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  • Sequestration for Congress
    Modicrum
    So Mike, what you are saying is that the typical Congressman currently works three days and gets a four day weekend every week, for full pay. But the rank and file federal worker is having to take a 20% pay cut to get a 3 day weekend. Too bad the partisan schmucks don't take it on the chin instead of the rank and file.
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  • elevators
    wareagle83
    Mike, I love your suggestion of sequestering the elevators in the House. Since we can't touch their pay, let's let them use the stairs.
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  • Same old story
    MichaelF
    So members of Congress have no idea how the rest of America, including Feds, lives. Tell me something new.
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  • Just Repeal Sequestration
    celiaminer
    Even Congress seems to agree that sequestration is a dumb idea. So why won't Congress just repeal the Act?
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  • Who to blame for this quagmire?
    contrarian
    You all crack me up when you chose one party or one person to blame for this disaster. It's a group problem and they're all to blame. Washington Post blames President when GOP is in WH, and blames Congress when GOP controls House. Fox does the opposite. And you all lap it up.
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  • what do the voters want? compromise or gridlock?
    Rob
    If you believe the polls most Americans want compromise. I don't necessarily believe it because look at who the voters send to DC every election cycle. In order to have compromise you must elect leaders who won't cave to the demands of the extreme fringes of their respective party. Look at the leaders in both the House and Senate. Does anyone think Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid is willing to embrace conservative ideas? The same can be said for McConnell and Boehner. They'd be slammed if they bought into any liberal ideas. I think the only answer is to elect a president who doesn't care about what the party thinks. Chris Christie comes to mind right away. For two elections in a row the GOP put forward candidates who have shown a knack for upsetting their party leadership because they compromised with the other side. Both candidates were passed over in favor of a guy who has neither a record of compromise nor desire to do so. The result is total gridlock for another 4 years.
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  • Compromise or gridlock?
    Fedweb
    The problem is that "all politics is local" - too few voters can see beyond the pol who represents their district, as if the individuals they elect aren't part of the overall problem. As for a maverick like Christie, he couldn't even get on the ballot because of the primary system - the extreme wing of the GOP (in this case) would see to it that he never got the nomination. Thus we end up with a choice between candidates of varying degrees of mediocrity ... or worse, just look at the Virginia governor's race, in which the parties decided to close the primaries in order to keep a somewhat more moderate candidate like Bill Bolling from having a chance.
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  • I'm not so sure about Christie
    Rob
    McCain is a pretty moderate republican yet he managed to get through the primary process and onto the ballot despite major opposition from the extreme wing.
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  • Compromise?
    Moderate
    I do not think Christie is such a moderate. Look at the teachers in New Jersey. But he managed to lower taxes for the wealthy. He also has a big mouth and loves to filibuster. How about a moderate Democrat? And were the last two GOP nominees moderates? They might have been moderates compared to the rest of the party, but they were not moderates. Mitt Romney fully embraced his VP nominees economic garbage which is very much radical right. And I really cannot tell what mcCain stood for. But he did accept the pig with lipstick as his VP nominee. There were better moderate nominees than that one.----I am glad you balnced the statement about the Congressional leaders. I think the GOP must stop purging their moderates and elect them as legislators. The Dems could do the same.-----You are totally wrong about compromise. When Obama and the Dems were discussing the medical bill, the GOP was invited into the discussions in order to incorporate their views into the bill. They refused and tried everything they could to destroy the bill. That includes killing little granny which was pure garbage. It was only when the bill was to become law that they said let's start over. Obama has been willing to work with the GOP. The GOP is the non compromising group.
    worker
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  • Good points contrarian
    Moderate
    Both sides must work together to avoid this garbage. For a start, legislator and their employees' pay should be reduced by 20% until sequestration is over. Same with the executive political branch. Next, (and I will be unrealistic here) Congressional requests for things from the executive branch should be put in the increasing pile of work. They should be made to wait like the rest of the public instead of going to the head of the line. Blame the lack of employees due to sequestration. The les=gislators might look at the furloughs and sequestration a little more closely.
    worker
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