Month: August 2012

NO BUDGET, NO BUCKS

A budget is essential to fiscal planning. Every successful business has one. Most households have budgets. People in homes and businesses without a budget might find themselves running out of money at inopportune times. Even if we don’t have a written budget we know we must balance income and spending. One of the most important …

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BETTER POLITICS WITH NO LABELS

Listen to the interview here: http://wgbhnews.org/post/better-politics-no-labels For the next couple of weeks, you might feel trapped inside two political campaign infomercials – first for the Republicans, then for the Democrats. But when most people step back from the political process, they’re not happy with it. They think it consumes vast resources and produces too little. …

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NO BUDGET, NO PAY

No budget, no pay Every business, every home has a budget. Even if we don’t write it down, we all know we have to balance our spending and income and make decisions about what we can afford. Making a budget for our country is one of Congress’ most important jobs. But it hasn’t passed a …

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THE END OF THE MIDDLE: HOW THE DEATH OF COMPROMISE CRIPPLED OUR GOVERNMENT

August 18, 2012 On a spring day in 1984, a politician named Tip O’Neill walked to the floor of the U.S. House, his face red with rage. O’Neill’s appearance was unusual. Speakers of the House rarely engage in debate. On this day, however, the Washington veteran was incensed at a rowdy band of Republican rebels …

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A FEW IDEAS TO GET THE PROCESS BACK ON TRACK

Despite the apparent collapse of a governing middle ground, politicians and political scientists believe there are reforms that could re-center the nation’s deliberative process. “I don’t think it’s irreversible,” said John Fortier of the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington. “There are some things you can do to push the pendulum back a little bit.” Here …

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GREENWICH CEO SAYS THAT BIPARTISAN SOLUTIONS CAN BE ACHIEVED FOR FISCAL FIXES

Several months after launching his new political action committee (PAC) with great fanfare, Greenwich resident Len Tannenbaum says progress is being made and he’s eying next year as a time to bring forth recommendations to the state legislature. His goal? To make Connecticut more of a business-friendly and competitive state, something he claims isn’t happening …

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OBAMA SIGNS LAW EXEMPTING MANY APPOINTEES FROM SENATE APPROVAL

August 11, 2012 A backlog that has left many government agencies without presidential appointees for months at a time may ease a bit because President Obama signed legislation on Friday exempting scores of government positions from Senate confirmation. Under the new law, 166 senior government officials will no longer have to win Senate approval, allowing …

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GUEST COLUMN: CONGRESS NEEDS TO STOP FIGHTING, START FIXING

August 12, 2012 When working families and communities in Tennessee face problems, they work together to find solutions, and they start fixing. Congress needs a lesson on old-fashioned common sense and problem solving instead of just fighting with each other to score political points. The national organization, “No Labels,” is promoting ideas to make Congress …

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