Failed But Symbolic

Posted on May 31, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized |

By Caren Z. Turner

Memorial Day… aside from the burgers and brews and barbeques, we remember those who have served our country and lost their lives. The corridors of the Cannon House Office Building commemorate those who have died in the ten years of war in Afghanistan and beyond. Like sentries, their young faces are posted on easels outside the offices of numerous members of Congress. The call to withdraw troops from Afghanistan grew a bit louder last week as a bipartisan vote called for troop withdrawal.

Many of our greatest problems are not halfway around the world, they are halfway down the block. And rather than nation building in Afghanistan, we need to do some more nation building right here in the US.” Rep. Jim McGovern, Floor Statement 5/26/2011. The measure failed.

Another failed but symbolic vote was taken yesterday night. This one was designed to demonstrate that the House of Representatives does NOT have the votes to increase the debt ceiling without decreasing spending. The vote should give the Republicans considerable leverage for their meetings at the White House tonight. For detailed information about the debt ceiling click here.

The Presidency? A new effort to draft Paul Ryan is underway. Jon Huntsman’s candidacy is picking up steam. Herman Cain, former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, as well.

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