We wrote an editorial last year comparing the Wednesday morning after Election Day to the movie "Groundhog Day."
"When you awoke Tuesday - Election Day - there was a Democratic president, a Democratic Senate and a Republican House of Representatives. The next day (allegedly Wednesday), there was a Democratic president, a Democratic Senate and a Republican House of Representatives.
"Like the protagonist Phil in "Groundhog Day," you keep waking up to the same day over and over again.
"As Phil (played by Bill Murray) remarked, 'Well, what if there is no tomorrow? There wasn't one today."'
We feel the same way about the end of the stalemate last week that shut down the government and brought the U.S. to the brink of default. Nothing has changed - both sides are maintaining their positions. They have just kicked the big decisions down the road again - this time for only a couple of months.
Again, quoting from last year's editorial:
"Both sides of the aisle in Congress immediately announced their positions on reducing the deficit and confronting the national debt haven't changed. What a surprise.
"It certainly doesn't look like bipartisanship is a ship that will be sailing soon. Our politicians apparently are much more comfortable on this Titanic the country is cruising on.
"And why not? We keep giving them their jobs back."
How many times will Washington keep putting the country through these crises they manufacture? How many times must the public endure the Groundhog Days caused by their incompetence?
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