Understanding the Shutdown

I admit I wasn't paying that much attention to the threat of a federal government shutdown, even though it would have affected a) my garbage pick-up in Washington, D.C. and b) my family's income stream, because Mrs. Goldblog works for The Man, and even though I think of her as essential, certain bean-counting types might have not thought the same. But in any case, I wasn't paying attention, which is why I found this Dave Weigel piece so informative, because yesterday I did find myself wondering why Democrats were patting themselves on the back:

Shortly after 10:50 p.m., Speaker of the House John Boehner was the first budget negotiator to announce that there'd been a deal, and a government shutdown would be averted. Shortly after that President Barack Obama announced that he'd sign "the biggest annual spending cut in our history."
You'd have to be asleep not to see who won tonight.

Read, as they say, the whole thing.