The Washington Examiner has a preview of what’s in store for us from Washington, DC in 2013. It’s not going to be pretty. Now that the fiscal cliff crisis was resolved in the middle of the night, they will move on to the debt ceiling crisis. From there they will move on to the sequester, another man made crisis, before taking up the budget. No doubt the Senate will fail to pass a budget and instead use another continuing resolution to keep the gravy chain rolling.
Expect 2012 to be like 2013, but worse.
The crisis just averted reached its apex with an intransigent Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., trashing House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, on the Senate floor, and Boehner responding by telling Reid to “go f–k [himself]” in a meeting at the White House. For his part, President Obama enraged Republicans by taunting them during an appearance at the White House on New Year’s Eve. He was so aloof and detached from negotiations that Vice President Biden had to be called in to do the heavy lifting.
This will be the new tone for Obama’s second term — bitter, divided and getting worse, even as the nation’s fiscal status deteriorates. After a few months of ugly showdowns like the one that just ended, it will be considerably more difficult for Obama to make progress in Congress on the remaining big-ticket items on his agenda — guns, immigration and climate change, for example. Even more difficult will be bigger, bipartisan goals like the entitlement and tax reforms that America desperately needs.
If his first term is any indication, Obama will retaliate against congressional resistance by acting alone, as he already has by using executive power to make policy in education, welfare, labor law, the environment and immigration. He will test legal limits with new administrative changes, executive orders, memoranda and creative regulatory rulings.
Americans will also start to feel the negative effects of Obamacare starting this year. The Democrats purposely crafted the legislation so the most painful aspects wouldn’t hit until after the 2012 election. But hey, it’s not like voters weren’t warned. They just weren’t listening.