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Quotation

The whole mess is like a metaphor for how the entire federal government is run today. There is talk about big needs, even as they cut taxes on corporations and the wealthy, making it harder to address those needs. We the people are distracted by our borrowed bonuses. The crippling disconnect from reality isn’t even acknowledged.

— Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat (Sorry, Hanford: Your radiation leaks aren’t as important as tax cuts)