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Congress passed yet another extension of the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits. The Republicans did it to take the political issue off the table for the election. Tim Bishop and the Democrats passed it because they think it is good governing.

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Congressional members high tailed it out of Washington after passing a debt limit agreement, but Democrats Steve Israel and Tim Bishop wasted no time in holding a press conference at MacArthur airport on Long Island to blame Republicans for a crisis they created.

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The Debt Battle: Post Game Analysis

by Bill O'Connell on August 2, 2011

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A contentious battle has concluded today with the passage of the debt limit deal. It was a hard fought battle where no one is entirely happy with the outcome. Before we leave this field of battle, we should take stock of the accomplishments and the players involved.

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Congressman Eliot Engel writes a letter to the editor of the New York Times titled, “Banning Gun Imports.” He was prompted to write because of an editorial in the Times titled “Hypocrisy, Locked and Loaded,” but I’ll address that one later. Here is how Congressman Engel sees it. There is a tremendous illegal drug business in Mexico. It has gotten so big and contentious and violent that thousands are killed every year. His solution to the problem in Mexico? Ban the importation of guns into the U.S.

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In article in the New York Times titled, “Squandering Medicare’s Money,” the article itemizes a number of procedures that are routinely perfomed under Medicare, but have little or no medical value. So why are they done? One reason is alluded to in the article while another is not.

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Democrats Target Guns

by Bill O'Connell on April 25, 2011

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The Democrats have a new leader of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the New York Times is swooning that Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the new chairwoman of said committee is speaking out.

At a rally Monday for Mayors Against Illegal Guns…[s]he called as well for improving the information available to law enforcement about people with histories of mental illness.

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The Leadership Vacuum

by Bill O'Connell on February 28, 2011

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The order in the Middle East has been crumbling, but it seems that the only place President Barack Obama knows where to lead is on the dance floor or when ramming through his socialist programs. When it comes to real solutions to fix the economy or on foreign policy he is utterly lost.

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Republican Budget Battle Lines are Drawn

by Bill O'Connell on February 11, 2011

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The Republicans were swept into control of the House and took a major bite out of the Democrats control of the Senate on a program of fiscal responsibility.  Now as they work on their first budget, some of the tug-of-war was on display at CPAC’s opening day.

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Express Train to Penury

by Bill O'Connell on January 3, 2011

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Ah, the romance of rail travel.  From Murder on the Orient Express to From Russia with Love to White Christmas to Some Like It Hot there is something alluring about a train.  But for all those warm feelings it’s time to recognize that we are in the 21st century and to leave trains to the movies. 

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Cutting the Federal Beast Down to Size

by Bill O'Connell on December 9, 2010

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In the recent election campaign, lacking anything positive to say about their record, when Democrats were not making personal attacks on their opponents one of their diversions was to taunt their opponent by saying, “Oh yeah, what specifically would you cut from the federal government, and don’t say waste and fraud.”

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