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    The problem started on the first day of Obama's presidency. He has total control of the government for the first two years. In those two years he had no use for any Republican. Things changes in 2010 when the Republicans took over the house. In 2014 I expect the Republicans will control both houses of Congress. Now the Republicans control the House but are wasting time with their tactics. They could accomplish much if they just stuck to simple bills. The budget process should be followed. No more continuing resolutions. Build a budget that makes sense, pass it and send it on to the Senate. If the Senate does not act, they have chosen to shut down the government. If they do pass a budget then there is a resolution process. Reasonable give and take would then result in a bill for the president to sign. If he veto's the budget then he is responsible for shutting down the budget.
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    No this problem started long before President Obama. It has been an issue of gradually manipulating American thought to accept an authoritarian structure of society. The poor being crushed. While the rich rake in the money with government handouts.
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    You're own partisanship is part of the problem. Continuing to blame democrats and Obama while ignoring the failures of republicans and thinking that if your party can just gain control everything will be great is just naive.
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    @Speedieg Just which party do you think I belong to? I blame Obama because of what he has done. He is a liar. He is a bigot. He should be impeached and convicted. Then face the ICC in The Hague for various capital crimes.
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    @fraps You may not "belong" to a certain party, but your views seem to be shared by one party in particular.(Republican) Therefore your statment seem very biased.
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    We need to rid ourselves of the current congress in the 2014 and 2016 elections. The whole lot needs replacing. New congress persons would be a shock to Washington and something might get done. Get rid of the media in the House and Senate, so congress persons would not be posturing for the media and only allow the media to report what bills are submitted, passed and who voted for each one. Get rid of the Circus atmosphere
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    You have to get rid of the lobbyists but not the media, or at least get new journalists in there that actually believe that they are the watch dogs of Democracy and not the paparazzi for the rich and powerful.
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    @LEC Get rid of both Lobbyists and the Media, the only reporting the media should be able to do is on bills proposed, bills passed and the vote by name of every legislator. Shut down the circus created by the media. Yes limit the press
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    @LEC gotta clean out the media ,heck even they have illegal aliens ,so much for the old lie only doing jobs citizens will not. no American citizens are journalists?
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    Bill2E: I think you are right on the removal of all MEDIA in the house and senate. They have all become nothing but Yellow Journalists and do no earthly good looking for troubles. When our people made them into Gods' we made our first mistake but to honor all their filth in the open is sickening. We want the news, just the news! But that is like trying to get the weather report once an hour or less!! A new congress would
    sure help move these old fogies to retirement where their minds are already implanted. The lobbyists should just be shot so business can be taken care of in a timely manner. All lobbyists do is confuse the issue. Let their keepers pay them for something useful to American values.
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    I am concerned that the increasing partisanship fueled by the internet and radical media like NBC will cause another Civil War in this country, causing it to split, which will make ripe pickings for China to move in and take over much of it after a Civil War.

    Hope I am wrong, but looking at the events that led up to our first Civil War in the 1800s, it looks like we are repeating the same mistakes again. How shortsighted most people seem to be these days.
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    This insurgency of Tea Party and Libertarian politics into the Republican party has moved that party far to the right. The resultant widened ideological divide has made compromise nearly impossible. Right wing talk radio and Fox New have supercharged the conservative base to a frenzy of opposition, name calling and outright hatred for liberals. How this can be overcome I have no idea.
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    We have a lot of lazy thinkers in this country who automatically assume the truth is somewhere between what the right and the left are saying... and a Democratic party that cares more about capturing the "center" as they perceive it, than standing up for liberal principles like equality of opportunity, presumption of innocence, habeas corpus, or a responsibility not to destroy the environment in the name of profit. If we really want a better world for our children we need to move to the left of the Democratic party.
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    "Insurgency" LOL What are you scared of? That you might actually have to prove your hai rbrain ideas to maybe----work?

    So when you radical liberals called Bush a fascist, a Nazi and far far worse for 8 years - that was 'dissent is patriotic' correct? Now you whine and complain when your feet are held to the fire- man up.

    Look, people on the left like you just can't take when conservatives fight back against stupid ideas from the left. You just expect then to tag along like they did 40 years previous to 1994.

    You have a chance now to prove your ideas superior in the arena of ideas- and you don't like it.
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    First, the Tea Party was started by Libertarians and co-opted by Neo-Cons like Palin, Beck, Rove.
    The modern Tea Party was started by Dr. Paul and his supporters back in 2007 because of the Bush wars and spending. They had their first rally/march on Dec. 16, 2007.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch...

    Second, the Tea Party is needed because the country is moving to far towards a form of corporatism/socialism (border-line old Russian communism).
    Just look at the State-capitalism/corporatism, police state/nanny state, and the gov't is becoming more like a Russian oligarch.

    We need more libertarians in gov't. More capitalist-libertarians and more socialist-libertarians, but more over we need more Classical-Liberals.
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    @MarkColwell Left of the Democratic party today would be Cuba or North Korea. Radical extremists- not just 60's 70's hippie radicals like we have today in the White House.
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    @MarkColwell Couldn't agree more with your statement. However, no one gets everything all the time so compromise is in order. However, even compromise is out of reach on far to many issues.
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    One side is pushing for almost everything unconstitutional and trying to fundamentally transform America into something it wasn't meant to be by driving U.S. so close to being a Socialist country it's scary, and the other side wants to uphold the Constitution and strengthen the country's original founding principles...it doesn't get much more split than that...like the dark-side vs. the light!
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    And the other side is striving to also remove the citizens rights and that side is 100% fascist. Give me a mildly socialist nation long before a fascist one.
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    If you really want to know what true fascism is study in depth Germany and Hitler...otherwise you're name calling and falsely labeling because we've never had that in America.
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    @BravoJuliet 50 years of research has gone into understanding by so many followed Hitler. What they have found is that it was the conservative brain that followed Hitler. Fascism (also corporatacracy) is the unholy liason between government and big business. Where the two rule at the expense of the common citizen. Then you can look up the 14 characteristics found in all fascist governments. The republican party stands firmly on that platform. Sorry, but you don't know what fascism is. And we have had fascism trying to take control of America since "before" WWII.
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    @BravoJuliet The rightwingers do not uphold the Constitution nor do they abide by our nation's founding principles -- not as long as the social conservatives are among them trying to make our government into The Morality Police.
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    my concern is not that "they are not getting things done". it is supposed to be hard to pass legislation in this country. the Founding Fathers wanted it that way to make it difficult to enact nightmares like PPACA. the real problem is that regular business (i.e., passing a budget) is not getting done, and scorched earth approaches are used to pass one-sided, non-compromise legislation like PPACA.
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    Great post.
    Yes you are right. It should be hard as hell to pass laws through Congress.

    "That government is best which governs least." ~Henry David Thoreau
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    Yes I sense the electorate is so mad that we will only re elect 90%, instead of the usual 95%. I support term limits because I have zero faith in the average American voter. But since the politicians make the rules, term limits will never see the light of day.
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    All of this "partisanship" is a game being played out on the American people. It's staged against us to keep control over the people.

    They are play the childs' game 'Monkey in the Middle' with us!
    The Republicans are on the right, the Democrats are on the left, and the American people are the ones in the middle. The Repbs and Dems keep throwing the ball back and forth over the heads on the American people.
    Just look at the bills they pass and the bills they don't and who passes what and who denies what.
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    I would have voted you up if not for the fact that you planted all the blame in the lap of one person. I am NO fan of THE Big Obajoba but we need to spread the blame across the entire board, on both sides, up to their butt cracks.
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    Since bipartisanship actually means caving to the liberals, I couldn't care less. Congress works slowly by design, if you have a problem with that, move to a monarchy.
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    Good riddance, all of you! You think everyone is a snake in Washington, so you leave us to deal with them without the benefit of your advocacy and opposition... Gee thanks for nothing, cowards!

    "...the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it." -George Washington
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    They were in it for ease in making money and notoriety. If they actually supported America and Americans they would not be jumping ship.
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    @songbird - well said...

    "Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their own reputations... can never effect a reform." -Susan B. Anthony
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    Okay, so this time don't elect people solely on the basis of their ideological purity and zeal.

    And don't elect people who want to give the middle class to the wealthy.
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    @harold_lloyd - You're right... these cowards only have power because the People gave it to them... behind every bad politician is 51% of his or her constituents!
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  • #94
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    Our government (at every level) needs a political enema so it can be cleansed of all the liberal and conservative crap that has built up in our body politic over the past four decades, causing our current severe distress.
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    What needs to be done is get rid of all parties. No more republicans, democrats, greenies, libitarians, etc. That way you couldn't vote party lines. Also if a president ever got up and stated he wasn't going to work with congress like Obama has done on multiple occasions he should be impeached and removed from office immediately.
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