Debt-limit deadline nears

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Here’s a sight you don’t see at the White House garden these days: people pulling weeds and taking care of business.

That’s because the partial government shutdown is letting Michelle Obama’s fruits and veggies rot. But the White House crops aren’t the only things rotten in Washington.

The government is just hours away from the dreaded default day, and the prospects of an end to the political impasse that shutdown parts of the government are dying on the vine.

Senate leaders from both parties thought they had a plan that would reopen the government through January and raise the debt ceiling until February.

But after meeting with the Republican caucus for two hours, Speaker John Boehner implied that dog wouldn’t hunt in the House, where Republicans want to include a two-year delay of a tax on medical devices, and add a requirement that members of Congress and the White House get their own insurance coverage under Obamacare.

Said Boehner: ‘There are a lot of opinions about what direction to go. There have been no decisions about what exactly we will do.’

To which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid replied: ‘This bill that they’re sending over here is doomed to failure. It’s doomed to failure legislatively and it`s so awful, awful, awful for our country.’

As the government shut down ends its 15th day, veterans and uniformed service organization members gathered at the World War Two Memorial and sharply criticized Congress’ attitude toward veterans.

Herb Rosenbleeth was one of them: ‘Behind me, ladies and gentlemen, are representatives from the military coalition. They have my back, unlike the administration and Congress, which doesn’t have my back.’

Meantime, the president was all smiles as he met with House Democrats. Makes you wonder if he knows some good news he’d like to share with the rest of the nation.