Congressmen Ami Bera, David Cicilline, Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger talk problem solving.
SEARCHING FOR PROBLEM SOLVERS: With the current level of gridlock in Congress, the editorial board at USA TODAY writes that it is time for voters to start putting problem solvers in Washington. "Congress desperately needs men and women of goodwill who will stop drawing lines in the sand, will stand up to party gatekeepers and purity enforcers, and will put the national interest first," it says:USA TODAY Editorial Board: Editorial: Voters, Congress needs your attention
GRIDLOCK CONTRIBUTING TO UNEMPLOYMENT: A lack of confidence in Washington has actually raised the unemployment rate. “Heightened uncertainty lowers economic activity and inflation, and thus operates like a fall in aggregate demand. During the Great Recession and recovery, we estimate that higher uncertainty has boosted the unemployment rate by at least one percentage point,” according to a study completed by researchers Sylvain Leduc and Zheng Liu of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. When will Congress realize that their inability to find solutions is hurting the rest of the country? The Bangor Daily News Editorial Board: Political bickering is economic disaster
PEOPLE WANT ACROSS-THE-AISLE SOLUTIONS: Most Americans want to see Congress reach across the aisle, and believe that our country would be better because of it. Michael Pinkerton is one of them. "If members of Congress can begin to work with one another discussing the merits of an idea, not the party of the member who came up with it, there is hope for compromise, and hope for a great American recovery," he writes: Michael Pinkerton for The Record: The necessity of compromise
BOTH CANDIDATES COME UNDER FIRE: Independent New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has suggestions for both candidates, a welcome change from both party's hyper-partisan talking points. Bloomberg is not sure if Governor Mitt Romney's experience at Bain Capital translates to being able to run a country while he is also critical of President Barack Obama's tax plans. He thinks that neither has presented a solid path for the economy: “Their economic plans are not real. I think that’s clear.” Jim Rutenberg for The New York Times: Ever Bipartisan, Bloomberg Jabs Both Candidates
FROM THE FIELD: A delegation of six Penn State students, led by No Labels student leader Chase Englund, are coming to theMeeting to Make America Work! on January 14 in New York City.
THE DAILY BREAK: Lynn University? Centre College? Why are these little schools hosting the debates while larger schools watch on the sidelines? Miranda Green has the answer: Miranda Green for The Daily Beast: Why Most Colleges Don’t Want to Host a Presidential Debate
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STAT OF THE DAY: A total of 37 percent of Americans say "the economy in general" is the top issue facing the country: Lydia Saad forGallup: Economy Is Dominant Issue for Americans as Election Nears