When your 9-year-old comes running out of the bathroom feeling very accomplished because they used the toilet, I hope you do not give out gold stars and ice cream.
When someone in your office shows up on time on a Thursday I hope you do not strike up the band and give them a big, “Way to go, Dave.”
These are things we expect at a certain point, so they should not come with much fanfare or praise. Some things you just do, but Congress defines the term “big accomplishment” differently.
When members of Congress looked the debt ceiling deadline in the eye and blinked, leading to a last-minute reprieve from the unknown but sure catastrophe of default, there was plenty of patting themselves on the back for averting a disaster. It was as though a trip to Chuck E. Cheese was in order.
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