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Daniel Patrick Moynihan Senior Lecturer in Public Policy

Abstract

Washington, D.C. is again in the grip of its long-running budgetary soap opera. Episode 1, “Fiscal Cliffs,” was followed shortly by “Sequestration” and now “Government Shutdown.” Coming soon: “Debt Ceiling II.” The American public is utterly fed up with this endless series. Each episode produces historic new lows of Congressional approval ratings — now scraping 5 percent.

Citation

Bilmes, Linda J. "As the Shutdown Turns: It's Time to Stop the Budgetary Soap Opera." Cognoscenti, October 10, 2013.