Day: February 29, 2012

FORCE CONGRESS’ HAND: GET BEHIND THE ‘NO BUDGET, NO PAY ACT’

Arizonal Daily Star It has now been more than three years since Congress has passed a budget. Remarkably, our federal government has been running for years on annual “continuing resolutions.” And it has been 15 years since Congress passed all its appropriations bills on time. In what family, business or enterprise of any kind is …

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‘NO BUDGET, NO PAY’

Columbia Missourian Americans are fed up with Congress and with good reason. Congress is for all intent and purposes broken. Members of Congress spend more time bickering among themselves than working toward solutions for the common good of the people they serve. The toxic level of partisanship is bewildering to the average American struggling to …

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ANALYSIS: SNOWE DEPARTURE WILL WIDEN PARTISAN GULF

Associated Press The surprising retirement of moderate Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine moves congressional centrists a step closer to extinction and highlights the great paradox of American politics. Voters say they want bipartisan solutions to the nation’s problems. But they congregate and vote in ways that ensure partisan warfare, driving the GOP further right …

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WITH OLYMPIA SNOWE’S RETIREMENT, THE CENTER CRUMBLES

POLITICO The center won’t hold in Washington — in fact, it’s fleeing. Maine Republican Olympia Snowe called it quits on Tuesday, following Democrats Joe Lieberman, Kent Conrad and Ben Nelson in a voluntary exodus of Senate centrists. In the House, three straight wave elections wiped out Main Street Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats. The Democratic …

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