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Hays Free Press March 6, 2013 OPINION Page 5A + #.:: ............ , .... Iam becoming totally dis- satisfied with the goings on in Washington D.C.- on both sides of the aisle, in both houses. Both the House and the Senate need a lesson in the constitution. Members of the House of Representatives and the Sen- ate should be made to look up the words legislature, legis- late and enact. Members of Congress were elected to go to Washington D.C. to legislate or enact laws. They were not sent there to wait on the President to write laws or create budgets. Next, they should read the Constitution, where they find that the basic duties of the House of Representatives is to originate any bills dealing with monetary matters. Most American students in basic American Government classes can tell you that bit of infor- mation, even years after they had the course. Perhaps the lawyers in the House studied too many court cases and not enough of the Constitution. Under the Constitution, the Serrate is to act on those monetary bills originating in the House. If there is disagree- ment, the Senate can reject the bill or go into conference with S a LETFERS FROM members of the House to cre- ate a compromise. The Senate is not supposed initiate bills of expenditures, despite the fact that the current Speaker of the House of Representatives is demanding that the Senate send a budget to the House. The President has not been totally innocent in this petty, childish exchange of who is at fault over the sequester. This law was passed by both the House and the Senate and signed by the President. Now, both branches of government have to live with what they cre- ated- or alter it by legislation that should be created in the House of Representatives. Both sides are now sitting on the sidelines, waiting for the others to blink. As the se- quester goes into effect, it will not be the catastrophic event many in the executive branch are describing, at least not for two or three weeks. Work days for government employees might be reduced, creating lost wages for these workers. There Hill be Cuts in services, especially in research that is ftmded bythe U.S. govern- ment. On the other hand, Republi- can members of the House are criticizing the President for (1) creating the sequester and (2) for not sending an alternative for the House to consider. Ob- viously; they have not looked at the White House web site to see that the President has offered a plan. Members of the House as well as the Senate approved the sequester bill and the Speaker even claimed that he got 98% of what he wanted when he negotiated. Americans have heard enough. It is time both branches of government stopped the name calling and begin doing what they have been sent to Washington to do - to govern, not to think only of their party or a sub-set of that party. This is the United States, not the United Congressional Districts. / The journalistic cliche is that someone comes running into a newsroom, shout- ing: "I've got a story that'll bust this town wide open!" So stop the presses; re-do the front page. But in these days of the Internet, you don't stop the presses. You merely write it ASAP and hit the "publish" button. A top conservative news blog and much of the conservative media recently ran a revela- tion that they thought would bust wide open former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel's bid to become Secretary of Defense: they reported that Hagel secretly got funds from "Friends of Hamas." The tiny problem: the group doesn't exist. The revelation stemmed from a joke made by a New York Daily News reporter to a Repub- lican Senate staffer. Still, the big conservative news site insisted the scoop was real, insisted other sources confirmed the donation from the (nonexistent) group, and suggested that even if it wasn't true, the reporting of what the source said was itself accurate. To help partisan websites from each side get people they don't politically hate, I'm offering here four BIG scoops based on my sources. No need to check the accuracy. Just trust me. Scoop Number One: One of my most reli- able sources wonders whether Hagel has given a speech to B'Nai Hamas, the National Hamas Association, Young Men's Hamas Association, McHamas burger restaurants, Temple Beth Hamas Israel, the National Organization for Hamas, the United League of Hamas Citizens, the California Hamas Teachers Associa- tion, or Hair Club for Hamas. Scoop Number Two: Rachael Maddow badmouthed the United States Navy fleet stationed at Pearl Harbor on her MSNBC cable show that aired December 7, 1941. This transcript sent to me by a source must be accurate since it's in Mad- dow's style: while most journalists and broadcasters use an inverted pyramid to discuss a fact or story, Maddow uses a b-i-g pyramid that includes repeating a fact or concept several times before she gets to the point. Here's part of it: "Welcome to tonight's show. Pearl Harbor is an important naval base. It's a naval base that's very important. The importance of Pearl Harbor is important. On his Twitter account, President Franklin D. Roosevelt recently said Pearl Harbor was important. Presi- dent Franklin Roosevelt on his Twitter account talked about the im- portance of Pearl Harbor. Pearl Harbor, the ~T,,y~o~ Jo... a~ ,,~ naval base. The naval base called Pearl Harbor. But today December 7th, will be a day that will live in history. History- the record of days, weeks, months..." (No space here to run the next two pages be- fore she gets to the point). Scoop Number Three: Barack Obama doesn't wear underwear. Scoop Number Four: Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman received secret donations from his church, the Catholic Church. Lieberman's strong religious ties date back to when he was an altar boy. Over the years, Lieberman helped raise money to plant trees in the Vatican, worked toraise money for State of Vatican bonds, and secretly accepted campaign donations from groups such as the Catholic Torah Institute. Two months ago he made a secret trip to Italy and went bowling with Pope Benedict. All of these scoops are totally solid and have been confirmed by three additional sources: the Easter Bunny, Jimmy Hoffa and, that fa- mous foot doctor from Oriskiny Falls, N.Y, Paul Bunyan. If anyone challenges these scoops, just point out that if I told it to you and you wrote about it, you've done your job, and it's accurate because I said it. Trust me -- and you can blow this town wide open. Joe Gandelman is a veteran journal- ist who wrote for newspapers overseas and in the United States. He has ap- peared on cable news show political panels and is Editor-in-Chief of The Moderate Voice, an Internet hub for inde- pendents, centrists and moderates. ~g~ ........ COMPETITION Gumbo, Jambalaya, Bloody Mary, Open, Dessert, Showmanship ENTERTAINMENT Whiskey Sin Cher La-Bas Dr. Zog Band CIUIWFISil BY TIlE EXPLORE Large Vendor Area Non-Cajun Food Beer Garden POUND Every child learns at a different pace, but often children need our help in removing obstacles that prevent them from reaching their potential. The HAYS ClSD provides free referral and information services to help children with learning challenges that may interfere with their abil- ity to do well in school. These can include difficulties with social interactions, playing, talking, seeing, hearing, behavior and movement. This service is available to infants, children and youth beginning at birth to age 21. If you are concerned that your child seems to be learning or play- ing differently from others, please call the Special Education Office of the Hays Consolidated ISD at (512) 268-8250 for more information. We are here to help you meet the learning needs of your child. CHILD FIND contact: Shelli Cervenka Cada nino (a) aprende a un ritmo diferente, pero a medudo los ninos necesitan nuestra ayuda para quitar obstaculos que les impiden Iograr todd su potencial. El Distrito Escolar Consolidado Independiente, de Hays ofrece sevicios gratis de referencia y de informacion, para ayudar a los ninos que tienen difficultades en el aprendizaje que peuden obstaculizar su capacidad de obterner Buenos resultados en la escuela. Estas dificultades pueden set en relacion con las interacciones sociales, con el juego, el habla, la vista, el Dido, la conducta o el movimiento. Este servicio esta a la desposicion de infants, ninos y jovenes, desde el momento en que nacen hasta los 21 anDs de edad. Si a en forma diferente de la de los demas, le rogamos que Ilame a la 0fincina de Educacion Especial de Distrito Escolar Consolidado Independiente, de Hays, al (512)268-8250, para mas infomacion. Aque estamos para aydarie a satisfacer las necesidades de aprendizaje de su hijo (a). CHILD FIND contact: Shelli Cervenka