Sometimes It’s Better to Just Move On Just about all of us have been there. Dating someone - and it isn’t working. You don’t get along. The person doesn’t give you what you want. You aren’t happy. You each try to change the person, hoping a tweak here or there will suddenly, magically make it work. It doesn’t. You’re friends don’t like the person. Heck - THEIR friends don’t think you two are right for each other. They all flood you with advice. For most of which you didn’t ask - but the sheer numbers and volume force you to listen. But their good counsel - and intentions - only make you more steadfastly stand by him/her. All mounting evidence to the contrary notwithstanding. Things between the two of you continue to be terrible - and deteriorate. So you decide to take a break - get away from each other. And you plan to check back later to see if either or both of you have miraculously become different people - that now work together. You reconvene - and (shocker) nothing’s changed. Things are still just as miserable. Finally, you realize your friends - and his/her friends - are right. That they are all only trying to help. That it’s a bad deal - and you now know that the sooner you break away, the better everything will be. So you end it. Hey - it happens. A lot. So too is it with bad legislation. A fundamentally bad bill just isn’t right. Your friends and Congressional colleagues - with good advice and intentions - tell you it’s bad. But no number of amendments can make it work. You dig in and push harder. They push back harder still. All the while, things with the bill aren’t getting better - they’re getting worse. So you decide to take a break. This is exactly where we are with Virginia Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte’s woefully misnamed
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