Are any of these "No Labels" Members Your Representative Or Senator(s)?
These good "folks" had a coming out today (Michael Smercomish's words). After their names were called out as though they were "prizefighters," they each ran onto a stage at the Mall in Washington, D.C., and recited a one minute remark.
Honestly, not sure if I needed a barf bag or hip waders, LOL!
These are extreme fiscal hawks who mask their stances in "feel good" language about bipartisanship. After all, what's not to like about a bunch of good ol' boys (and girls) who just want to "hold hands and jump together."
They never talk specifics of their policy proposals. I will continue to search for more policy details, and will provide it at a later date, if I have any luck.
Here is #9 of their "nine proposed bills" to make government more efficient.
Plan for Efficient and Effective Government
#9 Create a new Commission for Government Transformation to oversee and effect the transformation of various federal government programs so they will be more economical, efficient and effective.
Wouldn't know from the wording that the intent of this is to dismantle the US social safety net, right?
Sounds suspiciously like Senator Dick Durbin's "commission" proposal this past Spring. Here's the brief piece below.
By Aaron Blake, Published: March 20 at 11:10 am
Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin announced Wednesday morning that he will introduce a bipartisan bill to create a Social Security commission tasked with making the program solvent for the next 75 years.
Durbin made the announcement at a breakfast hosted by the Wall Street Journal, according to the Associated Press.
Durbin says the bill would require votes in the House and Senate on whatever the commission proposes.
Entitlement reform remains an elusive goal for Congress, with Republicans especially pushing for wholesale changes to the programs. While many Democrats remain resistant to such changes, President Obama has suggested that there is room for reform, and Durbin has been out front on the issue in the Senate.
Many of the names of the founders of "No Labels" are very familiar--former Clinton staffers and or Democratic Party "talking heads and analysts" like William (Bill) Galston and Mark Penn's wife, Nancy Jacobson. Also the old Dem standby, Kiki McLean, who heads a "public affairs" firm today.
I will post a full list of the founders, lawmakers, and non-lawmaker supporters (from both parties) in a future post.
According to McLean, the intent of "No Labels" is to give lawmakers "a safe place to work across the aisle."
"Master Of Ceremony" Michael Smercomish described today's event as the "Make Government Work/Make Government Efficient" Event at Capitol Hill.
I searched tirelessly; but these folks aren't stupid--no audio of this live event appears to exist. ;-)