Crisis-addled Washington careens toward the next debacle

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Naureen Khan

New York, NY

#1 Oct 17, 2013
Crisis-addled Washington careens toward the next debacle
by Naureen Khan

October 16, 2013 | 11:48AM ET | Updated 10:24PM ET

Deep, systemic factors drive dysfunction in Washington while fundamental differences separate the parties

Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, conceded defeat Wednesday, as the House of Representatives fell in line with the Senate in voting for a bill to avert a national debt default and end the 16-day government shutdown largely on terms laid down by President Barack Obama. The 11th hour deal momentarily allays worries about global economic calamity, though another unhappy reality lies ahead: The next crisis is, as always, only a few months away.

None of the plans being considered resolves the issues at hand for long. A continuing resolution would fund the government through Jan. 15, a mere three months away, and raise the nationís borrowing authority only until February, at which point another debt ceiling battle would loom. This time, negotiators would also be charged with drawing up a detailed budget plan for the next decade by Dec. 13.

Such appears to be the new normal for governance in the United States ó one self-imposed crisis following on the heels of another, with enormous consequences for the American people.

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