Tea Party Mess In Washington

Pure crazy.







This Excites You If You Live In Wisconsin

For the record I am 51, and this is a first for me.

As much as I love fall weather and the warm temperatures we have experienced in Madison I am looking forward to snowfalls and winter winds.  But not necessarily the snow shoveling that comes with the seasonal change.  Since moving into our home in 2007 James and I have shoveled our 75-foot driveway and corner lot sidewalks free of Mother Nature’s blanket of white.  The first year we lived here Madison had a record-setting snowfall, and it seemed like there was snow to remove every other day.  Over the years we just thought that shoveling could be done slowly and in sections and it was not so bad.

But several weeks ago I woke up and told James that this year we were going to enjoy winter more, and shovel less.  For most of my growing up years my Dad brought the county snow truck home and did our long drive in Hancock.  At some point he bought a snow blower after he retired, but I have never owned one.

Today we talked at length with a nice man at Menards about the in-and-outs of snow blowers.   I told him one model interested me as I knew the company to have a solid reputation, having recorded advertisements for them in my radio days at WDOR.    He commented the Briggs & Stratton engine is one of the finest.  James and I both wanted an electric start, and of course a two-stage snow thrower.

Additionally yellow happens to be my favorite color!

Bring on the snow…come late November!  All we need now is to make sure we have baker’s chocolate in the pantry to make hot chocolate once the piles of white have been moved outside.


The President Should Negotiate, So Say The Republicans


The process for budget/tax negotiations was to have been between the House of Representatives and United States Senate.  The house leader on the budget, Congressman Paul Ryan, was to have dealt with his budget counterpart, Senator Patty Murray.  In fact as far back as March when the Senate passed a budget there was talk about the need for a conference committee between these two chambers.

My civics teacher, Mr. Winn at Tri-County High School in Plainfield, taught me that both chambers name members of a conference committee to resolve the differences between the two versions of the budget.  But in April Ryan said there would be no conference committee as the two sides were too far apart.  The idea of being forced to have a deal before talking is frankly absurd, even to those of us who follow politics very closely.

You might recall some of the speeches at the 2012 GOP convention (yes, I watched it) where the theme of ‘regular order’ was chanted.  In other words a desire to have the budget process return to how if was when the vast majority of readers to this blog were growing up and learning civics.   But when it came time to conduct business in that fashion Ryan said no to a conference committee.  You may recall earlier this year when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid tried to appoint members of a budget conference committee only to have Senate Republicans refuse to allow it.  Over and over that scenario played out when trying to name members to the committee.

The reason the GOP does not want to go to conference committee is that they will need to compromise.  That means compromising on revenue enhancements.  They are fearful of the very regular order that they thought they could use in the 2012 election.  Might I add this was one of the few things the GOP said in 2012 I actually agreed with.  Regular order is wise and sound and needs again to be used.  That has always been my position, and I think anyone who works in government, or knows about government will agree that process matters.

But after failing to use regular order conservatives now are using a federal government shutdown as the vehicle to get their way with budget matters.  And some conservatives are thinking the president should pay ransom to the GOP who failed to even name budget conferees!