The title of a recently released ABC News article is “Congress Gets Job Done FOR ONCE and Strikes Budget Deal” (Web-site/URL: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/12/congress-gets-job-done-for-once-and-strikes-budget-deal/#.Uqh5-df-coF.twitter).
“A bi-partisan budget deal reached tonight (December 10, 2013) by House and Senate NEGOTIATORS (?) would AVOID a government shutdown in January (2014) and help BREAK A FISCAL STALEMATE that has caused gridlock in Washington”. There are THREE things to note right off the bat. First, are there “negotiators” in CONGRESS? Secondly, THANKFULLY, we AVOIDED ANOTHER CATASTROPHIC “government shutdown”. Thirdly, we may have avoided the latest “FISCAL stalemate”, but there are MANY OTHER “stalemates”. On top of this, “gridlock in Washington” can now be considered a CHRONIC problem.
“But it would stop FAR short of tackling the underlying causes of THE NATIONAL DEBT” which again is a GOP & especially TEA PARTY OBSESSION.
“House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., announced the deal at a Capitol Hill news conference, capping a month of INTENSE NEGOTIATIONS (?)” Again do POLITICIANS “negotiate?”
More specifically, Ryan said: “I see this agreement as A STEP in the right direction. In divided government, WE DON’T ALWAYS GET WHAT WE WANT“. Ryan is only realizing this now? “That said, we CAN still make progress toward our goals (?)” “We can”, but WILL we?
More specifically, Murray said: “I’m CONFIDENT that we WON’T have 100 percent of the Senate or 100 percent of the House”. That’s about THE ONLY thing we can be “confident” about. “What the American people OUGHT to know: This Congress CAN work. People CAN come from very different corners and FIND COMMON GROUND (?)” This is what POLITICIANS ON CAPITOL HILL WANT us to BELIEVE, but do “the American people” ACTUALLY BELIEVE that “(we) can…find common ground?” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“The budget conference, comprising Democrats and Republicans from both chambers, has met twice since the government shutdown. But Murray, Ryan and their staffs have engaged in private negotiations throughout the past two months. As they emerged tonight (December 10, 2013) with their deal, the two chief negotiators said the agreement called for cutting spending “in a SMARTER (?) way”. This is open to INTERPRETATIONS (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). We can “cut spending”/”cutting spending” is “smart” ONLY IF two alternatives are similar in quality/NO OTHER SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCES ARE PRESENT in two given products. Again, price is ONLY ONE thing in LIFE‘s portfolio. In other words, we CAN’T and MUST NOT ONLY consider price without considering other things/factors. Otherwise, we would be like the ULTRA-traditional CHINESE or SHANGHAI HOUSEWIFE.
“In a statement”, Obama said: “This agreement DOESN’T include everything I’d like — and I know many Republicans feel the same way. That’s the nature of COMPROMISE” which again DOESN’T HAPPEN very often among POLITICIANS. “But it’s a GOOD sign that Democrats and Republicans in Congress were able to COME TOGETHER and break the cycle of SHORT-SIGHTED, CRISIS-DRIVEN decision-making to GET THIS DONE”. Again POLITICIANS “(coming) together…to get (things) done” DOESN’T happen very often. In fact over the past 3+ years in fact (2010-now), decision-making on Capitol Hill has usually been “short-sighted” and “crisis-driven”.
In a letter to lawmakers on Tuesday (December 10, 2013), Phillip Ellender, president and COO of Government and Public Affairs for the Koch Companies Public Sector LLC, wrote: “We urge Congress to STICK TO THEIR PROMISE (?) and adhere to the DEFICIT-REDUCING measures of the Budget Control Act. It is essential if our country is to achieve economic prosperity once again. It is also THE RIGHT THING TO DO”. Again this is an INTERPRETATION (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI), because this is emphasizing “deficit reduction” ABOVE EVERYTHING ELSE. Again there’s more to life than just SAVING MONEY.
“Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican (Minority) leader, signaled his SKEPTICISM about the agreement because the spending WENT ABOVE the (level of the) 2011 Budget Control Act”. McConnell as a CONSERVATIVE Republican seems to be “skeptical” about NEARLY EVERYTHING/ALL OF PRESIDENT OBAMA’S IDEAS. “I remain convinced (that) the Budget Control Act has done what it was supposed to do. We’ve reduced government spending for two years in a row for the first time since right after the Korean War. It has been A SUCCESS and I HOPE WE DON’T REVISIT IT”.
Finally, “Ryan, the 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee who has deep credentials among fiscal conservatives, acknowledged the questions he will face about the deal. But he said it was time for a Republican REALITY CHECK“.”As a conservative, I deal with the situation AS IT EXISTS. I deal with things the way they ARE — NOT NECESSARILY the way I WANT THEM TO BE“, “adding that he has passed THREE CONSECUTIVE budgets that have GONE NOWHERE in the Senate”. “We’re in DIVIDED government. I realize I’m not going to get that (EXACTLY WHAT “I want”), so I’m NOT going to go a mile in the direction I want to, but I will take a few steps IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. THIS AGREEMENT TAKES US IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION”, even though I CAN’T ALWAYS GET THINGS “the way I want them to be”. This optimism/acceptance seems to be GRUDGING.
To conclude, let’s return once again to the title: “Congress Gets The Job Done”…FOR ONCE“. ABC News is JUSTIFIABLY CYNICAL because as we know, “Congress” DOESN’T “(Get) The Job Done” very often.