United States Moves Closer To Default, No Solution In Sight

US default looming, no solution in sight

On Sunday, Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke by phone but failed to agree on a deal to raise the $16.7 trillion debt limit. They also could not agree on a plan to reopen a government that shut down on Oct. 1 after conservative Republicans aligned with the tea party movement demanded that Obama defund his 3-year-old health care overhaul law. Reid and McConnell – five-term senators hardened by several budget disputes and years of negotiations – remain at an impasse over yet another source of fiscal fighting: the automatic, across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration that took effect earlier this year, as part of a previous high-stakes budget deal. Republicans want to keep spending at the reduced levels while Democrats are pressing for a higher amount. The shutdown has furloughed 350,000 federal workers, impeded various government services, put continued operations of the federal courts in doubt and stopped the federal tax agency from processing tax refunds. Several parks and monuments remain closed, drawing a protest at the National World War II Memorial on Sunday that included conservative tea party-backed lawmakers. “I’m optimistic about the prospects for a positive conclusion to the issues before this country today,” Reid said as the Senate wrapped up a rare Sunday session. McConnell insisted a solution was readily available as he embraced the proposal from a bipartisan group of 12 senators, led by Republican Sen. Susan Collins and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin that would re-open the government and fund it at current levels for six months while raising the debt limit through Jan. 31.

United States of America: Political myths and realities

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The United States pre-World Cup schedule keeps filling up

A failure to do so could well be considered grounds for impeachment: it would, at the very least, be a potentially-treasonous violation of his oath of office (to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States). The myth is that the President is all powerful. The reality is that if Congress doesnt give him the money, he can do diddly-squat other than cut spending to fit the funds available. But that doesnt let Congress off the hook. This is, after all, a body which has raised the debt ceiling over one hundred times, and which last submitted a balanced budget (taxes in equals spending out) back in 1969. Every year since then including when Bill Clinton supposedly balanced the books in 1999-2000 Congress has put forward total spending in excess of the taxes it would levy. Can the United States afford to raise its taxes? Of course. But Congress wont do that. Can the United States of America afford to spend less? Of course. But Congress wont do that, either. Moaning unmercifully about one type of spending while spending by the billions elsewhere (equally capable of being moaned about) doesnt make anyone in Congress, in either party, right. Congress, after all, has failed to do its job for half a century.

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Soccer keeps reminding us how few opportunities there will be to gather the first team ahead of next summers World Cup. No opportunity can be wasted. Thats why the United States Soccer federation has announced its latest friendly, set for Nov. 19 in Vienna against Austria . These teams havent met since 1998. That match will follow a Nov. 15 contest against Scotland at Glasgows famed Hampden Park. Thats the last well see of the national team until the annual January camp which will look quite different this time around. U.S. Soccer isnt officially talking about the January camp yet, but officials will quietly allow that part of the camp will take place in Brazil. It will still be a camp for MLS types and for any Scandinavian league men on break. So that means 14-16 first-choice types wont be able to take advantage of a trip that is mostly about getting familiar with the terrain. Still, it should be a useful exercise for those involved, and for Klinsmann (pictured) and the U.S. coaching staff, of course.