Archive for December, 2012

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Surprised that our lame-duck representatives can’t reach a fiscal-cliff deal? You shouldn’t be. John Avlon on how our government turned to self-sabotage.

Congressional approval now stands at 18 percent. The real question is why is it so high?

The current 112th Congress—characterized by Tea Party congressmen elected two years ago—is the least productive since the 1940s. It makes Harry Truman’s infamous “Do-Nothing Congress” look like a paragon of speed and efficiency.

The problem of course is that polarization—the decline of competitive swing districts due to the rigged system of redistricting—has made most Republican congressmen terrified of being primaried from the right for being too reasonable. This problem has been compounded by the rise of partisan media, which has dumbed down civic discourse into an angry, idiotic us-against-them exercise. The result is congressional division and dysfunction. Congratulations.

The Daily Beast: Our Pathetic Congress

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WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN: THE MOST IMPORTANT BILLS BLOCKED BY REPUBLICANS IN 2012

It is important to remember all the Failures the 112th congress have managed to have. Blocking bill after bill from a vote ultimately putting their own political agendas ahead of the American people.

1. A minimum wage increase

2. DISCLOSE Act of 2012

3. The Buffett Rule

4. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
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5. U.N. treaty to protect the equal rights of the disabled.

6. The Paycheck Fairness Act.

Filibuster reform?

Posted: December 29, 2012 in Politics
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Filibuster compromise pitched

“We believe very strongly that we must reform the Senate procedures if it’s going to do business more efficiently and more fairly,” added Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.).

Do you agree? Is it time to rethink how our congressmen utilize a filibuster?

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112th Congress Set To Become Most Unproductive Since 1940s Amanda Terkel, Posted: 12/28/12 8:00 Updated: 12/28/12 9:37

Posted: December 25, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Toast to family and friends!

Holiday Cheer!

Posted: December 25, 2012 in somewhat current
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Merry Christmas!

Happy Hanukkah

Posted: December 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

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I love the holidays.