What’s wrong with Washington?

I feel like I keep plunking the same one string banjo.

Why does the U.S. House over and over again pass bills (like their most recent Homeland Security bill) that have no chance of passing in the U.S. Senate?

Because U.S. Representatives represent predominately safe, uncompetitive, gerrymandered districts. They have no incentive to pass legislation that could move forward because their constituents don’t give a damn.

U.S. Senators represent entire States and don’t enjoy the House’s myopic, self-selected voter status. U.S. Senators have to give a damn about representing all the citizens in their States.

So as long as we continue to have an unrepresentative, gerrymandered U.S. House, our federal government will continue to be dysfunctional. As long as we allow our U.S. House seats to be rigged, it really doesn’t matter who is in the majority.

2016 may be 1968 for Republicans

The GOP selected Cleveland as its 2016 National Convention site. A selection based on smoke and mirrors that Cleveland could make the GOP more appealing to the middle and lower economic working classes. Wrong – Cleveland and the GOP have nothing in common. The city’s poor, predominantly African-American neighborhoods don’t buy the GOP’s “trickle-down” economics and don’t respond positively to the GOP’s attacks on the character, patriotism, citizenship, and love of country of America’s first black President.

GOP, I am old enough to recall a national convention in Chicago that went horribly wrong because of the enormous disconnect between the people outside and inside the convention hall.

GOP, by selecting Cleveland as the site for your country club class convention, you just might be igniting a repeat of 1968. But you’re so tone deaf you have no idea that Obama bashing in Cleveland is a high risk behavior.

Thank you Howard Schultz!

Rudy Giuliani, “President Obama doesn’t love America.”

In response
Starbuck’s ceo Howard Schultz, “I find Rudy Giuliani’s vicious comments about President Obama ‘not loving America’ to be profoundly offensive to both the President and the Office, and yet another example of the extreme rhetoric that continues to divide our country rather than uniting us in common purpose.”