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Brian McGrory

Bridge is lighting the way forward

We’ve basically accepted the fact that government can’t get things done anymore. We have relegated the very concept of big ideas and big accomplishments to a quaint part of our not so recent past. In Massachusetts, there have been monumental failures. In Washington, the perpetually grim-faced John Boehner is a poster boy for stalemate. Our entire economy hangs by a thread, and a collection of nitwitted politicians seem to take perverse pride in the fact that they are miles apart.

But put that aside for a moment. Put aside the chronically low expectations, the fear that we’re about to fall off the fiscal cliff, the notion that we’ve already disappeared into the partisan divide.

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