Keep the pressure on. Tell Congress that it's time for them to pass comprehensive mental health care reform. That was the message heard last week during Mental Illness Awareness Week (Oct. 4-10), when mental health advocates took to the airwaves nationwide and spread out over Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. to call for action.
The Answer to Trump, Fiorina, Carson & Sanders: Draft Joe Biden & Team
Hillary has not shied away from embracing her gender in this campaign and has made it clear that advocating for women will be a top priority. The reality, like with many campaign promises, is much more complicated. Women do have huge influence in elections, but when it comes to passing legislation that impact women's lives or issues, the prospects are bleak.
John Boehner's decision to step down as Speaker of the House has set off a fierce battle that underscores the systemic problems facing today's Republican Party.
Boehner has already nominated himself as the Republican Party's sacrificial lamb. But on his way out, he could also be a very effective scapegoat, thus sparing both his party and the country at large a whole lot of needless drama and economic instability.
Those of us who don't think it's the best use of government money to give subsidized loans to some of the largest companies in the world have to recognize political reality. With enough campaign contributions on the table, Congress will eventually vote to approve the money.
Republicans are now searching for a new leader, but personality and charisma will not heal this deep divide between politics and governance that has plagued the party for more than two decades. It may be the greatest unintended consequence of the Gingrich revolution.
With the resignation of Speaker John Boehner and the withdrawal of Kevin McCarthy as a candidate to replace him, it is clear that there is a structural issue in how the House of Representatives is organized (or not).
"Usually we space these things out a bit, but I'm sure we can come up with fresh, exciting ideas to alarm and piss off Americans until the 2016 election and beyond."
Sure, the Speaker of the House is the most prestigious and powerful position in the House. It's the top position for which Kevin McCarthy could aspire. However, would it have been good for his future to get this position? Let's unpack the future scenarios to see what would occur.
The GOP worked so hard for so long to attain the power they have amassed: control over the United States Congress, one of the most powerful bodies in the entire world. And what they do with that power? They use toddler-inspired "my way or the highway" strategies to win, and most striking, they readily destroy their own if they can't get their way.
I'm sure the Wall Street Journal and their cohorts in the right-wing echo chamber are having fun twisting this whole concept around in service to their fossil-fuel friends, but let's take a step back.
Chaos is king. Chaos reigns in the House Republican Caucus, reflecting the chaos from the Republican presidential campaign trail. The question is what will emerge from this maelstrom?
Lower tariffs so that it's cheaper for the 12 countries to buy each other's goods. It also sets new environmental and labor standards, and makes it easier for service industries (think: finance) to do business across borders.
I'm interested in the economic impact of what's been going on in the House, and not just this round of meta-dysfunction, but the broader impact of a federal sector that's working very poorly in an $18 trillion economy.
I know people are angry at Congress. I know people are frustrated by Washington's seeming inability to do the work that you send people there to do. I know people are skeptical of anything an elected official has to say. To be completely candid, I understand why you feel that way.