Woster: Grit government over partisan politics, please

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He said it often. I’ve heard other governors say it, too, so it wasn’t an original saying of Janklow’s. He just said it forcefully, as he said so many things. I’ve also, over the years, seen the quote attributed to other people — so many, in fact, that I have no idea who might have been the first person to actually say it. Whoever it was, they knew what they were talking about.

I’m reminded of that as I watch wrangling the last several years in the Congress of the United States. The other day, a bipartisan group announced a potential compromise to build, rebuild and repair infrastructure across the country. That’s a good deal for citizens, it seems, both in terms of better highways, bridges and other things and in terms of jobs for people. No sooner was the possible deal announced, though, than people began to say it was falling apart, kind of like bridges and roads in the country, I…

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