The Wall Street Journal reported that "the agreement, crafted by two Senate leaders, offers only a temporary reprieve from the brinkmanship that has become a hallmark of divided government."
"Today's legislation won't help us reduce our fast-growing debt," said Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who voted against the bill. "In my judgment, this isn't a breakthrough. We're just kicking the can down the road."
Surely, the government shutdown needed to end. As much as conservatives prefer limited government, an organized and respectable government is preferable to a shut-down government.
More important was the need to prevent a government default, even if, as some argue, the default would be more perceived than real. Real or not, the "full faith and credit of the United States government" must be maintained, so edging to the brink of default does not do a teetering world economy any good.
So what's next? How about no more of the same.
The public has had enough of brinkmanship. Congress has not passed a budget in four years.
While many may blame Republicans for not going along with President Obama's budget-busting policies, the fact is the government cannot continue on its path of more spending and burdensome taxes.
Voters elect representatives to make decisions in Washington, not to waste our time and resources. The representatives need to act accordingly.