Let's say for the sake of argument that you have a job. Yes, you who are reading this blog right now, you have a job and it's a pretty damn good job with a very large well-known company and includes excellent pay and benefits. When your boss hired you, it was because he or she believed you were the person best qualified to fill that position. In the course of your job you have some very important project deadlines. One of your projects is to meet with individuals both inside and outside the company to work out terms, agreements, and other issues related to the future of the company. You get along with some of the people you have to deal with and then there are others you just don't care for the sake of the company you have to put your differences aside. After all, it's your job and the stability and security of the company depends on your ability to get the job done, timely, efficiently, and with the right end result.
As the deadline approaches you find that you and the people you are working with can't seem to find middle ground. Instead of putting aside petty differences and compromising, arguments, insults and blame ensue. As such, you fail to reach the objective by the established deadline. As the deadline passes, you find you miraculously still have a job because the boss believes that even though you screwed up, you can make this work. Besides, it's a real pain the ass for him to have to go out and start finding a replacement right now. So he tells you go keep working at it. Meanwhile the company's future hinges upon the ability of you and your people to do your jobs. You hastily put together a patchwork plan that gets the company through in the short-term. Time is of the essence though and a real deal has to be worked out. The company is going into deep debt, morale is low, confidence is weakened. The people who work there and people who invest in the company are becoming suspicious of the stability and security of the company and they begin to lose faith. Employees are looking for other jobs and investors are debating taking their money elsewhere.
Eventually days turn into weeks and then into months and then next thing you know two years has passed and the company still does not permanent plan in place. At this point, it's nearly falling apart anyway. The company has lost some of its best employees and investors and the products/services it puts out just aren't quality anymore and nobody's buying. While you're still telling the boss to be patient and hold on but the company is suffering (why you still have a job is beyond comprehension), the company is running on fumes, just barely making it. And all that time you and the people you're negotiating with are still at square one arguing and placing blame on one another without getting anything substantial accomplished.
Does this sound like a stable company to you? How long will this company stay afloat? Is this a company the people want to invest in? Would you have confidence in the products or services this company offers?
Ladies and Gents, welcome to the United States Congress, where it has been approximately 720 days (that's two years!) since the last fiscal year budget was passed.