School House Rock – The Seedy Underbelly

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by Paul Hamlin   School House Rock Remember the “School House Rock” on how a bill becomes a law?  It was a part of my childhood and it is how many of us were introduced to the function of our legislators and legislation.  In case you are not of my generation take a look here:  Well, it turns out there was some missing information in “School House Rock”, and it is obviously devastating to some of us.  The writing of a bill and its passage into law, is much more…

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Up In Flames – The Impact Of Party Politics

by Paul Hamlin Our system is broken.  The way we do elections, our political party system and the expectations placed on our congress people is so flawed that we need to make considerations about, not just how we fix it, but who should be permitted to fix it. Congress has become a divisive and divided group of people with an eye on the next election and the other on harming their “enemy”.  Remember that elected officials are the employees of the people, not the other way around.  We do not…

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Secretive Legislative Process Produces Failed Health Care Bill – “You Can See It After We Release It”

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By  Janice Barlow It looks like, at least for the time being, at least unless/until it implodes, that Obamacare is here to stay. It is the Democrats’ baby. The majority in both the House and Senate are Republicans. They couldn’t even get their act together in their promised effort to repeal Obamacare in a laborious process that dragged on for months. So by default, we are stuck. Half-hearted efforts toward another bill are being bantered about, mostly to appease Trump it would appear; but these will probably end up in the…

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