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5 Issues Facing Congress That Are Even Tougher Than the Sequester


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: government, congress, issues, gun control, partisan politics, ssequestration, republicans, democrats, usa, news, obama, politics )

Cal
- 511 days ago - theweek.com
When lawmakers return they'll find at least five pressing matters that require their immediate attention.



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lee e. (114)
Sunday March 3, 2013, 6:33 pm
Will the traitors ever back down on anything that is reasonable -- I've just about given up -- these people are traitors and actually have an agenda to change the government ( sorry -- I'm really believing that - the proof is in the pudding)!
 

Kit B. (277)
Sunday March 3, 2013, 6:49 pm

Confirmation hearings, some form of reasonably acceptable gun controls, debt ceilings, money to keep the government running, Oh my! We do dare to ask so much of these poor beleaguered Congress people. Though wouldn't it be nice if all of us could just decide that the work on our desk is just "too much" and leave for a few weeks of sun and fun. Just think we get to pay them for this. (sarcasm intended)
 

Sheila D. (24)
Sunday March 3, 2013, 7:51 pm
Such hard decisions; let's hope they can find the strength to actually do something this time.
 

Sue Matheson (69)
Sunday March 3, 2013, 8:05 pm
thanks
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Sunday March 3, 2013, 8:53 pm
Thanks.
 

David C. (29)
Sunday March 3, 2013, 11:21 pm
they will need a few more days off after working out their new plan of just saying no again
 

Gloria picchetti (287)
Monday March 4, 2013, 6:16 am
Shouldn't the sequester take away their paychecks and expense accounts?
 

Ro H. (0)
Monday March 4, 2013, 6:26 am
ty
 

John Gregoire (257)
Monday March 4, 2013, 7:00 am
The Boy scouts may have a few leaders they can loan the Congress. As to the Persident he must be studying the Mussolini school of leadership!
 

Mike M. (55)
Monday March 4, 2013, 7:00 am
They are the ultimate power that is except for who controls them like the 1 percents and the corporations.
 

John S. (297)
Monday March 4, 2013, 9:30 am
Everything went to hell after we let California have their own pizza.
 

Jane H. (128)
Monday March 4, 2013, 10:54 am
i wouldn't say they are more difficult than the sequester. Maybe just as difficult.
 

Debra Van Way (12)
Monday March 4, 2013, 11:08 am
Do you think if we started sending them pictures of guillotines, they might cop a clue? Nah-they aren't that bright.
 

Gene Jacobson (246)
Monday March 4, 2013, 12:12 pm
Well here's the thing. This lot doesn't really grasp the concept of "immediate" need. Else they wouldn't have been on extended vacation while Rome burned to the ground. Their concept of immediate attention is to have a news conference to announce it is immediately going to be taken care of, then go back to the chambers and do a little work on the war against women, adjourn, take a few weeks off, talk a lot about they are going to immediately take care of these issues when they get back. Then start with the press conference again, ad nauseum. For as much money as they get paid, they do surprisingly little actual WORK. But they are really good at talking about doing it, and taking vacations.
 

Birgit W. (140)
Monday March 4, 2013, 1:40 pm
Noted. Thank you
 

Past Member (0)
Monday March 4, 2013, 2:47 pm
Sorry, but the sequester is a bigger issue than at least 4 of the 5 issues! Please sign;
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/257/834/410/economic-security/
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/economic-and-national-security/xM2Xr5w1
 

Dianna M. (13)
Monday March 4, 2013, 3:26 pm
5 issues facing Congress: Filibustering gun control, filibustering immigration reform, threatening another government shutdown over the debt ceiling, and--oh, yeah! Continuing to filibuster as many of Obama's nominees as possible. You left off the 6th issue facing Congress: Spending as much time on vacation as possible.
 

Wayne W. (12)
Monday March 4, 2013, 3:55 pm
The sequester is not difficult at all. MediCare is not broke. Social Security is not broke. The US is not broke. It's infuriating to see even Democrats and media,(Chris Matthews yesterday) including SS in "debt" discussions and using SS as an element of "social program" percentages of the "debt". If they're going to do that, they have to include SS revenues on the other side of the balance sheet as well. Lyndon Johnson first included SS as a part of the budget in order to hide the cost of the Viet Nam war. It's been there ever since hiding the true cost of one thing after another.
lWhy do I say the sequester is not difficult? Rep Conyers has a one sentence repeal of it pending. Also,

Close multiple loopholes in the capital gains law: $174.2 billion.
Reduce the budget for obsolete cold war US overseas military bases by 20 percent: $200 billion
Allow MediCare to negotiate with prescription prices with drug companies: $220 billion
Eliminate corporate tax loopholes: $1.24 trillion (something that before the the election the GOP said they were in favor of) $1.24 trillion!!!
Create a 1/4 of 1 percent financial transactions tax for high-volume Wall Street trading: $1.8 trillion!!!

Just a sampling to show that the debt is not due to "spending" in the sense that term is commonly used.
 

l L. (1)
Monday March 4, 2013, 3:59 pm
Americans in the 40,s did a poor job of protecting Americans from Nazi Germany. They bought them here and gave them free run over this country. They entrusted them with our lives and livlihoods. They are so twisted in their minds between socialism and neo-con ism.. they are deadly and crazy.
This character John Boerner, in my opinion supports the ideologue that is killing our countriy. There is no respect for the living, the sick, old, poor working class and all points in between. If I ever could have respected him for anything, I never will.
They are thieves , crooks and liars.. with no shame. I pray the same sorrows they put on the rest of us, will come to them instead with no mercies, no forgivenesses, no forbearances, nothing good to happen to any of them until they turn this around and make it right, for the rest of us. Let it begin now. This prayer is not playing.
 

John B. (215)
Monday March 4, 2013, 5:41 pm
Thanks Cal for the link to the article by Taegan Goddard. GOP filibuster in the Senate and GOP obstructionism in the House. "Immediate" action? Please, someone give the GOP a dictionary so they can look up the word and see what it means! Read and noted.
 

Suheyla C. (229)
Monday March 4, 2013, 11:06 pm
Thanks
 

Dianna M. (13)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 1:42 pm
Robert O.--I followed the link you gave and read the petition it led to, and decided to sign it. I was #44. I sent the URL to one of my sisters, who also decided to sign it. I don't understand why it's not getting any attention, it's a good one. Those of you who haven't read this petition Robert O. sponsored should do so--please!
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 3:57 pm
I want to see this Congress labeled in history as the "Do-Nothing-Congress." They are perfectly happy to collect their paychecks and continue receiving all their wonderful benefits....not to mention cushy retirement packages...while they destroy the middle class and crush the poorest of our citizens.
 

l L. (1)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 6:52 pm
Here here.. Just to repeat validated history, from the horses mouth, that is papa Bush and every president there after( if any before him, I 'll have to research) talked about and promoted the one world government.
They worked towards it.

Even precious Pres Obama. Media tries to label different groups crazy for saying they recognize the interest of our government in being more for the global economy than looking out and protecting Americans

. Both the sequester and the caving again to take from the poor, sick, old working poor and middle class worth sacrificing, for a super grand deal. A grand super compromise is a dumb idea.
Some news outlets are doing their best to say whoever is affirming that our leaderships are for the one world government is a lie and they are crazy. Why is it that they forgot that every president , even Clinton bragged about a one world government. Everyone knows that. So no one is crazy or lunatic.

We may come from different groups but we are not dumb. We know we are in the one world government when we are constantly reminded about the global economy and its importance over the rest of us.
Another thing to be reminded of your precious love for all Things Bush comes with a price.
That family's legacy is rooted and grounded in the Hitler brand as sinister as that is.
Anyone who keeps that legacy going on, helps in the 4th reicht and the global, one world government iniative..

So any bargain the hurts the home front is dumb and from any angle it is talked up for any reason, they know what they are doing and the harm it will bring to america and they just don't care about us

. Obama brags today about going against the party that rallied him in proudly, citing more compromising and needful caving and saying this is what the american people wants him to do. No we didn't. We didn't ask for a sequester or anymore cavin's. Matter of fact we were always leery of him caving.

So he and his, insults us again with selling us out. There is nothing to trust him with.
I am not impressed with any of them in Washington. We have no one looking out for us poor etc.

The right wing with the help of the rest of them, we have no one fighting for us. These are just con artists.. Fooled no more.
As well they all push easily for the NDAA now, they filibuster cause they now realize, they they too can be killed. That is not the half of it. Drones anyone?

Even the president is subject to the very mess they enacted, without remedy.
Fascism and depression .


 
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