Well, no sooner did we get an editorial out of the old computer saying that budget talks between Democrats and Republicans were stalled than - bam! - a deal was announced.
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., announced Tuesday that a deal had been struck to provide funding through fiscal year 2015. The House as a whole will vote on the deal today. The Senate vote will come next week.
What is astonishing about the deal is how little it does. It replaces $85 billion in sequester cuts with targeted spending cuts and some increases in user fees.
There is no mention of reform of the tax code; no mention of shoring up entitlement programs by adjusting eligibility ages to life expectancy; no mention of increased taxes.
In fact, the deal just about ignores yearly budget deficits and the national debt. By some accounts, it could decrease spending by as little as $35 billion over the next decade.
That's a drop in the bucket for a country that has grown used to trillion-dollar annual deficits and has a $17 trillion national debt.
Yes, we realize that we have been urging bipartisan cooperation to confront our country's economic problems. This is being touted as a first, bipartisan step. Boy, is it a baby step.
A cynic might say this looks like a ploy by politicians in both parties to just get by the 2014 elections. It is hard not to share in that cynicism.
At first glance, this may be the biggest example of kicking the can down the road Washington has come up with yet. But, by golly, it's a bipartisan kick.
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