“I don’t know if that’s satisfying on a long-term basis. We’re here to have a conversation, with no winners and losers. I hope liberals and conservatives will feel they’re well represented, and will walk away feeling informed,” she notes, adding, “There won’t be that big urgency to get all the points across in five minutes.”
TUESDAY DATE WITH DESTINY
Hey, Congress. “Recess is over.”
So say the organizers of a five-state “Exempt America” tour that urges lawmakers to defund the Affordable Care Act and citizens to speak out against it. The Tea Party Patriots and ForAmerica, both grass-roots concerns that relentlessly criticize the health care law, will rally at high noon on Tuesday near the U.S. Capitol, with a little muscular help from their friends.
Standing by them: Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah, Rand Paul of Kentucky plus Reps. Steve King of Iowa and Mark Meadows of North Carolina, FreedomWorks Chairman Matte Kibbe, Citizen United founder David Bossie and Heritage Action for America CEO Mike Needham.
“There is nothing scarier to an elected official than hearing from constituents. And let me tell you, liberty is never safer than when politicians are terrified,” Mr. Cruz said during one of the “defund Obamacare” town hall stops in his state.
THE TOLL OF ‘ME’ TIME
We now have access to more than two Zettabytes of data worldwide via social media, video sites and the like. For the uninitiated, one zettabyte equals 2 trillion gigabytes.
“The data deluge has fostered an atmosphere of productivity loss and increased ‘me time’ entitlement,” points out Forbes contributor Cheryl Conner, who says baby boomers waste the least amount of time using the Internet for nonbusiness purposes at 41 minutes a day. Generation X-ers (born after 1965) waste 90 minutes and Millennials (born after 1982) waste two hours.
“Why do Millennials waste so much time? On the whole, studies show, they blend work and life into an immutable whole. They have developed an entitlement to ‘me’ time at work. On the plus side, they are highly team-oriented, which naturally sets the stage for more conversation with co-workers — but yet again, also leads to the trend and the tendency to waste workplace time,” Ms. Connor observes.
POLL DU JOUR
• 77 percent of Americans say the use of chemical weapons is a war crime.
• 59 percent say the international community has a responsibility to prevent the use of chemical weapons.
• 58 percent say the Syrian government used chemical weapons on its own people.
• 57 percent of Americans say the U.S. should “stay out” of the Syria.