During his two terms as governor of New Mexico, Gary Johnson got the nickname "Governor Veto" as he vetoed 750 bills sent to him by the legislature. Now California's Jerry Brown is bucking for that title.
Back in 1995 and 1996, a government shutdown actually happened -- twice. The debt ceiling was not raised, but the country did not default. President Clinton actively used his veto pen, as the Republicans sent him bills that they knew he would not sign.
The strong disagreement over settlement doesn't excuse the brutal killings of the family of five in Itamar. If anything this senseless murder should cause genuine commitment from all sides to find an end to the 44 year old occupation in a peaceful way.
Obama is likely to lean more heavily on "reaching out" to Republicans. He knows full well that if anything legislative is going to get done in the next two years, Republicans are going to have to be on board.
While the "Chicken Little" Conservatives' shrieking alarms over Medicare's immediate solvency are overblown, the Federal government must address the added strain all of these new enrollees will place on this program.
Gov. Christie vetoed a bill to restore $7.5 million in funding for state family planning services. The funding would have provided lifesaving preventive health care like cancer screenings to women who otherwise cannot afford it.
Gov. Lingle of Hawaii is not so stupid as to think that minority rights are fairly treated in majority votes. Her veto of civil unions was a personal decision, a last exercise of power to satisfy a fading governor's religious convictions.
Since Democrats are taking some time to figure out what to do next, we shall do the same here, and skip over the entire health care reform subject, after highlighting two hilarious commentaries on the situation.
Mr. President, the advice you received on how to veto this bill was fatally defective. Yes, some of your predecessors have used this gambit, but it's an affront to the Constitution, it's unnecessary, and it thwarts the separation of powers.