Finally, after 16 days of being shut down, the federal government has officially reopened on October 17. At the 11th hour, Congress finally passed a bipartisan deal to fund the government through January 15, 2014 and suspend the debt ceiling enough to get us through February 7. Thus, the risk of default is nil for the next few months, until the next inevitable battle on the horizon of course. The President stood his ground, and no significant changes were made to Obamacare as Bonehead and most Republicans finally backed down for now. Our economy, and indeed the world's economy, has been saved from the brink of catastrophe. So, cue the music, Maestro:
HALLELUJAH! HALLELUJAH! HALLELUJAH, HALL.......err, wait a minute. Seriously? There is really nothing to be rejoicing about, since true progressives gained absolutely nothing from the deal, the sequester cuts are still in place, and the crazy fanatics who held our government hostage and nearly drove us over the debt cliff get to walk away unpunished, salivating like Pavlov's dog at the next chance to do it all over again. The antics of the past few weeks have already done significant damage to our economy, and made America look like a dysfunctional laughingstock around the world. We must not tolerate this kind of outrageous and unacceptable behavior from any of our elected representatives, ever. Period. So, one more time, we will say it again to them loud and clear:
Now pack your bags and get the hell out before we primary each and every one of you. We the People have spoken. Don't let the door hit you on the way out.