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Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

It only seems to be getting worse.

Last week I wrote about the poor performance record of the 113th Congress and their inability to accomplish the people’s business. The norm is generally Republicans disagreeing with Democrats, but recently nobody seems to be able to get along with anybody.

Speaker of the House John Boehner has done little to lead congress anywhere but in circles. Instead, hoping his fellow Congressman will be in a better mood when they return from their summer break. His role as Speaker is frequently questioned by his own party members.

Last week as the Senate prepared for its August recess, we saw Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, shouting at fellow Senators for everyone to “Shut up and sit down.”

We’ve witnessed the President traveling around the country lamenting about a host of issues that are plaguing the union but doing little more to provide solutions other than talking. Even the Democrats don’t seem to be in step behind the President.

We’ve got former Democratic National Committee Chairman and Vermont Governor Howard Dean writing editorials calling the Independent Payment Advisory Board, a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, a “scheme” that will be able to stop certain treatments by simply setting rates at levels where no doctor or hospital will perform them.

Republicans aren’t very happy with each other either as New Jersey Governor Chris Christy and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul are in a battle of words over a host of issues. Paul recently invited Christy to join him for a beer and an opportunity to bury the hatchet, but it’s pretty evident in this very public feud exactly where Christy would like to put Paul’s hatchet.

Next we’ve got a host of Democrats trying to convince San Diego Mayor Filner to resign and New York City want-a-be mayor Wiener to drop out of the mayoral race. Both individuals are selfishly putting their wants before those of the people they claim to serve. Both individuals are on the outs because of a lack of self control over sexual issues.

Dan Alexander is associate publisher of New Market Press and publisher and CEO of Denton Publications. He may be reached at dan@newmarketpressvt.com or dan@denpubs.com.

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