16 Dec 2017

John Neely Kennedy
First in our new series aiming to highlight and commend partisan figures who rise above partisan pressure to do the right thing, our inaugural Transpartisan Trophy goes to Louisiana Republican Senator John Neely Kennedy, for fairly and directly highlighting the inadequate qualifications of a Trump court nominee. Kennedy's Transpartisan Trial for Peterson A great way to kick off this new series, there's a lot to like about this case. Not only so we have a Republican US Senator rising above partisan pressure to fairly lightlight the wea poor choice for a nominee to a high court, but his actions are also being dishonestly hyped by most of the stories I could find in the media (across the spectrum). The reality here is that Louisiana Republican John Neely Kennedy merely fulfilled his constitutionally stipulated responsibility. If you didn't know what the Constitution says the US Senate's job here is, and just read most coverage of this in the med...

27 Jan 2011

With a divided Congress, no bill has a chance to become law without bipartisan support. Therefore, says the non-partisan citizens group No Labels, "Congress should abandon the time-consuming futility of sending political messages and instead send good legislation to the president for his signature to solve our economic and foreign policy challenges." The group on Wednesday called for a ban on what it called "partisan message bills," asking that "House and Senate Committee chairs should require at least one co-sponsor from each party before any bill receives committee consideration." The proposal was one of four that No Labels presented Wednesday "in an effort to build on the bipartisanship of last night’s State of the Union address." The other three are: Bipartisan presidential meetings: The President should pledge to meet with the leadership of both political parties in the House and the Senate on a monthly basis to foster ongoing dialog...

05 Nov 2010

Boy was I not expecting to say something like this. I do try to find things that I can give due respect to politicians for, but its been months probably since I read a whole article written by one of the most powerful partisan politicians in Washington that I almost entirely agree with. Until today, with John Boehner's op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. If the GOP ended up sticking to the four points below (don't hold your breath), that would be much more than I expected out of the next two years, and then some (and then some more, and some more). This is especially true on his point about earmarks. He's right that earmarks are one of the main sources of corruption in DC. It would make a dent in the deficit, to the tune of billions upon billions, but only a drop in the bucket in the whole scheme of things. Thats not the main issue with earmarks though. The main issue with earmarks is there is no other avenue of corruption that is so direct. ...

29 Sep 2010

Ignoring the best nonpartisan and centrist ideas they have available to them before - now Democrats want to pass another stimulus. This time around, they'll have us believe that this new one will actually be focused on infrastructure spending with proven job creation multiplier effects (that so many centrists, moderates and responsible people across the spectrum said they should have to begin with). When they fought back against that very idea when Obama's first stimulus was passed, and made sure to use hundreds of billions our kids will have to pay someday to their favored special interests and bases of support - while promising it would keep unemployment under 8% - its no wonder the American people don't trust them with another stimulus. This is entirely their fault. Our politicians don't respond to historic deficits with common sense, focused stimulus and budget trimming, but rather continue to advocate for higher spending and lower taxes. ...