Congressmen Ami Bera, David Cicilline, Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger talk problem solving.
POLITICS VS. PROBLEM-SOLVING: "I think there is no doubt that I underestimated the degree to which in this town politics trumps problem-solving," President Barack Obama says. Although Obama ran in 2008 on a platform of uniting a divided country, deep hyper-partisan differences continue to keep both sides apart, David Lauter writes in the Los Angeles Times. In the eternal he said/she said debate in Washington, Republicans say the president came in and tried to pass liberal initiatives without regard for the other party. Democrats say Republicans chose to be obstructionist from day one. Now we find ourselves in a make-or-break 2012 presidential election with the future direction of America at stake, Dan Balz writes in The Washington Post.
MOST FRUSTRATING IN 18 YEARS: Rep. Walter Jones is fed up with Congress. “There is a terrible lack of civility. In the 18 years I’ve been in Congress it’s been one of the most frustrating Congresses from the simple standpoint of no civility. It is dysfunctional. It’s a volatile year.” Unless Congress makes big changes in the next few months (unlikely) 2013 figures to bring more of the same: Drew Wilson for The Daily News: Jones vents frustration at 'dysfunctional' Congress
A CANDIDATE WITH THE NO LABELS ATTITUDE: 'I am running because Congress is broken and I want to get it working again,' Bill Bloomfield says. That's the mentality we need all members of Congress to take. As problems get bigger, real leaders need to step up to meet them: Reza Gostar for the Palisidian-Post: Bill Bloomfield, an Independent, Challenges Congressman Waxman
FROM THE FIELD: As students return to college campuses across the country, No Labels student leaders are hard at work spreading the word, explaining the effects of hyper-partisanship and gridlock, and encouraging their peers to vote in November.
THE DAILY BREAK: Want to know what brews the president drinks? The White House has released its beer recipes. Click here to check them out.
STAT OF THE DAY: One of the major drivers of our current long-term deficit is spending on entitlements like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. In 1962, spending on those three programs accounted for about a quarter of our federal spending. Last year, those three programs together accounted for 56 percent of spending. Caroline Baum for The Star-Tribune: Fiscal cliff: Still looming, enticingly
HAPPY LABOR DAY! Problem-Solver's Daily will take a one-day publishing break tomorrow, but we'll catch up with you all on Tuesday!