It’s late September, your Party gained control of both the executive and legislative branches of government and you have yet to pass a piece of significant legislation. What do you do? The answer Republicans came up with last week is to tell an even bigger lie. It’s a little more complex so let’s explore. Continue reading Tell A Bigger Lie
When the Tea Party movement emerged in early 2009 I incorrectly dismissed it. In the long run I will be proven correct in that it will be an asterisk in American history. (I still think it is a shame that the moniker Know Nothings was already taken in American politics. They too ended up being an asterisk.) Admittedly it has lasted longer and had a larger impact than I had anticipated. Today it threatens the long-term viability of the Republican Party. Let’s explore. Continue reading Will The GOP Save Itself?
Recently I complimented the decision and Congress’ action to package three must pass issues into a single bill and pass it. Theoretically that left the rest of September to act on things like renewing the flood insurance program and CHIPs. In the interim an initial aid package for Hurricane Irma relief became a front burner issue. President Trump dumped the DACA mess back into Congress’ lap. The talk you commonly hear is that they have six months to act when in reality Trump’s action starts negatively impacting real people’s lives in October. That is still a lot on the table without ever even considering tax reform or an infrastructure package. Let’s explore how Congress is scheduled to handle this slate. Continue reading Should We Say 12 Days?
Hillary Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” line was one of her least well received of the 2016 election. I thought it was in large part accurate. I cannot think of a more appropriate word to use when describing the actions of 107 Congressional Republicans last week. I feel so strongly about this that at the risk of having a somewhat boring and cumbersome to read article I am naming each one of them herein. As Justice Louis Brandeis famously stated, “Sunshine is said to be the best of disinfectants.” Let’s explore. Continue reading Deplorable Congressional Action
Today seems to be one of those rare days when the crystal ball is not overcast – let’s just hope it is accurate. Congress comes back in September and it has two things it must get done: fund the government via either a budget (which isn’t going to happen) or a continuing resolution (CR) and raise the debt ceiling. I have a prediction on both as well as a simple solution to one of the nation’s raging debates. Let’s explore. Continue reading Bullshutdown