Cliff Deal Proves the Era of Grand Bargains Is Over
The 'Big Deal' is dead: Jennifer Steinhauer
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 1, 2013 12:56 PM CST
This Nov. 16, 2012 file photo shows President Barack Obama, accompanied by House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, speaking to reporters in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

(Newser) – If the fiscal cliff deal passed by the Senate this morning makes one thing clear, it's this: "The era of the Big Deal is over," writes Jennifer Steinhauer in the New York Times. President Obama and John Boehner met numerous times, and so did other bipartisan groups, yet "the grand bargain remains the elusive holy grail of fiscal policy and seems destined to stay that way for now." The president and other lawmakers have admitted as much, and at this point they seem resigned to accomplishing only incremental steps.

But there's a big problem with that: Every month, "a new battle emerges and legislative Band-Aids are affixed to fiscal gunshot wounds." Even if the House approves the Senate's deal, a series of other fiscal cliffs loom down the road, not to mention the numerous other bills that will be punted to the next Congress, including a farm bill, transportation bill, domestic violence prevention measure, and a Hurricane Sandy disaster relief bill. "Doing business in pieces may end up a productive formula—in the sense that walking 100 miles will still transport a person absent an airplane or a bus—but many outside Congress do not think such halting forward motion should be confused with actual success." Click for Steinhauer's full column.

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SilenceDogood
Jan 1, 2013 2:14 PM CST
Obama is such a narcissistic twit as to do stand-up comedy and proclaim he won and slapped down the GOP before it was signed, the man is his own worst enemy. It also shows the tenor for the next three years, it will make the first term seem like a walk in the park.
SilenceDogood
Jan 1, 2013 2:13 PM CST
Obama is such a narcissistic twit as to do stand-up comedy and proclaim he won and bitch slapped the GOP before it was signed, the man is his own worst enemy. It also shows the tenor for the next three years, it will make the first term seem like a walk in the park.
Twiny
Jan 1, 2013 1:49 PM CST
How about blaming the Republicans? How about blaming Boehner for not being able to lead his own party to a vote on his own bill? He's such a shitty leader, he couldn't lead the way down if he was the first man to fall off a cliff. Or how about blaming the batshit crazy Teabaggers who insist on sticking to their No Tax Hikes mantra no matter what the cost to the Country and the people? It's damned hard to put together a deal when you have to deal with irrational fanatics and that, my friends, describes the Tea Party to a... well, to a T.