United States Of Dysfunction: Is It Too Late To Restore Confidence In D.c?

30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –In pursuit of its mission to promote the history of the United States Congress and American representative government, the U.S. Capitol Historical Society announces its 2013 Making Democracy Work Student Essay Contest. The nationwide contest is open to all students in two categories: a junior division contest for students in grades 6-8 and a senior division contest for students in grades 9-12. Three prizes will be awarded in each division: a first place prize of $1,000 and a trip to Washington, DC to accept the prize, a second place prize of $500, a third place prize of $250. The schools of the two first place winners will also receive a $1,000 cash award. “We are proud to offer talented students the opportunity to showcase their thoughtful perspectives about what it means to be an American citizen today,” said Ronald Sarasin, President of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society. “We hope our contest will be a catalyst for an important national discussion about democracy, citizenship and our collective responsibilities as Americans.” The subject of the 2013 contest is: The rights and responsibilities of citizenship. Students should consider the rights that are guaranteed by the Constitution and the corresponding duties that citizens owe to implement and protect those rights for themselves and for others. How do these rights and responsibilities affect you and your family? Why is it important to be aware of your rights and responsibilities? Complete information on the contest, including contest rules and entry forms, can be found at the U.S. Capitol Historical Society’s website: www.uschs.org . The 2013 Making Democracy Work Student Essay Contest is made possible by a grant from Express Scripts. The U.S.

Congressional Republicans? Congressional Democrats? President Obama? What effect would a shutdown have on the 2014 midterms, or the 2016 presidential election? Welcome to the Great Government Shutdown Debate of 2013, where the pivotal questions, according to our nations pundits and media mavens, center around the political optics and the classification of winners and losers in every debate. Thus, we get endless finger pointing and blame-casting, without ever addressing the real issues. Once this crisis is past, we can look forward to the whole cycle starting anew in a few months. The inevitable result is an erosion of confidence in government. But perhaps its time to step back and take stock of the critical issue in this debate, which is the dark shadow that spending and debt are casting over our nations present and future. Simply put, if we fail to set the right course on these questions now, our fiscal future will only grow more bleak and Americans confidence in their government will only grow weaker. Recent polls have explored Americans feelings about a government shutdown. Taken together, the results suggest theres strong disapproval of a government shutdown, and that both parties would share responsibility if they fail to reach an agreement. A closer look at polls reveals a more revealing trend: Americans are losing confidence in our nations leadership. Last week, the Gallup organization reported that a strong majority (60 percent) believe the federal government has too much power; a few days before, a separate Gallup poll found that less than half of Americans trust the government to handle problems.

United States roster falling to pieces ahead of remaining 2014 World Cup qualifiers

Soccer and Jones refute reports of injury) Jermaine Jones status may be up in the air; reports out of Germany say surgery will have Jones on the shelf for a few weeks. But Jones and U.S. Soccer are refuting those reports, so stay tuned on this one. Either way, if Jones has a knee issue, its fair to wonder if Schalke will be excited about extra travel and matches that are, officially speaking, meaningless. U.S. center back Clarence Goodson was a scratch from Sundays match at Chivas USA after suffering a bone bruise on the knee in the Earthquakes previous contest. Goodson, recall, was the starter alongside Omar Gonzalez as the United States clinched its spot earlier this month with the win over Mexico. Goodson may have slipped lately on the depth chart (blame young up-and-comer Anthony Brooks for that), but his steady night against El Tri reminded everyone that a tested, reliable veteran is great to have around. Word came Monday that Fabian Johnson has an ankle injury and may not be available for Hoffenheims match Saturday at Mainz 05. If Johnson does not play there, expect some reluctance from Hoffenheim to release their left-sided defender-midfielder for international duty. Landon Donovan (pictured below) was back on the field for the Galaxy on Sunday in Seattle, so he is likely to be on Klinsmanns list when the team gathers next week in Kansas City. But whether the Galaxy man will be at full-fitness (and therefor full effectiveness) is another matter. There is one other element potentially destructive to Klinsmanns plan: how will MLS teams feel about losing players for meaningless contests with significant implications in their one, league contests on the line? Think about Graham Zusi, Matt Besler, Landon Donovan, Eddie Johnson and Clint Dempsey, all locks to make the final 23-man roster for Brazil. If there isnt some push back from Sporting Kansas City, the LA Galaxy and Seattle, Ill be surprised.