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Sequester debate is Washington’s version of ‘Who’s on First?’

Nothing brings my family together like the classic Abbott and Costello routine “Who’s on First?” Wife, son, two teenage daughters — they all hate it. Where is the entertainment, they ask, in a high-pitched repetitive confrontation between two people talking past one another? Watching both sides talk past one another in the sequester showdown, I begin to see their point.

On the surface, much of the Washington budget talk appears ready-made for compromise. Senator Lindsey Graham says he’s “willing to raise $600 billion in new revenue if my Democratic friends would be willing to reform entitlements.” Meanwhile, the president repeats his mantra of “a balanced approach” ad nauseam.

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