11 things wrong with Congress

Commentary: Lawmakers in the nation's capital are not doing much of anything to address what ails the country. Here's what's getting in the way.

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Oct 26, 2012 11:04PM

Why does Congress or government officials get an automatic cost of living raise every year, but they won't approve a cost of living raise for Social security automatically? And, No, I'm not on Social Security. I just want to know why the disparity.


Oct 27, 2012 12:56AM
The problem is no accountability. I would love to have a job where it doesn't matter if I get fired because I will still get paid for the rest of my life. Term limits and take away the salary and golden benefits for life. Make them go back to the real world after their term is up and maybe they will fix the problems that they will have to face. Also, cut their salaries and don't allow them a raise unless it is voted on by the people. After all, they are supposed to be working for US! Otherwise, why should they really care, it doesn't effect them.  NO MORE CAREER POLITICIANS!  
Oct 26, 2012 10:01PM
What I don't understand is why do we keep electing the same rif-raff over and over again? The same can be said about both parties.
Oct 26, 2012 9:05PM
Most all politicians are lawyers.  Lawyers like to argue and win.  When everyone is arguing and wanting to win they are not going to compromise and pass legislation.  So, nothing is going to get done.  I lay most of the blame on "life time legislators" that have been in office for the last 25 years.  If you were doing your job, then why are things so screwed up?  And you have the gall to ask us to vote you in for another term?  You are outta here!  
Oct 26, 2012 9:42PM

The presidential candidates boast about the things they will DO or UNDO if elected. Truth is, they don't have authority to do much unless Congress gets the ball rolling.


I sure hope WHOEVER gets elected President spends a lot more time holding Congress's feet to the fire IN FRONT OF THE MEDIA so SOME doggone thing gets done!

Oct 26, 2012 8:58PM

Shouldn't that read, "435 Things (Politicians) Wrong with Congress?"

Just askin'...

Oct 26, 2012 10:12PM

   The same BS is seen at the state level.

   Our former governor Tim Pawlenty ostracized members of his own party for voting with the Democrats on a State bill. They voted with the interest of their constituents in mind and then got hung out to dry.

   This is the same governor who promised "No new taxes", and then slapped a 75 cent "fee" on a pack of cigarettes.

    I'm just tired of the politicians on both sides. Once they are elected, they spend their time and our money to get re-elected. $174,000 a year plus benefits for a part time job and nothing is accomplished? In the private sector, they would be fired.  

Oct 26, 2012 9:56PM

I'm just shocked they could only come up with 11.... 

Oct 26, 2012 10:55PM

Is it not time we take back OUR government from these SO-CALLED leaders. Many of them have been in office way to long. Why can we not have term limits for all members of Congress and the Senate. They have run this country way to long and we need to really send THEM A MESSAGE. WE  WANT A CHANGE AND GIVE THEM THEIR WALKING PAPERS. We would be better off.

Oct 26, 2012 10:14PM

Dysfunction at its best!  Voters do not get a choice...the 2-party system gives us very limited options.  The Democrats and Republicans are serving their party's needs first, leaving our national priorities on the back burner.  There is no accountability in Congress, there is no leadership with an actionable vision for our country and nobody seems interested in acting to resolve our nation's fiscal crisis.  It seems our Congress is resigned to riding the American train right off the rails. 


Oct 26, 2012 11:07PM
You forgot one burning problem with congress:  There are no current term limits.  You can have lifers squat for decades, pushing their personal agenda (or torpedoing others'), and all they have to do is bide their time and make sure their constituency is happy with them so they keep getting re-elected.  They simply don't leave until they die (like Strom Thurmond and Ted Kennedy).

So much emphasis is put on the Presidential race that no one stops to think that these squatters are the ones who actually write out the budget; the President only submits a budget recommendation.  Neither candidate can promise to lower taxes, because raising/lowering taxes happens when the budget is ratified in Congress, BEFORE it returns back to the President for approval/veto.
Oct 26, 2012 11:22PM
Congress is filled with Lawyers. Lawyers are literally useless when it comes to running a country. What we need is the top engineers///economist///scientist running our country, not the best ****ter.
Oct 26, 2012 9:05PM
The repugs in the House and Senate made it their #1 goal to defeat president Obama, the rest of us be damned. I say fire all of them, elect people-doesn't matter which party-as long as they work for the voters who sent them there in the first place. I blame Dems too because they also didn't do enough.  My vote, my desires, should matter just as much as the 1%. And for thiose who think I am jealous of the wealthy, I AM NOT. I just want to have a job, insurance and a good education for our children. Is that too much to ask for?
Oct 26, 2012 11:27PM
Congress is filled with Lawyers. Lawyers are literally useless when it comes to running a country. What we need is the top engineers///economist///scientist running our country, not the best ****ter.

I'm sick and tired of seeing NASA begging for money while these turds in the white house are making bank. NASA has invented, water-filters, smoke detectors, long distance telecommunications, cordless tools, ear thermometer and a whole lot more things we use everyday. What the hell has congress done in the last 20 years?
Oct 29, 2012 7:12AM

Term limits, no special medical, no pension other than Social Security, no pay raise unless voted on in there represented state. Take them out of Washington and let them work out of the State they represent. We have internet and they can have conference meetings and conference calls.

End all of the freebies, dining out, flying all over the country.

Outlaw lobbyist, funding for elections by outside special interest groups. Put a cap on political spending.

 Over 2 Billion dollars raised for this Presidential election, I think this money could of been put to better use.

This whole political system needs to change, they should remember who put them there and what there duty is. If we acted like some of these politicians in our workplace we would be fired.

Oct 26, 2012 9:14PM
Congress is Americas greatest enemy!! The American people need to bypass congress and set themselves up to directly decide what we have for government.
Oct 26, 2012 10:52PM
I would love to see an age limit one can serve as a Senator, Congressmember, President, VP, Federal Judge and higher level appointed jobs. Many states cap the age one can serve as a Judge (from 65  to 75 years old) to keep out senile fools and get some circulation of ideas as times change. It would also act as a form of 'term limits'
Oct 26, 2012 9:51PM
Oct 27, 2012 12:10AM
 Hmm, 11 things wrong with congress. It's all about money and power for themselves and the rest of us be damed!! X 11.
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