NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- It just may be that Washington has done some Americans a favor the past several weeks with all of the drama emanating from the government shutdown. There's a real epidemic that no one has really been talking about, that being a sort of depression or withdrawal resulting from the end of the much heralded "Breaking Bad" television series.
Just think about the timing. "Breaking Bad" ends on Sept. 29. The shutdown starts on Oct. 1. Thankfully, I never really watched the show until the very end, so my mind is clear, and I can see what's going on. The politicos are softening the blow by creating their own drama. It's reassuring to see they are always thinking about what's best for the people. Sorry, that's the best I can do on this one.
Of course, it all comes to a head today as nervous news anchors throw around the "D" word, as in default. It won't happen. Certainly, the markets, at least up until now, have not believed that it will. In fact, the broad markets have all but yawned through this entire shutdown, and the S&P 500 is actually up about 1% since Sept. 30. They simply aren't buying the Chicken Little routine any longer. The sky did not fall due to the sequester despite warnings by many elected officials.
Although there might be some wild market swings, by the end of the day, it won't have fallen either. Some sort of deal will be reached, and the politicians will feel as though we all owe them a debt of gratitude for once again saving us. What we should do is clean House (and Senate and White House), and start over. How about some Congressional term limits, and more non-lawyers?You've got to hand it to the administration though, they've played "hard ball" long enough to take the focus off of just what an utter disaster the Affordable Care Act rollout has been. After two weeks of trying, and I mean dozens and dozens of times, I still can't even tell what the options are. The new law is controversial enough without this disastrous introduction. And if it's any indication of how it will be administered and work in practice, we are in trouble.