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Murray, Ryan give us a new start

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No one is pretending the two-year bipartisan federal budget deal revealed last week is any big thing from a nickels and dimes standpoint. It cuts the federal budget deficit by $23 billion — about five days’ worth of excess spending. There is much it does not do. But if the budget agreement reached by Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Paul Ryan falls short of miraculous, it comes as close as anything we’ve seen in a long while.

This budget deal…

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