, Newburyport, MA


October 19, 2013

Plante: Washington is kicking the problem down the road


“Republicans like what it’s being called, because they see it as an albatross Democrats are going to have to wear around their political necks because there are bound to be bugs in it that’ll take years to clean out.’’

“You’re mixing your metaphors,” I said.

“Whatever,” Freddy said.

“What’s really going on are Washington power plays. Parties need to rule Congress. If they get the White House too, it’s political bonanza.”

“That’s been working for the Democrats,” I said.

“They love the Tea Party because it’s an albatross around Boehner’s neck.” Freddy said. “They have to get the House back. Obama needs it big time for the last two years of his presidency.

“That’s why Obamacare means so much to him. He’ll be remembered in a lot of ways -- first of his race as President, gave the order to take out Bin Laden, ending wars in the Mudulled East -- but it’s what he can make of the next two years that will matter the most, short term, and a good part of that time will deal with separating the wheat from the chaff of Obamacare.”

“So you were smiling about that?” I asked.

“No, I was smiling about the Sox winning another one before coming home to Fenway to go all the way before you changed the subject,” Freddy said.

“There they were in the bottom of the pit last year, and here they are within one game of being at the top because they realized it you throw too many splitters, bad things can happen.

Bill Plante is a Newbury resident and a staff columnist.

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