cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
Considering the hand that was dealt, the Republicans came out of this dust-up in better position than expected. The Bush tax rates were largely codified permanently and the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) was made permanent without the need to have it annually updated for inflation. The AMT will now be automatically updated.
The vaunted ‘fiscal cliff’ is still out there but that won’t be dealt with until mid-February, if then. It lives to make more shenanigans possible by the ruling class as it works to do away with fiscal cliffs. We have some very serious cuts that need to be made, especially in the Defense Department. That must be balanced against the still very dangerous world in which we live. We have some social welfare programs, not the least of which is Social Security, that need to be made self-sustaining either through greater contributions, lesser benefits or a combination. That has always been a ‘third rail’ for politicians.
An interesting array of things the President issued his orders concerning today; certainly not as daunting, on the surface, as some had opined. There are probably going to be some additional actions and among those may be the EPA weighing in on lead containment. I doubt this is going to cut into the fever of gun purchases evidenced every time I drive past Gander Mountain and Cabela's; if anything, it will increase the fever.
1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.