It passed the House with bipartisan support. It passed the Senate with bipartisan support. The president just signed it into law. Let's take a look at a few things none of them will be bragging about.
Last week, congressional leaders struck a deal to avert another government shutdown and put off our next completely avoidable, 100% self-imposed budget crisis until next September. The deal gained the backing of the White House, survived populist revolts in the House and Senate, and was signed into law by President Obama on Tuesday night.
There's just one problem: The bill is absolutely packed with riders that have nothing to do with the budget and everything to do with paying back special interests and opening more channels for political money to flow directly to the two major political parties.
Since this bill is over 1,600 pages long and I'm not a sorcerer, I can't list every single one of those things just yet. But I can highlight the five most awful ones I've come across so far.
It's all mapped out in this video, and again in the transcript below in case you prefer your budget analysis in article form and/or don't want to get busted watching YouTube videos at work. (Just click "show transcript.")