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Homeopathy politics | The Economist
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Yet Mr McConnell has endorsed Mr Trump, a man willing to use racial, ethnic and religious resentment to win votes. Like other Republican grandees, he complains about conservative outside groups and talk-radio hosts who in 2013 forced a “futile” government shutdown. But this is the same Mr McConnell who accuses President Barack Obama of a “far-left” agenda to “Europeanise” America, and boasts that when Mr Obama pushed ideas “bad for the country”, such as his health-care reform law, Mr McConnell’s goal was to deny him a single Republican vote, to make it “obvious” which party was to blame. Small wonder that activists think they hear him declaring the Democrats a party unfit for bipartisan co-operation.

In an interview, Mr McConnell dismisses the suggestion that legislation like the Civil Rights Act passed only because in the 1960s the two parties were still broad and overlapping coalitions, and home to many centrists. When he was a child in the South, he says, “You couldn’t tell a Republican from a Democrat.” But now the two parties are “properly labelled” and “people pretty much know
TheEconomist  Election2016  DonaldTrump  Congress114  SenMitchMcCaonnell  partisanship  population  racism 
july 2016 by Kirk510620
The centre cannot hold | The Economist
Lexington The centre cannot hold Two moderate members of Congress explain why they are leaving
congress114  partisanship  rhetoric  theeconomist  gop  dnc  elections  ideology 
january 2016 by Kirk510620
Thirty-Eight Think Tank Experts Urge Defense Reform | CSBA
ave shifted to a greater proportion of married, college-educated service members with dependents and even as new approaches in areas like health care have created the possibility of delivering better outcomes at lower cost. As the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission recently reaffirmed, America’s highly mobile youth have different expectations about compensation and attach different value to its various forms than did earlier generations. Better maximizing the value of compensation to beneficiaries was the philosophy of the commission and should remain the driving force behind reform. But cost should also be a consideration given that from fiscal year 1998 to FY 2014, the cost per active duty service member grew 76 percent, adjusting for inflation. In recent years, Pentagon leaders have proposed many incremental changes to military compensation to reduce the rate of growth, but Congress has yet to act in a holistic manner. Congress should, at a minimum, commit to bringing the commission’s thoughtful recommendations to a vote in both chambers this year. It should also examine and implement the best proposals for reforming the DoD health care system to deliver better outcomes for service members, retirees, and their families at less cost to the American taxpayer. Reforms in these three areas will not be easy, painless, or popular. But they are essential to maintaining a strong national defense over the long term. These responsible initiatives should be undertaken by Pentagon and Congressional leaders regardless of the level of defense spending. While these reforms are necessary, they are not in and of themselves sufficient to meet the fiscal and strategic challenges the military currently faces. Those of us who have joined together in support of these efforts may differ on many issues, but we are unified in our agreement on the need to pursue long-overdue defense and institutional reforms. Excess facilities, an oversized civilian workforce, and outdated military compensation and benefits
military  dod  foreignpolicy  jobs  entitlements  congress114 
september 2015 by Kirk510620
The Air Force Will Test the F-35 Against the A-10—But Not Until 2018 - Defense One
of political engineering.” McCain and Ayotte have supported it publicly. Unlike other disputes between Congress and the Pentagon over a major defense program, their support for the A-10 doesn’t appear tied to parochial concerns, like the loss of a base or jobs in their state; they aren’t advocating for producing ne
a-10  usaf  spending  f-35  military  congress114 
september 2015 by Kirk510620
Why Tax Reform Isn't So Unpopular in Congress After All |
rm is a political issue that separates us, said Meeks, who added that behind the scenes talks were necessary for making progress. He further noted that Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, the Republican chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means and Senator Ron Wyden (D., Ore.), his counterpart on the Senate Finance Committee are actually attempting to come up with a bipartisan plan to lower corporate taxes. Currrently the top corporate rate is 35 percent, but few big businesses actually pay that rate, Dorgan and others said. Corporate giant General Electric, for example, pays almost no taxes. Meanwhile, small businesses bear the brunt, said Fitzpatrick. “The effective rate of most large corporations is much too low, and if you are a small business paying 35 percent, this [system] is not working for you,” Fitzpatrick says. What a compromise might look like, however, still has a lot of moving parts. Certainly it will involve closing loopholes, deductions, preferences and some write-offs to broaden the tax base, said Dorgan, who sat on the House Committee on Ways and Means in the 1980s. For his part, English cautioned that not every change would be beneficial for small businesses. Among other things, loopholes on the table that could affect sole proprietors include deductions for state and local taxes, and more generally preferences for certain industries like real estate, financial services and manufacturing. Additionally, tax loopholes for energy production and incentives for renewable energy production could also face the axe. “A lot of other provisions that are currently under the radar screen could be soaked up,” English said. “It is a very-target rich environment.” Besides taxes, infrastructure projects might also get some uptake on Capitol Hill. Policy analysts say improving our outdated highways, bridges, airports, and even our broadband infrastructure would boost the economy significantly by adding construction jobs and improving the business environment. The president suggested there was room for bip
tax  inc  congress114  corporation  RepPaulRyan  SenRonWyden  repatriotization 
may 2015 by Kirk510620
Space Advocates Descend on Capitol Hill | The Planetary Society
d myself awed in the face of nearly 70 deeply committed space advocates from around the country. These individuals had taken time off from work to and traveled to Washington, D.C. on their own dime to participate in this year’s Space Exploration Alliance legislative blitz. These were citizens and space supporters—some from as far as Spain—coming to D.C. so that they could meet face-to-face with congressional offices to show support for NASA and space exploration. Many of these individuals had never done this before. They took a risk. They committed their time and money. And they did great. I felt deeply honored to join them. The Space Exploration Alliance is a loose coalition of nearly every public-facing space nonprofit group. The Planetary Society is one member, ExploreMars is another, and the National Space Society is another. We all have different goals, but like the proverbial blind men around an elephant, we all fundamentally agree on the same thing: space is the key to our future, and we need to keep exploring. I was proud that thirty-four Planetary Society members had signed up this year, a new record. The legislative blitz happens every year with
space  congress114  advocacy  planetarysociety 
march 2015 by Kirk510620
#Disrupt the Pentagon | Foreign Policy
The Google exec drew a little dot on a dry-erase board and then drew a big circle around it. He pointed to the dot, and said to Newell, “This is your budget. The big circle? It’s mine. I don’t want your money. I want your problem.”
innovation  FP  defense  dod  congress114  spending  tech  BusinessCulture 
february 2015 by Kirk510620
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