Something to REALLY think about …. “Obstacles to Effective Governance”!!


PartiesGov

~~August 31, 2015~~

GOVERNANCE

It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the Politics of Extremism

Thomas E. Mann

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Thomas E. Mann (born September 10, 1944) is the W. Averell Harriman Chair and a senior fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. He primarily studies and speaks on elections in the United States, campaign finance reform, Senate and filibuster reform, Congress, redistricting, and political polarization.

He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and attended the University of Florida, where in 1966 he received a B.A. in political science, then went on to get an M.A. (1968) and Ph.D. (1977) at the University of Michigan. He first went to Washington D.C. in 1969, where he worked as a Congressional Fellow in the offices of Senator Philip A. Hart and Representative James G. O’Hara, both Democrats.

Between 1987 and 1999, he was Director of Governance Studies at Brookings. Before that, Mann was executive director of the American Political Science Association.

Mann is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a recipient of the American Political Science Association’s Frank J. Goodnow and Charles E. Merriam Awards.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_E._Mann

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It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism

2012 book of political analysis by Thomas E. Mann of the Brookings Institution and Norman J. Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute, published by Basic Books. The authors state that the current U.S. Congress has reached a state of basic gridlock due to both major American political parties moving to solidly left-wing and right-wing sides, leaving the center, and becoming “vehemently adversarial”. They also state that, with the advent of the Tea Party movement and other activist groups calling for ideological purity, that the U.S. Republican Party has particularly moved to a fringe position “unpersuaded by the conventional understanding of facts”.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It%27s_Even_Worse_Than_It_Looks

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IOTD …. “Images of the day, #287: “Rafael Eduardo Cruz”!!


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~~July 12, 2015~~ 

RAFAEL EDUARDO CRUZ

I can’ pass this one up.

It’s too good to not share.

It illustrates all the he represents.

His Hispanic name, his country of birth, Canada and some of its symbols and his Cuban symbols heritage.

Too good to let it go.

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Rafael Eduardo “Ted” Cruz (where does the Ted come from, I have no clue! Neither Rafael  or Eduardo translate to “TED” in Spanish) ….. (born December 22, 1970) is the junior United States Senator from Texas. Elected in 2012 as a Republican, he is the first Hispanic or Cuban American to serve as a U.S. Senator from Texas.

Cruz was born on December 22, 1970, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where his parents, Eleanor Elizabeth Darragh Wilson and Rafael Bienvenido Cruz, were working in the oil business.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Cruz

…. AND HE’S NOW IN THE RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY IN 2016

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A dear blogger friend taught me this concept.

You can find Michelle here: http://mchelsmusings.wordpress.com/

~IN HER OWN WORDS~

IOTD” is image of the day, a concept I came up with. I teach visual meditative therapy – or in easy terms – a mini mental holiday. For some people it is very difficult for them to get their image right. I post an image a day for people to use in their mini mental vacay. Some are serious, some are silly, and some are just beautiful!”’

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IOTD …. “Image of the day, #275: “Know How Your Justices Voted on Marriage Equality”!!


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~~June 27, 2015~~

Supreme Court’s landmark ruling legalizes gay marriage nationwide

How each Supreme Court justice came down on same-sex marriage

In the 5-4 ruling, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority with the four liberal justices. Each of the four conservative justices wrote their own dissent.

Nearly 46 years to the day after a riot at New York’s Stonewall Inn ushered in the modern gay rights movement, the decision could settle one of the major civil rights fights of this era. The language of Kennedy’s opinion spoke eloquently of the most fundamental values of family, love and liberty.

“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family,” Kennedy wrote. “In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than they once were.”

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http://www.wyff4.com/politics/scotus-could-rule-on-samesex-marriage-friday/33787614

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 The court’s five liberal justices

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Justice Stephen G. Breyer

Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Justice Elena Kagan

The court’s four conservatice justices

Justice Antonin Scalia

Justice Clarence Thomas

Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.

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“As it appears in … full read/full credit”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2015/06/26/how-each-supreme-court-justice-came-down-on-same-sex-marriage/

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A dear blogger friend taught me this concept.

You can find Michelle here: http://mchelsmusings.wordpress.com/

~IN HER OWN WORDS~

IOTD” is image of the day, a concept I came up with. I teach visual meditative therapy – or in easy terms – a mini mental holiday. For some people it is very difficult for them to get their image right. I post an image a day for people to use in their mini mental vacay. Some are serious, some are silly, and some are just beautiful!”’

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Something to think about …. “Rick Scott’s Veto Pen”!!


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~~June 25, 2015~~

Gov. Scott wields his veto pen for political payback

BY PAULA DOCKERY

Just four days after the Florida Legislature passed the $78.7 billion state budget, Gov. Rick Scott, with no advanced notice, fanfare or public appearance quietly signed the budget behind closed doors. He didn’t confer with his partners in the process — fellow Cabinet members, legislative leaders and senators and representatives. Even his lieutenant governor was left in the dark.

Nor did he communicate with those who found themselves on the receiving end of his veto pen. Mayors, commissioners, university presidents and healthcare administrators were among those learning their fate online, through the news media or by word of mouth.

Scott vetoed $461 million of legislative spending, a personal record, or less than one percent of the budget.

There was mixed reaction to Scott’s vetoes and to the odd manner in which he performed what is arguably the governor’s most significant responsibility. Individual legislators were surprised to learn that he had completed the job without reaching out to them, as most governors traditionally do.

Scott deserves some criticism for the lack of public discourse, stakeholder involvement and transparency. Scott has — during past sessions — conferred with legislators on their budget priorities. But this session and special session were particularly acrimonious, with the governor siding with one chamber over the other.

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http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/op-ed/article25447480.html#storylink=cpy

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Born and raised by underpaid public school teachers in Sanford, Fla., Andy Marlette graduated from the University of Florida and became staff editorial cartoonist at the Pensacola News Journal in 2007.

Marlette received a priceless editorial cartoon education while living with his uncle and Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Doug Marlette in Hillsborough, N.C.

Doug’s tragic death in July of 2007 made evermore poignant the elder Marlette’s fierce and faithful devotion to the art form of editorial cartooning as a cornerstone of American free speech. With this in mind, Andy works daily to learn and uphold the disciplines and values passed on to him by his late uncle.

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TODAY: Net Neutrality is Law of the Land!!


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~~June 12, 2015~~ 

HANDS OFF NET NEUTRALITY!!

BREAKING: Today’s the day — after months of fighting for the Open Internet, and after dodging a last minute legal challenge, Net Neutrality officially went into effect today.

This is a huge win, but we can’t rest on our laurels. Big Cable is already working to defund the FCC’s action. The strongest Open Internet protections ever have just gone into effect, as the FCC listened to the millions of Americans who’ve asked them to reclassify broadband service and preserve net neutrality.

Comcast and Verizon won’t stand for this — their lobbyists are already urging Congress to undo these monumental wins. Big Cable and Big Telecom want won’t let up. And neither can we.

Tell Congress — let the FCC’s rules stand and block any legislation that would undermine or defund net neutrality!

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has heard from 4 million Americans and written the strongest Open Internet rules ever.

Congress ought to allow these historic wins to stand.

The FCC has done its job, and the Congress should not pass a legislation full of loopholes that won’t get the job done or use the appropriations process to subvert the will of the people.

Please let the FCC’s ruling stand and block any legislation that would undermine or defund net neutrality.

~DON’T LET IT HAPPEN~

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~~Net Neutrality Explained~~

Here’s a look at the debate

~~Published on Feb 26, 2015~~

Net neutrality revolves around a key question: Should internet bandwidth be treated equally for everyone? Wall Street Journal.

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Governor Pence: “You really have ‘cojones'” – as people in my country would say!!


PenceAss

~~March 30, 2015~~ 

ARRRRRGGGGHHHH 

There’s a saying somewhere in the American language. It says something about “don’t assume” … because the final result wouldn’t be nice for either “party” (meaning the persons involved, of course).

How dare you even think that America, or any intelligent and enlightened human being would want to follow your state’s example?

You never anticipated these attacks? Then you must be quite dense. You have personally attacked quite a few members of the USA population. Do you think that you can push without anyone pushing back?

Unfair attacks? That’s what you, Sir, have done to members of the LGBT community, IMHO.

Why should anyone stop lying about you? There’s no lie here. You signed into law, for your state, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

~DON’T DISH IT OUT IF YOU CAN’T TAKE IT~

A furor has erupted over an Indiana law that opponents say could give businesses the right to refuse service to gay people. And the controversy is reaching its height just as the Final Four comes to town.

Gov. Mike Pence, a possible Republican presidential candidate, says that the law is meant to protect free exercise of religion. The Republican leaders of the Indiana Legislature said Monday that the law does not permit discrimination of any kind, and they pledged to work quickly on language to clarify it.

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https://www.facebook.com/StopTheTeaParty?fref=ts

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