The USA government shutdown is over and the debt ceiling raised with a bill that the President signed at the last minute last night.
Nothing was accomplished except headlines.
Millions of government workers will be paid again. The folks I work with at NASA should be shuffling out of their bedroom slippers, finally taking showers and be back in the office today.
But our government failed us. They did precisely what I said they would - they voted for a measure that simply pushes the problems into the not-so-distant future. All the issues will be visited again in January.
"We think that we'll be back here in January debating the same issues," John Chambers, managing director of Standard and Poor's rating service, told CNN on Wednesday night. "This is, I fear, a permanent feature of our budgetary process."
Oh, and the bill didn't just fund the government and raise the debt ceiling. In the short, 35-page bill were a few funded pet projects too.
Are you kidding me?
Okay, one of the provisions was that there will be no cost of living increase for members of Congress this year. That's good, right? It doesn't say they won't get a raise, though.
Our government failed us. They did not resolve anything. Our country is insolvent and they play politics.
We should fire them all. I plan to. I'm not the only one.