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2012-09-09 10:45:09 AM
I would have voted "bus plunge"
 
2012-09-09 10:58:43 AM
I would have voted "Something Happened"
 
2012-09-09 11:02:27 AM
One of the most unpopular and unproductive Congresses in modern history returns on Monday...

ONE of the most?

/wha?
 
2012-09-09 11:24:44 AM
In fact, I'm pretty sure I've seen this article before. Several times, actually.
 
2012-09-09 11:53:28 AM
It's almost as if money's influence in politics, along with people either abstaining or voting against their own interests, ensures the same bullshiat time and time again.
 
2012-09-09 11:53:35 AM
I wish the president could issue some kind of executive order which keeps the Congress from getting paid when they don't do their jobs.
 
2012-09-09 12:18:30 PM
During the past year or so, Congress's approval ratings have been in or at single digits, the lowest numbers ever.

Even so, most lawmakers seem certain to win another term, largely because of the advantages of incumbency, such as name recognition and the ability to raise money.


Article then goes on to note that most voters are puzzled as to why nothings getting done.

/Palm meet Face.
//Face, palm.
///You guys know each other, right?
 
2012-09-09 12:46:15 PM
You guys need a third party to shake things up a bit.
 
2012-09-09 12:52:38 PM
What are you talking about? There won't be a 38th attempt to repeal Obamacare?
 
2012-09-09 12:55:29 PM

Via Infinito: I wish the president could issue some kind of executive order which keeps the Congress from getting paid when they don't do their jobs.


Closest power to that looks to be that "he may, on extraordinary occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them". The degree of do-nothing to this congress is pretty extraordinary, but I doubt even that kind of drastic measure would get anything done.

On the other hand, it might help President Obama secure re-election.
 
2012-09-09 12:58:30 PM
If a small (hell, big) part of me wasn't actually a little excited at the possibility of being alive for the collapse of the American empire, I'd probably be a little pissed/concerned about the last ~12 years.

/yes, I am a terrible person
//I ate popcorn in front of the TV on 9/11/2001
 
2012-09-09 12:59:44 PM

Via Infinito: I wish the president could issue some kind of executive order which keeps the Congress from getting paid when they don't do their jobs.


Make it so they can't receive any income from anywhere, and it might work. As it is, their salary is only a fraction of where most congress critters money comes from, and the ones who do derive most of their income from their salary usually aren't the ones stopping anything from getting done.
 
2012-09-09 01:02:48 PM
Wait, you mean Congress is supposed to do something?
 
2012-09-09 01:03:33 PM
Give me a break. There are a lot of useful things that Congress will do this session:

1. Condemn Palestine for something

2. Unsuccessfully vote about 40 times to try to ban abortion

3. Unsuccessfully vote about 40 times to try to overturn Obamacare

4. Spend weeks talking about prayer in school

5. Put forward tons of laws with no chance of passing, so they can load them up with earmarks to show how awesome they are to their constituents.

6. Issue a resolution re-re-re-re-re-affirming that America is all about "In God We Trust"
 
2012-09-09 01:03:54 PM

dookdookdook: If a small (hell, big) part of me wasn't actually a little excited at the possibility of being alive for the collapse of the American empire, I'd probably be a little pissed/concerned about the last ~12 years.


How's the water?
 
2012-09-09 01:03:57 PM
Those clowns in Congress did it again. What a bunch of clowns.
 
2012-09-09 01:06:21 PM

Gwyrddu: Via Infinito: I wish the president could issue some kind of executive order which keeps the Congress from getting paid when they don't do their jobs.

Make it so they can't receive any income from anywhere, and it might work. As it is, their salary is only a fraction of where most congress critters money comes from, and the ones who do derive most of their income from their salary usually aren't the ones stopping anything from getting done.


What if we charged them for the costs of operating Congress- so not just their salaries, but staffers, upkeep on the Capitol, running the Library, etc. My cable tv company charges me if I waste their time for a maintenance call that's my fault.
 
2012-09-09 01:06:22 PM
fta"But members of Congress are excellent at self-preservation and that is why I think they will do something to avoid 'the cliff' and voter backlash," Ripp said.

Magical thinkers shouldn't be allowed to vote
 
2012-09-09 01:06:57 PM

El Freak: Those clowns in Congress did it again. What a bunch of clowns.


How does it keep up with the news like that?
 
2012-09-09 01:08:19 PM
There's only gridlock because Democrats want what Republicans wanted in 1995 and Republicans want what JP Morgan wanted in 1890.
 
2012-09-09 01:19:44 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: One of the most unpopular and unproductive Congresses in modern history returns on Monday...

ONE of the most?

/wha?


If they took out the "modern," it would probably be only one of the worst, since there were some pretty awful governments in post-civil war America, as well as the 20s and Harry S Truman's do-nothing congress. That said, as long as you define "modern" as being "post-1960," then yeah, this is probably THE single worst congress in that time frame.
 
2012-09-09 01:21:05 PM

abb3w: Via Infinito: I wish the president could issue some kind of executive order which keeps the Congress from getting paid when they don't do their jobs.

Closest power to that looks to be that "he may, on extraordinary occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them". The degree of do-nothing to this congress is pretty extraordinary, but I doubt even that kind of drastic measure would get anything done.

On the other hand, it might help President Obama secure re-election.


Didn't he already convene both houses for his Jobs bill? We saw how well THAT worked.....
 
2012-09-09 01:37:25 PM

dookdookdook: If a small (hell, big) part of me wasn't actually a little excited at the possibility of being alive for the collapse of the American empire, I'd probably be a little pissed/concerned about the last ~12 years.

/yes, I am a terrible person
//I ate popcorn in front of the TV on 9/11/2001


Burn Society. Start over. I'll bring the marshmellows
 
2012-09-09 01:37:53 PM

stiletto_the_wise: Give me a break. There are a lot of useful things that Congress will do this session:

1. Condemn Palestine for something

2. Unsuccessfully vote about 40 times to try to ban abortion

3. Unsuccessfully vote about 40 times to try to overturn Obamacare

4. Spend weeks talking about prayer in school

5. Put forward tons of laws with no chance of passing, so they can load them up with earmarks to show how awesome they are to their constituents.

6. Issue a resolution re-re-re-re-re-affirming that America is all about "In God We Trust"


That sounds mighty ambitious. I don't think they'll be able to accomplish that much.
 
2012-09-09 01:52:54 PM

Mrtraveler01: El Freak: Those clowns in Congress did it again. What a bunch of clowns.

How does it keep up with the news like that?


Came for this, found TFA delivered, so I'm leaving you with this instead:

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2012-09-09 02:55:34 PM
 
2012-09-09 03:59:24 PM
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patrick.net

Yes, because "Both Sides are Bad", right? Thank god Harry Reid is committed to eliminating the filibuster in January. (They can only change the Senate rules with a simple majority in the beginning of a Congressional period.) 

/frankly, I would be satisfied if they required somebody talking for all filibusters, like they did 40 years ago.
 
2012-09-09 06:46:07 PM
Congressmen get $174,000 a year. If they had to work as many days as the rest of do, that would be $696 a day. How about we cut their pay to $75,964? Just pay them for the days they actually work. That would save the government $42,645,660 a year. Each member is allowed $944,671 a year for staff salary, total of $410,931,885. If their staffers were paid only for the days that Congress is in session, we could cut that cost by 56.4%.


We're looking at saving over $273 million next year.

Arithmetic biatches. While you were all cheering Bill Clinton it includes your salaries.

Wait a second, they set their own salary.
 
2012-09-09 06:59:31 PM

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Yes, because "Both Sides are Bad", right? Thank god Harry Reid is committed to eliminating the filibuster in January. (They can only change the Senate rules with a simple majority in the beginning of a Congressional period.) 

/frankly, I would be satisfied if they required somebody talking for all filibusters, like they did 40 years ago.


Depends on how you look at it.

bipartisanpolicy.org 

The house was only in session 993 hours. This compares the first session. It's unfair to compare full sessions as the term isn't up yet. But they aren't gonna do shiat for the next 3 months and then it's Christmas break.
 
2012-09-09 10:20:16 PM
Yes, we're aware that congress isn't getting much done these days.

Give the Republicans a majority in the senate and they'll take care of that problem for you.
 
2012-09-09 10:26:08 PM

wotthefark: [bipartisanpolicy.org image 655x473] 

The house was only in session 993 hours. This compares the first session. It's unfair to compare full sessions as the term isn't up yet. But they aren't gonna do shiat for the next 3 months and then it's Christmas break.


One, why should the House work harder if they know it's not going to get past the Senate? Congressmen would rather not vote at all than have a failed bill's voting record bite them back in the election cycle.

Two, I doubt your numbers, especially the Cloture numbers. The 110th Congress had 112 cloture votes, not 62, and that's from multiple sources. (Just do a GIS for "cloture votes".) The 109th had 54 cloture votes, not 21. So, I suspect that the rest of the numbers are just plain wrong and/or outdated.
 
2012-09-10 06:42:32 AM
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