"Nothing good is going to come from these ludicrously protracted negotiations over laughably meaningless accounting sleights-of-hand scheduled to kick in circa 2020. All the charade does is confirm to prudent analysts around the world that the depraved ruling class of the United States cannot self-correct, and, indeed, has no desire to."
This is from, of all places, the National Review on Line, written by Mark Steyn. At least, he seems to get the absurdity of what is going on or, actually, not going on in Washington, D.C. these days. And he has it just about right: "the depraved ruling class [which includes for Mark properly both Republicans and Democrats] of the United States cannot self-correct, and, indeed, has no desire to."
To which I would "add," that it has no desire to because to do so would cost this ruling class the power it now possesses and wishes to go one possessing into the foreseeable future. Democrats and Republicans working together, not to deal with the nation's ills, but to perpetuate their power - that is, the power of the Establishment types in each party. Two parties colluding in ways that serves to perpetuate the status quo, of course, while pretending to want to "reform" for the sake of the people.
It is all smoke and mirrors, I tell you, all smoke and mirrors.