AS of late Tuesday afternoon, the federal government was still partially shut down, but negotiations between Republicans and Democrats for a deal to restore funding to the government and raise the debt ceiling appeared to be going better.
Hopefully, an agreement will be in place soon, government services restored, and the debt ceiling raised so a default of the federal government's ability to pay its bills does not occur.
But we don't want to return to business as usual.
Business as usual since 2009 has been no federal government budget.
Business as usual means unhealthy bickering beyond acceptable political give and take.
Business as usual means the federal government continues to pile on more debt and will need to raise the debt ceiling again in a few months.
Business as usual means two sides with different ideas on how government should be run and at what levels it should be funded cannot reason with each other, cannot see the positives of any ideas other than their own, and cannot agree to a compromise for the good of the country.
It's time for our elected officials in leadership positions to grow up and realize the voters did not send them to Washington to throw tantrums and bicker like young siblings in the back seat on a long trip.