, Newburyport, MA

October 12, 2013

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

Bill Plante
Newburyport Daily News

---- — “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.

“Both sides are getting a sigh of relief out of it,so has Wall Street. Why do you think there was a big jump on the stock exchange Thursday?” Freddy asked.”.

“But what about the hard noses on both sides?” I asked.

“They have to come away with enough to make the other side to look like losers so as to comfort their hard liners,” Freddy said.

“A draw?” I asked.

“From what they can make of it so it’s good enough for their side in the House campaign ahead,” Freddy said. “Both sides have to come out of this as winners.”

“In the eyes of their beholders,” I said.

“In the marketing state by state,” Freddy said.

“Democrats want the House back, and the Republicans not only want to hold a lead there, but to take over the Senate as well.

“That’s not going to happen,” I said.

“Probably not, but there’s always hope -- especially by the Democrats.

“The way things are going over seas Obama can’t let that happen if he wants to end his presidency with something left to cheer about.”

“And that’s his health plan,” I said.

“Big Time,” Freddy said. ‘‘He has signed hundreds of things into law he could brag about, but none are as important as the health care with his name on it.”

“And Republicans want to hang it around his neck like the albatross,” I said.

“No, they want him to hang it around his neck, but they’re willing to give him a hand if he’ll take it,” Freddy said.

“And Boehner?” I asked.

“Whatever he doesn’t have to cry about would be more than somewhat and he’ll take it,” Freddy said. “Both sides need an end to this they can campaign with. It’s been Katy bar the door time and time’s just about up.”

“And how do you know that?” I asked.

“Because money talks and Wall Street just told us,” Freddy said.

Bill Plante is a Newbury resident and a staff columnist.