"I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions. But laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors." - Thomas Jefferson (appears in the Jefferson Memorial)

Cooperation? In this decade?

Not this is a lead paragraph in government news story – and does it ever run counter to what you see in so many places these days:

“After a month of negotiating, key state budget writers from both parties say they’ve reached a compromise and are ready to go public with their two-year spending plan for Oregon.”

The Oregonian story goes on to tell about budget chairs and co-chairs of both parties, including people toward the left of the Democratic caucus and toward the right of the Republican, sitting down and working out – gasp – compromises. In other words, making a serious attempt to sensibly govern.

Didn’t that go out with the last millennium?

Regardless, credit is due to the Republican caucus in Oregon for not going the hard-core ideological route as so many of their brethren in other states have done; and to the Democrats who control two-thirds of the hammer (Senate, governor) but evidently didn’t get heavy handed with it.

The details of the budget plan, the chairs’ proposal which is the starting point for the budget committees, are expected to be released tomorrow. But the process at least sounds solid.

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