Tag Archive: Congress

Jun 10 2013

A frog-jumping double standard on food subsidies

I’ll bet that Mark Twain, who wrote “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” would’ve loved a current saga. I call it “The Jumping Congress Critter of Frog Jump.” The critter’s name is Representative Stephen Fincher. He’s a millionaire, agribusiness operator, gospel singer, and tea party Republican who was elected to Congress in 2010 from …

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Jun 03 2013

Oklahoma’s Biblical irony

There’s an almost biblical irony to Oklahoma’s latest tornado disaster. Not a funny irony, but the grim, tragic kind so common to acts of God. Four months before this twister, five of Oklahoma’s seven members of Congress — including both of its senators — all Republicans, had voted against a bill providing funds to states …

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May 18 2013

Rep. Gohmert wins nincompoop roundup

My state of Texas seems to have an inordinate share of nincompoops in public office. But it’s only fair that office holders from other states be considered before deciding which one is the nincompoopiest of all. Give credit to Pennsylvania, for example, whose GOP governor, Tom Corbett, recently scored big nincompoop points by explaining why …

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Mar 22 2013

Return to sender

Rooted in the Constitution and older than the country itself, the U.S. Postal Service supports 7.5 million private-sector jobs in the mailing industry. The Postal Service is essential to the fast-growing Internet sales industry. And the USPS is navigating this struggling economy relatively well, even making an operating profit in the most recent quarter. Yes, …

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Jun 15 2012

UNDOCUMENTED YOUTH APPLAUD PRESIDENT’S ANNOUNCEMENT TO STOP DEPORTING DREAMers

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Today undocumented youth commend President Obama for the courage to announce that he will sign an executive order to provide relief for DREAMers. DREAMers will stand by the President’s action and leadership to fully implement the order. For the past decade, DREAMers have been marching in the streets and advocating in the halls of Congress …

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Apr 10 2012

Rich freeloaders

It’s time for wealthy people like me to become more responsible and pay our fair share of taxes. By Betsy Malcolm Like too many Americans, I’m unemployed. But in my case, the reason isn’t that I can’t find work — it’s that I don’t need it. I’m among the lucky few who can live comfortably …

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Nov 28 2011

Catering to the frozen pizza lobby

Doting on the financial interests Coca Cola, ConAgra, and Del Monte instead of America’s school kids isn’t going to get the approval rating for Congress recover from an all-time low. By Jim Hightower How small-minded is Congress? How tangled-up in a right-wing ideological knot is it? How subservient to corporate lobbyists is it? The answers …

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Oct 11 2011

How to Achieve Transparency for the Supercommittee

Every campaign contribution to members of this powerful panel should be reported every single day. By Ellen Miller Come December, the priorities and role of our government could be drastically and fundamentally altered. Are your views and concerns being heard? The supercommittee created in the wake of the debt ceiling clash is comprised of 12 …

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