Tag Archives: House

Failure of the Farm Bill

23 Jun

I have to admit, agriculture is probably not even on my Top 10 issues to follow on a national level.  When I lived in Southern California, it wasn’t really something that I even saw.  Now that I’m here in Indiana, I have tried to pay more attention to the issues affecting my state more than others, and agriculture is definitely one of them. Continue reading

Congress: Stereotypical Drama Queen

17 Dec

I think the only way that Congress can get the public’s attention is by going to the brink of government disaster.  It seems obvious to me that House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is being held hostage by the self-described Tea Party.  I wish that he would heed his own call to remove the extreme partisanship that exists in the legislative body he commands.  I don’t understand why the Republicans think that everything must be their way, they only control half of one branch of government.  The hallmark of legislating is compromise, and in order to get the best ideas of all in the proportion of which the members are a part of, there needs to be some give-and-take.  The job of Speaker is to pass prudent legislation of which the median of the House wants; however, it seems that he always just wants Republicans to approve legislation.  The perfect Congress would have around 50% of each party voting for various bills.  Of course, this is just me being idealistic, but oh, wouldn’t it be nice.


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