ABOUT THIS BLOG
To post questions or comments about the readings before we discuss them in class;
To follow up on class discussions with additional comments or questions.
To post relevant news items or videos.
There are only two major limitations: no coarse language, and no derogatory comments about people at the Claremont Colleges.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
- GAO and CBO
- House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform:
- YouTube Channel
- Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee:
Presidential Success (click to enlarge)
According to Politico, "only 27 of the nearly 80 lawmakers that endorsed Romney had signed on to raise money just two weeks ahead of the event." Both Eric Cantor and Darrell Issa, some of Romey's most high-ranking endorses, are not involved with the event.
This is probably a clearer case of scarce resources than a particular problem with Mitt Romney, at least among his supporters. As we discussed in class, in an election year, Congress does not always like to contribute to fundraising for presidential campaigns (especially if the candidate is still not the official nominee!"
The site can be accessed here.
We also have a Twitter account for the Democratic caucus: @CMCDems2012. Contact me if you want the password.
The problems came when Republicans were preparing legislation to wipe out the Independent Payment Advisory Board, a panel created as part of the Democrats’ health-care law. Its purpose: Keep Medicare spending down.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
"The budget wars returned full throttle to Congress Tuesday as House Republicans rolled out their proposals to cut by half the deficits in President Barack Obama’s own blueprint but also take the government down a path that reopens old wounds from last summer's infamous debt battle."
Monday, March 19, 2012
The Congressional Review Act.
Legislative Veto and the Presentation Clause (Art I, sec. 7, clause 3): Every Order, Resolution, or Vote to which the Concurrence of the Senate and House of Representatives may be necessary (except on a question of Adjournment) shall be presented to the President of the United States; and before the Same shall take Effect, shall be approved by him, or being disapproved by him, shall be repassed by two thirds of the Senate and House of Representatives, according to the Rules and Limitations prescribed in the Case of a Bill.
Proclamations and Executive orders
We had not only failed to take into account the ability of the Senate to delay us and obstruct us, but we had much too cavalierly underrated the power of the President, even a President who had lost his legislative majority and was in a certain amount of trouble for other reasons. I am speaking of the power of the veto. Even if you pass something through both the House and the Senate, there is that presidential pen. How could we have forgotten that? For me especially it was inexcusable, because when I was Republican whip during the Bush Administration one of my duties had been precisely to help sustain presidential vetoes.
Republicans on the other hand say this is not true and object to VAWA on other grounds, such as budget constraints. They claim that Democrats are using this as an opportunity to slam the GOP as a whole.
Senate VAWA Accusations
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
we confront an obvious dissonance. For that person is not the evil soul we imagined behind our government. She is not sleazy. He is not lazy. Indeed, practically every single member of Congress is not just someone who seems decent. Practically every single member of Congress is decent. These are people who entered public life for the best possible reasons. They believe in what they do. They make enormous sacrifices in order to do what they do. They give us confidence, despite the fact that they work in an institution that has lost the public’s confidence.
Lessig’s book is a theory of how decent souls have come together to create an indecent system. At its core is the idea of the “gift economy.” As Lessig explains it,
a gift economy is a series of exchanges between two or more souls who never pretend to equate one exchange to another, but who also don’t pretend that reciprocating is unimportant—an economy in the sense that it marks repeated interactions over time, but a gift economy in the sense that it doesn’t liquidate the relationships in terms of cash. Indeed, relationships, not cash, are the currency within these economies.
To see how a gift economy works, Lessig offers an everyday example:
I give you a birthday present. It is a good present not so much because it is expensive, but because it expresses well my understanding of you. In that gift, I expect something in return. But I would be insulted if on my birthday, you gave me a cash voucher equivalent to the value of the gift I gave you, or even two times the amount I gave you. Gift giving in relationship-based economies is a way to express and build relationships.
The key mistake most people make when they look at Washington—and the key misconception that characters like Abramoff would lead you to—is seeing Washington as a cash economy. It’s a gift economy. That’s why firms divert money into paying lobbyists rather than spending every dollar on campaign contributions. Campaign contributions are part of the cash economy. Lobbyists are hired because they understand how to participate in the gift economy.
Read more http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2012/mar/22/our-corrupt-politics-its-not-all-money/?pagination=false
Friday, March 9, 2012
John Boehner is sighing. It's one of those days, or maybe epochs. He's just spoken to the House GOP conference. Some members are feeling fractious, disheartened. Time for a St. Crispin's Day speech. What did he tell them? "I told them they have ocular rectitis. That's when your eyes get confused with your butt, and it develops into [an unnecessarily fecal] outlook on life."
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Monday, March 5, 2012
The Heritage take on a recent controversy:
Rep. Elijah Cummings offers a different view:
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Athar, Sohaib (ReallyVirtual). "Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event)." 1 May 2011, 3:58 p.m. Tweet.
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Thursday, March 1, 2012
Rev. Adam McHugh `98 delivers the opening prayer. Adam didn't take my Congress class, but he did take my Gov 20 and American Presidency courses. BTW, the regular chaplain, Father John Conroy, is another Stag.
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