113th Congress: Summer Vacation Ends

It’s time for senators and representatives to head back to work in Washington, D.C., after having a month off to visit constituents, take junkets, fund-raise, and spend some time in the sun.

It’s almost like sending a child back to school after summer vacation. Let’s hope they are rested and ready to take on the major issues facing our country. I also hope they remember what we told them: Sit up straight, mind your manners, don’t bully, play well with others, raise your hand, etc.

The big thing on their plate is Syria. Before the Syria issue came to the forefront, the boring issue of a budget and the possible shutdown of Congress on October 1 were taking center stage. By the way, Congress is supposed to have all their spending bills passed by October 1st each year.

According to National Journal several members of the Obama Administration will give a classified briefing on Syria to House members today. That means within an hour after the briefing concludes, CNN, FOX News, and/or MSNBC will be reporting about what was said in the classified briefing.

On Tuesday, the President will address the nation. I applaud the President for not addressing the nation about Syria during the two Monday Night Football games tonight. This is Merica; football is more important than chemical attacks in some foreign country…

It looks like getting approval from Congress for military action in Syria is facing an uphill climb.  Continue reading

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Thursday Numbers

It’s Thursday! If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, “Thursday Numbers” is my weekly column where I take a look at the numbers in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes laced with just a little sarcasm.

Please note that if you read this column you may be able to use the information to impress your family, friends, and co-workers. Then again, you may not impress them by telling them you read blogs…

This week I write about the Fiscal Cliff, Sandy, unemployment, 113th Congress, Steve Daines, Danica McKellar, Veterans in 113th, Denny Rehberg, Jon Tester, Top Videos of 2012, Bowl Championship Series, Honey Bun, and much more!

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Heading for the (Fiscal) Cliff

I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather – not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car as he drove off the cliff…

On Monday, Gallup released their monthly approval ratings for Congress and reported that “Eighteen percent of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing, down slightly from 21% shortly before the election.”

Of course, a majority of people believe their elected officials in their state are not the problem – it’s the guy or gal representing another state who are the dirty rotten scoundrels.  Continue reading

Thursday Numbers

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, this is my weekly column where I take a look at the numbers in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes laced with just a little sarcasm.

NOTICE: If you read this column you will probably gain knowledge not found on other websites! You may be able to use this information to impress your family, friends, and co-workers. The information might even be life changing – so consider yourself warned…

This week I write about election coverage, Karl Rove, unemployment, Diane Sawyer, late registration, Stairway to Heaven, electoral votes, projected majorities in the 113th Congress, Montana’s voter turnout, idiot sign, and much more!

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