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With no balanced budget, don't re-elect Congress

Posted: November 29, 2011 - 9:38am

With all of the gridlock in our Federal Congress, I wish someone would come up with an amendment to our Constitution to block all members of Congress from running for re-election if the Federal Budget is not in balance and the deficit isn't reduced by 5 percent. Also add in that all Congressional pensions be cancelled due to their spending habits at least until the deficit disappears.

It is grossly unfair when they talk about with holding Social Security and Military pensions and not a word is said about the $175,000 a year that hundreds or thousands of voted out of office members of Congress still receive each year until they die!  If this would come to pass just maybe we would start spending our tax dollars on things to benefit this country and not giving China 200 billion a year in aid.

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cbeard 02/02/12 - 04:35 pm
Can't please everybody

Right now the US house led by Boehner is probably the most ineffective elected body in American history, and a good 99% of representatives (including Don Young) don't really give a rats.

Unfortunately there's not much to do about it right now because :

1. Being a member of the house is seen as "small beans" for career politicians and really not that big of a deal to motivate them to be more proactive.

2. The constituencies for representatives tend to be all supportive or all non-supportive of their specific representative, especially since redistricting always seems to happen along party lines. If there's an issue in a right-leaning constituency with a left-leaning representative, the issue will either be tabled for a long period of time until it reaches a boiling point that causes more gridlock in congress, or the issue will be haphazardly dealt with locally or by the state and not satisfy anybody at all, causing gridlock everywhere.

and 3. Representatives are too focused on networking in DC and, surprisingly, it's the only thing they shouldn't be blamed for that because you can't get anything done down there without mob rule it seems. Boehner vs. Cantor is the best example. No Republican in the house can do anything without picking a side and modifying their personal or constituent views to go along with either Boehner or Cantor.

Bad politicians are first elected by good voters, they are kept in office over and over and over again (Don Young?) by bad voters.

Food for thought!

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