So here is the Ugly part....
All this work and $8 billion and nothing changed in reality.
Dems have a few more seats, but no real change.
The Fiscal Cliff (heard that term about 300 times in the last 2 days) will see if anyone is willing to play nice.
The Pubs are already making compromise noises, more taxes and cuts to defense. Waiting to see what the left will give up.