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No more excuses! NOW is the time!!

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John Eyster
Monday, November 12, 2012

No more excuses! NOW is the time!!

Are YOU aware that OUR Congress will start a lame duck session tomorrow (Tuesday, November 13)? NOW is the time for the "GRAND COMPROMISE" to deal with the impending "fiscal cliff." What do YOU think?

We NOW know that President Barack Obama was RE-ELECTED by WE THE PEOPLE of the US last Tuesday, November 6, 2012. NOT ONLY is the ELECTORAL COLLEGE vote VERY clear on RE-ELECTION – Obama 332 vs. Romney 206 with 270 the win number - but the POPULAR VOTE was 50.6% for Obama and 47.9% for Romney. WE THE PEOPLE of the US have VOTED and ELECTED!

If you want to read more about the 2012 Presidential election, I suggest Wikipedia's updated article, “United States presidential election, 2012.”

In terms of our Congress, while the GOP kept the majority in the HOUSE, it lost 8 seats while the DEMs gained 2 for sure and there are 6 too close to call as of yesterday which are trending DEM.

I think it is VERY significant to note, as Huffington Post reported last Thursday, 11/8, “Republicans will hold more than half the seats in the House while receiving less than half of overall votes.” And there are MORE DEM votes to be officially reported.

You may want to read the whole Huffington Post report, “Democratic House Candidates Received More Votes Than Republicans.”

That article states, “While not all ballots have been counted, Democrats hold an edge over Republicans in overall votes. According to ThinkProgress, 53,952,240 votes were cast for Democratic candidates, while Republican candidates received 53,402,643. However, thanks in part to redistricting, Republicans will hold more than half the seats in the House while receiving less than half of overall votes.”

Again, if you want to read more about the House elections, I suggest the Wikipedia's article, “United States House of Representatives elections, 2012.”

In our US Senate, the GOP lost 2 seats as the DEMS gained 2 seats. The 2 Independents in the Senate were NOT up for election. They are expected to caucus with the DEMS. Now the Senate has 53 DEMS and IF the 2 Independents vote with them, that’s 55 votes. The GOP has 45 votes. The DEMS have the MAJORITY, but in the Senate there is still the problem of the need for 60 votes to prevent filibuster.

I think the FILIBUSTER RULE – it is ONLY a rule of the US Senate and it is NOT a Constitutional provision – should be changed to provide for the RULE OF THE MAJORITY. What do YOU think?

I suggest Wikipedia's article, “United States Senate elections, 2012” for additional information.

WE THE PEOPLE of WI spoke VERY CLEARLY as we elected Rep. TAMMY BALDWIN to be our US Senator. Numerous commentators have been discussing the fact that WI proved itself really a SWING STATE!

Just think: We now have a VERY right-wing Republican Senator, Ron Johnson and a VERY left-wing Democratic Senator, Tammy Baldwin. The media has already been reporting on the “butting heads” between Johnson and Baldwin.

I was quite surprised by Senator Johnson’s condescending attitude toward his new Senate colleague, Tammy Baldwin as he asserted BETTER KNOWLEDGE and UNDERSTANDING of the economic situation.

I appreciate that our new Senator responded with confidence and confronted Johnson, “'I was a double major in college in mathematics and political science, and I served for six years on the House Budget Committee in my first six years in the House,' Baldwin said in a Huffington Post interview posted Friday. 'And I am very confident that when proposals come before the U.S. Senate, I will be able to evaluate them as to how they benefit or harm middle-class Wisconsinites.'" I perceive that Johnson has a match for his arrogance! I HOPE SO!

I suggest you read the whole Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's report published last Friday (11/9), "State's senators already butting heads." Go, TAMMY GO!

The Wisconsin State Journal really put the immediate situation for our CONGRESS and PRESIDENT in focus with its editorial, “NO MORE EXCUSES: Wisconsin's congressional delegation needs to push hard for grand compromise.” I urge you to read the editorial. I myself agree with the assertion by the editorial that NOW is the HOUR to move to a GRAND COMPROMISE! Do YOU agree?

As the lame duck session convenes this week, the editorial notes the timely advice, “There's an old axiom in politics. If you have to swallow something really distasteful, take the biggest bite you can and get it over with.

“That's good advice for Wisconsin's congressional delegation. With only one new face, they return to Washington this week to find the same split power structure: Democrats in control of the White House and U.S. Senate, Republicans in charge of the U.S. House of Representatives."

Having surveyed the fast approaching “fiscal cliff,” the editorial asserts, “What's needed — sooner than later — is a grand compromise that raises government revenue and slows the rate of spending over time, so the effects are gradual yet sufficient to stabilize America's soaring debt.”

After the editorial reviews the PAIN which each of us MUST suffer and accept with balance, it challenges our elected representatives and President, “Enough excuses. It's time to get a big fix done. Pushing America's financial problems into the future — yet again — has become too dangerous.

“It's time for some real leadership, the kind that doesn't make politicians popular yet is far more patriotic than positioning for the next election.

“Take a big bite, Mr. President and Congress. Swallow hard. Do what's best for the country, not your endless campaigns.” I agree! Do YOU agree that NOW is the time to “take a big bite” to do what’s best for the country?!

Here we go…

Mr. E.

Last updated: 10:33 am Wednesday, August 28, 2013

John W. Eyster lives in the Edgerton area. He is an adjunct professor assigned with the online/distance education faculty of Viterbo University, LaCrosse. He continues his personal mission supporting democracy/civics education in Wisconsin K-12 schools through Project Citizen, We the People, Discovering Democracy (Milton HS). John is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff or management.

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