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.