That sums up how I feel about this "debt deal." It is better than the fiscal equivalent of sleeping on the sidewalks of a foreign city, but it is not even a deal, to say nothing of 'a great deal.'
Political Calculations | Ironman | Visualizing Federal Spending Before and After the Debt DealClick to enlarge. Note that those projections use the optimistic CBO convention that planned cuts actually occur as promised.
So, to recap, when compared to the pre-crisis decade of federal government spending, instead of increasing at an annualized rate of 7.35% per year, the total amount of U.S. federal government spending is now projected to only increase at an annualized rate of 6.78% per year, thanks to the so-called "Budget Control Act".
No word yet on whether or not the nation's GDP will grow as quickly....
* The name of the hotel that screwed us was Tesoro Los Cabos. Do not stay there.
PS We raised enough of a fuss in the lobby that we ended up getting rooms eventually. The manager had thought he could placate us by sending us out to the pool bar with free drink vouchers. This was a huge strategic mistake on his part. He thought we would wander away, seduced by cheap tequila and girls in bikinis like Odysseus' men amongst the Lotus Eaters. We like both tequila and girls in bikinis very much, but we also liked not getting shit on, so we took shifts shuttling back and forth from bar to lobby. Instead of having a dozen angry but sober men making his life somewhat difficult, he had five or six angry men drunk on his own booze making his life very difficult.