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Good post jeanne, I fully agree with your words, and we have certainly been discussing similar posts on here recently. Today's automatic sequestration spells out an even more bleak situation. Like the President said when he spoke after meeting with Congressional leaders (just before they left town), now let's see, they reported back from their previous 10 days of golf/sunshine/relaxation break and officially opened on Tuesday at 2 or 3 pm, and accomplished NOTHING in the maybe
twenty hours (counting meal time) they actually put in this week, only to boldly announce that they were leaving again. And how much money do we pay these thieves? The American people deserve better that this. Why isn't there a protocol or procedure that the citizenry can follow or use to have, at least the leaders sanctioned and removed without pay, for NOT doing their jobs? Plus the fact that all during their terms, they enjoy the perks of free travel and all the other benefits at OUR expense. What about MY right to withhold my tax money from being used for these yokels' travel? In any other job, the salary payer has an immediate means of addressing such an abuse of power. Why are U.S. citizens hand-strapped for multiple years before they can take action, and that "action", if you can call it that, is merely to elect someone else to that specific position. Thus, the offender receives zero punishment or loss of wages and benefits, and merely has to find another position down the road.