So, it seems a budget compromise was reached, and there will be no government shutdown. Yeah, disaster was averted, largely because even GOP House members saw that they wouldn't be helped by the bad "optics" of Armed Services Members not getting paid (though they would have tried to pin the blame on the President- likely successfully). Thom Hartmann's essay on Jude Wanniski's "Two Santa Claus" theory is a must-read (the last sentence, though, is guaranteed to piss you off, in light of the last three years of capitulation) look at supply-side economics and the "borrow and spend" policies of the GOP- party of fiscal responsibility, my ass!
Now, with a hated black Democratic president in the White House, the GOP has a newfound love affair with "fiscal responsibility" and "deficit reduction". Far from playing the "Two Santa Claus" game, they are playing the "Two Grinches" game- they pursue policies that hurt the poor, while cutting programs that ameliorate the ensuing suffering. Yeah, they're stuffing the Christmas tree up the chimney, all the while blaming slutty little Cindy Lou Ho for her profligate Jezebelian ways. Meanwhile, the GOP is also making sure that those pesky Loraxes (Loraces?) won't get in the way of the Oncelers who pull their strings.
It's the wee hours of the morning, so I haven't heard much analysis of what was in the final compromise budget bill. I know I'll be pissed off, but I don't know whether it'll be "blazing bonfire" mad, or "Mt. St. Helens" mad.