Morning Joe | March 13, 2013
>>> live look at capitol hill . we have got time for one must read opinion page. try to bring kelly o'donnell in here. mayor bloomberg 's anti-obesity writes this. one is to push governor andrew cuomo and the state legislature to impose a penny per ounce tax on sugary drinks. the mayor and his health officials are right to ashesert that sugary drinks contribute to obesity. mr. bloomberg has worked to improve public health on many fronts. thanks to his efforts smoking is outlawed in most places, transfats are banned. calorie counts are routinely displayed but the big drinks ban was illy conceived and poorly instructed from the start. the mayor will be on the show this morning coming up.
>>> let's look at the " wall street journal ." a ryan reboot. doesn't the house budget chairman understand that the 2012 election settled every political question in president obama 's favor? no. the federal fisk is a shambles. mr. obama said would solve everything and despite the modest sequester spending cuts. thus it is still an important document even if it has no chance of becoming law later this year. kelly o'donnell, republicans understand, as well as democrats, that these budgets that are being relieved today really are more political statements than documents that actually have any chance of being signed into law, right?
>> if they didn't take their sort of predictable positions they probably would be criticized for abandoning some of the ideas they campaigned on. yeah, they start in sort of the extreme i would say blueprint oriented knowing they have to move. if there is going to be any real work on this, they are going to have to come toward the center. one of the things talked about so much, joe, you can appreciate it, having served, that regular order is now the new sexy term in washington. all of this talk about really getting back to legislating the old fashioned way.
>> like infrastructure.
>> yeah. it could bring about real progress on a budget by kind of going back to amendments and committees and doing the day in and day out work that legislators like and sometimes produces a better result. if not that, then i think the hill ought to consider this white smoke idea. we could just -- i mean, out of the house republican meeting with the president today, there could be smoke from speaker boehner and we have to determine what color it is.
>> exactly, exactly. i would say a nice deep rich merlot red. harold, could you say regular order?
>> regular order!
>> oh, my gosh!
>> don't that sound sexy? it is. it's like infrastructure.
>> republicans and democrats alike have been complaining these budget deals are done in the back room with two or three leaders. so i think there are leaa lot of people on both sides --
>> a lot of good that has done for us.
>>> both mayor bloomberg and congressman paul ryan will be among our guests this morning. a big show to come. we will be right back with much more " morning joe ." this