Then there are the rest of us.

I am not a happy camper. No sir, not one bit.

This last week reminded me once again what burned me out during the 2009 and most of 2010 political news cycle.

The conflict between those seeking to position themselves politically and those who are seemingly tone deaf to the desires of the American people is gut wrenching and dispiriting. Neither is playing smart or seemingly interested in doing the will of the voter – to reduce federal spending and cut the deficit.

How we get there is debatable. We do not need to achieve our goals “in a single swing of the bat”, but we do need to arrive there.

Most of us outside the beltway were willing to accept a budget deal to prevent a government shut down, even if it wasnt flashy, provided it made real cuts. American people can be reasonable about these things and understand that many times legislation is nothing more than ground up sausage.

This is where we run into problems with the budget deal.

Apparently the deal as presented to us is not real honest in terms of depth or breadth. No cuts were really made. Few riders with any real impact on government made it in. In short, it is a real mess.

Got a headache yet? Good, because now you know where I am at.

None of the moves by pundits or policy maker alike makes sense. None of the back and forth moves our country forward and works toward finding a solution, in fact all the posturing creates just the opposite effect.

So where does that leave the rest of us in the country who want problems to be solved without cutting our soliders pay or defaulting on our loan? In a pickle.

I doubt the political environment will change any time soon either.