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What are Congress's intentions?

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  • Democrat
    North Canton, OH
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    Rome burned while Nero fiddled.
    Detroit went bankrupt as will many of our nation's cities as Congress diddles.
    Congress is concerned more with sex and who is doing what, and with whom, than with the job they were voted in to do. Were members of Congress simply sexually repressed as youth (or are they just perverted)?
    We need to be creating jobs and rebuilding our infrastructure (these are intertwined).
    Is Congress out to bring us down to a third world level of lifestyle?
  • Independent
    Spooner, WI
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    The Republican right wingers have one agenda - - -make the rich more powerful and richer
    they will kill Social security and put it in private hands to bleed everyone dry
    and the same with medicare and Obama care.
    They want to kill any help from the government for the poor
    no food stamps
    no help with schooling
    and hope they kill each other off with no gun laws
    or they hope they all get sick and die
    and don't forget they are still suppressing the vote so they can stay in power.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    It's way to easy to blame one political party for this Nations difficulties when in fact its both sides refusing to bend on their Agenda's for their own purposes ,which is to get re-elected, one side wants to spend more money then we have, while the other side thinks draconian cuts are the way to go to achieve fiscal stability, both sides are wrong in their thinking, and neither one wants to seriously discuss the issues for fear of offending their base. This why term limits are essential, it limits the power that long term politicians gain just by having longevity in office, it will also diminish the influence of the K Street mob and of course the Permanent Political Class will also be affected, these changes will not come easily and most Congressman will have to be dragged kicking and screaming to any serious table talks to save this Nation from an internal meltdown, but it must be done to achieve that goal. The two party system just does not work anymore, all it does is drive a wedge deeper into the political divide created by partisan politics, nothing it seems gets done in both houses of Congress unless one side or the other holds a majority, that is not the way to achieve growth. politicians ,by nature are supposed to discuss and debate issue's before voting , not thinking about how will this debate affect my re-election chances, unfortunately some also think with the thought of enriching themselves, and this corruption of the spirit of the democratic process must end. Term Limits is most easily achieved at the ballot box.
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    johnny we all know that there should be term limits for Congress. We also know it is not going to happen. They will not pass laws limiting their ability to maintain their power.

    Term limits SHOULD be law, but won't be. Yes the ballot box is the only way to realistically attain term limits by voting those crooks out of office. Too many American voters do not know or care enough to educate themselves about the issues or the candidates, they would rather listen to the political sound bite ads on TV, or what the "news" network talking heads tell them. Or they vote one party or another because the fathers or grandfather told them to always vote that way. It's disgraceful.

    One example of how much our members of Congress have in common with us: The average net worth of the 94 new members of the 113th Congress was $1.07 million. That's THEIR average. The average American (OUR AVERAGE) household net worth was about $67,000. That's almost exactly a million dollars difference in their wealth and ours.

    How can they possibly know what life is like for us? They can't.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    That is an amazing statistic, I know that none of our Congressman leave office poor, or even close to be being in the so-called middle class, we here in a Pa. have one the most expensive group of Legislators in the country, and yet our schools, roads and other critical infrastructure are falling apart, our esteemed bunch of State Senators and State Representatives have one City already in bankruptcy , that would be Harrisburg, the state capitol for gosh sakes, you have other cities like Pittsburgh are in what is known as Distressed Cities, sort of like being broke but not completely broke, the City of Philadelphia is so corrupt that it too is pushing for a some sort of bailout just to keep their school district open, but our legislators do nothing but get into parochial debates filled with "not in my backyard" rhetoric, that the only time they seemed united, at least along party lines is when it comes to redistricting Political Divisions or Districts, then they work damn near all night to get it right.
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    Actually from what I read, a few members of Congress are broke or even in debt, and I'm not sure how much of that is due to creative book keeping. Some are super rich, many just average wealthy, probably all of them are better off financially than I am, which is not saying much.

    Another interesting thing is how their wealth is figured. Many are listed as having X dollars but not counting their spouse's wealth. It all depends on the agenda of the source reporting.

    And to the source of their wealth: some made their own money, some inherited it, some married it. The most interesting case is former Senator John Kerry who is wealthy and worth many millions on his own. His additional wealth comes from his wife Theresa who is worth 750 million to over a billion. She got HER wealth by marrying it, the Late Senator Heinz.

    Needless to say, almost none of them can realistically relate to us.