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  • [October 2016] South Florida's plan for traffic: 'We're going to make them suffer'

    02/01/2017 8:28:57 AM PST · by Lonely Bull · 36 replies
    Sun-Sentinel ^ | October 28, 2016 | Susannah Bryan, Emily Miller
    Faced with ever-increasing traffic jams, South Florida's public officials have come up with a plan: Make it worse. Instead of fixing the problem, government officials are deliberately adding to it in hopes we'll all walk, ride the bus or take the train. "Until you make it so painful that people want to come out of their cars, they're not going to come out of their cars," Anne Castro, chair of the Broward County Planning Council, said during a meeting last year. "We're going to make them suffer first, and then we're going to figure out ways to move them after...
  • Save the Filibuster and Save the Senate From Partisanship

    09/02/2016 8:22:30 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | September 1, 2016 | Brian Darling
    The filibuster is under attack again, this time by Senate Democrats who are hoping to win back that chamber as well as the White House in November. Carl Hulse, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, reported Wednesday that Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid wants Democrats to “move to curtail the filibuster” if they win both the White House and the Senate “only to run up against persistent use of the tactic by Republicans.” Hulse wrote:
  • PRESIDENT OBAMA ADDRESSES ILLINOIS LEGISLATURE IN SPRINGFIELD

    02/10/2016 4:44:42 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 9 replies
    ABC 7 CHICAGO ^ | 10 FEBRUARY 2016 | WLS.COM
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WLS) -- President Barack Obama returned to Springfield Wednesday, addressing members of the Illinois General Assembly amid the state's ongoing budget impasse. The state capital is where President Obama launched his national political career exactly nine years ago. The lame duck/nothing-to-lose president chose the beleaguered Illinois state capitol - and many of his friends for an audience - to make his "building better politics" speech. He focused on the polarization and gridlock in Congress and in legislatures around the country. He called gridlock - and his inability to break it in Washington - his presidency's most frustrating constant....
  • Pennsylvania stuck in historic budget gridlock

    02/09/2016 12:17:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 9, 2016 3:15 PM EST | Marc Levy and Mark Scolforo
    Gov. Tom Wolf warned lawmakers on Tuesday that Pennsylvania's finances are a ticking time bomb amid a record-long budget gridlock, as he sent them a spending proposal for the coming fiscal year with no full plan in place for the year that began back in July. The first-term Democrat delivered an approximately $33.3 billion plan for 2016-17 to the Republican-controlled Legislature as he tries again to break down resistance to a multibillion-dollar tax increase that has held up passage of a budget for the current year. Wolf delivered his message in a blunt, 25-minute speech that prompted objections from most...
  • Grading Gov. Tom Wolf's first year: C

    02/05/2016 5:59:21 PM PST · by lightman · 23 replies
    York Daily Record ^ | 5 February AD 2016 | YDR Editorial Board
    REPORT CARD First marking period Student: Thomas Westerman Wolf, governor Freshman, Class of 2018 Grading scale: 0.0-4.0 Overall effectiveness (weighted) Grade: 2.0 Comments: Thomas is an idealistic student and a hard worker. In the past, he has demonstrated skills that qualified him for this honors program. He has been successful in business and as a community leader, bringing together people with different viewpoints to cooperate and achieve common goals. So far, however, he has not successfully brought those skills to bear on his primary task: Passage of a state budget that reflects his governing philosophy. It would be unfair to...
  • Trump: "The Problem With Washington,They Don't Make Deals,It's All Gridlock"

    01/20/2016 7:43:50 AM PST · by Biggirl · 172 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | January 20, 2016 | Ian Hanchett
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump argued that “the problem with Washington, they don’t make deals, it’s all gridlock” and “I’ll get everybody together. We’ll make great deals for the country” on Wednesday’s “Fox & Friends” on the Fox News Channel.
  • Unbelievable Photos From China's Traffic Jam After 7-Day Holiday

    10/12/2015 10:17:43 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 44 replies
    Huff Post ^ | October 8, 2015 | Alexandra Ma
    s China's "Golden Week," a seven-day public holiday celebrating the country's national day, came to a close on Wednesday, Chinese citizens flocked home -- at the same time. Around 2 p.m. on Tuesday, hundreds of thousands of northbound vehicles got stuck on the G4 Beijing-Hong Kong-Macau (Jinggang'ao) expressway, People's Daily China reported. The 1,400-mile-long expressway runs between Beijing and Shenzhen, and connects along the way to other major cities in the Hebei, Henan and Guangdong provinces.
  • Obama signs short-term highway bill, faults Congress for inaction

    08/01/2015 8:16:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 31, 2015 | Dave Boyer
    President Obama signed a three-month highway bill Friday while chastising Congress for failing to approve long-term transportation funding and other legislative business before lawmakers’ summer vacation. “We can’t keep on funding transportation by the seat of our pants,” Mr. Obama told reporters in the Oval Office. “It’s a bad way for the U.S. government to do business. I guarantee you that’s not how China, Germany and other countries around the world handle their infrastructure.”
  • Scott Walker: End the Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Party

    07/19/2015 1:02:21 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 7-19-15 | Michael Walsh
    Scott Walker, along with Ted Cruz and perhaps a handful of others on the Right, understands the pernicious nature of the kind of “bipartisanship” that has give us the likes of Poppy and W. Bush, and is currently exemplified in the current entitled scion, Jeb. It’s a terrible, undemocratic idea: The town hall attendee asked for the microphone to pose this question to newly announced presidential candidate Scott Walker: Americans are fed up with the partisan gridlock in Washington, so what would he do as president to “end the partisanship and parochialism that is really stifling this great country”? Walker...
  • Thank Gridlock for Economic Turnaround: Government promotes recovery by keeping out of the way

    01/03/2015 6:39:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/03/2015 | David Harsanyi
    The Obama Boom is finally here. Gross domestic product grew by a healthy 5 percent in the third quarter, the strongest growth we’ve seen since 2003. Consumer spending looks as if it’s going to be strong in 2015. Unemployment numbers have looked good. Buying power is up. And the Dow Jones Industrials closed at 18,000 for the first time ever. All good things. So what happened? Here’s David Axelrod on Twitter: “Note: The quarter before Obama took office, the U.S. economy SHRUNK by 8.9 percent, worst since 1930. Last quarter it GREW by 5 percent, best since 2003.” Note:...
  • Why Aren’t We Thanking ‘Gridlock’ For Saving The Economy?

    12/31/2014 10:39:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 12/31/2014 | By David Harsanyi
    The Obama Boom is finally here. Gross domestic product grew by a healthy 5 percent in the third quarter, the strongest growth we’ve seen since 2003. Consumer spending looks like it’s going to be strong in 2015, unemployment numbers have looked good, buying power is up and the stock market closed at 18,000 for the first time ever. All good things. So what happened? Note: The quarter before Obama took office, the U.S. economy SHRUNK by 8.9%, worst since 1930. Last quarter it GREW by 5%, best since 2003.— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) December 24, 2014 Note: Contrasting the most severe...
  • With a Big GOP Wave, Americans Voted for More Gridlock—And They Knew What They Wanted

    11/05/2014 9:33:28 PM PST · by Colofornian · 31 replies
    Reason.com ^ | Nov. 5, 2014 | J.D. Tucille
    On election night, TV talking heads watching the Republican wave/surge/tidal flow across the country earnestly looked at each other and asked if the new Republican Senate majority can work with the president and overcome the gridlock that has so turned off voters. Umm...what? Yeah, I know Americans keep telling pollsters that they can't stand "partisan bickering" and really hate Congress for its inability to get things done. But there's a strong hint that they're regurgitating sentiments that all of those right-thinking pundits tell them that they're supposed to mouth. After all, those same Americans just handed control of the Senate...
  • The Democrats Have Two Choices Now: Gridlock or Annihilation [Personally 'pro-choice' on that one!]

    11/05/2014 9:11:39 PM PST · by Colofornian · 11 replies
    NYMag.com ^ | Nov. 5, 2014 | Jonathan Chait
    A cardinal fact of American politics that has emerged during the Obama years is that demographic forces are slowly and inexorably driving the electorate leftward. But the Republican Party has its own corresponding advantages. Its voters turn out for elections reliably, not just in spasms of quadrennial excitement. They are dispersed efficiently in rural and exurban House districts, and reside disproportionately in small states that have more per capita voting power in the Senate... The midterm elections...exposed a grim reality for liberals. The Democratic presidential majority is a fragile asset, and its value as a driver of positive change is...
  • Cancel the Midterms

    11/03/2014 4:12:18 AM PST · by Jim Noble · 161 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 3, 2014 | David Schanzer and Jay Sullivan
    By Tuesday night about 90 million Americans will have cast ballots in an election that’s almost certain to create greater partisan divisions, increase gridlock and render governance of our complex nation even more difficult. Ninety million sounds like a lot, but that means that less than 40 percent of the electorate will bother to vote... The main impact of the midterm election in the modern era has been to weaken the president, the only government official (other than the powerless vice president) elected by the entire nation. Since the end of World War II, the president’s party has on average...
  • Issues - Greg Orman for Senate

    09/03/2014 5:27:06 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 10 replies
    I decided to run for the United States Senate to represent Kansas as an Independent because I know that Washington is broken. We’re sending the worst of both parties to Washington and we know it. For too long, we’ve elected politicians who continue this broken system that caters to special interests and the extremists in their own parties rather than solving problems of the people who elect them. Unfortunately all that’s led to is a Congress that can’t get anything done. (SNIP) Finally, our policy must also be fair to taxpayers. The 11 million undocumented individuals in America should be...
  • Do Nothing House Passed More Than 350 Bills That Sit on Harry Reid’s Desk

    08/03/2014 6:51:41 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 11 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 8-1-2014 | Mike Opelka
    Blackburn told TheBlaze that 356 bills made it through the House and are languishing in the Senate. Additionally, according to the congresswoman, 98 percent of those bills were passed with bipartisan support. She also pointed out that 200 of the bills were passed in the House with unanimous support from the entire chamber and more than 100 were passed with 75% support of House Democrats. To make her point that the House is working, but the Senate is where the obstruction exists, Blackburn printed all of the bills that the House has passed and stacked them on a desk with...
  • WaPo Discovers Obama’s ‘Year of Action’ is Anything But

    08/02/2014 5:49:47 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 2, 2014 | Courtney O'Brien
    resident Obama had a lot of lofty goals in his State of the Union speech earlier this year. He declared it would be a ‘year of action’ - meaning if Congress didn’t get things done, he would. Yet, seven months later, he doesn’t have much to justify his ambitious rhetoric. Minimum Wage Obama had hopes to raise the minimum wage to $10.10/hour for federal contract workers. January 2014: “Say yes! Give America a raise!” (accompanied by a standing ovation.) July 2014: “But despite his renewed calls for lawmakers to broaden pay talks, the federal minimum wage has remained untouched, at...
  • Bipartisanship is Alive and Well, but not in the Obama White House

    08/01/2014 6:53:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 1, 2014 | Michael Barone
    Bipartisanship is dead. That's the conventional wisdom, and there's a lot of evidence to support it. But there's evidence to the contrary as well. On two important issues, veterans' health and job training, congressional Republicans and Democrats have, with little notice, reached constructive bipartisan agreements. These are both issues on which everyone agrees government should be involved. The country certainly owes something to veterans. And no one's proposing to eliminate job training programs altogether. But government is also not doing a good job on either. The Veterans Affairs Department scandals have revealed a culture of lying and incompetence that comes...
  • Ted Cruz’s nerve to blame Democrats [columnist runs interference for Obama and Reid - fails]

    07/30/2014 2:54:41 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 29, 2014 | Ruth Marcus
    The Texas Republican gave an interview to NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell the other day, during which he was asked about political dysfunction in Washington. Without a trace of irony, embarrassment or self-awareness, Cruz placed the blame for political dysfunction solely on Democrats. [SNIP] Agreed, the president’s dismissive balking at a border visit — he disdained a mere “photo op” — was dumb, if only because it offered ammunition to Cruz and company.... ....Second is the current crisis on the southwestern border. There is a fair criticism that the administration waited too long to respond to the flood of unaccompanied minors. But...
  • Reid backtracks on money votes (Exempt Dingy frightened about 2014 election)

    07/09/2014 4:38:37 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/09/14 | Alexander Bolton
    Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has upset some Democratic senators by backtracking on his commitment to put spending bills on the floor this summer. The broken promise is not sitting well with appropriators, but Democratic sources point to the November elections, noting appropriations bills attract a slew of controversial amendments. Keeping the legislation off the floor shields vulnerable Democrats from taking tough votes that could be used in campaign ads this fall. Reid told Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) earlier this year that he would set aside June and July for debating appropriations bills on the floor, but...