A key fight between Speaker Boehner and President Obama right now is whether to count the trillion-plus in spending cuts from the Budget Control Act towards the total budget deal. The substance here is silly but the implications are serious.
Let's face it: Congress will probably kick the can down the road again. But that means they'll need a new set of punishments to push them to act in six months or a year. So what sort of fiscal cliff will they set up next time?