Monday morning I awoke to the news that a deal had been struck to keep the government funded through the end of its fiscal year (September). That was a pleasant surprise since just last Friday the best Washington could do was a one week kick the can deal. The package, (which still needs to pass both chambers and gets the President’s signature), appears to be a rare example of cooperation between both Parties and among the House and Senate leadership along with the White House. That actually sounds like a functioning federal government which was worth interrupting my regularly scheduled posting. In the blogging world that is the equivalent of a stop the presses moment. Let’s explore. Continue reading Something (Kinda) Nice To Say
One of my political mentors was the late John Maloney. He taught me a lot about politics in a few simple lessons. Don’t bother googling him. He was not famous. He was just a good Democratic foot soldier who in his later years was willing to impart some of his wisdom on a young man who, though somewhat experienced, still had many lessons to learn. I’m now in my later years and hope I can pass this and other lessons on to others. Today I want to tell my readers what Mr. Maloney (I never called him by his first name) taught me about the kitchen table. Continue reading The Lesson Of The Kitchen Table
Perhaps I’m being overly optimistic, but I don’t see Trumpcare in its current form passing in both chambers of Congress even with the benefit of using reconciliation to get it through the Senate. I am very doubtful that it can pass the House. I don’t see any Democratic support and the Republicans are far from united in support of it. With earmarks gone, Speaker Paul Ryan no longer can control his caucus like in days gone by. That was one of the things that led to John Boehner effectively saying take this job and shove it. On the premise that I’m counting the votes incorrectly, let’s explore what Trumpcare might yield. Continue reading It Would Be A Nightmare!
The Republicans wheeled out their long awaited repeal and replace health care plan last week. As expected it certainly didn’t live up to their rhetoric. Is there another aspect at play? Let’s explore. Continue reading Huge Dilemma Or Another Distraction
The dust has yet to completely settle on the 2016 election but it is already time for political junkies to start looking ahead to 2018. My biggest interest has always been the Senate and I’d like to give the 2018 Senate races a preview today. Continue reading An Early Look At The ’18 Senate Races