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March 23, 2013

Spring brings olive branches to Washington

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“By kicking the can down the road again,” I said.

“Eyes of the beholders on both sides for that, because there’s always tomorrow,” Freddy said. “Nobody’s making a fuss because it keeps government in business at least to the end of the fiscal year.”

“So, happy-happy all around ?” I asked.

“More of a breather,” Freddy said. “Locking spending cuts to the end of the year takes some of the heat off. Republicans get something to feel good about because they didn’t have to give up anything.

“Obama got nothing he wanted, but there’s always tomorrow when he gets another time at bat. Democrats take back the House and keep the Senate in 2014, he gets what he needs for the remainder of his presidency.

“What’s coming down the road are the budgets for that. Republicans want to deep six the deficit by 2023, and cut and slice is not what Democrats have in mind.”

“So, the more things change, the more they stay the same,” I said.

“Usually,” Freddy said. “But you know what’s said about hope, and there’s a lot of that going around. You don’t think so, look at what’s happening in Rome.”

“Back to basics,” I said.

“Amen to that, and for Washington, too,” Freddy said.

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Bill Plante is a Newbury resident and a staff columnist.

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