Voters betrayed, ready to throw the bums out
I think every single member of Congress should be voted out at the next election.
To think that the men and women we thought had the best interests of America and all its citizens fiddled around for weeks and weeks trying to come up with a solution to our debt. You can't convince me and countless others that raising taxes on the wealthy (which includes many of our long-term members of Congress) wouldn't at the very least help with the budget.
And, by the way, after this abysmal showing, I think all representatives and senators should take a 20 percent cut in pay and have their health benefits cut. It's only fair.
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To all the folks in Washington playing with our livelihoods, here's one for you to remember. Come November 2012 it will be your turn.
Time to go
I've had enough. Our government has been under the control of the Democrats and/or Republicans continuously since 1867. That's 144 years. The presidency, the House of Representatives and the Senate — the entire elected government. Have you had enough?
We don't have to settle for this. There is actually a very simple solution and the leadership of GOOOH (short for Get Out Of Our House and pronounced "go") has developed it. Basically, the plan calls for selecting an ordinary citizen, just like you or your neighbor down the street, to compete against the incumbent representative in the primary of his/her party next spring. If this can be done in all 435 districts of the House, we get a fresh start with one branch of our government. We don't even have to be successful in all 435 races to gain some control of our government again.
Go to Goooh.com to get all the details.
The recent fight to raise the debt ceiling highlights how ineffective our political leaders have become. Regardless of your opinion on the issue, the fact that we have politicians squabbling like children, blaming the "other" party, and unwilling to work together for the good of our country highlights the absolute need to elect new leaders.
Time to react
How stupid have the people of this country become? We have the cheapest interest rates in history and what has it accomplished? This is the basis for creating fear about default. Our fearless leader of the Fed does not have a clue. What it amounts to is that we are in hock up to our tails and can't afford to pay interest.
Welcome to politics as usual in Washington.
When are the people of this country going to face up to what this bunch of clowns is doing? This includes both parties. I guess they had a big party after signing a bill to move us one step closer to bankruptcy.
I have a suggestion for our Congress members. In order not to touch funds for Social Security (which we have paid into for many years and belongs to us), why not put one month's salary from all Congress members into the Social Security fund? I'm sure they could do quite well without one month's salary while, for those who depend on Social Security, one month's loss would be a disaster. It wouldn't be good for the economy either.
Of course this will never happen as I'm sure their definition of "shared sacrifice" doesn't include themselves.
To Mitch McConnell, remember the song from My Fair Lady? "Words, words, words, I'm so sick of words, show me."
How about using Henry Clay, the Great Compromiser, as an example for all?
Political process worked
I arose on Aug. 2 with some trepidation and cautiously peered out the window to see what lay before me. It looked the same as yesterday. The sky had not fallen despite the forecast of the president, and New York Times columnists Paul Krugman and Tom Friedman.
Say what you will about this republic but, bless it, it works. The people speak in many voices. They speak quietly, loudly and often. Some just sit and worry while others lay back confident that things will work out ultimately, if a bit messily.
There seem to be as many viewpoints as people, and all of them have the opportunity to be heard. Liberals, conservatives, moderates, Democrats, Republicans, Tea Partiers and others. Disagree and argue, but all have a position which bears heeding, if only to be denied in the end.
The extremists of both sides, and the Tea Party and Mitch McConnell should receive some credit for bringing the issue to light, creating a need for explanations, spin, slowing the process to provide for some serious consideration rather than simply stepping aside to allow for the "politics as usual" mindset.
It would be interesting to know how many of the Tea Party and McConnell protesters consistently criticize the current political process of "usual."
This is one of the many things which make our nation great, and exceptional. It bears remembering and protecting.
Raymond G. Karnes
Plenty to cut
Top story Saturday evening on CBS News: do we pay granny or the military? Really, are those the two real choices left to send checks to?
No mention of money being given to undocumented immigrants receiving aid, no mention of collecting from baby daddies long gone, no mention of spending millions daily on a war we should have not been party to nor should continue to be in.
I guess I'm of the minority that was raised you work for what you get. You live within your means. You procreate if and when you are ready to accept parental responsibilities.
How can you honestly tell your military we're not sure if we can continue to pay you for sacrificing your lives and family because we have to carry this load of dead weight we've created.
I guess, too, I'm the only one thinking: bring our troops back home, secure our borders and put us, the United States, first until we get this thing righted.
America has lost sight of the American dream. We are creating a generation of "give me," I'm here, I deserve to be taken care of.
I issue a challenge to American youth. Please, next generation, prove me wrong. America needs you. Time to stop the abuse of your Uncle Sam.
Voters can change Congress.
Vote against incumbents each election, making one-term limits that:
1) Reduce lobbyist/PAC influence by constant change.
2) End long-term members' power-committee appointments.
3) Reduce pensions.
4) Get Congress's attention to listen to citizens.
5) Claim power of the vote, thus influencing Congress.
6) Reduce partisan mismanagement, change patterns.
Congress is out of control. It gives funds to big-profit businesses (who pay low or no taxes) but cuts basic citizen needs. It created a $14 trillion national debt and told citizens Social Security was the cause.
Congress wants to cut Social Security benefits and Medicare. Why can't we get national health care like other nations? Why private health insurance to replace Medicare? Maybe no planning, or no interest, or private business influence? The media point to billions in provider fraud, but who is investigating?
Actions prove Congress cares for itself, the political parties and destroying opposition more than it cares for citizens, the nation or the economy. We need to change Congress and its policies with our vote.