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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Holidays on Capitol Hill

'Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the Senate -- nothing was happening. All the creatures were feuding, all dug into their talking points, with dreams of filibusters stuck in their head.

When up on the Dome, there arose such a clatter, the members awoke with a start. The sky was falling no doubt.

Nope only the snow. And if there was ever a fitting Christmas present to a bunch of feuding septuagenarian adolescents it was to be stuck together without marshmallows and hot cocoa and forced to deal with themselves -- and reality.

While the aptly named Olympia Snowe asked what's the rush in a bill that has been inflated, debated, exaggerated and conflated -- all with homicidal intent by opponent nearly to death -- Democrats were reporting progress in the latest extortion, er, negotiation with a leaning small state member.

All the while people with physical and mental illness are forced to struggle and cope with a system that finds it easy to spends cash on lobbying, advertising and paperwork but bogs down over the basics.

Here's a suggestion for the DC plow drivers. Push all that snow up against the Capitol steps. Lock the doors and force them to stop wasting still more time and come up with a bill that serves the people and not special interests.

'Tis the season after all.

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