At the eleventh hour, the adults showed up in Washington. Still, not everyone from Central Florida put on their big-boy pants. Here's a look at how some of the Orlando-area reps behaved.
The biggest loser
When all was said and done, the majority of U.S. senators worked together to hammer out a compromise to re-open government.
In fact, only 18 of them refused to budge, voting instead to continue on a path to default.
One was Florida's GOP freshman Marco Rubio.
While other senators — from both parties, mind you — looked for pragmatic approaches to help the economy, Rubio continued to throw temper tantrums on the sidelines.
As a result, he was irrelevant.
Sure, some of Rubio's hard-core base still enjoyed his impotent grandstanding. (Particularly those who don't even really understand what defaulting means … more on that in a moment.)
But the more Rubio refuses to work with even members of his own party, the more he is earning a reputation as a guy Republicans will dispatch to the talk shows — but not the Senate floor.
On the flip side, GOP Rep. Daniel Webster probably did the most to help his re-election chances.
Democrats were hoping Webster would vote to keep government shut down so they could use it against him in his next campaign. They wanted to portray him as an inconsequential obstructionist. And, at times, he had played the part.
But, at the last minute, Webster joined Democrats and Senate Republicans in voting to reopen government and avoid default.
Not only that, Webster touted the bipartisan compromise as historic in its fiscal conservatism.
"Under this bill, historic spending cuts will remain in place and taxes will not increase," Webster said in a release. "For the first time in more than fifty years, federal spending will decrease for two years in a row."
That's the deal Rubio and others rejected.
Also refusing to join the bipartisan deal to reopen government: Winter Park Republican Rep. John Mica.
This may surprise some of those accustomed to hearing Mica tout himself as the pragmatic statesman willing to reach across the aisle for compromise.
In Mica's defense, he's probably noticed that pragmatic statesmen who reach across the aisle are increasingly unlikely to make it through GOP primaries.
What did default mean?
Some people were rooting for the United States to go into default. Either they didn't know what that means — or they're nuts.
Allow me to explain:
Say you knew your husband had a spending problem. He kept racking up debt.
You might curb his spending. You might tell him to find new ways to pay for his spending habits. Either would make sense. Likewise, many of us have called for long-term deficit-reduction plans.
But that's not what the defaulters wanted to do. They just wanted to stop paying the existing credit-card bills.
In your family's case, that would mean stiffing the people you owed — not paying debt you had already accrued.
It would also mean wrecking your family's credit rating — costing you tons more money down the road because your borrowing rates would go up.
That's what default meant — and why it's scary that some actually advocated going there.
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