The act was so senseless and heinous. Two profiles indicate the bombings were committed by a foreign terrorist organization or a member(s) of the Tea Party.
Not a perfect plan, but this may be a good start: Spending cut pecking order should be most expensive to least. Defense represents more than half the overall budget and contributed most to the deficit. It seems prudent to start by cutting the defense budget, then moving on to the next most expensive and so on.
Congressional reform would cut spending and is overdue. Serving in Congress is supposed to be an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work. I agree with the folks who want 12 year term limits (combined House and Senate), Congressional pensions eliminated, and Representatives and Senators to participate in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund should move to the Social Security system immediately. Congress should be made to purchase their own retirement plan, participate in the same health care system as the American people, and no longer be able to vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay should rise by the lower of CPI or 3%. I also believe Congress should equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people including drug testing. Contracts with past and present Congressmen should be voided.
Social Security and Medicare are self funded and should be left alone. Government should remove contribution caps and restore rates.
Farewell and and good riddance to the 112th Congress! Regardless of what happens today, the 112th Congress is going to wind up as the least popular and least productive Congress (in terms of legislation becoming law) in the modern era. Congress’ approval rating is a pathetic 12%. The whopping 82% disapproval rating of Congress is the highest percentage in the history. Just 219 bills have been passed into law. Many of these bills were naming courthouses and post offices. That's the lowest number since Congress began tracking the number in the 1940s. The previous low was 333 in the 104th Congress (1995-1996).
Throughout its history, Congress has always been a dysfunctional place. The Founding Fathers ensured it that way. But this particular Congress, which comes to an end on Jan. 3, has been uniquely dysfunctional. The current fiscal-cliff debate, the debt-ceiling standoff of 2011 that resulted in an S&P credit downgrade, the Super Committee’s failure, the near government shutdown in the spring of 2011, etc. With the debt ceiling, the fiscal cliff, and the near government shutdown, it’s hard not to conclude that Congress has been an active player in the sluggishness of the U.S. economy.
America got on the right track after the 2008 general election and made progress for two years. America was derailed after the 2010 election when the GOP and their Tea Party cult overran the House and obstructed progress. The facts back me up. The majority of Americans seems to agree with me. The current approval rating of Congress is 14% (seems high). Blaming the President, Democrats, liberals, progressives, etc., for the GOP/Tea Party making life much worse in America is like blaming God for yesterday's shooting because She left our schools. In others words, blaming anyone other than the GOP/Tea Party for problems that got worse over the past two years is stupid.
I know a lot of people. I do not know a single person who wants to do away with the 2nd Amendment. I do know that current gun control laws are not effective. Congress needs to figure out a way to more effectively keep guns out of the hands of criminals and disordered people while protecting the right for law abiding, sane citizens to bear arms. A solution is overdue. Status quo is unacceptable. As I see it, anyone who obstructs or otherwise interferes with solving the gun control problem is a coward and a terrorist hiding behind the dead bodies of innocent children and adults.
I wish I knew the details of the answer. Even though assault weapons were not used to murder 5-10 year old children and educators this morning – I can think of no reason for anyone outside of the military and law enforcement to possess them... Maybe part of the solution is for guns to be licensed like cars. Perhaps some sort of mental stability test can be administered when it’s time to renew. Perhaps guns should be confiscated from people who fail or fail to take the renewal test. Perhaps being in possession of an unlicensed gun should be treated as a felony, the weapon confiscated, and the felon should lose his/her right to ever vote or possess a gun... I really do not know, but I do know gun control must be improved.
I do know that I have never witnessed a worse Congress and think their 14% approval rating is high. Perhaps this tragedy will stir them to be statesmen instead of partisan fools.
Turkeys eating crow ala Norman Rockwell - priceless! Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Well done, Clay. I mistook it for a Rockwell print...
I am so glad this was not today's cartoon. I would have skipped anger and gone straight to numb if Romney had been elected. Can you imagine having to wait months to find out which of Romneys lies were true?... I am disappointed the outcome was not a more decisive. It is scary that so many voters cannot make well informed decisions and vote as prompted by the Ann Rand capitalism-is-better-than-democracy opinion shaping cable network... I had to peak - the expressions on the Fox anchors faces late last night was priceless!
I view the Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day as an elaborate publicity stunt. I am also discouraged that so many Americans were so easily manipulated by Mike Huckabee to support the establishment because Dan Cathy, the mayor of Boston, and many others exercised their rights to speak freely. Chick-fil-A made a lot of money because a con artist convinced his brainwashed audience to incite others to eat more chicken. (Happy belated birthday $ Truet Cathy!) Were other American businesses less deserving of such a windfall?
Congratulations, Clay! Chattanooga is blessed and the Times-Free Press is very fortunate to have a world-class editorial cartoonist in residence. The award is well deserved and overdue.