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Congress Ducks Constituents

From Business Week comes a funny, mocking take on the complete avoidance of traditional town halls by Members of Congress: Gone are the packed, freewheeling town halls of the past, where voters stood up at microphones and pelted elected officials with questions on just about anything. Members of Congress largely put an end to unscripted, up-close-and-personal events after the traumatic summer of 2009, when dozens of lawmakers were shouted down by mad-as-hell Tea Partiers and citizens angry that the proposed Affordable Care Act was going too far or not far enough. The new town halls, as described in the article: Activists have reported on this ...

Obama’s new “grand bargain” avoids real tax reform and increases spending

From the Associated Press, reporting on the President’s speech yesterday: Seeking to ease Washington gridlock, President Barack Obama on Tuesday challenged Republicans to accept a new fiscal deal to cut corporate tax rates in exchange for more government spending on jobs programs. The offer was immediately panned by GOP lawmakers, who accused the president of repacking proposals he already supports and making no concessions to the opposing party. The Associated Press reports Senator John McCain (R-AZ) shot down the idea, as did Speaker Boehner and numerous other Republicans. What’s so bad about the President’s idea? First, his speech ...

Tennessee Legislature Punts on States Rights – Part I

A bill designed to shift government healthcare programs from federal to state control has been tabled for the second year in a row by Tennessee House Republican leadership. In May 2011, HB 369 had been waiting over 3 months for the Health and Human Resources Committee to approve the Health Care Compact, an interstate agreement to return regulatory control of healthcare programs to the state level. By contrast, the Senate counterpart SB 326 had already passed out of multiple committees.  House HHR Committee Chairman Glen Casada tabled the bill out of concern over the political capital invested in the bill to compact activists, saying “We ...