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Congress Has 13 Work Days Until Election

Mon Aug 06, 2012 7:58 pm

Interesting article from Businessweek:

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The U.S. House and Senate, facing a backlog of unfinished business, are set to be in session together for 13 days before the Nov. 6 election. Even so, members plan to do what they have done all year on the biggest tax and spending decisions: Nothing.
http://www.businessweek.com/news/201...ction-for-must-do-work#r=bloomberg

Of course, politicians on both sides of the aisle have taken off on the 6 week summer vacation. Some head home and some go on "critical junkets" overseas.

People who want a smaller government should be pleased as the politicians take off so much time during the year that nothing of importance gets done. Just the trivial stuff.

BTW, looks like your tax cuts will end:

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Neither Democrats nor Republicans see an advantage in spending time before the election on averting automatic income tax increases and the $1.2 trillion in spending cuts that start taking effect in January. Each side wants to try to improve its negotiating position depending on which party will occupy the White House and control the House and the Senate.
 
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RE: Congress Has 13 Work Days Until Election

Tue Aug 07, 2012 12:41 am

Quoting Ken777 (Thread starter):

I find it ridiculous we let them have any time off at all. They should be in session 7 days a week forever until they undo the mess they've got us in! Hopefully after the election, win or lose, Congress can get its act together (doubt it)
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RE: Congress Has 13 Work Days Until Election

Tue Aug 07, 2012 3:32 am

It just shows that the 'kick the can down the street' strategy works.

We had the GOP ploy of shutting down the government, which led us to the Super Committee, which led to: naught.

Now we have the sequestration mess, which I believe will fall to the 'lame duck' Congress, to at least kick the can down the road till the newly elected Congress can figure out their own way to kick the can down the road.

We already have both parties saying sequestration will be a terrible thing for our Military.

I guess they should have thought about that when they chose this course of action!!!

And of course they bring up the Military because they want us all to rally round the flag, yada yada.

What a sad state of affairs...
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RE: Congress Has 13 Work Days Until Election

Tue Aug 07, 2012 4:27 am

Frankly I don't understand how the markets can be so gloomy on the eurozone when our politicians work overtime on the matter (and that's a lot of congresses, senates, presidents, prime ministers, chancellors) but let the US off the hook while the debt keeps piling up.
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RE: Congress Has 13 Work Days Until Election

Tue Aug 07, 2012 4:27 am

You do realise that every single representative and 33 senators will be out there campaigning rather than going on overseas junkets. I agree there is rorting of overseas travel during breaks but to say that politicians should spend their entire time in Washington (or whatever your respective capital is) is ludicrous. You bitch that they're not listening to constituents when in Washington then bitch that they're not 'legislating' when they're in their constituencies.

The Australian parliament ends a 6 week winter recess next week and I can guarantee you, the only MP's who have gone on their triennial 'study trips' are those that have announced they won't contest, or know they will lose. The rest are out their campaigning their arses off.

I'm actually surprised how often your politicians do sit, ours never sit 4 weeks back to back (yours get 4 day weekends while ours get 3).
 
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RE: Congress Has 13 Work Days Until Election

Tue Aug 07, 2012 5:07 am

Quoting DeltaMD90 (Reply 1):
I find it ridiculous we let them have any time off at all.

They are the ones who vote on this stuff. Not "we the people" who put them there.
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RE: Congress Has 13 Work Days Until Election

Tue Aug 07, 2012 5:22 am

Quoting QFA380 (Reply 4):
You bitch that they're not listening to constituents when in Washington then bitch that they're not 'legislating' when they're in their constituencies.

I'm not saying they should be in DC all the time. But we're basically three months (90 days) from election day, and they're working for less than 20% of that.

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RE: Congress Has 13 Work Days Until Election

Tue Aug 07, 2012 3:03 pm

If Romney had any balls whatsoever, he'd HAMMER on the fact that the Senate still hasn't passed a budget.

yet for all the furor over the Tea Party and the great results of the 2010 midterms, statistically speaking 87% of the bastards will still get re-elected no matter party affiliation. It's why we need term limits and a mathematically neutral way to derive districts to stop gerrymandering.
 
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RE: Congress Has 13 Work Days Until Election

Tue Aug 07, 2012 3:34 pm

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RE: Congress Has 13 Work Days Until Election

Wed Aug 08, 2012 6:22 pm

Very clever the way the GOP wrote the bill in such a way that those cuts don't take effect until after November. Very clever also the way the tea party basically held a knife to the throat of the American public to arm twist Obama into signing it. Talking about gloom, doom, economic devastation, gloom, doom, and more gloom and doom if the president didn't immediately bow to their will. I'm a card carrying democrat, will be for life, and I know of at least three democratic presidents (JFK? Johnson? Clinton? Anyone) who would have stared down the tea party, vetoed their sequestration bill, let the clock tick down to economic armageddon and then if the economy did end up going to hell, slit the tea party's throat with it. That's the kind of ruthlessness a president sometimes needs to get things done in congress. Obama's a great guy and a first class president, but, he's not ruthless and at that moment in history, we needed ruthless. We needed a president with the moxy to tell the tea party to shut the f*ck up and go away. They're not needed, they're not wanted, we like our democracy just the way it is, full of compromise.

As for a budget, I think Obama submitted a budget, the tea party wouldn't allow the republicans to pass it. The tea party submitted their own budget instead, i think it was called the Ryan Budget, which proposed 3.5 trillion dollars in social welfare spending cuts and no tax increases on the people who can most afford it. Honestly, sometimes, I think Obama should have said "sure, go ahead, pass it, I'll sign it, then, when the fabric of America is destroyed, I'll blame you. There will be lots of blame to go around when people are rioting in the streets because they can't get jobs and dying in the streets because they can't get reasonable medical care, it's all you baby, but go ahead, make my day."

Sometimes it's all about ruthlessness, and Obama just doesn't have that.

In the meantime, I'll wait for the results of the next election, do my best to give obama a second chance at control of the house and senate, and hope he doesn't squander it the way he did the first time around.
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RE: Congress Has 13 Work Days Until Election

Sat Aug 11, 2012 8:41 pm

Quoting DeltaMD90 (Reply 1):
Hopefully after the election, win or lose, Congress can get its act together
            Etc, ohh, you were serious.
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RE: Congress Has 13 Work Days Until Election

Tue Aug 14, 2012 12:04 am

Quoting PC12Fan (Reply 10):
Quoting DeltaMD90 (Reply 1):
Hopefully after the election, win or lose, Congress can get its act together
            Etc, ohh, you were serious.

Eh, about as serious as me hoping the Buffalo Bills win the Super Bowl. I'm serious that I want that to happen, I'm hopeful it will, but I very highly doubt it 
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