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Encore, encore!

I've got to admit being more than a little surprised that the House approved the Senate's financial canyon remedy. But the Senate's action gave House Republicans no palatable alternative.

Having said that, we're all going to be treated to budgetary encores in 2013. As the folks at FoxNews report today, "The deal passed Tuesday night only tees up a new round of congressional battles in a matter of weeks over the debt ceiling and automatic spending cuts that would largely hit the Pentagon -- the latter provision was delayed by two months as part of the deal. Democrats are likely to continue pushing for tax hikes as part of those debates, while Republicans are demanding spending cuts and entitlement reform."

The old saying to keep your eye on the ball rings true here. In this case, the ball is spending cuts and entitlement reform. Don't be distracted by the partisan babble.

And let's not overlook this tidbit from Charlie Pierce's politics blog today at Esquire.com:

And then, after everybody stopped watching, the Republicans adjourned the House without voting on a bill that would have extended aid to the victims of superstorm Sandy. The last act of this glorious night of bipartisan compromise on the part of the House majority was to flip off people who are still picking through the rubble in the middle of winter.

I continue to be pessimistic about the whole business.

Rightfully so, Charlie. Rightfully so.

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