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December 21, 2013

Are Congress' hearts two sizes too small?

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“But there’s not much celebrating going on over it,” I said.

“Nobody in Washington likes spending cuts, which is why we are 17 trillion dollars in debt,” Freddy said.

“And no one knows what to do about it,” I said.

“Of course they do,” Freddy said. “It’s called kicking the can down the road which is going to be in mid-January when Congress has work over the spending plans so they won’t have to shut government down again.”

“That won’t be easy,” I said.

“It never is,” Freddy curve. “But give them a break. It’s been 27 years since they’ve had a budget. You remember who was president 27 years ago?

“Ronald Reagan was, and the Republicans ruled the Senate and the Democrats ruled he House, but they got along to go along.”

“We haven’t had going along to get along in Washington for too long,” I said. “Maybe this is the start of something.”

“I don’t want to be the grinch who stole Christmas, so let’s hope so. We don’t need that kind of snow job that looks great for a day or two before the dirt takes over,” Freddy said.

Bill Plante is a Newbury resident and a staff columnist.

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