Once more, to the brink
Today, if Republicans and Democrats in Congress fail to reach agreement, funding for much of the federal government will run out and many of the services it renders and duties it performs will begin to shut down.
That appeared less likely to occur late Thursday, as leaders of both parties said they were nearing agreement on a plan to keep the government operating through next September.
But the script is becoming repetitive and frustrating to most Americans: Leaders of both parties blast the opposition while scrambling to see if they can use a shutdown to improve their parties’ odds for victory in the next election. Also, fringes of both parties try to attach their favored measures to any compromise, whether it’s taxes on the rich or forced approval of a controversial pipeline.
The political catfighting and brinksmanship are getting old.