Before Domestic Violence Awareness Month is over, at least 20 more women, and some of their kids, will be fatally shot by abusers. Cause of death: lack of action in Congress.
It was a busy week in Washington, since all the congresscritters were eager to get out of town for their not-so-well-earned five weeks of vacation. It'll take awhile for the dust to settle, so let's take a look at some of what's been happening while it does.
Senator Max Baucus has decreed a minimum 50 years of secrecy for negotiations over revamping the federal tax code. It's not the information itself that must remain under lock and key, but which senator is supporting what massive corporate giveaway -- that's what has to remain secret.
While the reformers are running around trying to get folks excited about tax expenditures (the price), government (the product) is increasingly dysfunctional.
If these senators are true to their word -- that they will build a tax structure based on public input and sensible policy -- this could be a really big opportunity for folks in the housing business that can mobilize public comment.
The Sunshine Act will curtail the incestuous love affair enjoyed by the triumvirate of pharmaceutical companies, healthcare providers, and the insurance industry, by curbing any inappropriate influence on research, education, and clinical decision making.
I've not paid much attention to the latest disturbance in the tax reform force: the zero-based plan by Senators Baucus and Hatch to wipe out all tax expenditures and insist that advocates argue the merits of each one if they want them put back in the tax code.
Carried interest reform will almost certainly be part of any major tax reform bill offered by Camp or Baucus. But it's also possible that even if tax reform efforts fail or stall, carried interest legislation could find its way into an extenders package or as a pay-for for deficit reduction or an extension of the debt limit.
D.C. Centrism embraces what the political establishment, especially including the big special interests who tend to control this town, thinks is right, even when the vast majority of Americans are opposed to it.
There are ways to preserve and improve the system of excellent care that many insured people in the United States received before the effects of the 2010 Affordable Care Act. Here are some suggestions to offer expanded health care for all.
He has served his paymasters year in and year out in his long Senate career, leaving little doubt in anyone's mind as to whom he really represents -- his nickname is the "Senator from K Street," and he alone carries that distinction.
How much imagination would it have taken to integrate the prospective changes in the way healthcare will be delivered and diseases prevented by ObamaCare into the already existing system of compulsory learning?
Congress just voted overwhelmingly to continue the national helium reserve in the panhandle of Texas. This is a holdover from World War I. Which Congress has never, ever been able to get rid of, for the obvious reason that it is not necessary in the slightest anymore.
If you want to see why the public approval rating of Congress is down in the sub-arctic range all you have to do is take a quick look at how the House and Senate pay worship at the altar of corporations, banks and other special interests at the expense of public need.
Immediately, some began to assert that Baucus' announcement meant the end of tax reform. Pardon me if I differ, but if anything, it probably helps the tax reform effort a bit by concentrating Baucus more on it.
Whether or not these challenges will materialize and be successful, the perceived threat is such that many incumbents don't want to put any daylight between themselves and the NRA.