It is important to consider that, no matter what deal Republicans and Democrats forge to end the current crisis, our long national fiscal nightmare is sure to continue.
Barring a hail Mary resolution, there is zero chance the tiny compromises now being discussed will come close to substaintially addressing the partisan dysfunction that plagues Washington and the nation.
Step back from the cacophony of talking points spouting from every media outlet and it becomes apparent a resetting of federal budget priorities and tax increases will be required to address our massive national debt.
Only by simultaneously taking both of these steps could we hope to address the debt without further impoverishing millions of citizens already struggling with the effects of the Great Recession. And only by taking both steps could we hope to maintain our prominent and necessary leadership role around the globe -- not to mention keep our national infrastructure from crumbling.
Few national Republicans will acknowledge that additional tax revenue is required -- sticking to the delusion the U.S. can operate in the 21st century on a pre-World War II size govenment.
And few Democrats have unequivocally declared in public that taxes will in fact have to be raised. This can't be denied if we want to continue the kind of social safety net that wasn't necessary when most lived on farms among extended families but certainly is in the global economy.
Instead of debating realistic solutions to our national debt and the sluggish economy, Congress and the president continue to battle over mini-tweaks and kicks of the can further down the road. No wonder so many Americans have now tuned Washington out, as much as possible.
It also is important to note, as we watch this shutdown spectacle play out, that the last time new taxes and budgetary reforms were approved at once -- under President George H.W. Bush and a Democratic Congress, the economy soon recovered and went into boom mode.