Progress made: zero.
Negotiations under way: hardly.
We are now two days from the deadline for Congress and the White House to reach a deal to avoid across-the-board cuts that would total $85 billion and be divided equally between defense and domestic programs.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates the cuts would put 750,000 people out of work.
Both Democrats and Republicans remain in their foxholes making stink-eye at each other.
In one of the most detailed warnings on sequestration, the Federal Aviation Administration says starting in April, air travelers should get ready for delays.
If budget cuts go into effect, 47,000 workers — including air traffic controllers — would be furloughed one day every two weeks.
And 100 air traffic towers would close at small city airports.
Good luck getting out-of-town.
Furloughs are also coming for 800,000 civilian employees of the Defense Department.
And good luck getting any business done with the government in a timely basis.
Let’s be fair – getting the budget under control is not a bad idea.
What’s bad is it’s across the board cuts, with no discretion, with good things as well as bad getting shoved onto the side of the road.
This is a hell of a gamble by the Republicans because a large majority of Americans are blaming them for the mess.
In the end, nobody wins because it is a hardship for real people.
In case you haven’t been counting, this is the fifth fiscal showdown between Democratic White House and Republican US House since 2011.
We’ll keep saying this until it sinks in – you put them into office.
Tell them to shape up or they won’t return.