Careful what you wish for.
"Congress needs to get back to work!"
"Re-open Government so we can move forward!"
"We can't afford for this to continue!"
I can make the argument we can't afford the alternative. The landmark McConnell-Reid bill that ended the shutdown and averted breaching the debt-ceiling was not a "clean Continuing Resolution," as asked for by the president and some lawmakers.
We learned Thursday that wedged into the required and necessary bill that opened up America for business, there were some things few people would consider necessary and required.
For example, the man whose NAME is on the bill, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky apparently would only attach his fine name if it included a $3 BILLION earmark to build a damn in Paducah, Ky. (Side note, I've been to Paducah and wouldn't give you $3 billion for the entire place.)
McConnell is concerned about his re-election chances and wasn't going to agree to ANYTHING, unless it included the ability for him to spread some of YOUR tax dollars around Kentucky. "Hi, I'm Mitch and I'm bringing home the bacon to YOU! Vote for me."
So while the Sequestration and Government Shutdown have actually saved taxpayers from oppressive, wasteful -- dare I say -- fraudulent spending on behalf of Congress, now that we have a three-month extension, Congress can get back to the important work of spending money we don't have on things we don't need.
Hooray for compromise!
- Bruce: Uh, yay? Feds return to work
- Sen. Flake: Nobody wanted to see US default
- Parties bicker over blame for parks shutdown
- Brewer: State will fund Grand Canyon again
- Ariz. House GOP: Easier to work with Clinton
- Canyon closure benefited other sites
- Border agents' rep worries about retention
- Monument closing hits Coolidge hard
- Shutdown idles workers at bottom of Canyon
- Hope, skepticism linger about parks
- House GOP, White House seek end to fight
- Feds to let states pay to open parks
- St. James: Shut 'er down for good! Please!
- Dozer: Long shutdown will cost Boehner
- McMahon: If broken, why not recall it?
- Town OKs funds to try to reopen Canyon
- Federal government shut down over budget
- Shutdown impacts thousands in Arizona
- Brewer rejected in offer to reopen Canyon
- State not allowed to fund Canyon reopening
- Grand Canyon closes as part of fed shutdown
- Furloughed workers protest at Luke AFB
- Some immigration courts closed in Arizona
- More than 400 furloughed at Luke AFB
- Stanton: Gov't shutdown no time for politics
- Rep. Salmon requests suspended pay
- Brewer: Arizona can't bail out federal gov't
- Sen. Jeff Flake tweets about shutdown
- Bruce: Lots of 'non-essential' employees
- Brewer warns of shutdown-related problems
- Arizona staffers to work through shutdown
- TTT: Wrong people paying for shutdown
- Navajo Nation parks open during shutdown
- Timeline: Congress' path to federal shutdown
- Despite shutdown, lawmakers still get check
- Obama's unlikely ally: big business
- WW: Don't let shutdown ruin fall plans
- IRS: No tax refunds in shutdown
- Gov't shutdown closes parks, monuments
- Gov't shutdown's hit magnified for tribes
- Shutdown leaves thousands in DC in limbo
- Vets pass barriers at closed WWII Memorial
- Colbert uses 'Breaking' to mock shutdown
- Obama hits 'ideological crusade' in shutdown
- Obama shortens Asia trip due to shutdown
- Businesses worry about prolonged shutdown
- World fears economic shutdown ripple
- Are founders to blame for shutdown?
- US budget deadlock spooks investors
- King: Cruz GOPers want to 'hijack' GOP
- Conservative group airing ads on shutdown
- Stop being stupid, voters tweet to Congress
- Impasse leads to gov't shutdown (PICS)