I am not a member of any organized party — I am a Democrat.

Will Rogers’ quote about being a Democrat is often repeated.  More true today than it has been in a while.

This country has some important problems to deal with.  I’ll let you take your choice of how you rank them.  In some cases there are local and state solutions available.  More often than not, however, those problems find their way to Washington, the one place in America that is least likely to find a solution to anything.

The nonstop fighting that has been going on for months occasionally crosses the political aisle.  Lately it has been dominated by intramural arguments among congressional Democrats.  Moderate Democrats in the Senate cobbled together a bi-partisan infrastructure bill affectionately known as BIF, which is designed to repair highways, bridges, airports, water and sewer lines and like-minded things.  The Senate bill would cost something in the neighborhood of $1,000,000,000,000; does one trillion dollars look better in words or numbers?  The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 69 to 30, and that’s where it stands at the moment.

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