Congress won’t do anything significant between now and the election. Then they’ll have a lame duck session and won’t do anything then either. So the government is effectively shut down for the next nine months, till the end of January 2013.
I know some of us, mostly Republicans, think that’s a good thing because they want less government. But they’re not getting less government, they’re getting outdated and inefficient government. We desperately need reform in so many areas — Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, energy, immigration, weapons systems, the tax code.
We pride ourselves on innovation and ingenuity in our business sector. But what’s the point of having a dynamic private sector harnessed to a stagnant public sector?