"A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men
from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."
(Thomas Jefferson)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Congress Begins the 112th Session, 4 January 2011

Received the new Majority Leader, Eric Cantor's, Weekly Schedule Today for the week of 3 January 2011.  This week is the beginning of the 112th  First Session of Congress with Republicans taking control of the Leadership of the House at noon today, and the number of Republican Senators increasing in the Senate.  Thought I would list the schedule for the week and show some of the Fox pundits the Republicans are serious in the House about the way business is done.  During the last week while attending the Fiesta Bowl was less than happy with Fox coverage of the new leadership in the House and had a hard time figuring out their agenda while CNN and MSNBC gave the facts about the new leadership not spin.


On Tuesday, the House is not in session.

On Wednesday, the House will convene for the start of the 112th Congress at 12:00 p.m. There will be a recorded quorum call at 12:00 p.m. following the Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance.

H.Res. 5 - A resolution providing for the House Rules of the 112th Congress (Privileged Resolution)

On Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for legislative business. Members are advised that there will be a recorded quorum call at approximately 10:30 a.m.

Reading of the Constitution of the United States by Members of the House of Representatives (The reading will begin at approximately 11:00 a.m.) (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte)

H.Res. __ - A resolution to Cut Congress’s Budget (Suspension) (Sponsored by Rep. Greg Walden)

On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. Last votes for the week will conclude by noon.

H.Res. __ - A resolution providing for consideration of the Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act (Special Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. David Dreier / Rules Committee)
Think it is time for those who always want to criticize to chill.  A lot of us are getting extremely tired of the threats that are being made by some pundits to the House leadership to listen to the Tea Party or else be turned out of office.  Not necessary and starting to drive people to CNN and MSNBC where their morning shows gave a fairer assessment of the new leadership by introducing who they are.  Know one thing, Fox News is fast going to the bottom of my list to watch.  When I heard a Fox pundit say in 8 months the voters will be ready to turn out Republicans as I was flipping through channels made up my mind to give CNN a chance once again.  They cannot be any more irritating than what I hear every time I turn on Fox News.

Had a great time at the Fiesta Bowl where the University of Oklahoma Sooners won big against Connecticut on the evening of January 1st -- for several reasons hated to see the trip end.  One thing I took away from the trip is the disconnect from people on the east coast to people in middle America where I live.  At the various events, the local people in the Phoenix area were supporting the Sooners, and the ones we talked with felt the CT people were snobs.  When meeting the people from CT, they seemed standoffish and not very friendly.  Everyone we met from the Phoenix area was really nice and very friendly. 

Know it is a small thing but even the dress was different -- Sooner fans were wearing mostly jeans while CT fans were more dressed up or dressed down completely -- their favorite color:  black.  You could pick out Sooner fans as we were mostly wearing something with OU or Sooners on the shirts.  The only way to tell some of the CT fans was when you were told they were CT fans like in the one art gallery in Scottsdale we were visiting where they just looked at us and never said a word even after being introduced.  Maybe they thought Sooner fans were out of place in a Western Art Gallery.  Since most of the pundits are on the East Coast, we have to wonder if that is the disconnect from a lot of us in Middle America. 

This was my second trip in a month the other one being to Fort Collins, CO, and had the same reaction from people I met on the road and listening to local pundits.   Most people are tired of the threats from the pundits and all the naysayers without giving the new leadership a chance. 

We also hear a lot about Sarah Palin being so popular from the national pundits but in two trips don't see it even a little bit.  Comments when she appears on the TV screen are not complimentary and seems people are tired of having her rammed down our throats by the pundits and Fox News.  It is great to get out and realize a lot of people have the same opinions that I am hearing where I live.

Maybe it is hanging around fellow football fans, but they are down to earth people who work very hard and love following their teams (Arizona State/Arizona) like we do the Sooners.  OU does a Tickets for Military project so fans can buy tickets and OU gives them to local military at bowl games.  The military who sat across from us were yelling as loud as the rest of us.  They didn't have to buy drinks or food as the people around them made sure they were well taken care of -- it was the Sooner way of saying thanks for their service. 

Wouldn't trade the trip to the Fiesta Bowl for anything.  Would recommend anyone else tired of politics take a few weeks off and go see the Country to meet other people in the south and Middle America.  You might find you agree with a lot of people who don't call in talk radio but have their own opinions a lot more.

Hope all of you had a great New Year's.  We spent New Year's Eve eating at In and Out Burgers in Glendale.  Hadn't had those since San Diego.  Someone on Soonerfans message board had said they had moved into the Phoenix area and saw them the first evening after finding the University of Phoenix Stadium where the Fiesta Bowl was held.  We spent New Year's Day at the Tailgate and then the game.  Great way to welcome in the New Year with a victory.

Great start to 2011 -- Sooners won the Fiesta Bowl, great trip to Phoenix even though it was really cold, and we have new Republican leadership in the House starting today!

Boomer Sooner!

Oklahoma team members pose for a group photo after a Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football
game victory against Connecticut Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, in Glendale, Ariz. Oklahoma defeated
Connecticut 48-20. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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