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Congressional Dysfunction

Congressional Recess: Good or Bad for America?

Frank Islam | Posted 07.13.2016 | Politics
Frank Islam

This country needs a Congress that works. This country needs citizens who work. This country needs a Congress and citizens who can work together using that hammer to rebuild confidence through constructive compromise and collaboration.

The 114th Congress: Playing Soft Ball, Hard Ball, Or Odd Ball?

Frank Islam | Posted 06.27.2016 | Politics
Frank Islam

These are trying times for concerned politicians and citizens alike. They are times in which the odd has become the ordinary. These are times in which the extreme has become the usual. These are times in which the virtual has become the real.

How Can We Not Be Asking This Question?

Andy Schmookler | Posted 06.01.2016 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

This piece has appeared in newspapers in my conservative congressional district in Virginia. Everyone old enough to remember an earlier era should re...

The Top Financial Journalist of 2015

Janet Tavakoli | Posted 01.04.2016 | Business
Janet Tavakoli

It is a brief portrait of D.C.'s dysfunction and delusion followed by its declaration of victory over compromises on goals that should never have been goals in the first place.

A Darkened Christmas? In Search of a Brighter Future

Daniel Davis | Posted 02.16.2015 | Religion
Daniel Davis

Christmas is just days away. In shops and malls echoes of Bing Crosby singing "Silver Bells" serenade shoppers as they rush home with their treasures. But in all honesty, it's hard to consider Christmas 2014 to be "a season of joy."

Which Hazard Is Better Contained: Ebola or Extreme Economic Inequality?

Timothy J. Barnett | Posted 12.27.2014 | Politics
Timothy J. Barnett

Design changes in Ebola management protocols make it highly probable that the Ebola hazard in America will be successfully contained. In contrast, the hazard of wealth-concentration policies implemented by central banks is not under containment. This problem threatens the very fabric of democratic enterprise.

Congress, Conflict and Consequences

Frank Islam | Posted 10.12.2014 | Politics
Frank Islam

The 112th Congress, which ended its term on January 3, 2013, was labeled the "worst" and "least productive" Congress ever by a variety of sources.

Before the Congressional Recess: Two Steps Forward, Three Steps Back

Frank Islam | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics
Frank Islam

Legislating for a core constituency is passing a totally partisan bill that sends a message to a targeted group but has virtually no chance of implementation. Legislating for the country is passing a bipartisan bill directed at solving problems confronting the nation and its citizens.

Congress Takes a Holiday! (And Haven't They Earned It?)

Rick Horowitz | Posted 10.02.2014 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Doing nothing is hard work!...

Soccer's Teamwork: Something That Works (When So Much Doesn't)

Carla Seaquist | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

So much in American life these days doesn't work. But soccer does work -- magnificently. I am not looking forward to returning to dysfunction and snafu.

Jason Linkins

Rep. Dave Camp Gave This 'Congress' Thing His Best Shot, But He's Done | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics

Is there even much of a point to being a member of Congress anymore, if you're nominally committed to public service? Probably not, and now Rep. Dave ...

Immigration and a Weak-Willed John Boehner

Ryan Campbell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices
Ryan Campbell

With Mitt "Self-Deportation" Romney being soundly beaten, all eyes were on immigration reform to be the first issue tackled and resolved in 2013. Republicans, the old immigration obstacle, would finally agree after Obama won 77 percent of the Latino vote.

Jason Linkins

Cliche Watch: Hacks To Crack About Cracks In The Dome | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics

The Architect of the Capitol is undertaking a "multi-phased" project geared to restoring the structural integrity of the U.S. Capitol dome, one of Was...

Jason Linkins

This Day In GOP Infighting | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.12.2013 | Politics

The current state of play over House Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) attempts to get a continuing resolution through the House to avert a government s...

Snap, Cackle and Slop!

Frank Islam | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics
Frank Islam

It is hard to predict what will come out of the conference committee as the final farm bill. But it should be a bill that is based upon collegial compromise rather than unilateral dictates and that includes adequate SNAP funding and reduced corporate welfare.

How the Man Who Created the Cliff Also Saw It Coming

Ian Bassin | Posted 03.03.2013 | Politics
Ian Bassin

There may be a Republican who can help alleviate the dysfunction that has gripped Washington, but he's not in John Boehner's caucus. He's the one who last year predicted the mess we're facing to begin with: President George W. Bush.

Vote for More Gridlock

Wyatt Troia | Posted 01.05.2013 | Politics
Wyatt Troia

Obama failed to change Washington. That will take not just a compromising president, but a compromising Congress. The project is larger than this two-man election. Still, Obama's reelection is crucial. You don't get less gridlock by voting for the party that is spearheading it.

America's Government Does Not Work Right Now

Allan Brawley | Posted 09.30.2012 | Politics
Allan Brawley

Is this a model that the rest of the world might admire and aspire to? Hardly. Are we a hopeless case? Certainly not. But we should dampen our national pride and curb our arrogance until we get our house in order.

Time to Work the Pivot Points

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 09.01.2012 | Business
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

Only one letter separates word from work. Words, ideas, thoughts can become the basis for work. By concentrating on and working the pivot points, we can translate concepts into action and get America working again. Let's get to work!

Jason Linkins

Unconstitutional Filibuster? Let's Do It, Let's Sue The Senate! | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.15.2012 | Politics

Lots of people agree that our government is currently bogged down in a morass of dysfunction that's so disastrous that it's basically criminal. And I ...

In Good We Trust

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 02.05.2012 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

We are at a pivot point. To save the United States as we have known it, we need to put things in the proper balance and perspective. We need to reaffirm our trust in good as well as God.

You Can't Get There From Here

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 01.18.2012 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

Compromise was on the wane in our nation's Capitol before the elections of 2010. It has become virtually non-existent since.

A Winning Game Plan

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 11.27.2011 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

Mr. Schultz and his cohorts are to be commended for stepping forward as concerned citizen-leaders at this time of great urgency.