Some of the new bosses in Washington really are the same as the old bosses. The tax deal killed Build America [bailout] Bonds that give more federal money to bond investors and investment banks while encouraging states, universities, and local governments to go deeper in debt. But John Mica, who will be taking over the House transportation committee guarantees they’ll be back.

What confidence can we have that Republicans in Raleigh and Washington will be able to make the hard calls on spending if they can’t even make the easy ones like this?