A few decades ago, I arrived at Niagara Falls on the very day that a scene was being filmed for an early Superman movie. First they filmed a dummy of Superman plunging into the Falls (supposedly to save a kid). Then they filmed another dummy “flying” out of the Falls with the “kid,” lifted on a stout cable over a pulley arrangement, pulled not by machines, but by a couple dozen strong people.
They had great difficulty with the second part, and repeated the action many times.
Congress is a bit like that film crew, except they have only a dozen people no stronger than most members of Congress. Throwing the economy into the tank was the easy part, accomplished mostly by Republicans during the Bush administration.
The Super Committee attempted the hard part: pulling the Super Economy out of the Super Falls. Of course it didn’t happen; it was never supposed to happen. You knew from Day 1 that if Republicans didn’t strangle the process, Democrats would do their own damage.
So… the default kicks in, right? Severe cuts to both entitlement programs and defense budgets, right?
If you believe that, I have a bridge I want to sell you. It’s in Brooklyn, the same one recently #Occupied…