The title of a recently released Yahoo! article is “A deal: Voting to AVOID default (and) open government” (Web-site/URL: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/deal-voting-avoid-default-open-201735089.html).
“Up against ONE LAST deadline, Congress RACED to pass legislation Wednesday (October 16, 2013), avoiding a threatened national default and ending a 16-day partial government shutdown along the STRICT TERMS set by President Barack Obama when the twin crises began”. “strict terms” can be regarded as A CONCESSION TO THE GOP, but of course, the GOP STILL ISN’T happy.
“As lawmakers lined up to vote on a bill that includes NOTHING for Republicans DEMANDING to eradicate or scale back Obama’s signature health care overhaul”, House Speaker John Boehner CONCEDED: “We fought the good fight. We just DIDN’T WIN“. There are TWO things to note here. First, “demanding” of course, as we know, is a fundamental characteristic of “Difficult People” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). On top of this Boehner seems to be EXASPERATED.
According to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, “The COMPROMISE (?) we reached will provide our economy with the STABILITY it DESPERATELY needs“, declaring that the nation “CAME TO THE BRINK OF DISASTER“ before sealing an agreement”. However, as we know, in POLITICS there are NO FAIR “compromises”. One side almost always loses BADLY. This time, it was THE TEA PARTY. Also, we “came to the brink of disaster”, but FORTUNATELY/LUCKILY, this was AVERTED/AVOIDED.
“Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who negotiated the deal with Reid, emphasized that it preserved a round of spending cuts negotiated two years ago with Obama and Democrats. As a result…, “government spending has DECLINED for two years in a row” for the first time since the Korean War”. “And we’re NOT GOING BACK on this agreement“.
“McConnell made no mention of the polls showing that the shutdown and flirtation with default have sent Republicans’ public approval PLUMMETING and have left the party badly split nationally as well as in his home state of Kentucky. He received a prompt reminder, though”.
According to Matt Bevin, “who is challenging the party leader from the RIGHT in a 2014 election primary”, “When the stakes are highest, Mitch McConnell can always be counted on to SELL OUT conservatives“. Again there are TWO points of interest here. First, “sell out” = BETRAY. On top of this, “challenging the party leader from THE RIGHT” is another sign of TROUBLE because this would give us TWO TEA PARTY senators in Kentucky after RAND PAUL defeated JIM BUNNING in 2010 (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rand_Paul).
“More broadly, national Tea Party groups and their allies underscored the internal divide. The Club for Growth urged lawmakers to vote against the congressional measure, and said it would factor in the organization’s decision when it decides which candidates to support in midterm elections next year (2014)”. In a statement, the group said: “There are NO SIGNIFICANT changes to Obamacare, NOTHING on the other major entitlements that are racked with TRILLIONS in unfunded liabilities and NO MEANINGFUL SPENDING CUTS either. If this bill passes, Congress will KICK THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD YET AGAIN“, which, again, is what POLITICIANS do. Also, again, notice “no meaningful spending cuts”. This is classic Tea Party rhetoric. The Tea Party is OBSESSED WITH “spending cuts”, just like CHINESE HOUSEWIVES. Again, we should only take the cheap alternative when PRODUCT QUALITY IS (roughly) THE SAME and of course, this is often NOT the case.
Finally, “Even so, SUPPORT FOR Boehner APPEARED SOLID inside his FRACTIOUS rank and file” while the Democratic “rank and file” seem to be UNITED…for now at least. Let’s also note that the GOP “rank and file” will be EVEN MORE “fractious” than they normally would According to Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky”, “There are no PLOTS, PLANS or RUMBLINGS that I know of. And I was part of one in January (2013), so I’d probably be on the whip list for that“. Massie replaced GEOFF DAVIS who announced in December, 2011 that he would not seek re-election and then resigned on July 31, 2012 (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geoff_Davis). Massie took over on July 31 2012 (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Massie).
To conclude, let’s return once again to the title: “A deal: Voting to avoid default, (and) open government” has been achieved…FOR NOW. However this “deal” is only valid through FEBRUARY 7, 2014. So, that means we DON’T have much time to celebrate this “deal” because 2014, again as we know, is an ELECTION year, so there will certainly be posturing among the GOP as they try to take back the Senate in 2014 and THE WHITE HOUSE in the 2016 PRESIDENTIAL election because they know they can’t do anything to President Obama now. Well, they tried and FAILED,a