The final play in the playbook is for the media to give us around the clock coverage of a great clash. In this latest round, it is the Tea Party against sane people who want to keep America swaddled in the welfare state. And the great compromise is consummated.
In this case, John Boehner's plan becomes "the best deal we can get." It is now time for everyone to get in line. But please don't give us the details. We might become disgusted with our cowardice.
The Boehner plan enshrines a massive, bloated, socialist state that will go on pretty much unaffected. We would laugh at his plan if it didn't make us cry.
The blueprint proposed by Boehner gives Obama his increase in new borrowing authority, and then claims 10-year domestic phantom spending reductions, with the creation of a new committee of Senators and Congressmen to find these spending cuts.
The plan fails to provide much in the way of budget reductions in 2012, the year this Congress actually controls. To translate Boehner's plan: new borrowing starts immediately and spending cuts may come someday over the rainbow.
The only benefit of the Boehner plan over Obama's is it doesn't raise taxes. And debt increase is smaller than Obama wanted, so we have to live through the whole charade again next year.
What they don't want you to know is that they get over 200 billion dollars a month, and that is more than enough money to pay our interest bill, fund Social Security, Medicare and essential government services.
The best solution would be to reject all of the plans and force government to right size now. It will be a crash diet, but it is the best medicine for a healthy economic future. But we will be shocked if the elite that actually rule Washington don't win again.