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STREET JUSTICE: 5 Ways to Punish Members of Congress for the Shutdown

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: obamacare, government shutdown, affordable care act, obama, healthcare, usa, government, ethics, congress )

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And that's not even counting the obvious one: Vote for somebody else next year.

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Past Member (0)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 7:28 am
Noted thanks

Mike H (252)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 7:30 am
The republicans have shot themselves in the foot on this one. Payback will be sweet. We need to get a law that Congress doesn't get paid in a situation like this.

Winn A (179)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 7:59 am
Vote all tea baggers and republicans out of office in every state at every opportunity. They are disgusting and despicable.

David C (150)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 10:52 am
vote them out....easy for me to say....everyone I have the ability to elect would not have allowed the shutdown to happen....let us hope the people who have voted ultra-conservative Tea Party WAKE UP and VOTE SMART not out of fear or greed/selfishness.

Gene Jacobson (290)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 11:24 am
"In a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, a full 60 percent of respondents said that "if there were a place on [their] ballot that allowed [them] to vote to defeat and replace every single member of Congress, including [their] own representative," they would do it."

Has there ever been a more damning poll than that one? I know the American public has a short attention span but I am counting on Democrats to remember this and make it the center piece of next year's platform. Holding American hostage over ideology is NOT governing. And I love the P.S. to the first one, "...Also, f--k you." For what its worth, though the NIH is closed, one of my Senators, Amy Klobuchar is donating her salary during this period to that most worthwhile organization. I wish others would follow suit and I am sure some, those with beating hearts, are.

SusanAWAY Allen (219)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 1:00 pm
Noted and shared

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 1:44 pm
Thank you!

Theodore Shayne (56)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 1:54 pm
Remember them at the ballot box next election.

Karin Abraham (27)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 1:55 pm
Noted. I just hope that those who elected these people who seem bent on ruining our democracy will remember this come election time and get these people OUT of Congress!

pam w (139)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 3:04 pm
Amusing, but not very practical.

No---voting them out of office is the ONLY way.

S Ann D (194)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 4:14 pm
My favorite is to take away ALL of their perks...then vote them out of office. Have same senator as Gene and was really happy she's donating her salary. Funny, how you don't hear any GOPTP even offering to do that, let alone following thru. Kudos to Senator Amy Klobuchar, and any others doing the same. Curious to know if anyone else is doing that.

Kathleen R (192)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 4:19 pm
Noted. Just in case you guys didn't remember, there is an election Nov. 5th. It's usually local offices and some court elections. We can not skip any primary or general election anymore. A lot of us did in 2010 and look at some state governments and those elected to the Senate and House of Representatives. Check your local elections. I believe there is a special election mid October in Jew Jersey also. We can not afford to skip any election anymore.

LKoSl J (130)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 5:00 pm
How about 'stand your ground'?

Noted with smile, thanks Cal.

Fiona O (584)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 5:13 pm
Good. Good, SJ J.

You are both making me smile. Green stars to Cal and SJ J.

cecily w (0)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 5:18 pm
Take away their percs.


Tamara Hayes (185)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 5:23 pm
Noted, thanks Cal.

Hartson Doak (39)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 5:24 pm
Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont all have sent Independence Reps to congress.So, start a real grassroots movement and replace these people. Then have them install term limits for Congress. The President is a temp. Why not them?e

cecily w (0)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 5:24 pm
BTW--citizens NEVER voted to approve the paygrade for federal legislators. (I'm not talking about the dollars and cents, I mean their level of pay in relationship to other positions.) Their retirement and healthcare benefits should also be approved by voters.

Karen Simons (1)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 6:22 pm
Absolutely!! How about petitions with jillions of names? Vote them all out by petition!

Sandra ;atterson (59)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 7:48 pm
duly noted,ty

Susanne R (234)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 10:50 pm
I like these suggestions, but wouldn't be able to pull off a few of them. I liked the "most obvious one": Vote for somebody else next year. Fortunately for me, I'm represented by two senators and a House Representative who represent their constituents.

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Katie & Bill D (107)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 11:03 pm
We think they should do all 5 of these!!
Thank you cal

Past Member (0)
Sunday October 13, 2013, 12:53 am
The best way to punish these idiots is to ignore them at the poll's same way as they ignore the people who vote for them.

Debra G (0)
Sunday October 13, 2013, 12:58 am
Read the comments following the article in "The Week." Depressing how many T-Publicans ranting this is all Obama's fault. Makes me sad for this country.

Pogle S (88)
Sunday October 13, 2013, 1:38 am
I loved the Olde Englishe Ranters :-)>

Cathe romano (52)
Sunday October 13, 2013, 2:03 am
Noted, shared. May I also say I agree with all but one comment and if I have a drink or two I just may be tempted to try out a few of the articles suggestions! ;-)

P A (117)
Sunday October 13, 2013, 6:18 am
Snow them under with peaceful protests and letters (emails can be ignored, sadly). And very vitally VOTE THESE VILE PEOPLE OUT AS SOON AS YOU CAN!!

Arielle S (313)
Sunday October 13, 2013, 7:36 am
Funny in a sad way (I liked the one who wanted to line them up and shoot them - appropriate since they so favor not controlling guns). What I'm actually doing is emailing a lot of them with important information like Susanne's links to "recalling your congressman" and reminding them elections are coming and telling them they are now as popular as a fart in an elevator.

Dmitry Nikiforov (222)
Sunday October 13, 2013, 10:54 am
Noted, thanks Cal.

Avril Lomas (0)
Sunday October 13, 2013, 1:57 pm

It would seem to me that any legislator,(so called) who is partaking in the current effort to bring the USA to its Knees,both in monetary matters,job losses,cuts to education and socially needed programs,and is relegating the USA to the position of a third world country
( all in the name of bloody mindedness and racism,) Is in fact guilty of TREASON.!.
The Cure is simple . VOTE these representatives OUT. Sit down and figure it out. (Quite Easy if you try) But this is America, so don,t hold yoour breath! When MONEY TALKS people listen.

Roxie H (350)
Sunday October 13, 2013, 3:45 pm
if only we could package up all our threads and sayings and make an impact, show these fools in power what the real people want. sadly, too often, we don't seem to matter. the ones in power and the 4% with the money rule everything. we need to push them off the cliff and take them out of control, starting with our own small local govt., please remember this, even at assembly voting in your own cities and counties. Look at your issues and who is on the ballots and make the effort for EVERY ELECTION, no matter how small.

Ravenna C (20)
Sunday October 13, 2013, 8:33 pm
I like all of these ideas! Especially taking away all their perks. With the number one perk I'd like to take away is their Health Insurance.

Sherry D (47)
Sunday October 13, 2013, 9:11 pm

Americans Against Fox News and Republican Lies

"Americans have put up with criminal sedition from the Kochs and Republicans for too long and they cannot be held to a different standard or above the law because they are rich and powerful. In fact, their violation of the U.S. Code may well be the easiest, and only, means of stopping their continued assault on America’s representative democracy. Obviously the Koch brothers were rattled by charges they were behind the government shutdown through their funding efforts to hold the government hostage in exchange for eliminating the ACA or they would not have written a letter lying about their involvement. But they, their think tanks, PACs, and cohort in Congress and the states cannot deny they are guilty of seditious conspiracy to “oppose the authority of, or prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States” and no American should be satisfied until they are fined or imprisoned for twenty years. If there is any justice left in this corrupt nation, they will get both."

Joanne D (38)
Monday October 14, 2013, 11:06 am
Part of the difficulty of administering street justice is that the perp has to actually step into the street to receive it. These people are pretty insulated.
Yes, kudos to Amy, and many are donating their salaries. In North Carolina the people managed to shame (dare I say slut shame) a couple of reps into donating their salaries who had no intention of doing so.

Athena F (131)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 3:13 am
Noted, thanks!
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