as we know “(sitting) down and (working something) out” is something that POLITICIANS ARE NOT good at. “Let’s get this RESOLVED (?)” Are POLITICIANS capable of getting ANYTHING “resolved?” “To CATEGORICALLY REJECT what the House of Representatives and The Speaker are doing – and I think he is PRETTY COURAGEOUS (?) in what he’s doing – in my view IS NOT SERVING the American people”. So, McCain is the latest POLITICIAN to go back to being A PARTISAN LIGHTNING ROD.
“Before the House action, Reid had said he was OPTIMISTIC (?) about reaching a final deal this week”. “(Speaking) on the Senate floor”, Reid said: “There are PRODUCTIVE (?) negotiations going on with the Republican leader. I’M CONFIDENT that we’ll be able to reach A COMPREHENSIVE AGREEMENT THIS WEEK IN TIME TO AVOID A CATASTROPHIC DEFAULT ON THE NATION’S BILLS“. Again, we have to wonder: WILL THIS HAPPEN?
Finally, “Ratings firms HAVE NOT yet revealed any plans to downgrade U.S. government debt”. According to Marie Cavanaugh, S&P’s managing director for sovereign ratings, “(speaking) on Tuesday (October 15, 2013) during a panel discussion hosted by Democratic Representative Maxine Waters”, “Standard & Poor’s thinks that the current impasse over the debt ceiling and the continuing resolution is UNLIKELY to change our rating, which is AA+ with a STABLE outlook“, but “negotiations (have) STUMBLED” so we’re still HOLDING OUR BREATHS, as October 17, 2013 LOOMS LARGE.