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Are any of these "No Labels" Members Your Representative Or Senator(s)?

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[Photo Credit: "No Labels," July 2013]

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.

Durbin to propose Social Security commission

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. ;-)

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To aggravate all that's going on right now, I have an internet (Broadband 2Go) connection that keeps "timing out" on me. It has taken me almost two hours to simply make the 3-section screenshot and attempt to post this, since I'm constantly losing the connection.

Maybe our connection will be better by tomorrow. At one point, I couldn't even "open" flickr. And I have no idea why Chaka Fattah's name is strung out across the picture. It certainly doesn't look like that in the actual screenshot.

Go figure.

But hopefully I've make the intended point. We need to "push back," or this group will succeed at getting through (where the President has failed) the so-called "Grand Bargain."

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Ha ha:

This group is unlike anything that has existed on Capitol Hill, where there is no forum for large groups of Democrats and Republicans to actually meet together to work through problems. Each party has its own weekly meetings, but there is no opportunity to hear from or reason with the other side. The Problem Solvers offers a new way forward. The Problem Solvers are committed to regular across-the-aisle meetings, embracing the new attitude of problem solving and being real leaders.* Click here to see the requirements to be a Problem Solver.

Gee, I would have thought that the Senate and House floors, plus the cloak rooms, plus the Committee rooms, plus all the meeting rooms on K Street, and the steak houses**, would all provide opportunities to meet "hear from and reason with the other side."

So whatever problem No Labels is trying to solve, it's not the one it's ostensibly trying to solve.

NOTE * "Real leader" is extremely corrupt language.

NOTE ** And, er, the motel rooms.

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This golden oldie from 2011.

I’ll reiterate part of my comment from that post:

Tom Ferguson, referring to the 2010 midterm elections, nails the essential falseness underlying the premise of No Labels (and the gobsmacking idiocy of “no forum for large groups of Democrats and Republicans to actually meet together to work through problems”):

What the election really shows is not that the parties can’t agree…but that the American people will not accept the policies that leaders in both parties prefer.

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I finally got the "No Labels" photo corrected, and realize that I didn't know the identity of one of the 8 Senators. Holding one's cursor over the photos at the "No Labels" website, identifies the lawmakers.

Turns out that the "familiar looking" one whom I couldn't place is Senator Mark Kirk (IL).

I'm not one to normally "begrudge" anyone decent, or for that matter, excellent medical care.

But I must say, it is appalling to me that these "No Labelers" feel compelled to drastically cut OUR Social Security and Medicare benefits, while they enjoy such exceptional congressional benefits.

From Wikipedia:

In January 2012, Kirk suffered a stroke; he has been hospitalized, and his physicians expect long-term physical impairments but not cognitive ones.[4]

On January 3, 2013, Kirk returned to work as Senator in Washington, D.C. almost a year after his stroke and climbed the steps of the U.S. Capitol. He was greeted by Joe Manchin, Dick Durbin, and Vice President Joe Biden, among others.[5]

Wonder how many of us could have stayed out of work this long--and been welcomed by our company's/organization's CEO to boot?