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Compromise is the only way to make progress

Posted on September 16, 2014 at 11:52 am

Congress will be in session again beginning today after its summer break, but don’t expect anything of substance to emerge from the gridlocked ladies and gentlemen. It’s mostly for show in the run-up to mid-term elections. Much of what happens will be designed to try to better position the parties as the November election nears. Democrats likely will revive failed bills that would increase the minimum wage, allow college students

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