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George Will / For these things, let us be thankful

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Posted: Thursday, November 22, 2012 12:01 am

Among the things for which Americans can, on this feast day, be thankful is Washington's resolve to temper severity with mercy: It will seriously - this time we really mean business, we are not going to be Greece, or worse, Illinois - restrain spending but will not balance the budget on the backs of popcorn eaters. Growers of this essential snack may yet retain their subsidy, lest the price of a tub of the stuff at the movies soar by a nickel, even a dime. Can't have that. Or this: "I," said Terry List, "would not recommend to my pupils to become a teacher in Michigan" because a proposed pension reform would delay her retirement past age 47. Under Michigan's mandatory evaluation system, all the teachers in Hazel Park School District were given the top rating - "highly qualified" - yet the high school was given an "F" for student achievement.

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