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Today we talk about whether or not a blind squirrel has found a nut or if the blind squirrel is just a nut. Is it possible to drain the swamp or do we simply run the risk of draining it into a different swamp. We also took a phone call that revisited last weeks discussion. All in all a great time was had this week on The Schmidt Show Podcast. If you are looking for a passionate and engaging look at politics with a side order of not taking ourselves to seriously you are gonna love The Schmidt Show.
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- How raising congressional staff pay could help drain the swamp. — Have you ever wondered why it seems like Congress is really run by staffers fresh out of undergraduate political science programs and lobbyists, while it barely keeps pace in overseeing the executive bureaucracy?
- We No Longer Have Three Branches of Government — Under the speakership of Newt Gingrich, in an attempt to demonstrate its new cost-cutting zeal, the Congress began to unilaterally disarm itself. Staffing (and thus expertise) was reduced. Foreign travel was scaled back, leaving members of Congress dependent on whatever information the executive branch wished to share with them about important international issues, or what they could discern from reading newspapers
- Good on ya Nick! — After Kevin Hart stepped down from his gig as Oscar host following backlash over past homophobic tweets, Nick Cannon seemingly rose to his defense by calling out female comedians who had used anti-gay slurs on their own handles.
- Ocasio-Cortez to Pay Higher Wages for Staffers — Congressional representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has called on her fellow lawmakers to follow her lead and increase the wages of their staff in Washington, D.C.