Writing at Fiscal Times, Eric Pianin and Josh Boak present three different ways the shutdown might end. They are
- Pass a stopgap measure that’s tied to budget talks.
- The President bends on the PPACA.
- Implement the Portman plan, a sort of “grand bargain” including a one-year continuing resolution, substantial entitlement cuts, tightening qualifications for subsidies under the PPACA, and tax code reform.
To me only the first of these sounds anything but far-fetched. This despite my impression that the best thing that could happen to the PPACA might be a brief delay. Any of these ways of ending the shutdown presumes that the two sides are actually interested in arriving at an agreement.
In a world in which everyone has their own facts and each side may believe that it’s winning that really doesn’t appear to be the case.