What is more popular than Congress
FAR FROM OVER: After describing the recent fiscal cliff deal as pathetic, Ruth Marcus thinks that she may have overly optimistic. Both Democrats and Republicans seem to be waiting for the other side to blink on another deal. Despite Washington's inability to find a solution, Marcus' "glumness stems from the imminence of three new cliffs — most importantly, the government’s bumping up against the debt ceiling." Our elected officials need to get the message that everything needs to be on the table in order to get a deal done: Ruth Marcus for The Washington Post: A ‘fiscal cliff’ nightmare that’s far from over
PROBLEMS WITH NEGOTIATIONS: After watching Washington continually make watered-down deals in the 11th hour, some are wondering what's wrong. One issue that constantly comes up is trust. "There is so little trust. It's not just Boehner and the president who don't trust each other. There are people who don't trust Obama, (Senate Majority Leader Harry) Reid or McConnell," David Gergen said. "It's certainly extraordinary. Historians would say it's unique. We've had brinksmanship in the past but we've never had government by brinksmanship." This would not be an issue if Congress spent more time together and met regularly across the aisle: Halimah Abdullah for CNN: More 'cliffs' to come in new Congress
LINES IN THE SAND: Both sides have drawn lines in the sand — when a tidal wave is coming. Click here to see Tom Tole's latest cartoon about dysfunction in Washington.
FIVE-DAY WORK WEEK: Rep. Rick Nolan served three terms in the 1970s and recently returned to Congress. When asked how Congress has changed over the last few decades, he says that the biggest difference is the reduced work schedule. “We’re not working four or five days a week, like everybody else does in America. The fact is, Congress is not governing," says Nolan: Kevin Diaz for The Minnesota Star-Tribune: Nolan, five days in, rips congressional work rate
CITIZENS WEIGHS IN: "It would be a lot easier, less expensive and much more convenient if I chose to not travel to New York City on Jan. 14 for the No Labels’ 'Meeting to Make America Work.' But when was the last time taking the easy way out made anything get any better?" writes Steven Borne. Meanwhile, Bob O'Hara talks about dysfunctional and No Budget, No Pay in The Boston Globe.
THE DAILY BREAK: There is an idea being floated around to mint a trillion dollar coin to push off the debt ceiling showdown. At least Washington gets an "A" for creativity.
STAT OF THE DAY: Congress' favorability rating is at 9 percent according to Public Policy Polling. Among their findings, 56 percent of Americans have a more favorable opinion of traffic jams, 67 percent have a more favorable opinion of lice, and 58 percent have a more favorable opinion of colonoscopies. But hey, at least they beat out communism this time: Public Policy Polling: Congress somewhere below cockroaches, traffic jams, and Nickelback in Americans' esteem
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