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Tom grew up in Milwaukee, bartended in Wauwatosa in the '70s and moved here in 1984.

Commentary, observations and musings about the outdoors, life in general and maybe Tosa politics and personalities will be the order of the day. He savors a lively debate as much as terrific cooking.

The Grand Bargain

Paul Ryan, Politics, The Grand Bargain

Two legislators - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) strike a bipartisan budget deal and groups such as Heritage Action, Club for Growth and Americans for Prosperity freak-out because Paul Ryan has bucked the 'purity test' and actually compromised.  Gasp!

For sure the agreement doesn't address the two 800 pound gorillas in the room.  Gorilla #1 - who goes by the name Tax Reform.  And Gorilla #2 - who is called Entitlement Reform.   It is no Grand Bargain.  And much to the chagrin of the Tea Party faithful the deal funds the government for another 21 months.  Personally, I'm not the least bit outraged by such a display of level-headedness.  But there again I'm a normal personality.  I am confident that normal will prevail and it will pass the House.

What is missing amidst all of the hand-wringing in the GOP's exceedingly small pup tent is that there is much more to this picture.  Or perhaps isn't being discussed much.  Publicly anyway. 

David Camp (R-MI) is presently the Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee and his Chairmanship expires at the close of this year.  I'd be willing to bet that Paul Ryan is next in line for this all-powerful position from which all revenue bills originate.  Coincidentally, Max Baucus (D-MT) is retiring and his Senate Finance Committee Chair will likely be filled by Ron Wyden (D-OR).

Compromise is a good thing when you can wait until after the 2016 Presidential election and tackle major entitlement and tax reform.

And have your name on The Grand Bargain.

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