No Summer Recess for Congress!

Ever wonder why congress gets a ‘summer recess”? I believe it hearkens back to the days before Air Conditioning; where sitting in a room during the summer in Washington DC would have been unbearable. Or at least not very productive. Somehow the founding Congress managed:

They were inside the Pennsylvania State House. The delegates had been stuck in the humid, unventilated Assembly Room for six weeks, trying to write a new constitution to save our beleaguered country, yet they had nothing to show for it.

But we have A/C now so what’s the excuse? The Average American worker doesn’t get nearly that much time off (that is assuming they even have a job thanks to this do-nothing congress). So make Congress work for the summer until they can actually get something done!

Our Congress should stay in session all summer – camp out in D.C., and turn off the AC. Put on their stuffiest powdered wigs and sweat it out, until they give in and put their John Hancocks (and their Nancy Pelosis and their John Boehners) on at least ONE meaningful law that no one wants to repeal.

I’m not sure about the turning off A/C and powered wigs, but I agree: work for us Congress! And don’t go home until you’re finished.

Kevin Bleyer: Make Congress sweat

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Fix the Tax Code, but Can they Do it?

Fixing the busted tax code has gained a lot of popularity and now it seems to have the attention of Congress. Fine, but what are they going to do? Granted, they need to stick a fork in it and it’s good to see they are finally dealing with something important and something that matters to “main street”. But will they be able to agree on a plan or will they nit pick to death until they go “on recess” and find themselves once again at a stalemate? Not surprisingly, they are already eyeballing how to spend the extra revenue a plan might generate and it is going to be point to argue over and could be a show stopper. The question in most people’s minds is going to be “will I pay more in taxes?” and that is something they will have to address for the average American who is stuggling.

But even before the two sides zero in on which sacred cow tax breaks to eliminate, there’s still a deep divide over what to do with new revenue: use it to lower tax rates across the board, which Republicans say will free up investment, or plow the money into the federal Treasury to cover spending.

Congress members agree to fix tricky tax code

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Dysfunctional Congress? Stop voting for the Incumbents!

You know, there’s a lot of talk about how dysfunctional congress is. Hardly a week goes by without some article like this one reminding us of how bad our Congress is and how there is just about no hope for fixing the stalemates.

A new Pew Research Center study found that the nation is more politically polarized than it has been in the past 25 years and “the values gap between Republicans and Democrats is now greater than gender, age, race or class divides.” So, there’s little chance of compromise on solutions for shoring up the ailing economy and stanching job losses as the country braces for the impact of more than $1 trillion in mandatory budget cuts set to kick in next year.

Yet no one ever offers up a solution to this never-ending stalemate situation. You can change the names, and the result is still the same. It’s one thing to sit and bitch about how bad congress is but what can you do about it? Most people think there is nothing they can do about it but that is simply not true. The basic problem with congress members is that they are they for their individual career first and their constituents second. If I can find fault in any of our country’s founders decisions, I would say they erred when they failed to write term limits into seats of congress. Of course how could they have known what a dysfunctional organization congress would turn out to be?

How would term limits solve the problem? Simple. If each congress member knows that he / she is only going to be there for 8 years, there should be more motivation to do what the people actually want done. Each of them will have less time to work with. Just enough time for long term planning but not enough time for wickedly unproductive stalemates.

How likely is it that congress will ever get term limits implemented? Can you say “Snowball’s chance in Hell”? It would have to be authorized by congress itself; in effect each member voting to limit their plan to become a career congress member. Kind of like voting themselves out of work. So again, what can you do about it? Simple. Stop voting for the incumbents. Period. No matter whether you are Democrat or Republican, whoever the incumbent is, vote for the other man or woman. If those assholes know they don’t stand much of a chance of being re-elected unless their congress becomes a stellar performing congress, they might actually work together to get things done. Send the message with your vote by voting out the incumbents this November. If that were to happen, congress would begin to improve immediately. However, the message may take a few election cycles to finally get through. Just do it.

Could Congress Go From Bad to Worse?

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Will Ron Barber Get Giffords Sympathy Votes?

That is the question that looms in Arizona as they took to the polls to decide who will fill the vacancy created by Gabrielle Giffords. Her aid Ron Barber will likely win this on sympathy votes. At least he’s a Democrat that distances himself from the useless lump Barack Obama.

Barber had hedged for a period on whether he would support Pelosi as Democrats’ leader as elected, and he similarly punted on a May question about whether he would even vote for Obama. (Barber later clarified that he intended to vote for the president in November.) But the fact that a Democratic candidate would feel the need to distance himself from Obama in Arizona raises questions about the viability of the president’s effort to win that state this fall.

That aside, how many Arizona voters will be voting for the Barber the candidate or Barber the survivor of the gun attack on Giffords?

Arizona voters to decide on replacing Giffords in Congress

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Barack Obama needs more than Hoagies

As President Obama welcomed congressional leaders for a White House chat over hoagies about setting aside differences to improve the economy, a far different scenario was unfolding at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue.

Barack Obama is not exactly the great uniter is he? He is all talk and no action. Of course Congress will not let him take any action. Let’s be honest here; a strong leader can work with congress and get things done. Just consider GW Bush; look what he did. He lied to congress about WMD’s in Iraq that most of knew at the time did not exist. Yet he was able to get Congress to allow that illegitimate war to occur and take American lives. Now 10 years later they can’t even take bathroom breaks without fighting. Would it make any difference if Mitt Romney were in the White House? That is the question voters will need to answer this fall. Who can work with congress; Barack Obama obviously cannot work with a congress that is not controlled by Democrats. The people in congress all need to be fired by the voters; they’re acting like a bunch of school yard punks.

Congress’ partisan fight persists despite high-level overture

Oh Man Obama Continues to Ride on Congress

I must start by saying I am no fan of Barack Obama however this is the first time he has pushed something that might actually help the economy.

The president’s list includes items he has previously announced and Congress has failed to embrace. That includes a proposal to allow more homeowners to refinance their mortgages and a plan to give tax credits to companies that relocate in the United States. Obama also wants to expand a tax credit for clean energy manufacturers and give a 10 percent income tax credit to employers who hire. The president also called for the creation of a job corps for veterans.

That 10% to employers alone would go a long ways in helping the underemployment situation. This is one of the few good ideas Obama has had so far. Wonder who he got it from? I digress, will congress take Obama’s list and run with it? Not very likely. They’ve seen the list before and didn’t even look at seriously at it. Not likely it have any effect coming to them as a punch line.

In latest jab, Obama offers Congress a ‘to-do’ list

Which is it? Government or Wall Street

Back to the previous post, that event organizer said something that reiterates the problem with Occupy Wall Street. He referred to this dubious ‘public anger with the government and corporate America.’ The OWS folks, or at least some of them, insist the government is funded and driven by Wall Street, ergo, Wall Street is the core problem. Therefore that’s the place that needs “occupying”. Obviously I don’t agree with that last part or else I would not be writing this blog. While I believe that our senators and representatives in Congress no longer represent Main Street (aka “We the People”), they are not necessarily a product of Wall Street. Unless of course, you consider most of them have insider investment strategies — oops Obama put an end to that. Darn!

There may be a ‘dotted line’ between Congress and Wall Street, that much I am willing to admit. Many senators and representatives are from wealthy and well-connected families to begin with. But there are relatively few CEOs that quit their jobs to become a senators or representative. So the Occupy Wall Street movement will continue to be an item of interest to me. Perhaps maybe they can even grow up and get a real goal. Something a little less lofty than dismantling capitalism and something less violent than breaking windows in banks and Mayor’s homes (yes they threw rocks through the home of Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn on Tuesday).

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Occupy Wall Street Condones May 1 Violence

Or so says one of their spokespeople by the name of Ian Finkenbinder. Officially, he is a “event organizer” but since Occupy Wall Street is a so-called leaderless organization, he becomes a spokesperson by default whether he likes it or not. Especially if he wants to sit and run his mouth to the press about what happened. What does punk Finky have to say about it?

While Finkenbinder said he doesn’t “support or condemn” the property destruction and violence, he conceded that Tuesday’s event was supposed to have been peaceful. But he said he wasn’t surprised by the turn of events, given the public anger with the government and corporate America. “When you have the inequity we see today, there will be a few broken windows,” he said.

I am not twisting his words when I say he is condoning the violent acts. You can’t make a wishy washy statement like that trying to thread some imaginary middle ground. Doesn’t support or condemn? There will be a few broken windows? WTF. Well that is condoning the violence. He should have just said ‘no comment’ or ‘that was not part of our event plan’ and left it at that.

This is not surprising considering that the Occupy Wall Street movement really has no particular goal, no coherent message, and no real direction. I guess they figured out they’re not going to get anywhere by simply demonstrating so they figure they will need to take it up a level. And that my friends, is why the police are pressing prosecutors to file felony charges against the rock throwers. They need to send the Occupy Wall Street punks a clear message: commit violent acts, you will be arrested.

PS, who let the parrot in the room?

May Day violence targeted in court

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What was the Real “Do Nothing” Congress?

According to Dana Milbank, the real Do Nothing congress was the 80th Congress (January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1949). You really could have fooled me! They at least passed 908 law during their term. Compare that to the 106 laws passed by the present congress which wraps up at the end of this year. Actually that Do Nothing congress was coined by Truman probably because he wasn’t getting his way. This was also smack dap in the middle of the McCarthy era so they were likely busy investigating boogey men (and women) in those days. My how some things never change.

To call this 112th Congress a do-nothing Congress would be an insult — to the real Do-Nothing Congress of 1947-48. That Congress passed 908 laws. To date, this one has passed 106 public laws. Even if they triple that output in the rest of 2012 — not a terribly likely proposition — they will still be in last place going back at least 40 years.

Our do-almost-nothing Congress

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Roger Clemens – Another Reason we Need to Occupy Congress

I watch CSPAN and on the rare occasions Congress is actually in session, I often say WTF – don’t they have anything better to do? Such was the case when Clemens was standing in front of Congress back in 2008. Now with his 2nd trial with charges of lying to Congress, this question comes up again. WTF were they doing wasting our tax dollars on sports doping? Leave it to the appropriate other Federal authorities. But this article gives us a reminder of what they were really after – the use of HGH in sports. That was back in the Bush Adminsistration; but nevertheless they had more important matters to attend to. This article is far too defensive of Congress, but this sums it up nicely:

The lingering belief that the Congressional hearings and subsequent developments were all a foolish use of government time and money has not gone away.

One of many foolish uses of government time and money. Indeed!

Is the government wasting tax dollars on Roger Clemens’ trials?

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