At the end of the day, what counted most to political leaders in DC was status quo. Maintaining the mirage of normal.
Some token cuts. A few crumbs. Plenty of spin.
Just enough to fool those not paying close attention. And even appease some who are. Pretend to make progress.
Both parties are playing the same game. Kick the can down the road.
They kick it hard and far when they think they can get away with.
Other times, when folks are watching, they dress it up as progress and just give it a tap. With the hope they'll be under less scrutiny when it's time for the next kick.
As I suspected, they'll use the promise of more cuts in 2012 as an excuse to forgo deeper cuts now.
They don't have the stomach for what needs to be done. They don't have the stomach for the cuts needed to restore fiscal sustainability.