A lot of people are worried about the terms of the compromise. A lot are worried that we put off some difficult decisions, and will have more difficult battles ahead. Personally, I am cheered whenever I see two groups locked in bitter conflict able to agree about anything. However small and halting that agreement, it can be used as a stepping stone to build larger agreements. And I will grant that a lot of what we witnessed in Congress was frustrating and ugly. Even so, I would call it hope and change.
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