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(The Atlantic Wire)   Many said it couldn't be done, but they never let the naysayers deter them: the "do-nothing Congress", which last session passed fewer laws than any previous Congress on record, is on pace to do even MORE nothing this session. U-S-A. U-S-A   (theatlanticwire.com) divider line 101
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2013-07-02 02:12:22 PM
Laser like focus on jobs.
 
2013-07-02 02:15:14 PM
I'm sure students needing loans will be happy to hear that
 
2013-07-02 02:16:02 PM
Of course the best way to determine the productivity of Congress is by the number of laws passed.
 
2013-07-02 02:24:36 PM
But they took more wild swings at the Obamacare pinata than all the other Congresses and all the kings of Europe combined, which counts for a lot with the shiatheels who keep voting them in.
 
2013-07-02 02:24:59 PM

OregonVet: Of course the best way to determine the productivity of Congress is by the number of laws passed.


I'm not sure it makes any difference what measurement you use with this gang of yokels
 
2013-07-02 02:29:43 PM
Wait, I thought they de-funded ACORN and repealed Obamacare?
 
2013-07-02 02:33:56 PM

OregonVet: Of course the best way to determine the productivity of Congress is by the number of laws passed.


How about the laws that they simply can't seem to get passed, but keep trying anyway? How's that repeal of Romneycare coming, BTW?
 
2013-07-02 02:37:22 PM
Good, leave us alone.
 
2013-07-02 02:46:14 PM
I love the TV show The Wire. In fact I am watching it right now.

Daniels always had a good point: that quality investigations mattered more than arresting people just for the numbers.

I am not disputing the GOP being obstructive. All I am saying is that judging our congress by the amount of laws they pass seems to be a bad way to look at congress.
 
2013-07-02 02:55:40 PM

basemetal: Good, leave us alone.


Yeah, iamokaywiththis.jog
 
2013-07-02 02:59:29 PM

OregonVet: Of course the best way to determine the productivity of Congress is by the number of laws passed.


Because they are elected to do what else, exactly?
 
2013-07-02 03:02:15 PM
How is that possible?  The House passed more repeals of Obamacare than ever before, and is on track to pass that record this year.
 
2013-07-02 03:10:40 PM

cman: I love the TV show The Wire. In fact I am watching it right now.

Daniels always had a good point: that quality investigations mattered more than arresting people just for the numbers.

I am not disputing the GOP being obstructive. All I am saying is that judging our congress by the amount of laws they pass seems to be a bad way to look at congress.


I agree, but you'd have to then demonstrate that all other Congresses were padding their resumes with useless laws, as opposed to the SOP of Congress requiring a certain number of laws passed to maintain a good, up to date body of laws, and that this Congress is just that much more stream lined and efficient.

I don't envy you that task.
 
2013-07-02 03:13:00 PM
Looking at what they have bothered to pass, I'm glad there isn't more of it.
 
2013-07-02 03:15:51 PM
Like we NEED more laws.
 
2013-07-02 03:25:04 PM

ginandbacon: OregonVet: Of course the best way to determine the productivity of Congress is by the number of laws passed.

Because they are elected to do what else, exactly?


Judging from my observations they seem to be elected primarily so they can be re-elected
 
2013-07-02 03:32:53 PM
'Merica.
 
2013-07-02 04:05:05 PM
Yes, we already noticed that they're devolving.
 
2013-07-02 04:06:29 PM

ginandbacon: OregonVet: Of course the best way to determine the productivity of Congress is by the number of laws passed.

Because they are elected to do what else, exactly?


Keep the other guy out, for the most part.
 
2013-07-02 04:10:57 PM
It's sort of like Waiting for Godot.  With far less intellectual implications.
 
2013-07-02 04:12:21 PM
I hate the "Hurr a Congress that does nothing is a good Congress".

First of all, we pay their salary, so if they do nothing, we're just paying them to do nothing. That's welfare.

Secondly, there's a lot of broken things that do need fixing. So yeah, we do need more laws.

The problem is not Congress doing things. The problem is what the people we have in there now are doing (or not doing, as the case may be).

These folks are like my father. Our garage door is messed up, and is taking longer to close with each usage. Instead of just fixing the problem, he will stubbornly let it continue to grind to a halt and fight with it until the thing completely breaks, before deciding to fix the problem, instead of taking care of it now while it's just tedious.
 
2013-07-02 04:12:51 PM
Maybe you shouldn't complain about others not doing their jobs when you're not doing yours.  The Link Aggregator (a/k/a "journalist") who wrote TFA needs to get some remedial training in grammar and spelling, stat.
 
2013-07-02 04:13:30 PM

jehovahs witness protection: Like we NEED more laws.


Well, if there's any law you don't like, you'll have to pass a law to repeal it.
 
2013-07-02 04:18:11 PM
If the Democrats would stop putting up bills that they know the republicans will not vote for this would not happen.
 
2013-07-02 04:18:50 PM
Probably why the economy has slowly improved over the past couple of years, nothing is coming out of Washignton.
 
2013-07-02 04:21:56 PM
The fewer things they do the better, IMHO.
 
2013-07-02 04:24:18 PM
Considering the congress we have now, and even historically, the less they do, the better off we probably are.
 
2013-07-02 04:26:45 PM

OregonVet: Of course the best way to determine the productivity of Congress is by the number of laws passed.


How about the number of times they bang their heads against the wall by proposing bills that don't get passed, consistently, for dozens of times?
 
2013-07-02 04:27:18 PM

cman: I love the TV show The Wire. In fact I am watching it right now.

Daniels always had a good point: that quality investigations mattered more than arresting people just for the numbers.

I am not disputing the GOP being obstructive. All I am saying is that judging our congress by the amount of laws they pass seems to be a bad way to look at congress.


But a police department that really never charged anyone with anything, except for repeatedly dragging in the same guy and then never ever charging him would be under serious investigation no?
 
2013-07-02 04:27:39 PM

MugzyBrown: Probably why the economy has slowly improved over the past couple of years, nothing is coming out of Washignton.


Washington: "Ok, poop is coming out now."
 
2013-07-02 04:27:48 PM
The American people must be punished for electing the wrong party. By the way, that's how it will be from now on, because the repubs are not interested in reaching an accommodation or compromising, or even doing what's best for their constituents. They're interested in winning and if they can't win, nobody wins. Simple as that.
 
2013-07-02 04:28:09 PM
www.menshealth.com

Good
 
2013-07-02 04:28:10 PM
thepoliticalcarnival.net
 
2013-07-02 04:29:47 PM
Republicans®: We don't do sh*t, and complain about not getting anything done™.
 
2013-07-02 04:31:00 PM

MugzyBrown: Probably why the economy has slowly improved over the past couple of years, nothing is coming out of Washignton.


The 111th congress (2009-2011) was one of the most active in history. Surely you will apply the same logic and concede that the economic turnaround we saw in that period was also due to Washington.
 
2013-07-02 04:35:03 PM

Lackofname: I hate the "Hurr a Congress that does nothing is a good Congress".

First of all, we pay their salary, so if they do nothing, we're just paying them to do nothing. That's welfare.

Secondly, there's a lot of broken things that do need fixing. So yeah, we do need more laws.

The problem is not Congress doing things. The problem is what the people we have in there now are doing (or not doing, as the case may be).

These folks are like my father. Our garage door is messed up, and is taking longer to close with each usage. Instead of just fixing the problem, he will stubbornly let it continue to grind to a halt and fight with it until the thing completely breaks, before deciding to fix the problem, instead of taking care of it now while it's just tedious.


Yeah, saying Congress should do as little as possible is like saying the best way to drive a car is to not press any buttons or pedals.  Nothing good will happen.
 
2013-07-02 04:36:37 PM
... and yet things are improving.

It's almost like there's an inverse relationship or something...
 
2013-07-02 04:38:43 PM
So... we should elect another black man in order to continue this trend?
 
2013-07-02 04:43:32 PM

anjin-san: MugzyBrown: Probably why the economy has slowly improved over the past couple of years, nothing is coming out of Washignton.

The 111th congress (2009-2011) was one of the most active in history. Surely you will apply the same logic and concede that the economic turnaround we saw in that period was also due to Washington.


something something tea party something
 
2013-07-02 04:45:33 PM

clambam: The American people must be punished for electing the wrong party. By the way, that's how it will be from now on, because the repubs are not interested in reaching an accommodation or compromising, or even doing what's best for their constituents. They're interested in winning and if they can't win, nobody wins. Simple as that.


Yep! They want their ball back and they're taking it home! If we don't play their way...nobody plays.
 
2013-07-02 04:45:45 PM

bigsteve3OOO: If the Democrats would stop putting up bills that they know the republicans will not vote for this would not happen.


I hope you're being sarcastic. Because if not, IMAX would like to talk to you about your projecting capabilities.
 
2013-07-02 04:46:00 PM
Who are these people who think that "number of laws passed" is a metric for measuring the quality of Congress?

You are the same farkers that think that high arrest numbers mean the police are doing a good job, aren't you?
 
2013-07-02 04:47:55 PM

cman: I love the TV show The Wire. In fact I am watching it right now.

Daniels always had a good point: that quality investigations mattered more than arresting people just for the numbers.

I am not disputing the GOP being obstructive. All I am saying is that judging our congress by the amount of laws they pass seems to be a bad way to look at congress.


It's like judging by the drops of blood on the street whether someone is really hurt.  Chances are, yes, things aren't as they should be.
 
2013-07-02 04:48:03 PM

bigsteve3OOO: If the Democrats would stop putting up bills that they know the republicans will not vote for this would not happen.


so any bill... or every bill that's not repeal Obamacare?
 
2013-07-02 04:48:32 PM

ginandbacon: OregonVet: Of course the best way to determine the productivity of Congress is by the number of laws passed.

Because they are elected to do what else, exactly?


To vote against bad bills, for one thing.
 
2013-07-02 04:48:58 PM

BMFPitt: Who are these people who think that "number of laws passed" is a metric for measuring the quality of Congress?

You are the same farkers that think that high arrest numbers mean the police are doing a good job, aren't you?


You need at least some to replace the expiring laws.  They can't even do the bare minimum to keep the nation working.
 
2013-07-02 04:49:01 PM

Alphax: Lackofname: I hate the "Hurr a Congress that does nothing is a good Congress".

First of all, we pay their salary, so if they do nothing, we're just paying them to do nothing. That's welfare.

Secondly, there's a lot of broken things that do need fixing. So yeah, we do need more laws.

The problem is not Congress doing things. The problem is what the people we have in there now are doing (or not doing, as the case may be).

These folks are like my father. Our garage door is messed up, and is taking longer to close with each usage. Instead of just fixing the problem, he will stubbornly let it continue to grind to a halt and fight with it until the thing completely breaks, before deciding to fix the problem, instead of taking care of it now while it's just tedious.

Yeah, saying Congress should do as little as possible is like saying the best way to drive a car is to not press any buttons or pedals.  Nothing good will happen.


Holding it to the floor and trying to keep it between the trees isn't a very good strategy either.  Eventually something really bad is going to happen.
 
2013-07-02 04:49:09 PM

Ego edo infantia cattus: So... we should elect another black man in order to continue this trend?


I just realized that this could be interpreted several ways. I meant to insinuate that the obstructionist GOP is full of racists, and that perhaps congress doing nothing for their undoubtedly absurd paychecks might not be as bad as the alternative.
 
2013-07-02 04:50:36 PM

Callous: Alphax: Lackofname: I hate the "Hurr a Congress that does nothing is a good Congress".

First of all, we pay their salary, so if they do nothing, we're just paying them to do nothing. That's welfare.

Secondly, there's a lot of broken things that do need fixing. So yeah, we do need more laws.

The problem is not Congress doing things. The problem is what the people we have in there now are doing (or not doing, as the case may be).

These folks are like my father. Our garage door is messed up, and is taking longer to close with each usage. Instead of just fixing the problem, he will stubbornly let it continue to grind to a halt and fight with it until the thing completely breaks, before deciding to fix the problem, instead of taking care of it now while it's just tedious.

Yeah, saying Congress should do as little as possible is like saying the best way to drive a car is to not press any buttons or pedals.  Nothing good will happen.

Holding it to the floor and trying to keep it between the trees isn't a very good strategy either.  Eventually something really bad is going to happen.


No, but you'll never get to work if it never leaves the driveway.
 
2013-07-02 04:51:17 PM
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