Congress is facing a deadline to pass a budget plan. And if they don't meet it, the government could shut down. If that sounds familiar, it's because, just weeks ago, lawmakers were in this exact same spot. And the dynamics that led to that impasse haven't changed a whole lot.
– Are you going to send anyone any flowers this year?
– Are you going to buy expensive gifts this year?
– Are you going to buy any cards this month?
– Are you going to celebrate anyone’s birthday this month?
– Who are you going to spend your next birthday with?
– I've got some news. I've just found out that they won't renew our lease on this building, so we're going to have to find a new office space.
– Really? That's too bad.
– The good thing is that we don't have to be out until the start of next year.
– Next year?
– And so we've got plenty of time to sort everything out. I'd like you to go away and do some research about potential new sites.
– So what you're saying is you'd like me to search some possible new offices?
– That's right. And we should put a bit more in the budget for rent next year.
– Great! I'm on it.