I was proud to learn that the entire Massachusetts Democratic congressional delegation had voted in favor of the Senate bill drafted to avoid going over the fiscal cliff (“House approves deal,” Page A1, Jan. 2). While this bill is far from perfect, and doubtless many in the delegation held their noses as they voted for it, they saw the wisdom in compromising. It’s the way things get done in government — of the way they used to get done.
Later, I found an email in my inbox from MoveOn.org, dated Dec. 30, urging me to call my representative to tell him not to vote in favor of this bill. In a take-no-prisoners approach, it went on to rail against this bill as just another example of caving in to all the wrong interests.