I think these short-term fixes that accomplish little must be contradistinguished with long-term massive laws that create a host of problems.
“From a public policy viewpoint,” said Harry Holzer, a professor of public policy at Georgetown University, short-term deals “eat up a lot of legislators’ time. They can’t focus on any bigger issues because they keep spending all their time on these extensions. They create a lot of economic uncertainly, and feed into the public’s discontent and cynicism about the process because there is so much brinkmanship involved in these deals.”
While the fight over short-term spending deals — run-of-the-mill extenders that have twice this year led the country to the brink of a government shutdown — have gotten the most attention, it is actually the constantly expiring tax provisions that create more economic uncertainty.
Maybe to the extent that short-term bills take time away from large bills, they are actually a good thing!
Or, perhaps the costs of these short-term bills are less than large bills?
Food for thought.