Saturday, July 18, 2009

A glimmer

One tiny beacon of hope in all this is that the purpose of an informal conference committee might be to allow those Representatives who railroaded through H.R. 2965 to simply wipe their hands clean of the compromise. They can go back to their puppet-masters at BIO and NVCA and declare they did their part, regardless of what compromise occurs.

Is that how politics works? I couldn't say. But it does offer a glimmer of hope that the staffers (who, in their defense, are mostly dedicated and well-intentioned though unsung public servants) might be better able to rise above the fray (and the worry over campaign contributions) to hammer out a compromise solution that will serve the interests of the United States, the economy, and the innovative small businesses the program was designed to support.

As ever, only time will tell.

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