Category Archives: Corruption in Congress

No Summer Recess for Congress!

Ever wonder why congress gets a ‘summer recess”? I believe it hearkens back to the days before Air Conditioning; where sitting in a room during the summer in Washington DC would have been unbearable. Or at least not very productive. Somehow the founding Congress managed:

They were inside the Pennsylvania State House. The delegates had been stuck in the humid, unventilated Assembly Room for six weeks, trying to write a new constitution to save our beleaguered country, yet they had nothing to show for it.

But we have A/C now so what’s the excuse? The Average American worker doesn’t get nearly that much time off (that is assuming they even have a job thanks to this do-nothing congress). So make Congress work for the summer until they can actually get something done!

Our Congress should stay in session all summer – camp out in D.C., and turn off the AC. Put on their stuffiest powdered wigs and sweat it out, until they give in and put their John Hancocks (and their Nancy Pelosis and their John Boehners) on at least ONE meaningful law that no one wants to repeal.

I’m not sure about the turning off A/C and powered wigs, but I agree: work for us Congress! And don’t go home until you’re finished.

Kevin Bleyer: Make Congress sweat

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Dysfunctional Congress? Stop voting for the Incumbents!

You know, there’s a lot of talk about how dysfunctional congress is. Hardly a week goes by without some article like this one reminding us of how bad our Congress is and how there is just about no hope for fixing the stalemates.

A new Pew Research Center study found that the nation is more politically polarized than it has been in the past 25 years and “the values gap between Republicans and Democrats is now greater than gender, age, race or class divides.” So, there’s little chance of compromise on solutions for shoring up the ailing economy and stanching job losses as the country braces for the impact of more than $1 trillion in mandatory budget cuts set to kick in next year.

Yet no one ever offers up a solution to this never-ending stalemate situation. You can change the names, and the result is still the same. It’s one thing to sit and bitch about how bad congress is but what can you do about it? Most people think there is nothing they can do about it but that is simply not true. The basic problem with congress members is that they are they for their individual career first and their constituents second. If I can find fault in any of our country’s founders decisions, I would say they erred when they failed to write term limits into seats of congress. Of course how could they have known what a dysfunctional organization congress would turn out to be?

How would term limits solve the problem? Simple. If each congress member knows that he / she is only going to be there for 8 years, there should be more motivation to do what the people actually want done. Each of them will have less time to work with. Just enough time for long term planning but not enough time for wickedly unproductive stalemates.

How likely is it that congress will ever get term limits implemented? Can you say “Snowball’s chance in Hell”? It would have to be authorized by congress itself; in effect each member voting to limit their plan to become a career congress member. Kind of like voting themselves out of work. So again, what can you do about it? Simple. Stop voting for the incumbents. Period. No matter whether you are Democrat or Republican, whoever the incumbent is, vote for the other man or woman. If those assholes know they don’t stand much of a chance of being re-elected unless their congress becomes a stellar performing congress, they might actually work together to get things done. Send the message with your vote by voting out the incumbents this November. If that were to happen, congress would begin to improve immediately. However, the message may take a few election cycles to finally get through. Just do it.

Could Congress Go From Bad to Worse?

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Barack Obama needs more than Hoagies

As President Obama welcomed congressional leaders for a White House chat over hoagies about setting aside differences to improve the economy, a far different scenario was unfolding at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue.

Barack Obama is not exactly the great uniter is he? He is all talk and no action. Of course Congress will not let him take any action. Let’s be honest here; a strong leader can work with congress and get things done. Just consider GW Bush; look what he did. He lied to congress about WMD’s in Iraq that most of knew at the time did not exist. Yet he was able to get Congress to allow that illegitimate war to occur and take American lives. Now 10 years later they can’t even take bathroom breaks without fighting. Would it make any difference if Mitt Romney were in the White House? That is the question voters will need to answer this fall. Who can work with congress; Barack Obama obviously cannot work with a congress that is not controlled by Democrats. The people in congress all need to be fired by the voters; they’re acting like a bunch of school yard punks.

Congress’ partisan fight persists despite high-level overture

What was the Real “Do Nothing” Congress?

According to Dana Milbank, the real Do Nothing congress was the 80th Congress (January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1949). You really could have fooled me! They at least passed 908 law during their term. Compare that to the 106 laws passed by the present congress which wraps up at the end of this year. Actually that Do Nothing congress was coined by Truman probably because he wasn’t getting his way. This was also smack dap in the middle of the McCarthy era so they were likely busy investigating boogey men (and women) in those days. My how some things never change.

To call this 112th Congress a do-nothing Congress would be an insult — to the real Do-Nothing Congress of 1947-48. That Congress passed 908 laws. To date, this one has passed 106 public laws. Even if they triple that output in the rest of 2012 — not a terribly likely proposition — they will still be in last place going back at least 40 years.

Our do-almost-nothing Congress

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Roger Clemens – Another Reason we Need to Occupy Congress

I watch CSPAN and on the rare occasions Congress is actually in session, I often say WTF – don’t they have anything better to do? Such was the case when Clemens was standing in front of Congress back in 2008. Now with his 2nd trial with charges of lying to Congress, this question comes up again. WTF were they doing wasting our tax dollars on sports doping? Leave it to the appropriate other Federal authorities. But this article gives us a reminder of what they were really after – the use of HGH in sports. That was back in the Bush Adminsistration; but nevertheless they had more important matters to attend to. This article is far too defensive of Congress, but this sums it up nicely:

The lingering belief that the Congressional hearings and subsequent developments were all a foolish use of government time and money has not gone away.

One of many foolish uses of government time and money. Indeed!

Is the government wasting tax dollars on Roger Clemens’ trials?

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Bachus Cleared of Wrongdoing, What a Surprise

Hm, let me see, Congress oversees itself and investigates itself via a so called independent agency, and it clears its members of any wrongdoing. What a shock. It should be a shock actually sheeple. Bachus evidently called in a few favors on this one to clear his name. That folks is how our career criminals operate behind closed doors and off camera.

Congress ethics office clears Bachus of insider trading

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Cheri Young Cries on Witness Stand

The only difference between John Edwards and the current career criminals of Congress is that he got caught with his pants down. Kinda like Larry Craig, only worse because of the gray area of use of campaign funds. The whole sickening affair displays how corrupt congress people are in the US. Look at the favor Edwards must have had to cash in to get that witness to lie for the paterntiy suit.

I have to wonder if anything will actually happen. Edwards needs to be vilified like the Enron people were. The prosecutors need to make an example out of him like they did with Skilling and Lay. This is why nothing gets done in Congress folks! Too much messing around in hotel rooms by the male members and too much socializing by the female members. I cry too everytime I look at those career criminals in congress!

Witness says lied for former Senator Edwards to save campaign

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Mann and Ornstein – Just more Blame the GOP

This so called “non partisan” duo wrote a book about how dysfunctional congress is called “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks”. And of course the blame rests ENTIRELY on the Republican Party. Yeah right. That’s the kind of thinking that simply promotes more of this “us versus them” mentality. Both parties are to blame for the stalemates we are seeing. How short the memories are of those two: have have forgotten all stubbornness from the Democrats when they had the upper hand in Congress?

Blame The GOP For All of Congress’ Problems!

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Lying Liberals

Exposing the constant lies that liberals spew