There are a number of reasons why this is important, including the fact that it may scuttle the chance (if there ever was one) for any deal. But something else makes this development what the Vice President of the United States might call "a big effin' deal": It tells us once and for all where the real political center lies.
President Obama and the Democrats' willingness to accept cuts to Social Security in the form of the gimmicky "chained CPI" right after an election where no candidate for federal office campaigned on it shows that the Right's long-term project of undoing the New Deal marches on despite the electorate's wishes.
In February, the SBA published its final rules to set aside $6.5 billion in federal government spending for Women-Owned Small Businesses or economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses. But on September 9, the Washington Business Journal said to date, women-owned businesses only got $500,000.