Here we go again: Countdown to shutdown

The difference between the House GOP budget resolution and what the Democrats want is about $2 billion. That's about what those guys on the Hill spend in about 15 minutes. And we're going to have a government shutdown over this? Madness! It is not clear how the dispute will be resolved. A spokesman for House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said Sunday that leaders have been in touch, but other congressional aides said there was no progress toward a compromise over the weekend. And members of Congress who appeared on Sunday talk shows gave little sign that they would move quickly from their parties' positions on disaster relief. "The Senate is saying . . . why should we, in effect, rebuild schools in Iraq on the credit card but expect that rebuilding schools in Joplin, Missouri, at this moment in time have to be paid for in a way that has never been in any of the previous disaster assistance that we've put out before?" Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) said on CNN's "State of the...(Read Full Post)