When you have cats, cleaning the tops of your dressers is moot.
The Bay’s “designer watch sale” excludes pretty much every designer they carry. Well done, marketing.
This will seem like an overly obvious question, but in the American tradition, how does a bill become a law? I mean, in the “Schoolhouse Rock” model? Anyone familiar with Civics 101 knows the answer: a lawmaker has an idea, introduces a bill, and starts the legislative process. There are hearings, committee votes, and floor votes. A successful bill will go to other chamber, and ultimately, to the White House for presidential consideration.
The legislative process is difficult, frustrating, and time consuming. It’s filled with pitfalls and choke points. There’s arm-twisting and horse-trading. For a bill to become law takes patience and a willingness to compromise.
But this is a feature, not a bug. The process is designed to be hard. It’s supposed to be this way.
It’s become quite clear, however, that this is a process Republicans no longer have any use for. It’s tiresome and fails to offer the results they prefer, so GOP lawmakers have decided to circumvent it altogether — why follow the American model when extortion is so much more efficient?
Take another look at the ransom note House Republicans put together this week. It is, in effect, the policy agenda the nation would see if Democrats hadn’t won the 2012 elections. GOP leaders are, in effect, asking Democrats to adopt the Romney/Ryan platform, election results be damned.
- The majority of Americans have repeatedly rejected the politics and the policies of the Republican party.
- If not for massive gerrymandering, the Democrats would have control of all three branches of government.
- The Republicans have consistently brought their ideas to the people, and the people have consistently rejected them.
In a sane world, this would push the Republicans to develop policies that are more likely to win support from the American people. What we are seeing from them, instead, is crisis-to-crisis governing by hostage-taking, and if President Obama negotiates with the House GOP at all over these current manufactured crises, it will mean the end of constitutional structure of our government.
Read this tonight on Wikipedia, in the article on the northern pike (the fish, not the band):
"Various other unofficial trivial names are: American pike, common pike, great northern pike, Great Lakes pike, grass pike, snot rocket, slough shark, snake, slimer, slough snake, northern, gators (due a head similar in shape to that of an alligator), jack, jackfish, Sharptooth McGraw, Mr. Toothy and other such names as Long head and Pointy nose."
Made me chuckle.