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  • New Congress: Invasion of the Body Snatchers?
    Celtic Wolf
    Peer pressure, the need to compromise, and the mutual back scratching are all experiences first timers in any situation face. It takes courage to stand up for yourself (and for members of Congress for their constituents). Many new members may have very little prior exposure to a world of manipulation, stretching the truth, power-playing and under the table agreements. The other ingredient in this mix of new-ness to the "Hill" is being away from "home". The boys will play (in bars, brothels, and sports arenas). The girls will try to become more "manly" so they can compete (like Pelosi did). The saddest part of going into politics is getting elected - I see many politicos losing their identity and becoming one of the "guys". Congress is like the mob mentality of the most dangerous streets in America. The biggest bully, the loudest mouth, and the one with the most dirt on others usually wins. As for the new members of Congress - they are simply new fish for the existing sharks.
    Celtic Wolf
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  • Low expectations.
    MichaelF
    The main problem with the new congressmen is that there are so many of them and so few seem to have an idea about how government operates. For example, many are advocating a hacksaw approach to budget cutting - across the board and nothing spared. That way good programs go down along with the bad. Experienced legislators know better, although in truth across the board cuts are the only way budget cuts can get through any Congress. But at least experienced lawmakers know they are doing wrong. What is really interesting is that many, if not most, Tea Partiers are not on board with the Republican leadership. For example, the leadership wants to spare DoD from budget cuts, and some Tea Partiers don't. I understand that after tonight's State of the Union address, there will be a Tea Party response seperate from the official Republican response. Because of this, if you think passing an FY 11 budget was tough, FY 12 is even more unlikely. I have low expectations for this Congress.
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  • 5 year freeze
    Moderate
    I saw headlines only and nothing else. I have heard someone (singular or plural) is pushing for a 5 year freeze on our salaries. This will be a great recruiting tool and will encourage many people to leave government service. Guess that is one way they will get their 10% reduction in people. Of course, they will not mind a 10% reduction in services.
    worker
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  • Blaming the Tea Partier?
    contrarian
    Can't wait to see how you blame the Tea Party for this one!
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  • Blame the tea party
    Moderate
    who do you think is pushing the cuts in the Federal government? Do you really think it is the Democrats? Listen to what the radical right, including the tea party is saying? Surely you can do better than your comment.
    worker
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  • Not Enthused nor Impressed with congress
    Low Paid Fed
    I have to agree with you on this. New congress doesn't know a lot. To me they are moving way way to FAST and it shows because most of them are not THINKING!! These people have absolutely no understanding of what they are doing. Most of them only want to feel important and stomp around anyway. Notice the older congress just sit back and let the news one make a fool of themselves. That’s because the older guys are much more experience at it and when they get tired of this hullabaloo they will most likely put their foot down because they can see where this is going. Cutting Fed workers by 15%, 5 yr pay freeze, messing with our benefits and all these other brainless ideas are not going to work. For this reason alone, “congress cannot control their spending.” They talk about saving money here and there; cut this cut and that, if by any chance this country gets any funds due to their ideas, which I am very doubtful. Congress will spend the money and put us right back here again. Also, I am sick and tired of hearing this phrase. “The American people sent a message." What message? I am willing to do my part, but I am not willing to tote the heavy mess that congress created. This is about politics and egos, but not about human lives. I have no respect for this congress at all and I am not voting for any of them the next election.
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  • Not Enthused nor Impressed with congress
    Low Paid Fed
    I have to agree with you on this. New congress doesn't know a lot. To me they are moving way way to FAST and it shows because most of them are not THINKING!! These people have absolutely no understanding of what they are doing. Most of them only want to feel important and stomp around anyway. Notice the older congress just sit back and let the news one make a fool of themselves. That’s because the older guys are much more experience at it and when they get tired of this hullabaloo they will most likely put their foot down because they can see where this is going. Cutting Fed workers by 15%, 5 yr pay freeze, messing with our benefits and all these other brainless ideas are not going to work. For this reason alone, “congress cannot control their spending.” They talk about saving money here and there; cut this cut and that, if by any chance this country gets any funds due to their ideas, which I am very doubtful. Congress will spend the money and put us right back here again. Also, I am sick and tired of hearing this phrase. “The American people sent a message." What message? I am willing to do my part, but I am not willing to tote the heavy mess that congress created. This is about politics and egos, but not about human lives. I have no respect for this congress at all and I am not voting for any of them the next election.
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  • Not Enthused nor Impressed with congress
    Low Paid Fed
    I have to agree with you on this. New congress doesn't know a lot. To me they are moving way way to FAST and it shows because most of them are not THINKING!! These people have absolutely no understanding of what they are doing. Most of them only want to feel important and stomp around anyway. Notice the older congress just sit back and let the news one make a fool of themselves. That’s because the older guys are much more experience at it and when they get tired of this hullabaloo they will most likely put their foot down because they can see where this is going. Cutting Fed workers by 15%, 5 yr pay freeze, messing with our benefits and all these other brainless ideas are not going to work. For this reason alone, “congress cannot control their spending.” They talk about saving money here and there; cut this cut and that, if by any chance this country gets any funds due to their ideas, which I am very doubtful. Congress will spend the money and put us right back here again. Also, I am sick and tired of hearing this phrase. “The American people sent a message." What message? I am willing to do my part, but I am not willing to tote the heavy mess that congress created. This is about politics and egos, but not about human lives. I have no respect for this congress at all and I am not voting for any of them the next election.
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  • Not Enthused nor Impressed with congress
    Low Paid Fed
    I have to agree with you on this. New congress doesn't know a lot. To me they are moving way way to FAST and it shows because most of them are not THINKING!! These people have absolutely no understanding of what they are doing. Most of them only want to feel important and stomp around anyway. Notice the older congress just sit back and let the news one make a fool of themselves. That’s because the older guys are much more experience at it and when they get tired of this hullabaloo they will most likely put their foot down because they can see where this is going. Cutting Fed workers by 15%, 5 yr pay freeze, messing with our benefits and all these other brainless ideas are not going to work. For this reason alone, “congress cannot control their spending.” They talk about saving money here and there; cut this cut and that, if by any chance this country gets any funds due to their ideas, which I am very doubtful. Congress will spend the money and put us right back here again. Also, I am sick and tired of hearing this phrase. “The American people sent a message." What message? I am willing to do my part, but I am not willing to tote the heavy mess that congress created. This is about politics and egos, but not about human lives. I have no respect for this congress at all and I am not voting for any of them the next election.
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    Low Paid Fed
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  • Not Enthused nor Impressed with congress
    Low Paid Fed
    I have to agree with you on this. New congress doesn't know a lot. To me they are moving way way to FAST and it shows because most of them are not THINKING!! These people have absolutely no understanding of what they are doing. Most of them only want to feel important and stomp around anyway. Notice the older congress just sit back and let the news one make a fool of themselves. That’s because the older guys are much more experience at it and when they get tired of this hullabaloo they will most likely put their foot down because they can see where this is going. Cutting Fed workers by 15%, 5 yr pay freeze, messing with our benefits and all these other brainless ideas are not going to work. For this reason alone, “congress cannot control their spending.” They talk about saving money here and there; cut this cut and that, if by any chance this country gets any funds due to their ideas, which I am very doubtful. Congress will spend the money and put us right back here again. Also, I am sick and tired of hearing this phrase. “The American people sent a message." What message? I am willing to do my part, but I am not willing to tote the heavy mess that congress created. This is about politics and egos, but not about human lives. I have no respect for this congress at all and I am not voting for any of them the next election.
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  • Not Enthused nor Impressed with congress
    Low Paid Fed
    I have to agree with you on this. New congress doesn't know a lot. To me they are moving way way to FAST and it shows because most of them are not THINKING!! These people have absolutely no understanding of what they are doing. Most of them only want to feel important and stomp around anyway. Notice the older congress just sit back and let the news one make a fool of themselves. That’s because the older guys are much more experience at it and when they get tired of this hullabaloo they will most likely put their foot down because they can see where this is going. Cutting Fed workers by 15%, 5 yr pay freeze, messing with our benefits and all these other brainless ideas are not going to work. For this reason alone, “congress cannot control their spending.” They talk about saving money here and there; cut this cut and that, if by any chance this country gets any funds due to their ideas, which I am very doubtful. Congress will spend the money and put us right back here again. Also, I am sick and tired of hearing this phrase. “The American people sent a message." What message? I am willing to do my part, but I am not willing to tote the heavy mess that congress created. This is about politics and egos, but not about human lives. I have no respect for this congress at all and I am not voting for any of them the next election.
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  • Not Enthused nor Impressed with congress
    Low Paid Fed
    I have to agree with you on this. New congress doesn't know a lot. To me they are moving way way to FAST and it shows because most of them are not THINKING!! These people have absolutely no understanding of what they are doing. Most of them only want to feel important and stomp around anyway. Notice the older congress just sit back and let the news one make a fool of themselves. That’s because the older guys are much more experience at it and when they get tired of this hullabaloo they will most likely put their foot down because they can see where this is going. Cutting Fed workers by 15%, 5 yr pay freeze, messing with our benefits and all these other brainless ideas are not going to work. For this reason alone, “congress cannot control their spending.” They talk about saving money here and there; cut this cut and that, if by any chance this country gets any funds due to their ideas, which I am very doubtful. Congress will spend the money and put us right back here again. Also, I am sick and tired of hearing this phrase. “The American people sent a message." What message? I am willing to do my part, but I am not willing to tote the heavy mess that congress created. This is about politics and egos, but not about human lives. I have no respect for this congress at all and I am not voting for any of them the next election.
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  • Not Enthused nor Impressed with congress
    Low Paid Fed
    I have to agree with you on this. New congress doesn't know a lot. To me they are moving way way to FAST and it shows because most of them are not THINKING!! These people have absolutely no understanding of what they are doing. Most of them only want to feel important and stomp around anyway. Notice the older congress just sit back and let the news one make a fool of themselves. That’s because the older guys are much more experience at it and when they get tired of this hullabaloo they will most likely put their foot down because they can see where this is going. Cutting Fed workers by 15%, 5 yr pay freeze, messing with our benefits and all these other brainless ideas are not going to work. For this reason alone, “congress cannot control their spending.” They talk about saving money here and there; cut this cut and that, if by any chance this country gets any funds due to their ideas, which I am very doubtful. Congress will spend the money and put us right back here again. Also, I am sick and tired of hearing this phrase. “The American people sent a message." What message? I am willing to do my part, but I am not willing to tote the heavy mess that congress created. This is about politics and egos, but not about human lives. I have no respect for this congress at all and I am not voting for any of them the next election.
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  • Not Enthused nor Impressed with congress
    Low Paid Fed
    I have to agree with you on this. New congress doesn't know a lot. To me they are moving way way to FAST and it shows because most of them are not THINKING!! These people have absolutely no understanding of what they are doing. Most of them only want to feel important and stomp around anyway. Notice the older congress just sit back and let the news one make a fool of themselves. That’s because the older guys are much more experience at it and when they get tired of this hullabaloo they will most likely put their foot down because they can see where this is going. Cutting Fed workers by 15%, 5 yr pay freeze, messing with our benefits and all these other brainless ideas are not going to work. For this reason alone, “congress cannot control their spending.” They talk about saving money here and there; cut this cut and that, if by any chance this country gets any funds due to their ideas, which I am very doubtful. Congress will spend the money and put us right back here again. Also, I am sick and tired of hearing this phrase. “The American people sent a message." What message? I am willing to do my part, but I am not willing to tote the heavy mess that congress created. This is about politics and egos, but not about human lives. I have no respect for this congress at all and I am not voting for any of them the next election.
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  • Not Enthused nor Impressed with congress
    Low Paid Fed
    I have to agree with you on this. New congress doesn't know a lot. To me they are moving way way to FAST and it shows because most of them are not THINKING!! These people have absolutely no understanding of what they are doing. Most of them only want to feel important and stomp around anyway. Notice the older congress just sit back and let the news one make a fool of themselves. That’s because the older guys are much more experience at it and when they get tired of this hullabaloo they will most likely put their foot down because they can see where this is going. Cutting Fed workers by 15%, 5 yr pay freeze, messing with our benefits and all these other brainless ideas are not going to work. For this reason alone, “congress cannot control their spending.” They talk about saving money here and there; cut this cut and that, if by any chance this country gets any funds due to their ideas, which I am very doubtful. Congress will spend the money and put us right back here again. Also, I am sick and tired of hearing this phrase. “The American people sent a message." What message? I am willing to do my part, but I am not willing to tote the heavy mess that congress created. This is about politics and egos, but not about human lives. I have no respect for this congress at all and I am not voting for any of them the next election.
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  • Anti Pod-People
    LS
    I have to admire the enthusiasm of the new Congressional class. They have the best of intentions but lack the experience necessary to play in the government big leagues. Their eagerness to impress the folks back home of their ability to accomplish campaign promisses will creat a lot of bang but not much results. Fortunately, wiser members will temper this enthusiasm and instruct these newbies in the ways of getting things done in Congress. If these new members really want to not become pod-people, then here are my suggestions. Stay away from lobbyists and the favors and praise they shower on you. Don't allow campaign commercials funded by secret groups in your name. Work for term limits for all members, including you. Think for yourself and don't just recite party talking points. Do what is right even if the polling numbers are against it. Be civil to all members. Work to do the peoples business and not just scoring points for the next election. If you do just half of these things, your soul might not be snached by the pod-people.
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