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When pressed, the republicans continue singing that old song about cutting medicare, medicaid, and social security, as opposed to engaging in an intelligent dialogue about how the American people are best served. The priorities of the right are skewed to their own self-aggrandizement, and personal enrichment. They care nothing about the poor or the middle class and their true concerns are showing just like the proverbial lady’s slip as things get dicier and dicier in Washington D.C., and our great shame, the inability to work together when ‘capitalist’ stakes are at risk, will soon be exposed to the entire world.
The Week’s Marc Ambinder shares his thoughts on how this all might finally end:
Having spent a grand total of 72 hours in Washington, D.C., I cannot claim to have surveyed the entire landscape here. But privately — and whenever you read someone write that, it means that the conversation was informal enough so that the journalist won’t burn the source without the source having asked — here’s what a bunch of smart people on the Hill think is going to happen.
1. There will be lots of loud noise this week.
2. There will be a last minute Senate effort; it will fail because the House can’t support it.
3. There will be a rearguard bipartisan move of House freshman to force something through. Won’t work.
4. The sequester happens. The noose tightens.
5. Three days later, agency heads will formally specify what they will be cutting. GOPers in the House will see this as a blueprint for cutting non-essential services. They will then work to strike a deal of some sort. This may take a while. People begin to lose their jobs in late March.
On March 27, the continuing resolution that funds the government — all of it, runs out.
6. If that does not happen, public pressure will force one side to again to propose a Grand Bargain. The “other side” may be open to this. The Senate will probably go first. Alternatively, a shorter temporary CR or stay of execution might pass the House.
My gut tells me it will take about four weeks post-sequester for something to break free.
In any event, America will still be a back alley: So many cans have been kicked.
The failure of democracy is evident as lawmakers continue to struggle over doing what’s right as opposed to preserving what’s good for them personally. For shame….