As I’ve said many times before, we’re in for a real ugly spell politically. Republicans have no apparent incentive to compromise and establishment media will say “both sides do it” over and over again no matter what Republicans do. The latter may not matter since establishment media is becoming less and less relevant.
It’s going to be awful and it’s going to destroy a lot of people’s lives, people who can’t get jobs at least partly because of contractionary economic policies, for example. There’s no way to sugarcoat it.
But it’s going to end. Bob Woodward may not be dead in five years, but I suspect that after Hillary or whoever puts a whupping on Marco Rubio, things will start to change, not right away, but within a few years.
Until then, we’re stuck with this:
At a presser today, President Obama was peppered with questions from reporters who demanded to know if there is anything he can do to dislodge Republicans from their no-compromise stance. One suggested locking Republicans in a room until a deal is reached. Obama responded that he is “not a dictator.”[….]
The GOP position is explicitly that there is nothing Democrats can offer that will get them to agree to new revenues. Nothing. Therefore, any offer from Dems — no matter how much in serious spending cuts it contains — is automatically a nonstarter for Republicans if it closes any tax loopholes to generate new revenue. There is no scenario under which Republicans can be induced to compromise — if we take Republicans themselves at their word. The only option for avoiding the sequester is for Democrats to propose only cuts to replace it — cuts that Republicans themselves won’t even propose. No “leadership” can avert the sequester. Only giving Republicans 100% of what they want can.
A Robespierre-style reign of terror would be more efficient and more moral than allowing this to continue, but it doesn’t seem to be on the table right now.