How to avoid another shutdown

It is difficult to explain the recent government shutdown to citizens of other nations. In most of the world’s democracies, this kind of disruption can’t happen. Rules are in place to keep the government running even if a new budget isn’t passed on time. The U.S. needs to reform its budgetary processes to prevent the…

Obama’s Uncivil America

The “new era of civility in politics” called for by President Obama after former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) was shot, lasted about five Washington minutes. Since then Obama has adopted a scorched earth public policy in an attempt to destroy his political enemies, but sacrificing the Constitution as collateral damage. Fast forward to the October…

Fukushima Sushi

Which is harder to believe? The ludicrous shenanigans going down in Washington or the fact that nobody seems particularly interested in doing anything about them? Good neighbors — it looks like we got ourselves one heck of a bumper crop of official dysfunction this year. Near as high as Manute Bol’s eye. You’d think with…

Obama, the Shutdown and ‘Rules for Radicals’

“Republicans are terrorists!” “Arsonists!” When President Obama chastised Americans to show restraint in political discourse, he obviously wasn’t talking to his own party … or himself. And why should he? While conservatives are reading Russell Kirk, Edmund Burke and William F. Buckley, liberals read Saul Alinsky. Saul Alinsky, whom Buckley noted may be the greatest…

Government by Tantrum

  “Waaaaa! You’re not playing fair!” “Waaaaa! You’re going to bankrupt America!” “Waaaaa! You guys started it!” The crybabies in Washington are at it again. Arguing, name-calling and throwing heated rhetoric around like “extortion” and “blow the whole thing up,” our so-called leaders are acting like out-of-control little kids in a sandbox. They haven’t begun…

Can Obama Ignore the Debt Ceiling?

As the government shutdown continued on Wednesday, President Obama not only urged an end to that impasse but also asked Congressional leaders to avoid a showdown later this month on increasing the nation’s borrowing limit. But a growing number of observers have said the president can and should ignore the debt limit, legislation that some…

Fixing Immigration From the Ground Up

The immigration marches and vigils that took place across the country on Saturday, uniting tens of thousands of people in more than 40 states, were a plaintive reminder that immigration reform — remember immigration reform? — is among the many pieces of business that remain unfinished while Congress is in lockdown. Reform in the shape…

Showdown, Shutdown, Shakedown

Government’s closed, everybody! Go home. Except Congress, that is, whose members are still getting paid, classified as “essential workers.” Although right now, neither one of those words seems very apt or ept. Unapt and inept is more like it. Inapt? Unept? A minority of the majority of one house of Congress continues to hold the…

Obamacare’s Orthodoxy of Faith

Caller: “Republicans refuse to negotiate, all they want to do is ruin the economy and Republicans said it all when they said they just want to get Obama out of office.” Jensen: “The President and Harry Reid have both said they refuse to negotiate with the Republicans who have reached out to the Democrats.” Caller:…

Now Republicans Want a ‘Dialogue’

Republicans are now simply flailing. Because they lack any plausible explanation for their irresponsible conduct in creating and prolonging the government shutdown, they are inventing new demands by the hour. “Defund Obamacare!” they cried at the beginning, stating their condition for reopening the government. Then they moved to delaying health care reform, delaying the individual…

Those Banana Republicans

They say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Why is it that the Republicans in Congress seem so determined to prove this maxim? Let’s start with the Affordable Care Act, a k a Obamacare. The exchanges that are at the heart of…