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
The running joke has been that the Senate is where all bills go to die. In this instance, the Senate’s Gang of Eight has come up with a bill that has already passed the Judiciary Committee and is now on the floor. No one likes the bill, including me. Does that mean it’s a good compromise? Continue reading
Why does it seem that there needs to be legislation to get two sides to work together? Well that’s what was needed to get Congress to cut the debt/deficit by creating the Supercommittee. The Politico article, “Supercommittee ‘odd couple’ a source of hope” (October 16, 2011), details how Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) have to work together. Legislators should already be working together through that thing called compromise. However, that word is so dirty in the political world that it has become anathema. I truly don’t see how a committee of 12 will be able to
com[e] up with $1.2 trillion in savings over the next 10 years that can win support of the 12-member panel and pass a House and Senate divided on nearly every major issue.