An email from MK, slightly edited...
I believe that Science will lead us forward through our problems. Clostridium Difficile is a nasty infection that, once it takes root, grows rapidly and weakens the organism; it is difficult to eradicate. The public finance analogy is obvious.
Here is an effective treatment for C Diff reported today in NEJM: Basically, instead of tidy white antiobiotic pills, they flush the patient's GI tract with a mixture of poop. Donated poop, from other people. And they do it through the nose ("nasoduodenally").
I pray--oh, how I pray--that an equivalent cure could be administered to our overlords.
MK, I'm with you. I propose that if Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid are unable to agree on a budget that addresses the deficit, that large quantities of other people's poop be flushed through their nostils. We have a new cure for "Congressional Difficile."