The bills that Congress reject are as informative as the ones it does. Reviews of all the legislation that meet their fate in government halls.
Shame on You, GM and the UAW
Originally promising production of 40,000 ventilators immediately, once the CARES Act was passed, GM decreased their offer of production to 6,000 ventilators in 6 weeks, also at increased prices. This is what caused the Trump administration to invoke the Defense Production Act (Hansen, 2020).
Fans of Indiana Jones and National Treasure may dream of one day finding immense wealth buried under their feet. However, in today’s world, not only is it unlikely to find such a treasure, it is also unlikely that the finder will get to keep it. Nations of the world have property laws for archaeological finds, and one such a nation is the United Kingdom. While the finders of wealth may get compensated for their finds in the UK, the treasure itself is often sold off to museums. A good example of the treasure laws that the United Kingdom uses is that of the Staffordshire Hoard. The Staffordshire Hoard is a unique find from a time that scientists do not know much about; even though it is important to study such a find, it should also be a source of pride for the local people and local museums.
Steil Watch: March I/II
I apologize for not posting last week. I had to wait for Congress to enough to report on. This covers March 4 to March 13.
Bryan Watch: Feb III
The House is back after a break for President's Day week. A very slow week, with only eight votes cast, four of them party line. Two months into 2020, and Rep. Steil has yet to cast a single vote against the interests of the Republican Party and its corporate backers.
The New Way Forward Act
After 9/11, we were made aware of the immigration laws which allowed overstay of Visas, thus allowing the terrorists to hit the Twin Towers and Pentagon. We lost thousands of Americans on that fateful day. It included those on Flight 93 in that lonely field in Pennsylvania. Since 9/11, we have not had a major attack on our soil since many of the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission were enacted. These safety nets may change if we do not stand together on this issue. Regardless of party affiliation or your feelings for President Trump, H. R. 5383 (The New Way Forward Act) was introduced on December 10, 2019 that makes us unsafe once again. It was introduced by:
Bryan Watch: Feb 2020 II
Another fairly slow week for Congress, with only 16 votes taken. Eleven of them were party line, and Rep. Steil voted with the Republicans every time again this week. That brings us to six straight weeks of Bryan not thinking for himself.
Bryan Watch: Feb 2020 I
A relatively busy week for Congress this week, with 20 votes. 17 were party line, and Steil continued his record of non-thinking, voting with the Republican caucus every time this week.
What does Separation of Church and State Really Mean
The phrase “separation of church and state” is one of the most commonly used yet least understood political sayings in all of modern vernacular. Many Christians claim this separation as the unrelenting law that took prayer from public schools, tore down crosses from public parks and seeks to removed America from being “one nation under God”. Others see it as an open minded and helpful gesture that ensures equality for a nation of immigrants that is a melting pot of global cultures. For both good and bad the term “separation of church and state” has been touted in more wrong ways that correct ways.
Bryan Watch: Jan 27-30
Another fairly slow week in Congress, with only 12 votes this week, two of them procedural and five of them non-partisan. Steil missed three votes on Wednesday. Of the party line votes he did participate in, he was 100% with the Republicans this week. Meaning that Steil has spent all of January always answering at his party’s call and never thinking for himself at all.
Bryan Watch: Jan 2020
Here we go, the first Steil Watch of 2020. had to wait until there were enough votes to cover. BRYAN WATCH - JAN 2020 - Part 1
The politics of doing nothing.
The politics of doing nothing Sometimes doing nothing is the right thing. We live in a period of time when constant activity is the norm. Doing nothing is not acceptable; but it has not always been like this. The ancients in China had a philosophy, enshrined in the Tao Te Ching; that contained the statement that all things can be achieved by non action. This classic work has been translated from ancient Chinese, to modern Chinese and then to European languages and so may have lost the ancient meaning. ( ancient Chinese had several meanings for each “symbol” like most other nations at the time language was spoken and not often written) It is possible that non action should be interpreted as not acting in in a way that is not in tune with and part of the natural way. Farmers and gardeners know that impatience is counter productive. It is no good sowing seeds in mid winter; you have to do nothing ( about sowing seed --but you can prepare the ground in some climates) until the spring.
Why Vaping Bans Are a Terrible Idea
My grandpa quit smoking in 2002, after smoking cigarettes since he was 13 years old back in the early 60s. A time when doctors were the spokespeople helping tobacco companies sell their products.