The Real Meaning Behind the D.C. Budget Drama
In less than 24 hours, the House approved drastically scaling back food stamps and defunding Obamacare. But will it really change anything? The measures still have to pass the Democrat-controlled Senate. Meanwhile, there’s an Oct. 1 government shutdown looming, thanks to the expiration date on stop-gap measures, as well as a potential mid-October battle over the debt ceiling. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has already threatened a filibuster in his chamber. Which is to say that this week’s budget battles could be as much about helping the parties entrench themselves for an anticipated blame-game as any great overhauls of American spending.