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  • Do feds have political clout?
    deployed decoy
    Answer. Some, very little. Surly not as much collectively as the 1:7 Americans currently dependent on the US Govt for everything from housing, health care and food. To name the top three reasons that 14% of voters vote for. (please note I said voters, not necessarily Americans). Surly not as much financially as the ubber rich tossing millions at Super PACs and as we all know will receive very special favors for all that money as soon as the paid for votes are counted. These two groups make up around 15% of the whole. Subtract about 50% of eligible voters that do not vote. And we start to understand how even the few elite 1% can influence things. But we do have some clout. Or is that duress. Congress must follow some of the same rules they force on us. Like no pay raise in an election year, what a vote getter that idea was. They also apparently are subject to the same delays at OPM retirement division. Oh, now I understand why one of them wants to make OPM get that fixed. I just want to know how many of the other 6 out of 7 actually make up the tax base to pay for congress making inside trades or worse receiving special exemptions to not pay taxes on unearned income... Heck, if I had as much money and gold as one of the GOP guys in the hunt now. I would be just as happy to have billionaires funding Super PACs so I could get a $50 Million tax break next January also...
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  • To DD
    Moderate
    Your sentence starting with surly makes no sense. Are you writing about those on welfare? If so, I was unaware that they voted as much as the average eligible person.----I was also unaware that there are voters who are not Americans. I thought you had to register to vote. I thought that you had to prove eligibility. I do agree that there is some voter fraud such as dead voters voting, but not to the extent you seem to imply. I will agree with you that the wealthy and higher educated (you do not write that) tend to vote in higher percentages. I also agree that the big contributors get rewarded beyond their contributions.
    worker
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  • Freeze pay for Senate/Congress
    Lisa Lisa
    Congress should have a pay freeze. Why? Because they cant do their jobs for that reason alone. If they were on PFP they would all FAIL and not get a raise. And if they were also to go on PFP and a low score was received..they should be fired for failure to: Pass a debt ceiling on time. Pass FY budget on time. Failure to even look at much less aprove a President's selections to head agencies. Cause of a lame duck Congress. Why should they get paid? What are they doing exactly? They won an election by which once in office and drawing a paycheck, they have done bo-diddly squat except run their mouths. But some of the Congress has no problem wanting to demonize a joe fed worker. A joe Fed worker gets their tasks done. Agencies provide the data needed to be able to decide a FY budget but the stall is on the Hill. They should be able to be fired just as anyone on this planet is fired for failure to perform duties "as assigned".
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  • Most don't need the pay!!
    Cindi
    Most in congress don't actually need a pay check, do you think it would really hurt Polosie not to get a $200,000 check, she probably makes that much a day in interest on all that insider trading they have been allowed to do.
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  • wow
    Moderate
    You have access to Pelosi's insider trading? Funny you would pick a Democrat. No Republicans do insider trading? Please share the information about Pelosi's insider trading. And tell us about the Republican's insider trading.
    worker
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  • NUF
    contrarian
    Go to Jimmy Johns if you want a good sandwich.
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  • Smell the coffee
    Tea Partier
    If you want to know why nothing is getting done in Congress, I give you 2 words: HARRY REID (D),Nev. The House passed 29 major pieces of legislation last year and sent them on to the Senate. Harry Reid refuses to let them come up for a vote in the Senate, possibly under orders from the White House. Apparently the DemocRATS think it is good election strategy to stop any legislation dead at the Senate Majority Leader's desk, and then blame Republicans for a do nothing Congress. And mind numbed robots who only watch the lamestream media will blindly repeat the talking points of the left, like most of the bloggers on this site.
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  • "...2 words: HARRY REID (D),Nev."?
    FERS Fed
    Technically, that's 2 words, 1 acronym, and 1 abbreviation. But that's okay, we understand Tea Partiers can't be bothered with things like details or facts, like RepubliCANTS filibustering the President's jobs bill in the Senate to prevent it from even coming up for a vote, or RepubliCANTS agreeing to $1.2 trillion in across-the-board budget cuts for deficit reduction only to renege on their agreement a month later................................... Yeah, Tea Party 'patriots' in their cute little colonial outfits are far too busy booing American soldiers in war zones, and agreeing that Americans without health insurance should be left to die in the streets.................................. The RepubliCANT Tea Party -- elevating hypocrisy and ignorance to new heights.
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  • Talk about blindly repeating talking points.
    SGT Pepper
    Tea Parroter, heal thyself.
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  • to tea partier
    Moderate
    You really cannot be for real. The real culprits are the speaker and cantor for pushing slop they know will go nowhere in the Senate. So how about telling the truth sometime instead of garbage?
    worker
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  • Do feds have political clout?
    Gary R.
    This is the era of the Super PAC; Feds don't have to put boots on the ground, they can contribute modest amounts to politicians who will support the civil service workforce and generate more influence than distributing leaflets door-to-door ever did. Before pay and benefits are eroded further, workers and retirees better ante up.
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