Monday, March 12, 2012
REID SAYS CONGRESS LOOKS BAD: "Just 10 percent of the country approves of the job that Congress is doing—and the most powerful member of the Senate is apparently not one of them. “I think Congress looks bad,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on CNN’s State of the Union. “I think the obstructionism we’ve had over the last two congresses, but especially this one, has turned the American people.” Wouldn't holding lawmakers accountable through legislation like the No Budget, No Pay Act reinforce confidence? Read more: Ben Terris for National Journal: Reid: 'I Think Congress Looks Bad'
THE NEW BLACK: "The Founding Fathers designed Congress to represent the will of the majority of Americans. Yet, even as more Americans identify themselves as independents — not Democrats or Republicans — there is a painfully sharp decline in moderate and independent voices in both houses of Congress. It is also true that everywhere but Capitol Hill more people are moving away from conservative or liberal labels in favor of calling themselves moderates. The death of the political middle is the defining shift taking place in American politics today. It is ending the tradition of political leadership that rises above ideology, region, party, religion and even race to attain statesmanship. And it is weakening the two-party system." Moderation was so last decade. Now, it's all about problem-solving. Read more: Juan Williams for The Hill: Moderation out of fashion on Capitol Hill
THE WEEK AHEAD: Tomorrow, Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-IN) will speak to No Labels supporters on a Town Hall Teleconference. Then, on Wednesday, No Labels will have a hearing on the Make Congress Work! action plan in the Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs. To cap it off, Wednesday night No Labels Co-Founder Mark McKinnon will go on The Colbert Report on Comedy Central and talk to host Stephen Colbert about No Labels and our plan to fix what's broken in Washington.
NO BRACKET? NO PAY! Yesterday was Selection Sunday for the NCAA basketball tournament. "This is a big event in the No Labels universe. My Kentucky Wildcats are the early favorite, followed closely by co-founder Nancy Jacobson’s alma mater, the Syracuse Orangemen. Co-founder Mark McKinnon’s Texas Longhorns are always dangerous, and contributing RP/No Labels co-founder Lisa Borders‘ Duke Blue Devils are always evil," Jonathan Miller writes. Join the No Labels bracket pool to win cool prizes. Read more: Jonathan Miller for The Recovering Politician: The RP: No Bracket? No Pay! (The No Labels NCAA Bracket Challenge)
ACTION OF THE DAY: The Senate hearing on No Budget, No Pay is just two days away! Contact the members of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs to tell them to give reform a chance.
STAT OF THE DAY: House Republicans are planning to include extra discretionary spending cuts in the House budget resolution this year in order to offset the $54.7 billion of defense sequestration cuts that were mandated after a congressional Super Committee failed to come up with a debt reduction agreement. This entire mess could have been avoided if Congress completed its budget and appropriations process on time. Rather than allowing these sorts of problems to fester like they have, Congress should be told: No Budget, No Pay: David Rogers for POLITICO: "Looming Defense Cuts Prompt GOP Shift"
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 3/12/2012 03:00:00 PM
I want to make sure to take time to shine a spotlight on politicians who exemplify the reason nothing gets done around here and the first person that pops in my mind on the County Council is Bob Culver. I personally find Bob to be an annoying do nothing idiot. The worst part is he likes to say alot of words to sound like he knows what he is talking about but if pushed it sounds like rehashed garbage from a textbook.
He is a known little snitch to Joe Albero like his pal Rockhead Holloway. I doubt if those 2 rubbed sticks together with gasoline and a match nearby they could start a fire, let alone actually be open for an open discussion on a topic other than what they have already made their mind up on. I am sick of people like this in our political system. I don't care if we disagree on a subject as long as we can discuss something openly and come to a middle ground we can both agree upon.
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 3/12/2012 11:30:00 AM
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 3/12/2012 09:30:00 AM
4th of July Fireworks in Salisbury! Salisbury University Athletic Complex. Fireworks begin at dark. "Americana Avenue" (on Wayne Street) opens at 6:30. Bring the family...great food...kids activities. Description 4th of July Fireworks are returning to Salisbury. Join us for Red White and BOOM at Salisbury University, Wednesday July 4th, 2012.
A $20,000 fireworks display, featuring fireworks exploding 600 feet in the air, above the Salisbury University athletic fields. Bring your family and friends for this free community event. Spread the blankets, sit on the lawn chairs, and look up as the largest fireworks display on Delmarva (not at the beach!) bursts above you!!
Fireworks begin at dark, approximately 9 p.m. "Americana Avenue" opens at 6:30 p.m. "Americana Avenue" is actually Wayne Street, and it runs behind Sea Gull Stadium. Food vendors, kids activities, music and fun await. Come early, eat good food, find a spot on the fields, and get ready to enjoy this FREE community event.
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 3/12/2012 08:30:00 AM