The standoff between liberals and conservatives in Washington is at an end - for now. And make no mistake about it: The confrontation may have been labeled as one between Democrats and Republicans - but it amounted to a duel between big-government liberals and fiscal discipline conservatives.
In the short term, both sides are able to claim they got concessions.
In the long term, Americans need to get runaway spending under control. The national debt is nearly $17 trillion - about $52,000 for every man, woman and child in the country.
Real fiscal discipline will be a real victory for the American people.