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 29, 2012 1:55PM
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 Check this,  43% of congressmen once out of office go on to be Lobbyist,  this is well known in DC and  that the Lobbyist write up the bills then give them to the Congressmen who very few read and the pass the Bills on the Lobbyist advice.  So come next week all we are voting for are puppets.  If we really want action on the government don't blame the people whom we put in as President but instead  we best take a long look at your Congressmen.  I have seen this over and over everyone says we need to get rid of these fools in Congress yet come election time guess what, we turn right around and put in the same ones from our own state right back in.  Wake up America.......

Oct 29, 2012 1:47PM
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To much greed and corruption! Every party makes themselves out to be different but they are all the same in one way... selling off pieces of the USA for a profit!

Dumb people vote in smart corrupt people!
Oct 29, 2012 1:41PM
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About 100 reasons????!!

Our current Congress is a shame. Please vote new members when ever you can coming November 6.

Oct 29, 2012 1:28PM
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RICK,  YOU ARE NOTHING BUT A SIMPLE ****, LIBERAL WITH AN AGENDAS , RATHER THEN PUBLISHING THE TRUTH FOR A CHANGE...WAKE UP YOU ****!!!!
Oct 29, 2012 1:27PM
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It's been said that politics is such a dirty business that the people that are truly qualified and could make a real difference will have nothing to do with it.  The first thing that should be done is the implementation of term limits.  Then, outlaw all lobbyists.  Also, make everyone running for congress take a test to see if they even understand basic economics, world issues, and the concerns of the middle class.  Put income limits on legislators; no more multi-millionaires or even billionaires.  Keep track of attendance and penalize those who can't seem to make it to work.  Do full background checks on potential legislators.  This, like the suggested pre-employment test, is a typical requirement for many private sector jobs.  Reduce or cut out outrageous legislative perks and retirement plans.  Implement a true multi-party system where someone besides a Republican or Democrat has a real chance of getting elected.  Ultimately, the voters need to be better educated on candidates' real qualifications.  Finally, vote out ALL incumbents and start over.
Oct 29, 2012 1:25PM
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What's wrong with Congress isEric Cantor

Oct 29, 2012 1:11PM
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Look at who has controlled the purse strings the last six years.

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Oct 29, 2012 1:04PM
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Vote Out Incumbent Candidates Every time ! The acronym is VOICE , it's your way of exercising your right to term limits without a congressional vote on it , or a constitutional amendment .
Oct 29, 2012 1:04PM
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The BIG problem is that Congress and our Presidents have given us $16,300,000,000,000 in debt!  We have not had a TRUE budget surplus since 1957-68.  EVERY year Congress has spent BILLIONS AND TRILLIONS that we never had.  The vast majority of our welfare state and every war back to and including Vietnam has been paid for on a credit card.  We need to STOP this insanity and our nation needs to live within its ability to pay.  This means we need to cut ALL federal spending including the military and ALL entitlements (including Social Security, medicare, medicaid), eliminate all aid to other nations, reduce the money sent to the states for everything including education, and also raise taxes on EVERYONE -- rich, middle class, and poor.  The reality is the poor pay less than zero now, and we can't afford aid to most of them any more, and while the rich pay the vast majority of federal income taxes, they will need to pay even more.  Writeoffs including property taxes and home interest need to be capped, and this will impact the rich and the middle class. Sadly, politicians are unable to make these tough and DRACONIAN decisions... we need a few hundred statesmen to do the hard work so our nation does not become Ancient Rome! The way to start this is by voting out Obama next week.
Oct 29, 2012 12:53PM
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As long as the American voter is more interested in the kardashians, jersey shore, American idol and all the other BS that serves as "entertainment" we will go nowhere.

The mindset seems to be it is the congressman/woman from some other state that is to blame. It could not possibly be the candidate I voted for. So the same thieves and liars keep getting into office.

I'll vote across the board for independents this election, I will not vote for a single incumbent. I cannot think of a single senator/congressman that deserves to keep their job. But guess what, most incumbents will get back in.

As long as voters stay along party lines with no thought to anything else, we are hosed. You can blame the president, the repugs, the democraps all you want. The real blame is on politicians, and the fools that keep giving them jobs.

Take away their pensions, their health care, and their jobs. Send them home with nothing, which is exactly what they are giving us.

How effin' stupid are the American people? We keep putting our hands on the hot stove, over and over. Are you not tired of getting burned? I am, fire them all, every lying one of them. 

Oct 29, 2012 12:40PM
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Term limits are only a start. Criminal convictions of any lawmaker betraying his office and the people. Stop voting millionaires into office that will only serve their own interest. Limiting campaign contribution from corporations. Stop allowing congress to police itself in these matters. Citizens are very much capable of sitting in judgement for those we elect to office. End lobbying efforts for the sake of corporations that do not benefits the american economy.

 

Tax corporations that have a majority of employees overseas. Bring an end to NAFTA. Stricter border controls and services to illegal aliens.

Oct 29, 2012 12:37PM
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It would have been a much shorter article if they had found something that congress has done right. I am sure they did something....

They should all spend some time in jail for treason, they are incompetent, out of touch and do nothing even when they are in session.

After the summer break, they came back for 12 "working" days and then went on break again until after the election.

The blame falls directly on us, the voters, We must be brain damaged to keep hiring the same set of  clowns time after time after time after time, ad nauseum. As long as we let them get away with it, they will. There are no consequences for doing a lousy job.

So p*** and moan as much as you want, but if you vote for a single incumbent, then you are telling them it is ok to fiddle while the U.S. burns.

Fire them all and start over with hones amateurs.

Oct 29, 2012 12:24PM
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a congressional amendment to eliminate these congressional perks are in order as well as get lobbyists out of DC.  No automatic wage increases, congress gets same benefits as working class, eliminate current and future pensions and place all monies in social security and term limits.  I believe this amendment will pass with a 98% majority.  I APPROVE this message!!
Oct 29, 2012 12:24PM
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This Congress is the biggest EMBARASSMENT EVER TO SIT IN THAT OFFICE. There should be a (3) three term limit in congress. Their retirement is to large because they do nothing. I am ashamed of the people running our country.
Oct 29, 2012 12:20PM
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This should be... "The only 11 things congress does right"
Oct 29, 2012 12:18PM
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11 things wrong with Congress????

I've got my own list on a roll of toilet tissue and there's a lot more than 11..........
Oct 29, 2012 12:17PM
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I felt so angry while reading this. Nearly half the congress are millionaires and stand in judgement of individuals in the real world  who are struggling to survive.  Why are they given perks and golden egg benefits when they are receiving a good salary?  I do not believe this was the intent of our founding fathers. I do believe our government officials work very hard to "trick" the people into re-electing them and helping to pay for their campaigns.  Where has integrity, compassion, and a sense of responsibility gone?
Oct 29, 2012 12:16PM
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The major issue with congress is campaign finance, they now represent their contributorsa rather than their constituents.  Campaign spending is rediculously high and is used mostly to "to shout a lie loudly enough and long enough to be believed by lazy voters who are uneducated about our constitutional government and its founding principles.  Total contributions and spending need to be limited, representatives and Senators should not be allow to accept money from outside their districts and "soft money" should be banned.  Strong national parties should again be broken up to the point where the invidual state parties reign supreme.  It may require a constitutional convention of honorable and patiotic people to accomplish it.   May God help and protect us.  Too many citizens don't even bother to vote.  Start with your state and local governments, where your vote counts the most!
Oct 29, 2012 12:16PM
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The reason we keep re-electing the same people is because normal middle class can't afford to run.  These people are suppose to be working for us.  If we did our jobs the way they are doing theirs, we would be fired!  We need to limit terms.  So on and so on...............
Oct 29, 2012 12:15PM
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I am just curious about the people who approve of congress.  Have they lost their minds, immediate families or getting kickbacks?
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