Washington Winds Up

The talk of Washington includes the collapse of the Redskins defense, John McCain gaining some on George W. Bush, Bill Bradley gaining on Al Gore, the President and the Republican led Congress getting at least a little closer on how to spend the new government surpluses--not much, but a little closer.

This is a busy time in the nation's capital. November always is, lawmakers and the rest of the government plunging towards the holidays. Once we get a few days off before Thanksgiving, work in Washington pretty much slows and drags for the rest of the year. Government work, most of it, doesn't resume here until well into January.

That's the rhythm of the year here along the mud flats of the Potomac. Now, once next year begins, keep in mind that it is an election year. No one should expect much. Doesn't happen in election years.

So, what we rank and file citizens are dealing with right now is as close to flat-out work as we're going to get out of our government for sometime to come. That means you may want to pay a bit closer attention to Washington news over, say, the next two weeks, until just before Thanksgiving.

Widely believed it may be, but true it is not--that Washington doesn't much matter to the lives of most Americans. For example, and it is just one among many, what is being decided just now about the future of Social Security may affect you, your parents, your children and your grandchildren a lot, and for a long time to come.