First, Lerner. It’s galling that the House is pursuing action against someone for invoking a constitutional right. Lerner was held in contempt for invoking her 5th Amendment protection against self-incrimination during earlier hearings, when she argued that San Diego Republican Darrell Issa’s
“Declaring one’s innocence is not a waiver of the privilege against self-incrimination,” says Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of
A similar conclusion of politics run amok is the only real assessment of House Speaker
Here's a thought. Why doesn't Congress expand its vision beyond the members' reelections and power grabs, and the echo chamber of Washington, and focus on some issues that affect the rest of the country? Climate change is here, and needs addressing. There's a persistent lack of jobs paying a livable wage. Income inequality threatens community and political cohesion. Our infrastructure is in shambles. Then there are the endless escalating costs of basic healthcare, and the endless escalating costs of a college education. And the list goes on.