I am not at all pessimistic about whether a deal will get done. Quite to the contrary, I am becoming more and more optimistic that a deal WON'T get done. We need to embrace this one chance we have to force the government to confront its spending addiction. Yes, the budget cuts in the sequester are going to hurt, but they are the only chance we have to get these people talking about spending cuts instead of tax hikes. Because as long as they are talking about tax hikes in stead of spending cuts, the argument, and the chance to right this ship, is already lost.