Newspaper article MinnPost.com

(Muted) Congrats to Congress and Us

Newspaper article MinnPost.com

(Muted) Congrats to Congress and Us

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Congratulations to Congress and the American people on the passage of an (almost) budget.

It's full of compromises, many of them no doubt ugly ones, most of which are so deep in the weeds we will probably never know about them. It was negotiated behind closed doors and in no way reflects a budget produced the way the process is designed to produce one. Hard- liners and back-benchers are complaining that they had no input, and that's surely so. But even this is a huge improvement over the recent pattern of using budget deadlines and the threat of a government shutdown (or, even worse, a default of the debt) to extort concessions.

And it passed by an overwhelming bipartisan vote with pluralities of both parties in both houses voting aye, which is another clue that most of the dysfunction is rooted in a relative few hardliners in one of the parties which I will not name here out of holiday spirit.

"In keeping with a bipartisan compromise," this morning's bulletin from the New York Times says, "hashed out in an era of divided government and deep-rooted philosophical differences, all sides claimed victory. …

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