Most of us have heard the story. It's from the Old Testament, a story to show how wise Solomon was as king of the nation of Israel.
Two women come to Solomon to settle a dispute. Both claim that the same baby boy is in fact their own infant. The child is mine, cries one woman. No, she lies, the child is mine, wails the other. So Solomon thinks for a moment, and announces his decision: it cannot be decided, so the child will be cut in half and split evenly between the two of you.
And the king said, "Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one and half to the other." Then the woman whose son was alive said to the king, because her heart yearned for her son, "Oh, my lord, give her the living child, and by no means put him to death." But the other said, "He shall be neither mine nor yours; divide him." Then the king answered and said, "Give the living child to the first woman, and by no means put him to death; she is his mother." And all Israel heard of the judgment that the king had rendered, and they stood in awe of the king, because they perceived that the wisdom of God was in him to do justice. (1 Kings 3:25-28, ESV)Ok, American public, you want to know who loves you more? You want to know who really has your best interests at heart? It's the one who says, in order to keep the system going and to prevent a complete government shutdown, "oh, my lord, give her the living child." It's the side that caves first in the budget debate, because in doing so they realize that at least the entire system won't come to a jarring halt. It will be the side that seems to give in, because they know it's the only way to keep you alive. Not that I wish for it - we shouldn't give up all of the federally-funded programs that benefit the majority of American citizens. I hope I'm wrong. I really do. But right now it seems rather obvious to me that one side is going to concede the debate in order to ultimately save the object of the debate.
And I promise you it won't be the Republicans.