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    No. If their this willing to hurt workers, then they should feel the blunt of their actions. They'd never shut it down if they wouldn't get paid. Spoiled brats.
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    Even more ridiculous when you consider how many are affluent or very affluent over the folks they represent. LOL - the joke is on us.
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    Of course they get paid. Did anyone think differently? The oath breakers see themselves as essential. But ironically not the military they get IOU's. Pathetic, narcissistic sons of dogs.
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    Congress gets paid and employees don't. Quelle Surprise. As the last good Republican President said "You can't get a pig to slaughter itself". How many here are going to have to google the phrase to determine which republican president said that?
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    The last good Republican President was Teddy Roosevelt. It sure as hell wasn't the conservatives hero, the Gipper. He couldn't get elected dog catcher today. The GOP has gone so far to the right that her wouldn't pass muster!
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    If these highly-paid slackers on the Hill would do their constitutionally mandated duty, they would draft and pass a federal budget to avoid future shutdown threats... But no, they are acting like spend-happy spoiled brats who only pay the minimum on their credit card bills, and have no desire to actually pay down the debts they incurred.

    1) Congressional salaries should reflect the national median income. They only get a raise when everyone else gets a raise. They suffer when we suffer.

    2) If they can't do their jobs, they should have enough patriotic devotion to step down and let someone else do it!

    3) Best solution to fix the problem is vote everybody out and start with a fresh batch of eager, untainted, public servants.

    IMPEACHMENT EN MASSE!
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    Most of DC considers themselves royalty. They dont have to be subject to obamacare, the prez made sure of that they get paid regardless if they work or not. We have a prez who consistently lectures do as i say, not as i do.
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    actually congress and the senate ,make the rules on when and how they get paid. The sneak in their pay raises on legislation that they all will vote yes too.
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    Lot of government is wrong, and it is also wrong to spread misleading fear. Guess who still get checks and services? Misleading the public is lying to the public. As for willing to hurt workers, seems that has been Obama's agenda. Full time to part time, coal miners, factory workers, the entire working class seems to be hurt.
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    @jond414 That's another thing, he has folks torn to bits supporting his corruption, his screw the country and workers agenda, his scandals. We need to impeach that man and put a stop to him and what he is doing to this nation. I see it on this site everyday, how people argue to try and protect him, while the entire country hurts and suffers.
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    @Hillofbeans You MUST get off the drugs! Obama's a choir boy compared to GW Bush! Where were you with your outrage then?
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    @sailr That the best you can do? What does war criminal Bush have to do with my post? If your neighbor robs you does that justify you robbing the rest of the country? That is as lame as it gets, trying to blame Bush. Yet another reason he should be impeached, that you have to stoop to jusitification by comparing him to a five year gone Bush, same as other corruption supporting liberals.
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    That's true, but it backs up the system and causes lots of catching up hard work and stress... all because our congress refuses to pass a federal budget... Frankly, if we refused to pay congress during a shutdown, they should also be banned from retroactive pay. They forfeit that money, which will go directly to paying off Nat'l debt.
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    @DogLady_1
    Well as someone who will be working during a government shutdown, I think it's wrong that I work during the shutdown and others get a mini vacation and get back paid after this is all over.
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    @DrNickels - You can thank our do-nothing congress members for that... It's a shameful indictment on our nation when it doesn't pay its bills and refuses to fiscally plan for the future... I'm really sorry you have to go through this. No one should ever have to suffer for the ineptness of its gov't. But then again, the suffering might be just the thing to reduce the apathy and blind loyalty to gov't that is so prevalent among our voters.
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    @DogLady_1
    Obama, the senate, and the house are all to blame for where we are. No one is willing to compromise. I thought the house asking for a delay of obamacare by 1 year was a good compromise. Obamacare is not ready to go into effect. Another year would give the dems time to tweak it more.
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    @DrNickels THIS makes sense! Why can't people learn and do what SHOULD BE EASY Common sense?? A) Fools in charge! Responsibility without accountability equals a second term POTUS!
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    If you really want to get the attention of congress, make it so that their staffs don't get paid.

    Most congressmen have independent incomes, or political organizations that would come to their aid.

    But if you hit their staffs, they would end up being the most effective lobbying group in the nation.
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    They don't do their jobs, cause a shutdown and still get paid. That sounds about right for these corrupt people who exempted themselves from Obamacare. The whole lot from the president down all need to be replaced! Especially Obama! Because he is guilty of many other things worthy of being found guilty when impeached! I believe one of the first acts of congress when the government comes back is to impeach Obama. He's the one that is completely inflexible, making the need of both houses trying to negotiate a moot point. He will veto anything that is not what he wants! He should take the blame, that would be a minor blip considering other things he has done.
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    Congress shouldn't get paid during a shut down. But I'm sure the senate and the president are still getting paid too, and I'm holding them more responsible for the shutdown anyway.
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    (1) Who the Hell says "Yes" to this? CONgress should be the first bunch of knuckleheads to lose their funding if the government shuts down.

    (2) Of course CONgress gets paid. God Forbid they don't receive money for continuing to rip-off the American People. All 535 members of CONgress are rip-off artists, bilking the taxpayers out of hard-earned dollars while spewing their BS left and right.
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    The yes voters are probably a member of congress or a member of their payroll or some lobbyists whose firm profits from their treasonous oath breaking actions.
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    We the people should demand from our parasite politicians NO BUDGET-NO PAY. then see how fast those slugs work out a budget.
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    Sounds good. We should add that to the balanced budget amendment. Maybe something along the lines of "...Congress shall pass a balanced budget within one year. Should they fail to pass a balanced budget, all members shall be replaced by their respective States and their salaries are forfeit. Should the HOR pass a balanced budget that is not forwarded by the Senate, the Senate may provide one revised budget for consideration of the HOR. Should that revised budget fail, all Senators and Representatives shall be replaced by their respective States. Should the president veto two budget sent to him from congress, emergency elections shall commence and the president and staff shall be replaced within 6 months" - I think this will properly reinstall the power of the purse closest to the populace.
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    I propose congress and the white house do NOT get paid until they pass a balanced budget that addresses the debt, the out of control spending, the deficit and work it so government could possibly actually be profitable.....until that happens NO ONE of any lawmaker gets paid.....and any back pay would go to charities......after any sensible solution would pass......
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    They should set the example for 'sacrifice'. Seems they're all too willing to sacrifice other people's stability and livelihood, but not their own.
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    Nope you shouldn't. It's not really a shut down anyway. It should be called a slow down. Only 27% of government will actually shut down. If they kept 27% laid off permanently it would save about a trillion dollars the first year. However the wrong 27% are the ones who would get the ax . There is a few entire agency that need axing that could cover a little more than the 27% needed.
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    The term shutdown is a scaremonger delight. It is almost half true. First, those that do get furloughed are actually given a paid vacation. Second, the real services of government all run. Only those that are unessential are somewhat slowed down. If there is a shutdown the House of Representatives can prove this by keeping the government shutdown for a while. They should fund specific agencies to the size that the shut down reduced them to, saying goodbye to those who were on furlough. The shutdown will have proved they are extraneous. The reason to pay Congress is to achieve all of the above.
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    Perhaps that union thug, the tech geek will turn off a server before his furlough and then the direct deposit wont happen for law makers. Oh crap, I forgot about nsa monitoring, ahhh, prank caller, wrong number!
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