We The American Voters Are To Blame For Washington’s Gridlock

Great Article on why  Democrats and Republican can’t get anything done from  Associated press.  Give us all room to pause.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dear voter: Want to know why Democrats and Republicans in Congress find it so hard to work together to solve tough problems like the debt ceiling, health care and Social Security?

Look in the mirror.

Americans gripe about cowardly, self-serving politicians, and Congress doubtlessly has its feckless moments and members. But voters are quick to overlook their own role in legislative impasses that keep the nation from resolving big, obvious, festering problems such as immigration, the long-term stability of Medicare, and now, the debt ceiling.

Here’s the truth: The overwhelming majority of senators and House members do what their constituents want them to do. Or, more to the point, they respond to people in their districts who bother to vote. Nothing is dearer to politicians than re-election, and most have a keen sense of when they are straying into dangerous waters.

For a growing number of senators and representatives, the only risk is in their party’s primary, not in the general election. Most voters, and many news outlets, ignore primaries. That gives control to a relative handful of motivated, hard-core liberals (in Democratic contests) and full-bore conservatives (in GOP primaries).

In politically balanced districts, a hard-right or hard-left nominee may have trouble in the general election, when many independent and centrist voters turn out. But many House districts today aren’t balanced, thanks largely to legislative gerrymandering and Americans’ inclination to live and work near people who share their views and values.

The result is districts so solidly conservative that no GOP nominee can possibly lose, or so firmly liberal that any Democratic nominee is certain to win. In these districts, the primary is the whole ball game.

Republican lawmakers are under constant pressure to drift to the right, to make sure no fire-breathing conservative outflanks them in a light-turnout primary dominated by ideologues. The same goes for Democrats on the left.

So who turns up on Capitol Hill for freshman orientation? Democrats and Republicans who can barely comprehend each other’s political viewpoints, let alone embrace them enough to pursue a possible compromise on big issues.

But what if a Republican and Democrat do decide to meet halfway in hopes of finding, say, a path to shore up Social Security for decades to come. What can they expect?

In some states and districts, they can expect to be drummed out of their party for the crime of engaging with “the enemy.” That’s what happened last year to Bob Bennett of Utah, a mainstream conservative Republican senator. A relatively small number of conservative activists, led by tea partyers, bounced him from the ticket at a GOP convention. They taunted Bennett with chants of “TARP, TARP.” He had voted for the bipartisan bank bailout legislation pushed by Republican President George W. Bush. The Senate’s GOP leaders also voted for the bill. But it was an unacceptable compromise in the eyes of Utah Republicans picking their Senate nominee.

In Alaska, GOP primary voters also kicked Sen. Lisa Murkowski off their ballot. She barely saved her seat with a scrappy write-in candidacy. Murkowski supported the bank bailout and, admittedly, is more moderate than the average congressional Republican. But her improbable write-in victory proved she is popular with Alaskans in general, even if her own party rejected her in the primary.

Tea party leaders spell out a warning in their periodic Washington rallies.

“The message is that we’re watching, and we want you to vote based on our core values,” Mark Meckler, a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, said at one such event.

When Democratic leaders were struggling earlier this year to strike a budget deal and avert a government shutdown, Phil Kerpen of the conservative group Americans for Prosperity said sharply, “No Republican better help them.” The crowd cheered loudly.

Such threats are mainly aimed at Republicans for now, largely because of the tea party’s rapid rise. But Democratic lawmakers also know liberal discontent might undo them if they stray too far to the center.

“It’s astounding how often some Democratic leaders sacrifice principles when critical issues are at stake,” said a writer for the liberal AmericaBlog. The column rebuked Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., for working with the bipartisan “Gang of Six” on a debt-reduction plan.

A McClatchy-Marist poll this year found that 71 percent of registered voters want political leaders in Washington to compromise to get things done. If those voters skip key primaries, however, they may have little say in the matter. Political enthusiasts, whether they wear peace signs or “Don’t Tread On Me” T-shirts, will determine who gets elected in many districts before a wide swath of Americans even notice it’s an election year.

Except for a recently appointed senator from Nevada, every member of Congress got there the same way: American voters elected them.

People may bristle at the notion that we get the government we deserve. But there’s no denying we get the government we elect.

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Thundering Theta Zeta Chapter Of Omega Psi Phi- “OZ”- East Tennessee State University

Omega Psi Phi, what can I say, I went over as a Que at  East Tennessee State University  on June 29, 1973.  One of the original Ques, second line at Theta Zeta Chapter-  later nicknamed by the  brothers that came later at ETSU as simply OZ.

I  am continually amazed at the brotherhood and success  that Brothers that crossed in the late 70’s, the 80’s, 90’s and now 2000- 2011. Nearly 40 years of Omega Psi Phi at ETSU.

Omega Psi Phi built character; Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance and Uplift.

Calling All Ques To the Floor- OOOO MEGA!!!

Calling all Ques to the Floor.  OOOOO-Mega!  We Got Some Frat and  We need some more.   OOOOO-Mega!

So Hard, So Hard to be Omega,

So Hard to be Omega,

So hard to Be Omega Psi Phi

 

You don’t know,

Like I Know,

Like I Know,

Like I Know

You Don’t Know,Like I Know, Like I Know, Like I Know

Zoom Zoom, Zoom, Zoom, Zoom, Zoom Zoom, Zoom, Zoom Zoom Zoom,

You don’t Know Like I Know, What Omega Has done for Me,

You don’t Know Like I Know, Like I Know,

Friendship is Essential To The Soul.

Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance, Uplift.

Is Obama Being Played By Republicans?

It’s  like Obama is in school again. He wants to be part of the  what he perceives as the “in crowd”, in this case the Republicans, who have never been his friends, and never will be.  The Republicans know this, so they have a game plan to literally “play” Obama and leave him standing  at the door knocking at the next ball.  The trouble is no one will answer the door.  He’s been played.

The President set himself up for this by “playing” his true constituents, Progressive Democrats who elected him.  Now it is a 50/50 chance that Obama will be challenged in the Democratic primary.  That is the ultimate insult for an incumbent President, witness Jimmy Carter in 1980.  It’s a shame it came to this.  If Obama is perceptive, he will use time as his ally move back to his base before it is too late.

Someone Should Challenge President Obama?

President Obama  is is getting close to a 50/50 split on whether the  President  should be challenged in the Democratic Primary.  We Democrats are increasingly frustrated with Obama, primarily because of his  reluctance to go against republicans and his willingness to go out of his way to make sure their wishes (republican wishes) are met.

It seems like Obama is willing to cave on nearly every issue.  Now he even willing to take away social security benefits and medicare benefits  from  many seniors.  He has little backbone and  he continues to cater to Republicans, even though they are constantly criticizing him at every turn.  You cannot be perceived as a strong person or strong leader, when you do not stand up for Democratic values.

Obama has questionable people around him and therein lies the problems, he has all but abandon true  Democratic principles and has done absolutely nothing to champion Democratic ideas, without caving to the Republicans.  He might as well be a Republican.  How about that?  Maybe he should run as a Republican. How would Fox like that?

Report: NFL Lock Out Over Vote On Monday

The NFL’s 130-day labor dispute is set to end after an agreement on the remaining points for a 10-year deal was reached. Sources say the NFL Players Association’s executive committee plans to vote on a collective bargaining agreement Monday, followed by votes from player representatives and eventually players league-wide. The timeline, according to an ESPN.com source: • Monday: NFLPA’s executive committee votes whether to recommend approval of the CBA approved by owners on Thursday. Then, a player rep from each of the 32 teams votes whether to recommend approval of the CBA. • Wednesday: Players from some teams report to facilities and vote whether to recertify the NFLPA as a union and accept the proposed CBA. If the NFLPA has gotten the necessary votes, teams can also start contract talks with their own players, including free agents and draft choices. • Friday: The remaining players report and vote whether to approve recertification and the CBA. If the NFLPA then receives the necessary 50-percent-plus-one-vote majority in approval, then it recertifies as a union. • Saturday: Free agency starts and teams can officially sign players.

Fiat Takes America By Storm

500 and FIAT USA

Every once in a while, something comes along so powerful in concept, so revolutionary in its design, it redefines a generation. America, get ready for the one and only FIAT 500.

Born over fifty years ago, it was more than just a car. It made history. It gave Italians the ability to move freely and with confidence – after the devastation of World War II. A liberating form of self-expression, the FIAT 500 was built to satisfy our insatiable love for each day.

For FIAT, a company founded in 1899, this was a rebirth.
The start of a legend. A modern symbol for Italian design.

Some cars go down in history for their technological or stylistic innovations. Others deserve to be remembered for the role they’ve played in the daily life of an entire generation or country. But few succeed in combining the two – technology and sentiment – and leave an eternal mark.

Now in over 80 countries, it has evolved into a beloved global icon, winning the hearts of passionate drivers, motor journalists and judges alike. Most recently winning 60 international awards, including being named 2008 European Car of the Year and 2009 World Car Design of the Year. Additionally, FIAT MultiAir Technology was recognised as the “Single Most Innovative Engine Technology” of 2010 by the International Engine of the Year Awards panel. Now that’s love.

This vehicle of change is now coming to America. Deeply rooted in Italian culture, values, sentiment and sensibilities, it will, like its ancestors, not just blend in. It will fully liberate your passion for life.

NFL Talks Continue – No End In Sight

From the New York Times-

After the tumult of Thursday, the N.F.L. went mostly silent Friday. That was in recognition of the mourning for the Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s wife, Myra, whose funeral in Boston was attended by other owners, league officials and the players association executive director, DeMaurice Smith.

But it was also a testament to how quickly the volume had been lowered after the dramatic series of events Thursday evening brought the league — depending on what time you checked — to the brink of a labor settlement or to open hostility.

By Friday morning, Smith had calmed players, some of whom earlier had felt rushed by the owners’ approval of a settlement players said they had not seen, said a person briefed on Smith’s Thursday night conference call.

In Boston, Smith spoke to N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell after the service for Kraft’s wife. And players had turned to seeking changes to a couple of settlement terms.

 

 

With a settlement seemingly in reach, it is clear that Smith and Goodell will get the credit for herding their constituencies during negotiations that sometimes seemed absurd.

Some players want an opt-out between the six- and eight-year mark of the 10-year deal. They want more time to re-form their union and negotiate issues that must be collectively bargained (including drug testing and personal conduct policies) than the three-day window the league set out in its agreement. And San Diego receiver Vincent Jackson is believed to still be seeking either a financial settlement or free agency as a named plaintiff.