There are now 13 calendar days left before the next government shutdown deadline of February 8. The House and Senate are both out until Monday afternoon. Meanwhile, if you search for news about the pending shutdown, all you get are stories about who is blaming whom for the last one.
All we've got today is Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (excuse me, Dr. Rand Paul) showboating about preventing shutdowns. I know—you're shocked.
Instead of government shutting down operations over stalled funding in the future, the bill would institute a one percent cut to then-current funding levels for any agency, program, and activity that Congress failed to fund by the start of the fiscal year (October 1). Every 90 days thereafter, funding would be reduced by another one percent if an agreement is still not enacted.
Yes, that's silly. But it's Rand Paul, so you already knew that. Still, a review of how we got here in the first place demonstrates just how big of a fail it is to suggest the basic problem of a broken Congress can be solved by applying some sort of punitive trigger mechanism.