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The Parable of the Brownie

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Suppose I were to make you some brownies. They are delicious. I went out and sourced the best chocolate I could find. I found the best flour, the most wholesome eggs. I used the best milk. The smell of them baking in the oven wafts through the air and is heavenly.


Except, I put just a little bit of dog poop in the brownie batter.

Not too much, just a little. You won’t notice it when you bite into one.

That’s what compromise between the two factions looks like today. Because if there were compromise on spending, and more importantly what government spends its money on, we fall over the cliff.

People are frustrated with gridlock in Washington DC. Congress and the President each have a low approval rating. Ironically, the House has passed bills and budgets, but they stall in the Senate. The Democrats in the Senate haven’t passed a budget in 1200 days. That’s 3.29 years.

Americans are frustrated.

When confronted with a fiscal cliff like we are, how do you compromise without going over the edge?

The battle we have seen in Washington since 2010 is a battle over continued dominance of big government versus small government. It’s a battle over European style socialism vs independent shop keepers and individualism. It’s a battle of bureaucratic overlords vs individuals deciding for themselves. How do you compromise?

How about a brownie?

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