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March 5, 2015

We Haven’t Seen the Last of Budget Brinksmanship

While households and financial markets can breathe a sigh of relief after the nation managed to avert a debt ceiling breach at the 11th hour, Felix Salmon warns that “We will have more sequesters, and more shutdowns, and more debt-ceiling fights, and eventually, in a statistical inevitability, we will fail to find some kind of way through the mess.”

“Yes, the President has won an important battle against the zombies. But while it’s possible to win a zombie battle, it’s never possible to win a zombie war… The Tea Party doesn’t take legislative defeat as a signal that it’s doing something wrong: it takes it as a signal that nothing has really changed in Washington and that they therefore need to redouble their nihilistic efforts.”

“Take it from me: come February, or March, or whenever we end up having to have this idiotic debt-ceiling fight all over again, the Tea Party will still be there, and will still be as crazy as ever. A bruised zombie, ultimately, is just a scarier zombie.”

Alex Altman: “The debt and budget crises failed to alter either party’s policy positions, or reveal new ground for compromise.”

  • Forrest


    However, long-term, this could be good for the country. If house Republicans are foolish enough to try anything like this in 2014, yes it will probably save many Republicans from primary fights at the cost of giving the House to Democrats. Then, if Democrats unify and resist the urge to filibuster each other (as in 2009), and that is a big if, maybe we can get a real jobs bill passed for the first time in years.

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