The buzz on Morning Joe today is that the Republicans have scored a great deal in the debt ceiling battle. Joe Scarborough praised the Tea Party reps for negotiating and getting "practically" everything they want. The Democrats, like John Heilemann, Paul Krugman, Maureen Dowd and Arianna Huffington, are livid because they think Obama gave too much. Barney Frank was on the program and he believes the Democrats will do okay with the deal because they're getting possible defense cuts. Dick Durbin was on, and he said a deal had to be struck for the good of the country. The general narrative is that the Tea Party won politically but damaged the country. Tom Brokaw was on, and he said this is just the beginning, that further negotiations will take place for the next 9 months and we'll have to see how it all plays out. Connie Mack was on, and he said he will not vote for the deal because it doesn't really cut spending -- Joe S. implied that Mack is being unreasonable because he can't get the perfect deal -- David Gregory said that Mack is playing politics because he knows his vote will not count, that the deal will pass without his vote.
Oh my -- what to make of all this. One thing is for sure -- the Tea party has upset the status quo apple cart. But, when all is said and done, government spending will go up 7-10 trillion dollars in the next 10 years, the triggers will be defective, entitlements will not be reformed, the hawks will block defense cuts, taxes will be raised, the balanced budget amendment will fail and we'll eventually cause our creditors to demand more interest on the money they loan us. Too cynical? Well, I have reason to be cynical.
Obama and the Democrats put forth a phony Grand Bargain with no specifics which they eventually sabotaged -- plus, none of the Democrats were ever going to touch entitlements. This whole fiasco was staged political wrangling to create the best image to market going into 2012. Democrats and Big Government Republicans got their debt ceiling increase -- 2.5 trillion dollars.
Statism is safe for a while longer, but public dissatisfaction is building. Practically everyone on Morning Joe gave their version of what the American people want, yet none of them have any idea what the American people want. The American people want many things, but one thing is for sure -- according to the polls, they don't want what we have in Washington DC right now, which is a powerful State falling apart as all statist governments eventually do.