Thanks for the post. I hope there will be a deal in time. And the numbers you mention seem fine.
To me, it is shocking how cankerous EVERYTHING has become. This seems like an easy thing to agree upon, yet even this (which has been done so many times in the last 10 years) will come down to the last minute. It's also amazing to me just how open politicians are about the jaded process. Listening to McConnell talk about the politics of it so openly is shocking. I feel like there should be at least a veneer of working for the public good instead of simply working for power.
As you mention, there are much greater problems in the pipes. I worry that we may not be able to handle them.