Both parties have taken obstructionist stances in the past, but the Conservative party has finally gone over the cliff.
The larger issue here is obstructionism.
[The GOP’s] aim is less to govern than to cause gridlock. That’s not true of everyone — the House speaker, Paul Ryan, seems to have genuine aspirations to legislate. But to be a Republican lawmaker today is too often to seek to block appointments, obstruct programs and shut down government. Politics becomes less about building things up than about burning them down.
The party of Lincoln is now the party of “No,” refusing even to invite the president’s budget director to testify on an Obama budget, as is customary. Congress is expected to accomplish next to nothing this year.
I love the author’s recommendation:
Just as we have work requirements for some welfare recipients, maybe it’s time to consider work requirements for senators.
The Party of ‘No Way!’ http://nyti.ms/20WtDio
NobodyisFlyingthePlane, but insane zealots (zealot with a capital R) are trying to force a flight plan to lunacy on us.
Forget that their field of candidates is likely the worst any party has ever fielded.
Not only are they intending to stall any nomination to the Supreme Court until Hilary is Prez, they’re refusing to even allow hearings on candidates.
The right wing nuts are so far gone that they repeatedly see shutting down the government as preferable to working out differences.
This is what passes for moderation in today’s G.O.P.: simply stating a willingness to do the job you were elected to do.
Unfortunately, for too many Republicans moderation now equals apostasy. These Republicans have stubbornly parked themselves so far to the right for so many years that it is hard to tell whether they can hear how deranged they sound.
Senate Republicans Lose Their Minds on a Supreme Court Seat http://nyti.ms/1XMUe1f
Profit motive in Big Drugs is not helping the nation get healthier.
Pharmacy Benefit Managers are a big part of the problem.
Sure, we need to protect the intellectual capital of pharmaceutical companies so that they continue to invest in innovative new drugs. But those drugs should ultimately result in better health for patients, not just wider profit margins.
Break Up the Insulin Racket http://nyti.ms/2158tny
NobodyisFlyingthePlane and the plane is built for the rich and for corporations.
If it stays on its present course its going to take John Gault and all the others to their private oasis.
Not much will change until we get money out of politics.
The pharmaceutical industry, for example, has used its lobbying heft — it spent $272,000 in campaign donations per member of Congress last year, and it has more lobbyists than there are members of Congress — to bar the government from bargaining for drug prices in Medicare. That amounts to a $50 billion annual gift to pharmaceutical companies.
Things dont have to be this way.
Americans overwhelmingly prefer more economic equality.
Two business school professors, Michael Norton and Dan Ariely, showed people charts of the distribution of wealth in egalitarian Sweden and in highly unequal America and asked them which kind of society they would prefer to live in, without saying which country each chart represented. Some 92 percent of Americans chose Sweden’s distribution.
America’s Stacked Deck http://nyti.ms/20FLXw9
A start for gathering real evidence that mindfulness has measurable positive effects on brain and body.
Worth noting that not all benefits of mindfulness need to be measured. Some participants may only be experiencing the placebo effect, but it improves their lives none the less.
How Meditation Changes the Brain and Body http://nyti.ms/1KY24TK
Americans in general are not good at assessing real threats and issues. We’re easily distracted by minor BS like helmets on bike riders and locking babies in hot cars.
The GOP gets it wrong about immigration. They can’t see real threats or real benefits to immigration. And of course they easily forget that we are a nation built by immigrants; one which needs new blood to sustain ourselves.
the real threat is that our border agencies spend so much time tracking down people who want to be gardeners that they don’t have the resources to track down the people who want to be suicide bombers.
The solution is…
It’s to work on our legal immigration system — make the system ample and streamlined enough so that most people come here in the right way, in a way they can be vetted.
Admit more skilled immigrants and fewer unskilled ones.
A Little Reality on Immigration http://nyti.ms/1QocWg4
A dystrumpian vision of the first day in office for our country’s unlikeliest malefactor in chief.
Thank god there is no chance in hell our country would actually put someone like this in office.
Day One of the New President http://nyti.ms/1RveLGW