Already, we are being inundated with dire predictions and gloomy speculation about what the “failure” of this wanktastic enterprise will “mean.” Trust me on this: To the great majority of Americans who are just trying to stay afloat in what’s left of the national economy, now that 30 years of conservative economics and a decade-or-so of Wall Street depredations have had their way, the fact that this group of people in Washington failed to come to an agreement on how best to hose the rest of us will not matter a damn.
[…] So the Republicans propose “revenue increases” that include whacking the mortgage-interest deduction for middle-class homeowners at a time when foreclosures are still at high tide, but oppose actual tax increases, which they have sworn with their hands on Grover Norquist’s dick to resist to their last breaths. Meanwhile, the Democrats beg for tax increases at the top end while offering to take several bites out of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. A half-bright, blind zoo animal could write the attack ads. And, at the end of it, John Kerry starts calling people making half-a-mil “middle class.”"