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Friday, August 09, 2002

Cheap Promises-This one has an eerie ring to it. Local Congressman Adam Putnam was given leadership a Florida citrus industry task force on trade issues in return for a yes vote on fast-track authority last week. I remember a similar deal a decade ago, where Bob Kerry traded a deciding vote on the FY1994 budget for a panel of entitlement reform. Clinton got his budget passed and the entitlement reform committee, while created, was then promptly ignored. Not to say that Dubya will pull a comparable fast one of the young congressman, but that's promise isn't worth all that much.

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