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As Drought Worsens, Congress Can't Agree on Farm Relief

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: drought relief, bipartisan bickering, politics, ethics, congress, news, usa )

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The rival parties fail to pass even a scaled-down stopgap measure before the August recess.

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Sue H (7)
Friday August 3, 2012, 3:33 pm
Off with their Heads!!! Get your sorry butts back and get your jobs done! America deserves Better.

John B (185)
Friday August 3, 2012, 4:00 pm
Thanks Cal for posting the LA Times article by Lisa Mascaro. Congress couldn't get their act together to even pass a stop gap measure. That is truly sad. I would like to see the Senate version passed as it covers more but but at least something could have been done. Read and noted.

MmAway M (500)
Friday August 3, 2012, 5:28 pm
Thank you Cal~ This is terrible. Talked to my cousin who is a farmer in Iowa and they were busy trying to can corn yesterday!

Past Member (0)
Friday August 3, 2012, 7:12 pm
Thanks for the update.

Cynthia D (340)
Friday August 3, 2012, 10:18 pm
Vote them all out.

Aletta Kraan (146)
Saturday August 4, 2012, 5:27 am
Noted , they need help !!!!

cecily w (0)
Saturday August 4, 2012, 7:41 am
Many current members of Congress are incompetent and should be replaced. We would get better results to go out and pick people off the streets to fill the vacated positions.

Arielle S (313)
Saturday August 4, 2012, 9:38 am
Congress couldn't agree to raise an umbrella if it was pouring out.... I agree with you, Cecily - we'd do better with Joe Schmo off the street.

JL A (282)
Saturday August 4, 2012, 12:05 pm
sad that partisanship has interfered with such necessary and historically easily bipartisan duties getting accomplished

David C (153)
Saturday August 4, 2012, 12:30 pm
very sad that doing what is best for the citizens of this country isn't enough for 2 sides to work together..

Christeen A (376)
Saturday August 4, 2012, 12:48 pm
Congress can't seem to agree on anything these days. Voters take action.

Janet B (36)
Saturday August 4, 2012, 1:48 pm
Why do they pay farmersnotto farm? Use all that is necessary to feed the poor, and fil up food pantries.

pam w (139)
Saturday August 4, 2012, 5:28 pm
If the Republicans would actually COOPERATE instead of IMPEDE...they might be worth an ounce of respect.

Terri Hughes (416)
Saturday August 4, 2012, 10:51 pm
The famers are having a terrible time and what does Congress do, they take there August recess. The farmers are struggling and they have lost most, if not all there crops. Congress and Obama need to get up off there ass and do something. Where do people think there food comes from? We are all going to be paying higher food prices this fall. It's the same with jobs, they just sit back and do NOTHING, while people are out of work and others are losing there crops. If it were not for the farmers, there would not be any food in the stores. Wake up Congress and Obama, get you head out of your ass and do something. Go to work and do your job and STOP arguing about everything, this isn't helping anybody. People are suffering and need help!!!!

reft h (66)
Saturday August 4, 2012, 11:53 pm
the small farmers always get the short end of the stick. As farmers go bankrupt, their land will be bought up by the corporate farms.

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Saturday August 4, 2012, 11:59 pm
Why are people blaming "Congress and Obama?"
This has the mark of Republican intransigence in Congress and "spoil Obama's chances of reelection, no matter who gets sacrificed, as long as it is not them"
They should not be allowed to go on vacation, but be forced to stay with affected farmers and pay them rent for their working holiday!

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 2:55 am

Linda W (32)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 7:11 am
The country should be worshiping farmers. Don't these politicans know where food comes from?

Robert S (111)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 9:00 am
"Why are people blaming "Congress and Obama?"
Good question Alexandra. Obama does not rule "Congress", which is a loose term for both of TWO houses, one being called "the peoples house" and the other...the Senate. The President is only a single and unequal part of this equation in (terms of passing legislation) his small part "job" in this regard being simply to sign subsequent laws which have (already passed) by "BOTH" houses. His signature is necessary, but is last and final step in the process. The Supreme only get involved later after laws are passed, if at all.

The job of passing laws is further broken down into the separate sides (parties) within each "house" and the varying ideologies and degrees of integrity of various members falling loosely under labels, i.e., Rebub, Dem.

In the Senate we have a thing called the Filibuster which gives the minority party if they so choose...the power to stop dead in its tracks, the will of the Majority in that house, so the Majority in the Senate matters much less when the minority party (in this case the Republicans) is willing to use it "liberally" toward their own ends one of which in this case being to make the Government in general look as if it does not work. This has been the goal, of Republicans for awhile now, and that goal, I sadly observe is being realized. One reason they are successful it seems to me, is that many Americans, including many here on this site, "buy in" to the naive simplistic views only possible through a complete ignorance of how our Government works, who within our government is doing what and why. The result is people saying "Congress"/Obama is not working and we should get rid of them all. This shows a failure in desire or ability to take proper aim at those responsible. Just this sort of ignorant kneejerk shotgun aim has only gotten us further into trouble with the election last cycle of Teapublicans into the Majority of the peoples house.

The Tea-publican agenda to rid its patrons (powerful Corporate lobbyists) of Government Regulation and basically hand the country (part and parcel) to the rich, achieving absolute Oligarchy.

The right wing, both in the Peoples House, (TeaPub Majority), and the Senate, with Historic use of the Filibuster by the TeaPub Minority, have, with an agenda to make Gov/Obama look bad, and make gains for their Corporate patrons, have sacrificed the good of the country and the needs of its people. This in not to say, some "Dems" do not also vote in favor of the Corporate agenda. Some do.

One more way that those who wish to bring Legislation to a halt is to insert poison pills into bills historically non political. The right wing has made this recently the standard in the peoples house inserting anti abortion, or cuts to the poor within legislation having nothing to do with these issues. They depend on a population of sleepy uninformed voters to blame "Govt" and vote in more of the very "anti Govt" sorts causing the gridlock in the first place.

It is no wonder that the right wing is against public education. Education of the public works against them.

Robert S

Glenville J Owen (0)
Tuesday August 7, 2012, 1:05 pm
Thank you Cal for posting this article, and thank you Robert S for explaining how Congress operates and reminding us all to wake up to how some of our politicians, our servants, don't always work for the good of all.
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