Now that the budget fracas is over, who are the winners and losers? Who gets the blame for nearly causing a government shutdown? Democrats claim that the Republicans were to blame for trying to hold them hostage with ideological social issues. The Republicans reject the claim and say it was always about the budget cuts.
The biggest winners are obviously the American citizens since the shutdown was averted and government services will not be interrupted. I think the President will come out of this perhaps not smelling quite like roses but at least not smelling like something Bo left on the carpet of the West Wing. Yet this deal will barely make a dent in balancing the budget and it certainly won’t create any new jobs.
I expect public animus will be split among the congressional Democrats and Republicans but many analysts are calling this a win for the Republicans since they got a lot of cuts that the Democrats did not want to give up. Don’t expect them to let that strategy go either when the debate over raising the deficit ceiling heats up in a few weeks. The circumstances will be much graver if agreement can’t be reached on this since a default on American debt will have far reaching ripples on the global economy. Will House Republicans be willing to burn down the world economy if they don’t get their way next time?
What do the Refugees think?
- Video: Budget battle winners and losers (cbsnews.com)
- Winners and losers in the showdown (politico.com)
- Government Shutdown: Who Was to Blame? (thedailybeast.com)
- This is What Happens When Republicans Get Milquetoast (redstate.com)
- Budget Battle: Analysis Suggests Republicans Won First Round (Huffington Post)