This bulletin just in from the alternative universe:
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says that while deficit reduction is a laudable goal, there are precious few spending cuts left to negotiate in exchange for raising the debt ceiling.
"The cupboard is bare," the California Democrat said in an interview aired Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." "There's no more cuts to make."
"We all want to reduce the deficit," she added. "Put everything on the table, review it, but you cannot have any more cuts just for the sake of cuts. Right now you’re taking trophies."
The "cupboard is bare"? What kind of metaphor is that for a government that keeps spending more and more of what it doesn't have and is facing a showdown betweeen people who want to keep increasing the deficit spending by obscene amounts and those who merely want to increase it by nearly obscene amounts? Remember studying American history and learning about the arguments between the federalists, who distrusted a strong central government, and the anti-federalists, who distrusted it even more?
Here's Jazz Shaw's reaction:
Let’s start by noting that the Sequestration Monster arrived, primed and ready to devour the nation and doom us to a dark pit of despair. And somehow we managed to keep on keeping on. Various agencies were informed that there wasn’t going to be quite as much money for the next year as had been previously anticipated and they responded by finding ways to make do. And the world didn’t end.
So a "government shutdown" is a real possibility? Oh, if only. Bet you could find a bone for your poor old dog if you really tried, Nancy.