Submitted by Collin Berglund on October 7, 2012
CAN'T PUNT HERE: Despite Congress' propensity for punting, immediate solutions or complication might be the only two paths forward on a tax deal. Punting isn't an option because it would "create a nightmare of payment issues for the country, lawmakers and business officials say, a reality that could limit Congress’ ability to avert the increases by the end of the year." Bernie Becker & Erik Wasson for The Hill: Temporary tax deal no easy fix
Consensus has taken shape that Mitt Romney won the first presidential debate. How? "A lot of Americans today look at our politicians and feel as though we’re the children of permanently divorcing parents — and they are sick of it," Thomas Friedman writes. Romney played to these citizens by talking about his days working across the aisle as governor of Massachusetts. For President Barack Obama to win the next debate, he will need to play to this same crowd and assure the American people gridlock will lessen: Thomas Friedman for The New York Times: Can I phone a friend?
THE GREATEST PROBLEM:
What was 2012's greatest problem? Gridlock, Mark Hopkins writes for The Independent Mail. "The last couple of lines of Robert Fulghum’s essay and book titled, “All I really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten” says it best. “And it is still true — When you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.” That is good advice for kindergartners. It is good advice for us. It is also good advice for Congress." Mark Hopkins forThe Independent Mail: My Southern perspective: A little advice for Congress
FROM THE FIELD: On October 18, in West Hartford, Connecticut, No Labels Citizen Leader Paul Connery will host 150 people who will hear panelists discuss the fiscal problems that have come as a result of gridlock.
STAT OF THE DAY: Between 1917 and 1970, the Senate dealt with 57 cloture motions. In the current Congress alone, the Senate has dealt with 109 cloture motions.