It's been a challenging summer for Americans, but the bright side was a promise to end our economic woes.

It's been a challenging summer for Americans, but the bright side was a promise to end our economic woes.

Vice President Joe Biden declared, "I'm calling this the Summer of Recovery."

The Summer of Recovery - that's what Brian Wilson wanted to call every Beach Boys album. How'd that work out for us?

The sale of new homes fell to a record low, 54,000 jobs disappeared, and we hit 14.9 million unemployed. The Summer of Recovery is sliding into the Autumn of Nothing but Ramen Noodles For Dinner.

Could the administration come up with a more ill-conceived name? I guess it wasn't as bad as Biden's announcement last year of the "summer of reasonable health care reform discussion."

We're in trouble, and this economy is on the Empty Pockets Express to Hobo Junction. That's why President Obama announced economic adviser Austan Goolsbee will take over the Council of Economic Advisers.

"I don't think the unemployment rate will be coming down significantly any time in the near future," Goolsbee said.

What the f---, Goolsbee? Did anyone check with you before Biden named this the Summer of Recovery? What was he talking about?

"[It was] in reference to the Recovery Act," Goolsbee explained, "that you would see the creation of a series of infrastructure and other projects ramping up over the summer."

Let me break it down in layman's terms. Let's say in June I announce, "this is the summer of losing my virginity." And then in September, I - still a virgin - am questioned about my statement.

My response is, "Well, I was referring to summer being dedicated to the spirit of losing my virginity involving a ramping up of chocolate and flower production in expectation of future sexual relations."

Of course, the economy is the sum total of complex moving parts. Not the least of which is the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy set to expire at the stroke of midnight Dec. 31.

And Republicans, being the party of inclusion, are looking out for everybody.

"We need to extend all the tax cuts," Sen. Lindsey Graham said.

(I'm just waiting for the day someone would say it's time to raise taxes.)

So there you have it - battle lines drawn.

"If the only option I have is to vote for those of $250,000 and below, of course I'm going to do that," said Rep. John Boehner.

Oh my God, the seeds of compromise! Is this what the country has been waiting for? Perhaps this break in Republican orthodoxy is the olive branch we've been waiting for.

Nope. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs prodded Republicans on Twitter, saying, "Republicans in disarray why hold middle-class tax cuts hostage to these disagreements?"

Boehner tweeted back, "Republicans are unified."

Why stop there?

Gibbs could tweet, @JohnBoehner U R so orange U fart Cheeto dust.

And Boehner could respond, @PressSec The E-Trade baby called. He wants his head back.

And once again our national discourse over one of the most complicated and important issues devolves into Twitter snaps.