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What’s ahead in Congress this year


By Lee Hamilton

Fri, Mar 8th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

Earlier this year, it seemed there might be some hope for Capitol Hill when Congress dealt easily with raising the debt ceiling. But don’t let that single episode fool you. As President Obama and House Republicans circle each other over the forthcoming budget cuts known as the “sequester,” it’s a reminder that Congress and the White House have a complicated legislative agenda ahead -- and that none of the items on it will come easily.

We’ll get to the specifics in a moment, but two things need to be said up front. The first is that despite President Obama’s exhortations in his State of the Union speech, major policy changes will be difficult to make. The Democrats may have increased their margin in the Senate, but the Republicans still control the House. The ideological polarization and apparently incompatible views that marked dealings between the two bodies show no sign of abating. Significant policy initiatives are not impossible, but it’s safest to have subdued expectations.

Second, although rank-and-file members seem more willing than in the recent past to part with their caucuses on high-profile votes, power will continue to rest with the leadership. Over the year ahead, the dynamic to watch will involve the caucus leaders in both houses -- ordinary members may have some impact on the margins, but they won’t be the center of the action.

The big issue, of course, will continue to be the budget and fiscal affairs. The major questions are: Can we get our fiscal house in order? Can we revive economic growth and make the investments we need in human and physical capital? And can we figure out a reasonable way to pay for the government we require -- one that doesn’t need the 73,000 pages of rules and regulations that burden our current tax code?

However Congress and the White House proceed, it’s unlikely there will be any “grand bargain.” Instead, they are likely to make piecemeal progress on the core issues: increasing tax revenues and cutting spending on entitlements. Confrontations over these matters will make it harder to tackle other economic issues that need addressing, such as how to address the regulation of the biggest banks and how to finance the infrastructure that our economic growth desperately needs.

Congress will also turn to health care. As long as President Obama is in office, his signature health plan will not be repealed, but there will almost .....
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Stupid is as stupid does

Fri, Mar 8th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

This well known quote from Forrest Gump seems to mean a person is tagged with the label of stupid when he or she does stupid things, regardless of that person’s intelligence. Our national political leaders have once again earned this designation. ..... 
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We are all a nation of immigrants

Fri, Mar 1st, 2013
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By Frank W. Hawthorne “A [Christian] religious outlook permeates Arnold Toynbee’s “Study of History, 1934-1961” and made it especially popular in the United States, for Toynbee rejected Greek humanism, the Enlightenment belief in humanity ..... 
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One Moment Please... Challenging conventional wisdom

Fri, Mar 1st, 2013
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I tend to gravitate toward non-fiction, informational reading and multimedia content, and I have recently taken an interest in articles and videos about organizational culture and education systems. This past week seemed to be a mixture of both. Ch ..... 
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Our current economic mess

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Fri, Mar 1st, 2013
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More than 30 years ago I watched a five-part special on the military that one of the big television networks ran. It was full of inaccuracies, misrepresentation, and outright lies. It was garbage, or as close to it as you can get. That was a tipping ..... 
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To insure domestic tranquility and promote the general welfare

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
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By Yvonne Nyenhuis It appears that if we want to “Insure Domestic Tranquility and Promote the General Welfare,” we Americans will have to find a way to combat the growing violence in our society. I was taught that all of us are born into t ..... 
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One Moment Please.... Governor Dayton: Right idea, but not a state issue

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
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By Jason Sethre Publisher Fillmore County Journal & Olmsted County Journal Cell: 507-251-5297 jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com This may not be an exciting issue to talk about, but it is relevant to every business and consumer in the state of Mi ..... 
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What’s ahead in Congress this year

By Lee Hamilton

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

Earlier this year, it seemed there might be some hope for Capitol Hill when Congress dealt easily with raising the debt ceiling. But don’t let that single episode fool you. As President Obama and House Republicans circle each other over the forthc ..... 
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One Moment Please....Our future

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
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Our Team Sheena Tollefson, the Creative Director for the Fillmore County Journal and Olmsted County Journal, recently attended the Minnesota Newspaper Assocation annual conference in Bloomington, Minn. At this annual event dedicated to media prof ..... 
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