I know it does not bode well that at 24 I am this jaded about the political process. I have had enough of politicians not listening to me and the rest of us while they continue to act as they please.
The Democrats control the Senate and we get political infighting. The Republicans control the Senate and we'll likely get the same. Whatever happens, smart business owners will be paying close attention. Man, where's Ross Perot when you really need him?
Shut down the government? They still collect their paychecks. Waste time voting on a Supreme Court upheld law? Doesn't matter, they can waste all the time they want and still get paid. If only the rest of us had such cushy jobs that rewarded us for not doing a damn thing.
By ruling this week that there are no limits regarding private campaign contributions, the Republican majority of the Supreme Court have taken another brazen step in an almost mind-bogglingly deliberate attempt at eviscerating whatever roadblocks remain on the way to total corporate governance.
Very few taxpayers have ever heard of the Congressional Bed Mandate -- the quota that requires 34,000 undocumented immigrants be detained every single night -- but it's costing them five million dollars, each and every day.
One of Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner's campaign platforms is term limits for Illinois lawmakers.
It should have told us something when Senators like Rubio, McCain and Flake, Republicans representing states with lots of Hispanic voters, said that we needed immigration reform.
Attacking President Obama and claiming he can use executive orders to stop deportations is worse than counterproductive. It's misdirection from the real issue that is powering the deportation machine.
A successful immigration sales pitch would guide the audience along a timeline of the issue. The narrative would provide an anchor in the past, detailing the history of the issue and build toward the current environment.
Whether a final plan emerges from the House or not, immigration reform has broad public support. Americans agree it is time for action, but are looking to its leaders to resolve the remaining conflicts.
So what draws us to these shows especially at a time when the public has so much disdain for government? Why does there seem to be an inverse relationship between "approval ratings" of the shows and the real-life counterparts of their characters?
Current systems of voting in the Senate and House are not required by law or the Constitution. They are rules and policies which senators and representatives have imposed upon themselves to set their own agendas.
The letter will be a blow to efforts to advance a rumored non-binding resolution in the House that would attempt to derail the negotiations with Iran set to begin again on February 18.
During a time when Congress is synonymous with gridlock and obstructionism, the women are showing we can move past the partisanship, roll up our sleeves and get things done. And we're not slowing down. Women aren't sitting back after they win an election. They're leaning in!
Call me a cock-eyed optimist if you will, but I couldn't help wondering how different next year's State of the Union speech will be if Democrats have a much better year than expected and not only hold the Senate but win control of the House.
We may wait a long time and experience an enormous amount of unnecessary suffering, but, when all is said and done, the cavalry will charge in and "good" will prevail. But climate change is different.