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Micahel
- 2624 days ago - opednews.com
Congress is profoundly broken. The people in it cannot fix the problem they are creating.



   

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Sandi C (97)
Thursday January 12, 2012, 10:33 am
noted!
 

Patrick Donovan (344)
Thursday January 12, 2012, 10:45 am
Good article, good graphic; thanks for both.
 

Annette O (24)
Friday January 13, 2012, 5:22 am
Noted. Thank you
 

. (0)
Friday January 13, 2012, 6:40 am
Thnx, Michael.
 

Debbie Hogan (115)
Friday January 13, 2012, 7:17 am
"Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself." ~Mark Twain~




 

Patricia E G (52)
Friday January 13, 2012, 7:37 am
Bob Kall pulls no punches, shoots from the hip
and is Keeping It Real! . . . Got me hyped.
Inspiring~
Thank you for posting Michael
 

Gary L (138)
Friday January 13, 2012, 8:54 am
oh so true
 

Joe R (190)
Friday January 13, 2012, 9:00 am
America does need big changes. Thanks for the article Michael. Noted.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday January 13, 2012, 9:02 am
The elections are a sham. What choice do Americans really have when all the candidates are deep into corporate pockets? What is real participation in a government owned and operated by the 1% and its corporations? We are deluded to think that voting for a third party makes a difference because the two party cabal will never willingly let a third party candidate, much less a Green or a Socialist win. Here's a choice: demand the elections not happen. Block them. Make them impossible for the forseeable future. Until the election process is free of corporate influence and fair in terms of equally representing all the political parties, then there is no valid reason to hold elections at all. We need a multi-party system that ensures the people has representation in their government.
 

divergent revolution (309)
Friday January 13, 2012, 9:15 am
the land of the indefinitely detained, home of the chicken
 

Edwin M (346)
Friday January 13, 2012, 9:21 am
Congress of cowards,how appropriate. These turncoats,(A person who deserts one party or cause in order to join an opposing one.)I call them turncoats because they have abandoned or deserted their principles,and those they were elected to represent in favor of protecting and advancing their wealthy benefactors in hopes of increasing their own personal wealth. How they escape prosecution is beyond my understanding but as long as they create the laws they will continue in their avaricious pursuits without fear of punishment.
 

Sue H (7)
Friday January 13, 2012, 9:27 am
Great article! They've gotten too big for their britches and need to get fired, with NO perks. Too many hands in too many pockets..$$$...
 

Past Member (0)
Friday January 13, 2012, 9:30 am
the answer lies in our ability to withdraw our consent, resistance the capacity of an organism to withstand the effects of a harmful environmental agent. we, the people of the world denounce any claims of our ownership..resistance, a worldwide peace movement through due process of law and if redress is not provided then we are in our rights to declare our independence from a system that does not serve the public interest. the world is a dangerous place to live-not because of the people who we say are evil, but because of the good people who don't do anything about it." albert einstein
money has no value, life does and it is about time we woke up to this simple fact we are free..WE MUST LIGHT UP THE DARKNESS knowledge is not power its empowering lets be empowered to change.
life has value beyond measure
Peace and Love
 

Douglas S (1)
Friday January 13, 2012, 9:40 am
Great article!
 

Esther Z (94)
Friday January 13, 2012, 9:40 am
Noted. A congress of GREEDY cowards!
 

William Y (54)
Friday January 13, 2012, 9:44 am
One thing that is needed is a constitutional amendment changing SCROTUS fro lifetime appointments to no more than 10 years. And no person in any of the 3 branches should be elected or appointed if the end of their term would exceed 65 years of age.
 

Diane Stollger (40)
Friday January 13, 2012, 10:09 am
noted, thanks Michael. Yes they are a congress of cowards. What to do about it is the question I am always asking myself. It has been obvious for a long time that few are willing to really stand up for their principles.
 

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Friday January 13, 2012, 10:10 am
It is time to end the idea of serving in congress as a career. Members of congress should be elected for one term and no more. Rotate the elections so all members, senators and House members have four year terms. Replace 25% each year.

A great idea. Thanks Michael. An excellent article.
 

Lydia S (155)
Friday January 13, 2012, 10:24 am
Thanks Michael .
 

. (0)
Friday January 13, 2012, 11:08 am
Of course they are cowards. They won't speak up for fear of losing their jobs, so they sit and collect a check. Nice work if you can get it ...huh. I do agree that term limits should be imposed, but that's not a guarantee that you'll replace a coward with a person who will stick to his principles...thanks for the article Michael
 

Myraida Diaz (136)
Friday January 13, 2012, 11:21 am
I think like you Toni. - Thank You Michael! . Good article. Noted.
 

Anne Settanni (152)
Friday January 13, 2012, 11:33 am
noted! thanks for another great article!
 

Mike S (86)
Friday January 13, 2012, 11:52 am
Noted and thank you for the great article Michael.
 

Angelika R (143)
Friday January 13, 2012, 12:07 pm
!! YESS !! So true, thanks Michael. I absolutely agree with Brian M. and I've also stated long ago that you guys need pluralism to get away from that rotten 2-party system (in truth both about the same anyways)
Picking up Brian's thought I'd say (in modification of the phrase "imagine it's war and nobody takes part")
"imagine it's election day and nobody shows up"--- ?? Why not Occupy Elections?
 

David C (80)
Friday January 13, 2012, 12:16 pm
thank you,noted....
 

Bill Eagle (41)
Friday January 13, 2012, 12:37 pm
Congress: A group of people bought and paid for.
 

Yvonne White (229)
Friday January 13, 2012, 12:44 pm
I agree & I'm glad he realizes we should not simply vote them all out - but pick & choose. Though it's hard to do when you have nothing or worse to choose from!:( "... There are a few brave souls in congress who have attempted to retain the powers they were given-- Sanders, Kucinich, Paul. But I say that we-the-people must take whatever steps are necessary to end the current life career system that congressional jobs are based on. It will probably take a revolution of some sort to do it..."
I have that career worm Rep. Shimkus, and Democrats WON'T spend much (or find a Progressive) to run against him. Sen. Dick Durbin is a career politician & flip-flopper who's a Democrap MOST of the time, except when Bu$h Leaguers put ANY pressure on him.. and my "new" Senator is another Corporate RepubliCON Mark Kirk, who got in because RepubliCONs & Democraps crucified Gov. Blago..
 

Micahel Dewey (1021)
Friday January 13, 2012, 12:52 pm
I swear that if we could get the following points into the National debates, 90% or more would love these ideas. (Even if only 1 may be an idea I thought of.)'OWS is going to be what the people make it. I hope we can focus on things that will help all 7 Billion Humans, flying through space on Beautiful Mother Earth.

Since we need sound money, which we have never had, lets gt out of the Fed. The best way I've hard to do that, is to follow what North Dakota has been doing fine with for 90 years, with its State Bank. Other States are studying how to do it.

If we don't fix Healthcare, the price will double in 10 years, probably with less care. Vermont's and Montana's Single Payer could very well be worth other States checking out. Just Imagine that drug companies cared more for health and less for profit.

And need we mention that ending the wars is a must. Why the hell not close all over seas Military Bases, and put the Vets, and others to work rebuilding this Broken Promised Land?But on other thing:

Communities should study how to set up the Worker Ownership of the Mondragon Cooperative, of the Basque in Spain. There is an Evergreen Cooperative in Cleveland, and Richmond California, is putting people to work by starting smaller Cooperatives. Its a better way to work. Don't we all want that?

 

Mary T (178)
Friday January 13, 2012, 12:59 pm
Thanks Michael for the great and true article.
 

Eternal Gardener (734)
Friday January 13, 2012, 1:01 pm
Hear, hear... and some sensible propositions mentioned above!!!
Thanks Michael, appreciate your articles!
 

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Friday January 13, 2012, 1:07 pm
Bravo Michael D. well said and an awesome post that hits the nail on the head. I realized the other day that we are employees (slaves) to congress and were mad as hell. If they damage Healthcare, they also damaged it for themselves as well. This nation was built on In God We Trust. What happened to it. Where is We The People and not We The Congress. The peoples voices shall shake the nation til we prevail.
 

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Friday January 13, 2012, 1:08 pm
Theirs 40,000 new laws in effect. Did Congress change their and clean house?
 

Kit B (276)
Friday January 13, 2012, 1:29 pm

I don't think Congress (either house) is as much cowardly as simply owned - bought and paid for; we know it - they must know that we are aware and just don't care. I don't believe that it makes much difference who we vote for, they are all a part of the system. The wheels grind on and on...and the corruption goes on unchecked.
 

Christopher Fowler (82)
Friday January 13, 2012, 1:42 pm
End career politics. Support GOOOH.com

Tell the corrupt career politicians to Get Out Of Our House.
 

. (0)
Friday January 13, 2012, 1:52 pm
Ron Paul is not part of the system!
 

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Friday January 13, 2012, 2:45 pm
The current congress is not cowardly. It is evil and bought by evil corporations.
 

Jae A (316)
Friday January 13, 2012, 2:47 pm
Thanks for sharing Michael,enjoyable read ..

I must say that I agree with Kit B. that it is perhaps more that they are 'simply owned'..and not by the people who they are suppose to represent. I also agree that they are "ALL'' a part of the system....Even so, I am also on board with Christopher when he says ..."Tell the corrupt career politicians to Get Out Of Our House"...as I am not ready to just hand things over to them without trying to have a voice as to how I feel about their endless corruption,wars and economic destruction they are bringing onto our nation and our people.
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Friday January 13, 2012, 3:49 pm
Very few Senators or Congressmen represent the people who elected them. They represent special interests and themselves.
 

jayasri amma (10)
Friday January 13, 2012, 4:08 pm
Noted
 

George Marshall (1)
Friday January 13, 2012, 4:13 pm
This article is entitled wrong and has the wrong conclusions. Congressmen and women are not cowards. The people in the Congress know exactly what they are doing. I do not blame Congress. I blame the system. What person would not want a cushy job, where everything is paid for and at the end I get a great pension. Where I am paid millions by lobbyists and never have to worry about money again. So what if I have to screw the American public. I will probably retire to the Caribbean. The recommendations to change the term limits will not do it. People will still find time to make a buck and then get out rich. The corporations and lobbyists will still rule. And the idiots put forward by both parties will still win. No, drastic overhaul is needed. Get rid of the party system. Get rid of lobbyists. Get rid of the corporate ring around Washington. Good luck with that!
 

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Friday January 13, 2012, 4:51 pm
They are not coward, but gutless & EVIL! Their intent is not to work for the benefit of the people but merely saving their jobs for a paycheck! The whole bunch is unethical, but none are brought to justice & unless they are all impeached, nothing is going to get better! They must work for the well being of all the people, not themselves. Corporation are buying them out & leaving the people holding a brown empty bag. Banish the Illuminati scums out & give Ron Paul, Bernie Sanders & Dennis Kucinich a fair chance for positive change.
 

Ex T (131)
Friday January 13, 2012, 5:27 pm
Noted and thanks Michael.
 

Sheryl G (359)
Friday January 13, 2012, 5:35 pm
I don't think their cowards, I think they are greedy and have gone along with being bought off or bought and paid for and put into office. To me they are criminals. Is little wonder why their approval rating is around 11%. That 11% must be their family who voted along with the Puppet Masters that belong to ALEC.
 

Pat B (356)
Friday January 13, 2012, 5:39 pm
Thank you, Michael for this.
 

Susan L (150)
Friday January 13, 2012, 6:56 pm
VERY good article, Michael. I agree with most all here but Edwin said it very well. They ARE greedy, bought & paid for, slaves to their corporate owners and traitors to the people who've elected them. BUT also a perfect label for them is Turncoat/Traitor/Coward as well, since those who promote and protect all mentioned above are Cowards first and foremost. You must be a Coward to take the easiest, self-serving, path that follows the strongest, wealthiest bullies. After all, it takes strength, determination, and a good moral conscience to stand in defiance of the Powers That Be.
 

penny C (83)
Friday January 13, 2012, 7:00 pm
Noted,thanks Michael.
 

Ellen m (215)
Friday January 13, 2012, 10:29 pm
"You cannot solve a problem with the same thinking that caused it". A. Einstein
You know, I think if knowledgable, friendly and truly understanding people were to go door to door, or put together 1 meeting for every few blocks, they would find many people who would be greatful to be told the facts, pros & cons of each decision, and a politicians voting record. Some times it's hard to admit your ignorence on certain things, and someone who offers to help with sincerity can be just the nudge they need.
Thanks Michael.
 

Vicky Locke (3)
Friday January 13, 2012, 10:48 pm
I agree with Dandelion! While fear may play a small part in the decisions and acts of members of congress, I believe it's greed (for money and power) that rules them.
 

Arild Gone for now (174)
Saturday January 14, 2012, 1:10 am
"Politics and making sausages is not pretty to look at",thanks Michael.
 

Carmen S (611)
Saturday January 14, 2012, 1:11 am
noted, thanks for this, Michael
 

Peace Monger (185)
Saturday January 14, 2012, 2:54 am
Politics in the USA is indeed a den of vipers and thieves! The time has come to root them out. thanx Michael
 

Stelizan L (258)
Saturday January 14, 2012, 4:30 am
They only know how to create havoc, they'll never dirty their hands to 'fix' anything! Yes, USA and politics - always interesting reading - thanks Michael!
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 14, 2012, 5:54 am
Thanks for this great article.
 

Shay Q. (0)
Saturday January 14, 2012, 8:19 am
Sadly, this is very true.
 

mary a (2)
Saturday January 14, 2012, 8:29 am
not cowards...actors.. who get paid a lot of $ for their pretense....Their actions and thoughts change with the scripts that are written and rewritten by their "handlers"....
 

Craig Pittman (52)
Saturday January 14, 2012, 9:04 am
There are some well thought out suggestions as to how to change the system. The thing is to exert sufficient pressure to cause these changes to be made.
Thanks for bringing this article forward Michael.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 14, 2012, 10:56 am
Thanks for the article. My wish is that the day comes soon when once again those in public office serve with principle and not with intent to line their own pockets.
 

Kamila A (141)
Saturday January 14, 2012, 1:01 pm
Its frustrating to watch such cynical, useless politicians in non-action, taking our tax money and then talking down to us. F$%* them! I hope OWS shakes up the entire system, and I encourage everyone with a sense of moral compass to get out there and be part of the movement toward a better way.
 

Terrie Williams (798)
Saturday January 14, 2012, 1:42 pm
Thnx, Michael.
 

Jon Stewart (37)
Saturday January 14, 2012, 1:48 pm
Using the words "congress" and "cowards" in the same sentence is an insult to cowards.
 

Norm C (74)
Saturday January 14, 2012, 1:55 pm
Nothing will ever guarantee anywhere at any time that our representatives will do what we believe is right and best. Most of the problem, in theory, is that none of us can ever agree on what that right and best is. But if we look hard and honestly at the current problem, we ought to be able to see a way out of at least the deepest part of this mess.

Don't elect people to office who don't want to actually govern or represent us. Staying at home, as many did in 2010, just makes it easier for the jackals to get in and screw things up. Once the bomb-throwers are out, we can turn our attention to the money grubbers. Many of them hate the money chase as much as we do. We can give them some support by creating enough wind at their backs and putting more like-minded reps in office along side them that we can get a Constitutional amendment through that will end this.

It won't be easy, but it will happen if we just quit on ourselves, our kids and our American ideals. Occupy is a really great beginning. But we need to grow Occupy beyond it current few who attend the General Assemblies and the fewer who claim special status because they lived in tents for few weeks in the middle of a city like thousands of 8 year olds tenting in their parents' back yards.

Occupy has done us a great service by NOT doing what all the pundits and political yakkers have asked them to do, namely come up with a few leaders and some demands. Occupy, thus far, has brilliantly, I think, just pointed out where injustices exist, what the problems are. Because of this those who would marginalize us have a hard time finding a hard and stationery target. Now that most Occupy groups are out of the public eye because of weather and local ordinances, many are proclaiming that Occupy has run its course. I don't think so.

But a good question, it seems to me, is what will Occupy look like this summer? Will it have used this indoor time to develop an agenda with specific reforms in mind? Will it splinter into 150 different groups, each with its own agenda and strategic plan or no plan at all? I don't have any idea.

I would like to see Occupy generate the public awareness of not only the dysfunction of our economic and political systems, but also begin a dialogue about the nature of the problems and various potential solutions to them without getting into the political much and mire of elective office. I think Occupy has already brought some of the more obvious issues into public discussion. What I would like to see is a more inclusive effort at listening and creating a forum for questions instead of bombast.

When we use phrases like "I believe ...." we just shut down the conversation. When we keep making statements as though we know absolute truth, we talk past each other.

What do you think? What would you like to see happen next? How will you help that happen?
 

Norm C (74)
Saturday January 14, 2012, 1:59 pm
Sorry. slight editing malfunction in previous post. Third paragraph reads, "It won't be easy, but it will happen if we just quit on ourselves, our kids and our American ideals."

It should read "It won't be easy, but it won't happen if we just quit on ourselves, our kids and our American ideals."
 

Susan L (150)
Saturday January 14, 2012, 2:21 pm
VERY good observations and comment, Norm. I also hope that OWS will continue to be an important factor and remain in the public eye. I think it will and will gain even more support. There are many intelligent and thought provoking people involved in the movement. I would like to see them continue protests, but also expand into a 'source with an international home on the web'. They could offer information and accept suggestions for actions and topics of discussion which would involve more people.
 

MarietteAWAY G (175)
Saturday January 14, 2012, 3:39 pm
Thanks for sharing Michael! Keeping everyone on their toes as usual!
 

Rosemary G (79)
Saturday January 14, 2012, 6:06 pm
Fire them all and only rehire the ones who are working in the People's interest.
We need to know the entities behind all political contributions and declare all Corporations are just Corporations, not individual People.
George Marshal, I would like to know what your idea would be of a Congress person? They are Public Servants on OUR payroll and not only are they cowards, but lack COJONES and the majority should be fired!
 

Deborah L (70)
Saturday January 14, 2012, 6:29 pm
noted and sent to facebook
 

Evelyn Z (300)
Saturday January 14, 2012, 7:50 pm
True, true, true. Thanks Michael
 

Bonnie B (103)
Saturday January 14, 2012, 9:21 pm
Thanks, Michael! I happen to think it is a noxious stew of cowards, dastards, con-artists, narcissistic psychopaths from the corporate world AND idiots! I have watched sessions and most the new Tea Party reps voted in don't have a clue what to do or how government (democratic or otherwise) is supposed to work; add to that an ideological rather than any practical or reasonable way of thinking and acting and it is a real mess. During the crap about the extension of unemployment I actually heard a new, sweating, Tea Party rep say, "I don't know what we are trying to do or what I am supposed to do! I don't understand what is going on!" The frustration on the faces of veteran (and especially Democrat) members of the committee was kinda precious, eyes were rolled.

I have hopes that Occupy is growing in scope. OWS reps have been coming to some coalition meetings hosted by our MoveOn chapter to put heads together on some issues and the action to be taken. Even tho MoveOn is really a top down heavy Democrat org nationally, some local chapters are certainly working in ways to create a broader coalition with many other progressive orgs and our local chapter has been very active with our local OWS. Tomorrow many orgs will join OWS for an MLK march and there will be an Occupy the Courts action for the 2nd anniversary of the Citizens United ruling. There is so much to do sometimes it is overwhelming, and keeping the discussion to " here's the issue, what action do we take next," rather than people wanting to expound on what they think the problem is even tho it has already been stated, is often challenging! But all we can do is keep trying and doing our best! Since joining MoveOn, I have gained empathy for our members of Congress and how hard it is to wrangle with their fellow members, especially the ones who are more enamored of hearing their own voices (not to mention those working for their corporate masters) than finding solutions! I'm with you, Norm! My motto is: If nothing we do matters, then the only thing that matters is what we do.
 

Mary P (157)
Saturday January 14, 2012, 10:41 pm
Thank you Michael. Some amazing comments. Occupy Congress and the Lobbyists; remove
the greedy corrupt cowardly Slaves(corporations) in Congress(both democratics and
republicans). Its so sad that the mainstream media, all over the world is NOT giving the Occupy Movements
Enough coverage! We here in South Africa, hardly see any of it on TV. These evil corporations
have their fingers all over the world and control most media stations. Something needs
To be done about media coverage of the OWS!
 

P A (117)
Sunday January 15, 2012, 12:09 am
There was (one of many) a simply wonderful episode of 'Yes, Prime Minister' (BBC) - where a militant political activist and the PM's chief advisor were discussing a new plan put forward to increase democracy - each area of (say) a hundred houses would elect one representative, who would go to represent their concerns a local level, and of that group of a hundred local delegates one would go forward to represent them at county level etc so that each person had direct contact with those he/she was representing and so on upwards.

They both agreed (for allegedly different but in reality the same reason) that the plan could not possibly be allowed to see the light of day - because their power would vanish.

It made me think. A lot.

 

Mark Marino (22)
Sunday January 15, 2012, 2:36 am
AND a wonderful quote from the last president who tried to buck the system. What happened to men with backbones like Andrew Jackson?
 

. (0)
Sunday January 15, 2012, 9:08 am
I do not live in the US but this article could have as easily been written about our House of Commons and no doubt about many other elected bodies across the world. Change is needed but as such change is usually instigated by those whos' role we are seeking to change and whos' own interests we are seeking to affect. The idea of not allowing 'career politicians' is a good one but regretably this would not only get rid of the rubbish but also those few decent politicians that still exist.
 

Robert S (111)
Sunday January 15, 2012, 9:12 am
Good one Micheal. Thanks.
 

Deborah L (70)
Sunday January 15, 2012, 9:19 pm
noted and sent to facebook
 

Sue Matheson (79)
Monday January 16, 2012, 8:41 am
thanks.
 

SANDRA R (145)
Monday January 16, 2012, 9:23 am
Noted. Thank you Michael.
 

Yvonne F (181)
Monday January 16, 2012, 10:50 am
There is a reason for it! And that is that the majority in the congress are Republicans and Republicans are conservative thinkers, and they are not progressive! What they need to be is innovative and that you will never get the conservative thinking people to be! It is as easy as that, unfortunately. Thnaks, Michael!
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Monday January 16, 2012, 4:28 pm
Thanks Michael.

New thinking is required to solve an age old problem: people in power don't wish to give it up, because they have convinced themselves--usually erroneously--that their being in power is essential to the continued betterment of society, and themselves.

The USA is a rich and powerful nation state, and can hang on longer than most, when its people make silly mistakes. However, if those people continue making silly mistakes, e.g. going to war on borrowed money and losing, reality will catch up with them.
 

Ameer T (24)
Tuesday January 17, 2012, 2:47 am
When the concept of self preservation enters the minds of leaders, the followers get ruined. America took Americans on a false hype trip half way across the world and kept them there for ten years. It cost the Americans 11 trillion dollars, lost jobs, lives of the loved ones, reduced education budgets, disappearing social security and rising inflation. If that didn't open everybody's eyes nothing will.
 

Bonnie A (76)
Tuesday January 17, 2012, 11:52 am
Thanks. Noted. Why are people putting in anyone who signed Grover Norquist's pledge or attend ALEC meetings? I will probably be the only one who thinks term limits will hurt our democracy. You need some people who know the history of the issues and how to get the issues passed. We got people who want the Government to fail. My problem is with the stupid, illiterate voters who put them in. If you want someone who looks out for your interest vote them in--and don't listen to the ads without some research who put the ad out there. I have been trying for decades to get rid of my Congressman and I get out the history of his votes, but through gerrymandering the area is so Republican it is hard to get anything done--There is hope,though. Thousands of people voted for Walker because of his ads (didn't check out who was paying for them that would have been a wake up call) and they just wanted to get rid of the Governor we had. Look how well that worked out! Now the people having gone through a Year of Emperor Walker and his evil minions are getting educated and voting in people who will look out for them-- not just a party or a personality. This is what we need not just dumping the old guy--we need Progressives that are looking out for the Commons--for the People.
 

TERRANCE N (65)
Tuesday January 17, 2012, 12:46 pm
I don't agree that congress can't come together on anything. These sellouts just votedto arrest and detain Americans without due process almost unanimously. When it comes to Israel, there is almost always a unanimous vote in Israels favor. And when it comes to the military, congress nearly always votes in lockstep.

The only there is hedging, confusion, daily, deadlock is when it comes thime for doing something meaningful for the American people. Unemployment, raising the debt ceiling, ending the Bush taxcuts for the rich, and putting Americans to work come to mind.

Most of them in Congress have turned into junkies and whores for corporate America. Since the American people can't give them their fix of money, they spit in our faces every chance they get. When they was on recess this summer, you would think they would be back in their communities holding townhall meetings for the jobless. To their credit a few did like Maxine Walters and the Missouri congressman whose name escapes me. Most of them had the nerve to go on a junket to Israel led by the Democratic majortity whip Steny Hoyer. What balls and disregard for the American people.
 

Susanne R (236)
Tuesday January 17, 2012, 7:19 pm
The article states "They let the Supreme court ride roughshod over decisions made by elected officials. The despotic corporatists in the Supreme court were not elected. At least several are unethical and the congress does not impeach them. The congress could easily slap down the Supreme court and its excesses. It could even impeach those Justices who have sold out to corporations and foreign interests."

Unfortunately, that won't happen because they're working in tandem. Millionaires, billionaires and corrupt corporations are running this country --and they own the majority of Congress AND five of our Supreme Court Justices --including the Chief Justice. This country desperately needs a shift in power. Let's hope we make that shift a reality in November!
 

Susan L (150)
Tuesday January 17, 2012, 7:38 pm
Very well said, Terrance!
 

Ameer T (24)
Tuesday January 17, 2012, 10:11 pm
Does anyone remember Paul Findley and the books he wrote such as "They dare to speak out". These were people who were talking about the same issues 30 years ago that are highlighted here. If people didn't have short memories they would learn from experience and mistakes and make a change for the better. Sadly voices have been lost in time and the political intrigues have been refound. Please read Paul Findley's books and learn and this is not a present day issue at all.

Bush just recirculated and rejuvinated the nazi propaganda techniques and machines, Obama kept oiling it. and i have been crying ever since loud and clear begging people to WAKE UP. all this hype is not so much about the rest of the world as it is meant to be implemented over the Americans.
 

Micahel Dewey (1021)
Wednesday January 18, 2012, 12:33 am
They lost my vote many moons ago. We need something that works for all. Someone said a weak back or so, ''The last thing that they really did was build the Highways.'' I had thought it was the civil rights things... We need sound money as much as States need to be funded. If other States followed North Dakota's State Banking, we could do both of them. There can not be any better way, than Worker Owned Cooperatives, for people to be able to take care of themselves. Our Corporate Empire's Foreign Policy is criminal! I believe that anybody could get these points to get something that works, which right now, we don't have anything working.
 

John Farnham (52)
Monday January 23, 2012, 4:24 pm
You don't have effective States Rights - which means the Empire and the Money Machine that rules it ( which is entrenched in the US since forever but Global in reach ) micromanage states as it does nations.
OWS could follow a path blazed by http://www.canadians.org/publications/CP/index.html without coalescing into easily targetable individuals for Murder Incorporated to neutralize. But really things are following an old path noted in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.
George Orwell's account of the Spanish Civil War "Homage to Catalonia" reveals sabotage of peoples movements and anarchism by communist and fascist alike - just disguises for elitists
Here's a 'heads up' site that includes accounts of the murder of a leader of a US third party - control of the electoral process being that nakedly steered by 'security' and 'national interests'
http://www.mtwsfh.blogspot.com/
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 5, 2012, 1:13 am
You mean the Congress could have gotten rid of the corrupt Supreme Court right after that," Citizens United", People are corporations verdict & didn't. We need to get rid of all of them then. If this is true Michael we have NO ONE on our side.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 8:25 am
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