These hombres are mean, vicious and quick with guns. Sure we've got a Sheriff; but what we need's a gun slinger. ~Mad Dog McCree (1990 video game)
Finally, some common sense.
What exactly is wrong with this deal? The fact that there are cuts? If people don't like that, why in God's name didn't they turn out to vote and bring back our Congressional majority? Once these nut jobs were in there, it was inevitable that this crap was going to happen. Whether or not it is advisable to cut spending, what exactly was going to stop this from happening? My experience is that the primary factor in all negotiations are the facts on the ground. The complaints center on a ridiculous notion that if the President had only said "no" harder, that these guys would have caved in.
The only thing that could have stopped the entire fiasco altogether is Obama's throwing his nuclear bomb of the 14th Amendment in the air and detonating it. Myself, I would have done precisely that. However, then we would no doubt face the prospect of a year and a half of impeachment hearings, with slavering, slobbering Republicans going rabid over the prospect of finally getting rid of this uppity Negro.
Never mind that the Senate would have never voted for it. The process would have made Bill Clinton's impeachment look tame.
Would we want to put the country through that? That's a genuine question, not a rhetorical one.
Right now, I don't have an answer.