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Making a better Congress

January 24, 2013

To the editor: Congress has an 18 percent approval rating and they work for the people. Therefore they are our employees....

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Jan-25-13 11:12 AM

bubu: read your own post re all the special interest groups that the GOP has alienated; you mentioned nary a universal, or NATIONAL, interest group in the lot! Elections at national and state levels in IL, TX, WV, CA, MN and WA have been bought or stolen in my lifetime, every one involving - and won by - a DEMOCRAT. Any wonder "machine politics" has been synonymous with corrupt Democrat urban political activities from Tweed to Pendergast to Dailey?

Citizens United merely leveled the field between 1) those shoveling compulsory union dues (which I once paid) into coffers of union boss's political handmaidens and 2) the rest of the body politic - and if you think union elections are "democratic" you are even more naive than I thought. Remember Trumpka taking the Fifth - over 50 times?

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Jan-24-13 11:49 PM

Someone has a lot of "voice" or so he thinks. Make yourself a better person before you worry about congress!!

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Jan-24-13 9:56 PM

Anderson..."Special/group interests"...such as? Where does the Republican supported "Citizens United" Supreme Court ruling find itself concerning special interests? How about Republican voter suppression efforts beginning in 2010...any special interest groups behind that attack on democracy? Today, Republican lawmakers in certain swing states are proposing to change the electoral college process in these states that if in place during the most recent election, would have assured Romney a win...what special interests are behind this most recent attack on our democracy? American voters were and are paying attention and did and will again reject Republican special interests that benefit only those at the top.

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Jan-24-13 1:39 PM

Term limits like the president. How does one get that on the ballot to be voted on?

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Jan-24-13 11:39 AM

Unless of course you own your own company. Then employee opinions don't count. And then, if you don't like the way "someone" acts, you simply close down and not tell them (your partner) about it. How's that for loyalty?! Oh, and the Senate term is 6 years, so the 4-year limit is out.

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Jan-24-13 10:26 AM

Nothing short of some really serious national crisis will produce a functional federal govt - executive, legislature, judiciary - as long as special, group interests are the first and nearly exclusive concern of voters as they have been for the past six years. Otherwise, we are randomly moving pieces on a chess board while group interests prevail.

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Jan-24-13 9:28 AM

I think msm has alot to do with the way congress is viewed.They dont report news,they report opinions,based on if there is a D or R behind a persons name and the public take that as being news based on fact.

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Jan-24-13 9:21 AM

Lots of good ideas are proposed to cut the pay and perks of Congressional members. But those changes have to be instituted by Congress, and they aren't likely to remove the great benefits they've given themselves. First step has to be to replace the current crop of "our Congressional employees" and replace them with new members who pledge to reduce the current over-indulgent benefits.

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Jan-24-13 5:28 AM

Agree on most of your letter - indeed they work for US, or are suppose to! Biggest thing is they should not have a continuing salary when they leave office - only profession I know of where they get it, don't pay into social security, & pretty much get a free ride. Maybe THEN we'd find some politicians that really care about the people of this country instead of a few!

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