congress: Simple Idea For Postal Savings - 04/30/12 10:54 AM
The Senate last week passed a spending bailout bill to keep post office workers on the job and keep outmoded and unnecessary facilities open. The House is not likely to support it.
On May 15th, a moratorium on office and facility closings will expire.
Each year we hear about dumping more and more money into a failed postal system and new new ideas for fixing it. So I have an idea. Actually I have more than one, but here's a sensible one.
First, rid the fleet of half the vehicles. They will no longer be needed.
Second, keep the current number … (22 comments)

congress: 36 Weeks & Counting - 02/28/12 04:26 PM
36 weeks from today, we return a Republican majority to the House, elect a new Republican majority in the Senate and choose a new President - too early to tell how that may turn out. Arizona and Michigan vote today on the Republican challenger to the President. Next Tuesday is "Super Tuesday."
Congress is an easy call. The White House is usually a tough call anyway, and the incumbent has an advantage. At any rate, the next many weeks will see lots of ads, debates, and posturing.
 
 
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congress: Still In The Dark On Jobs - 12/17/11 09:27 AM
The reversal on the light bulb ban that I reported on was possibly a hallow victory.
Congress - let's get it right - the GOP-led House - included a compromise provision in the 1200-page spending bill that prohibits the Obama administration from enforcing the current ban passed in 2007 until September, 2012. All they did was allow bulbs to be sold for nine more months. This does not create one more manufacturing job in this country.
There are a couple (not really sure how many) of smaller companies that still manufacture bulbs in the US. GE manufactures some bulbs in Mexico … (18 comments)

congress: Vote Down Balanced Budget Amendment - 11/17/11 05:56 PM
The House will vote on the balanced budget amendment to the Constitution tomorrow as scheduled. It needs 290 votes to pass and is not expected to get them. That's fine with me. It shouldn't pass.
Why do I say this? Am I for more spending? Absolutely not. I'd slash the the current spending so that there was blood figuratively flowing from the Capitol. That's how you control spending - not with a meaningless and unenforceable amendment.
The Constitution has been amended 27 times - 11 from the the Bill of Rights (yes 11, not the 10 that you might have been … (12 comments)

congress: Harry Reid Blinked - 09/27/11 03:51 PM
Even though Harry Reid said that the GOP sponsored and passed House bill that extends the government past Friday would be DOA at the Senate and that he would make sure that it never passed, he agreed to it and got it done. The bickering and media circus that everyone had prepared and was lining up to wtach later this week has been averted.
At issue was funding the FEMA and cutting some other programs. For now, it's still in the bill that was sent to the President.
Of course, as we head into the last 3 days of FY 11 … (20 comments)

congress: Most Of The US Senate Is Irrelevant - 09/23/11 10:34 AM
Most of the US Senate - that would be 99 members of it - are irrelevant and unnecessary. We should send them all home until January of 2013.
Harry Reid is the only Senator that matters. He is running the Senate as if he is the only member, and in fact, he appears to be.
Time after time, he promises that bills passed by the GOP House - often with broad based bipartisan support or cross-over voting from both parties - will be defeated as soon as they arrive at the Senate. And he sees to it that he keeps his … (18 comments)

congress: Congress Is More Dysfunctional Than Ever - 08/14/11 12:25 PM
As Americans and as small business owners and operators, we should be appalled at the lack of leadership we are receiving from Congress and the direction this body seems to be taking the country. Creating a 12 member joint commission with many of the big spenders who have created the issues we have right now have been appointed to this body. Why should we expect any new direction?
Complain as hard and as loud as you want about the "Tea Party" but if it wasn't for their sanity, we would have a single "A" bond rating by now and a debt … (24 comments)

congress: The Unelected Elite - 10/06/09 10:09 AM
We are being governed by two major groups in this country that are neither elected nor accountable to the citizens.
The first groups is the Presidential csars (what a name). These people have made-up authority and jurisdiction and report only to the President. In some cases they supercede and duplicate Cabinet Secretaries. No one in Congress (Article II, Section 2) has authorized these csars or approved them.
The second group that is actually running our country are the non-elected staffers of Members of Congress. These people, along with lobbyists, research and write the bills. In many cases the Members of Congress … (24 comments)

congress: An Alternative To Congressional Term Limits - 08/29/09 05:35 PM
Many of us support term limits for Congress - whether its just one or two or a little bit longer. Congress will never pass such a measure so it would be up to the state legislatures to propose such a Constitutional amendment.
Not being a fan of amendments - thinking they have been used way too often - it might be possible to achieve term limits with just a simple executive decree.
Since the Founding Fathers never envisioned anyone making a career out of serving in Congress - and certainly not doing it for the money - we should abolish the … (14 comments)

congress: Our New Two-Party System - 08/29/09 02:05 PM
Notice recently how it doesn't much matter who we vote for to send to Washington every two years - that they all are about the same after they've been there for a little while? The Republicans may start out a little more conservative, and the Democrats may start out a little more liberal, but after they become Congressionalized, they all vote about the same - and that's against small business.
The two party system that we have now is us and them. That's why they all need to go. Oh, there are some that could stay - they can try their … (13 comments)

congress: The New Congressional Ethics - 08/08/09 01:41 PM
Congress has an official Code of Ethics that is voluminous and written in so much legalize that loopholes abound. It would be nice if it were reduced to a single page that every voter could have and read - so we would know what to hold them accountable for in terms of conduct.
Then there's the new 2009 unofficial guide.
The principal tenant of it is to let staffers to all their work as far as reading and interpreting what is in a bill. Here's what's wrong with that. It abdication of responsibility and unauthorized delegation of official duties. Congress has … (14 comments)

congress: Government-Speak - A Poor Form Of Communication - 06/25/09 03:54 PM
It's bad enough that Washington has all of the acronyms flying around - what's often referred to as alphabet soup. Every office, bill, program, bureau, department - and in some cases people - are represented by a series of letters or initials as a type of shorthand. Some are actually pronounceable, like HUD, POTUS, FLOTUS, and SCOTUS.
Now, they are intentionally mislabeling bills to make them sound like something they aren't and get Members of Congress - and more importantly, citizens - to support them.
This is not a political discussion on the merits of the proposed legislation - only on the … (12 comments)

congress: Pulling the tarp over TARP - 06/05/09 11:28 AM
Finally, a voice of sanity in the US Senate. Republican Sen. Mike Johanns of Nebraska, and former Governor of that State, has introduced a bill that is co-sponsored by 26 other Republicans in the the Senate to require Congressional approval for any use of TARP funds that would result in government ownership of private businesses through obtaining common or preferred equity stock shares.
He is calling it the "Free Enterprise Amendment." No Democratic Senator  has signed on so far.
As Johanns rightly points out, the President and the Administration are operating unchecked in this arena. In my view, this is contrary … (18 comments)

congress: Congress, what part of "secret ballot" don't you understand? - 03/10/09 02:08 PM
It didn't pass last time around, so the bill to erode one of the most fundamental of American rights was introduced in the Congress yet again today. What right is that? The right to vote by secret ballot. The "Employee Free Choice Act," or "Card Check" bill, is anything but what it proclaims to be. There's no free choice. There's someone looking over your shoulder helping you vote. There's someone moving the paper while you hold the pen.
Americans are giving up a lot of freedoms, but we have to draw the line on this one.
What is Congress even thinking … (36 comments)

congress: Talk about your gravy train - 12/19/08 04:24 PM
Where else can you do you job so poorly that less than 1 person in 10 think you are doing it well?
Where else can you get extensive scheduled vacations and take off other days at will?
Where else can you travel the globe at the public's expense?
Where else are you paid to make decisions but you get a pass if you don't?
Where else do you get to set your own salary and get automatic 2.2% increases every year?
Where else but the U.S. Congress!
That's right, in addition to lack of work product and the extensive time-off and … (16 comments)

congress: And this is supposed to work? - 12/19/08 10:01 AM
There's 2 things I don't get about the automotive handout - let's call it a handout rather than a bailout, because a bailout implies that this is what's needed to get the ship righted. A handout is welfare.
Well, here's what I don't get.
First, Congress adjourns without approving a package. This Congress is over. Next session is January. Either (1) not enough people in Congress agree that it's necessary or (2) they couldn't agree on the terms. Bottom line, adjournment with no package.
Not to worry, the President steps in and countermands the will of Congress and negotiates a deal … (22 comments)

congress: My new program: "Put Congress To Work" - 11/24/08 12:17 PM
In yesterday's post I discussed how we as a country, and particularly our leaders, need to heed the insightful, prophetic advice of President John F. Kennedy, in his Inaugural Address: "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country."
Taking that a step further, I have a plan. It's called "Put Congress To Work," and it's mandatory.
They're called public servants. Time to see that in action.
Here's how it works. Pick 12 weeks when they are on a highly paid vacation or recess anyway. I'm sure there's more than enough days. If … (28 comments)

congress: Can we really believe Congress? Would you buy a used car from them? - 09/30/08 11:23 AM
Saturday, I posted an article entitled "Our sales proposition has to be believable" about a different subject, but dealing with a credible sales story. I should have saved it for today, but I'll go ahead and borrow from it anyway.
Does it strike anyone odd that with all of the panic and ultimatums on the dire consequences for not passing this bailout bill last week and then again yesterday that Congress can take 2 days off and just turn their backs on a solution? If it's that important how dare they walk away from it and go home?
If it's that … (28 comments)

congress: Hold onto your wallet, the carnival (er, Congress) is in town - 07/29/08 11:54 AM
Housing stimulus bill – nice name, who wouldn’t want it? Me, for one. It is a shell game.
The most talked about provision – the $7,500 tax credit for first-time buyers is hollow.
First, this is credit up to 10% of the purchase price, so any amount over a $75,000 purchase would not be part of the program. Have you seen a lot of homes for less than $75,000 in your market?
Second, it is a tax credit, not a grant. It has to be repaid. In the initial year, if someone’s tax liability is not at least $7,500, they only … (21 comments)

congress: Adding insult to injury - 07/20/08 07:41 PM
As if Congress couldn’t foresee an energy management issue brewing and then just stood around and got in the way by continually denying ANWR exploration and not encouraging new refineries, off-shore drilling, wind farms, and nuclear plants, their current absurdity is to raise the federal gas tax by a dime – not a penny or two but a dime! Aren’t prices high enough already?
Read our lips: no new taxes!
I don’t know if this is one person, a group, or a large contingent of legislators, but this kind of indifference to our country harkens back to the Boston Tea Party … (17 comments)

 
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