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October 12, 2013

In D.C., way past time to heal breach

“How’s it going?’’ I asked Big Freddy as I joined him for morning coffee.

“Stalemate’s winning hands down,” Freddy said.

“There’s a horse named Stalemate?” I asked.

“And a hearty har har to you too,” Freddy said. “This is no horse race. Horses wouldn’t want any part of what’s going on.”

“Well it’s time for Boehner to knuckle under -- this has gone on too long as it is,” I said.

“It doesn’t work that way,” Freddy said. “What works is both sides giving ground to come up with something that heals the breach the way they did it back when we had adults running the show.”

“You’re blaming both Obama and Boehner for what’s not happening?” I asked.

“The last time I looked, Obama is the President of these disunited states, and Boehner was Speaker of the House,” Freddy said.

“Democrats own the Senate, Republicans sort of rule the House, and there’s an election ahead. They’ve both done the `and your another bird of the wrong color bit’ long enough.

“To burry the hatchet?” I asked. “I don’t think so. Too much to lose.”

“What’s been lost and what’s been gained is what the hard liners on both sides of the aisle think it is,’ Freddy said.

“The hard left sees it as a big win, and the hard right sees it the same way for themselves.

“Everybody else is saying ‘enough all ready for all of you representatives of the Disunited States of America - so settle it now so you can both declare victory.’”

“You’re day dreaming,” I said.

“No, I’m saying this is going to have to happen sooner or later and this is late enough,” Freddy said.

“So both sides are getting a win out of something like this?” I asked.

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