For John, BLUF: Invincible ignorance on Morrissey Boulevard. Nothing to see here; just move along.
The Boston Globe has a particularly inane Editorial today, "Boehner must spurn Tea Party again on immigration reform".
The Editorial Cartoon, by Mr Michael Ramirez, better captures the actual situation in DC.
The editors totally miss the point that the debt is growing and no one seems to have any idea how to deal with it, the various Tea Parties aside. We sail further and further out on this uncharted sea, confident that the directions left by Lord Keynes will bring us safely to port. Their Lordships at The Globe see only some men and women dressed as Native Americans and dumping tea in the harbor. They don't see a possible economic disaster in front of us. Their Lordships lack the grace to acknowledge that those of us who identify with the various Tea Parties have concerns that deserve some consideration.
The other place Their Lordships show a lack of grace, and lack of insight, is with regard to immigration. If the President is legislating from the Oval Office, if only by selective enforcement of the laws passed by the US Congress, then how will a deal on immigration be enforced, except by shutting down parts of the Government? (I don't think the Feed and Forage act extents to Customs and Border Patrol or the Immigration and Naturalization Service.) But then Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid would shut down the entire Federal Government rather than allow the Lower House to call the President's attention to his lack of attention to parts of an agreement, by not funding certain agencies involved in immigration (eg, CBP and INS). And Their Lordships at The Globe would applaud Mr Reid.
Regards — Cliff