, Newburyport, MA


January 5, 2013

Get your parachute out for the next cliff


“But it’s legacy time, and he can’t get to where he wants to be in the history books with Republicans still holding the upper hand in the House.”

“Some hand, with the Republicans having to deal with the tea party as well as Democrats who are doing everything possible to get the speaker’s gavel back,” I said.

“It’s one for the history books for certain,” Freddy said. “I can’t recall this much division in our lifetimes. No way anyone could have seen what was coming back when George Bush took office.”

“The world’s been on fast-forward to only God knows where since, but it was far worse back when Pearl Harbor was and we turned things around back then,” I said.

“We had the time to do it after the wars were over, but everything’s been on fast forward since 9/11 on George Bush’s first watch,” Freddy said.

“And we’ve been over reaching ever since,” I said.

“Too much, too fast, and it’s why we’re cliff hanging,” Freddy said.

“One thing’s certain. We can’t hang forever. Two months down the road, we’re going to get a re-run of what we just dodged at two minutes to midnight. You have to hope it won’t come to that again because push coming to shove on the edge of a cliff can go in only one direction for everyone.


Bill Plante is a Newbury resident and a staff columnist for The Daily News.

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