The US government is (technically) functional again, and the national crisis has been (sort of) averted, for the time being. But whatever our political persuasion, we all know that the recent government shutdown was only the latest episode in an ongoing pattern of melodramatic debt crises ending in hard-fought, down-to-the-wire agreements to kick the can a little further down the road. And now as always, the question of the day remains, “Who is to blame for this mess?”
If this is our starting point for a national self-diagnosis, we are already asking the wrong question.
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