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December 04, 2010

"Last night I had the strangest dream..." [Fritzworth]

No, really, I had a dream this morning where I was part of one of two competing groups trying to set policies and priorities for the US Government. Our solution, which we all thought was fair and clever, was to race four different colored mice around a semi-oval race track. They represented four major areas of spending -- something like defense, discretionary spending, entitlements, and foreign policy -- and the order in which they finished determined the relative priority and spending for each.

I chuckled when I woke up, but then read this article and wondered if my approach might not work better:

In a lame-duck congressional session jam-packed with competing priorities critical to Democrats and their political base, President Barack Obama is putting much of his political muscle into an all-out push to ratify an arms control treaty with Russia that has no significant domestic constituency and has barely been part of the political debate over the past year.

Some, particular advocates of causes struggling for oxygen in the dwindling days of the lame-duck Congress such as those seeking repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy banning openly gay members of the military, are asking about the START treaty: What’s the hurry?

Someone many years ago described DC as "forty square miles surrounded by reality." Having lived there myself, I can attest to the accuracy of that quote. ..fritz..


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