Shocker: Government shirks responsibility, again


"The deal approved today is truly a missed opportunity to do something big to reduce our long-term fiscal problems..." - from a statement released Tuesday, by Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, co-chairs of a bipartisan deficit reduction committee If you don't stand broadly and shoulder the responsibilities of governing, there should be no surprise when… Continue reading Shocker: Government shirks responsibility, again

Tramecksans in Congress, and the hobbling prince


"...for about seventy moons past there have been two struggling parties in this empire, under the names of Tramecksan  and Slamecksan, from the high and low heels of their shoes, by which they distinguish themselves...  The animosities between these two parties run so high, that they will neither eat, nor drink, nor talk with each… Continue reading Tramecksans in Congress, and the hobbling prince

Debt rhetoric scary and entertaining at the same time


"I think disgust is still a valid emotion, and that's kind of the way I'm viewing this." - James Amos, CEO, Tasti D-Lite, discussing Congress' dysfunction, highlighted by the "self-inflicted" debt crisis, on MSNBC's Jansing & Co, Friday, July 29, 2011 The time for staying above the fray with logic has passed. The simmering, schmaltz-laden… Continue reading Debt rhetoric scary and entertaining at the same time

America’s mad circus


"There is no aphrodisiac like madness, but it wears off quickly." -Kevin Baker, from his novel, Dreamland (HarperCollins, 1999) In the din of madness, the seething intensity of rancorous anger, the light of American glory dims yellow like a string of bare bulbs outside a red, white and blue striped circus tent. The barker calls… Continue reading America’s mad circus

The modern Republican – an American problem


The new Republican party is an albatross of ideological intransigence. It is an anchor that lists the ship of governance as far to the right as it can, until it starts to take on water. The threat not to raise the debt limit, that enables the federal government to pay our debts, has pulled the… Continue reading The modern Republican – an American problem

Audacity and the ‘legislative reality’ fallacy


"The legislation the President has asked for cannot pass the House. I’m happy to discuss these issues at the White House, but such discussions will be fruitless until the President recognizes economic and legislative reality." - Speaker of the House, John Boehner (R-OH), in a July 5, 2011, statement Both Boehner and Senate Minority Leader,… Continue reading Audacity and the ‘legislative reality’ fallacy

Bernanke rebukes Republicans; Republicans rebuke Norquist


Ben Bernanke had some words, Tuesday, for those GOP members of Congress who would hold up raising the nation's debt limit in order to squeeze spending cuts into the federal budget. In a speech to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, in Washington, DC, Tuesday, the Fed chief chastised those who would use the… Continue reading Bernanke rebukes Republicans; Republicans rebuke Norquist

The devil at Obama’s door


No matter what happens with the US economy between now and November, 2012, the Republicans are going to drag it all, lead and gold, wrapped in a tablecloth, and drop it at the White House door. Of course, it should be that way. The president is the face of federal responsibility, and he is in… Continue reading The devil at Obama’s door

GOP takes stand on debt, ceiling collapses on kitchen table


Why would the GOP bring to the floor of the House a bill, Tuesday, that Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) introduced, when he even says it is a bill that "will and must fail?” Of course it did, with less than half of Democrats supporting it. They just want to bring the… Continue reading GOP takes stand on debt, ceiling collapses on kitchen table

Nothing to win – the Coburn conundrum


In the Our Gang of Six, he may be Spanky - always trying to help his friends out of trouble while putting on a show of his disappointment in how Alfalfa and the other goofballs in the group keep chasing chickens. First there was last week's Senate Ethics Committee report on the questionable activities of… Continue reading Nothing to win – the Coburn conundrum