Congress congratulated itself for, once again, “saving” us all from its own disfunction. We know by now, however, that there is more can kicking and partisan bickering to come.
The shutdown was just a small manifestation of more institutional problems in our system of government: that representatives are no longer accountable to the average voter.
What do we have to look forward to?
Lawmakers and the White House have agreed to fund the government and raise the debt limit for only a few months. You can bet we can expect more of the same, sensationalized headlines, filibusters, and finger pointing.
Even as a deal is approved partisan talking points are appearing on Twitter:
The Senate debt deal’s answer to the debt problem is to spend more. That’s not a good answer. http://t.co/4skgmubDIy
— Mike Enzi (@SenatorEnzi) October 16, 2013
I have voted 3 times to fully fund and over a dozen times to partially fund parts of the government. This just kicks the can down the road.
— Rep. Andy Harris, MD (@RepAndyHarrisMD) October 16, 2013