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Part-Time Congress — Good Or Bad?

December 21, 2013

To The Reader’s Forum: It was reported this week that the House of Representatives worked for only 126 days this year in Washington with 239 days off; passing only 55 bills....

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Emelye

Dec-26-13 11:40 PM

The Congress doesn't have to make a lot of laws anymore - they've pretty much already set up things the way their owners want them. If they were actually working for their constituents, of course, then there would have to be a lot more legislating to be done to redress the unfairness that has been built into the system so that almost all economic gains go to the wealthy elite now while the rest of us get nearly nothing.

But, of course, nothing gets through Congress anymore that the corporations don't approve of first.

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CREDENCE

Dec-24-13 9:50 AM

The cure ? you may ask..... Is to become a patriotic constitutional American. (see? simple!)

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CREDENCE

Dec-24-13 9:49 AM

Gravel. even after the facts, you still stick with BHO. When pray tell, will you admit his obvious FLOP SYNDROME. (there is a cure for this)

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CREDENCE

Dec-24-13 9:47 AM

Gravel (below) The only problem is , that it hurt both sides! (not helped). As to what congress does...YUP YUP they are pavlovian Rats at best.

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FedUpL8ly

Dec-24-13 1:45 AM

gravelspit, you made my point. You admitted that the Dems passed the Stimulus. I recall several who didn't vote for the Stimulus later taking credit for getting a small amount of the money for their districts. So what? They were doing what those in Congress do, they were responding to requests on behalf of their constituents and they were up front about it. The vote against it is what counted. If everyone in Congress had voted against it, we'd be one trillion less in debt.

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CREDENCE

Dec-23-13 11:24 PM

Rand Paul, ted Cruz,

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CREDENCE

Dec-23-13 10:58 AM

I could name five good ones, but; agreed;"Congress is worthless in so many ways. The amount of days they work shows me they are lazy and full of themselves. The damage they have done to this country shows me they are dangerous. The money they get paid and all the perks shows me they are greedy. None of them deserve the office they hold.

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Thomas77

Dec-23-13 9:57 AM

Congress is worthless in so many ways. The amount of days they work shows me they are lazy and full of themselves. The damage they have done to this country shows me they are dangerous. The money they get paid and all the perks shows me they are greedy. None of them deserve the office they hold.

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FedUpL8ly

Dec-23-13 3:33 AM

gravelspit, it wasn't the pals of Credence that wrote and passed the Stimulus, they were YOUR pals. Consistently, you advocate for Obama and the Democrat's policies. Yet, when you finally criticize their actions, you find it convenient to transfer those actions to the opposition. Perhaps you do this unintentionally but I feel it necessary to bring this to your attention. From experience, I know how hard it is to admit to oneself the error in backing the wrong person/s but honesty, whether with oneself or others, always leaves a good feeling.

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CREDENCE

Dec-22-13 7:26 PM

Yup.... you are right on that one Grav.

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CREDENCE

Dec-22-13 12:43 PM

HOWIE, The man is dirty.... Campaign= "we are going to cut the debt in my first year".... Reality= Quadruple debt in trillions upon trillions. Take the stimulus there's a trillion gone with no return. CLEARLY, OBVIOUS TO THE MOST CASUAL OBSERVER, THE WORST PRESIDENT IN 237 years. BUT not clear to Howie.

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Howard

Dec-22-13 10:38 AM

CREDENCE, you should check the figures before spouting off on Obama causing great increases in the cost of living.

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CREDENCE

Dec-21-13 4:08 PM

hey....

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CREDENCE

Dec-21-13 3:50 PM

OOPS..... I mean Wednesday?

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CREDENCE

Dec-21-13 3:48 PM

so we're "on" for Monday then?

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CREDENCE

Dec-21-13 12:25 PM

Gravel, there would never be a need for increase, but the increases in spending costs are prancing ahead of the wages. Obama and his predecessors have always caused great increase in cost of living. gas, utilities, groceries, dry goods, etc. etc. And congress hasn't a clue!! So, since these fool hearted clowns cont. to test the limits of spending/inflation, I would be forced to agree with you. So when we meet at McDonalds for coffee; you have to buy!

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CREDENCE

Dec-21-13 10:19 AM

HELLOO.......?

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CREDENCE

Dec-21-13 10:18 AM

WAKE UP! PEOPLE!!, Congress needs to STAY HOME PERMANENTLY; we could save billions and trillions (stimulus waste pk. for ex.)Give them their stinkin salaries, tell them to STAY AWAY FROM WASHINGTON, and they will stop passing 1000's of bills each costing millions and billions. Then thumb through the Jamest ph. bk. and poke in to find a much better president. Problem solved.

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imfedup

Dec-21-13 8:37 AM

The figures were reported on both CBS and MSNBC. And as to the math, yes, I do realize that the difference in Session Days is 12 but simply rounded it off to two weeks as I would believe they would not report in each of those two weeks for one day. Those posting picky points simply are missing the message itself.

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HenryH

Dec-21-13 8:30 AM

With all due respect, there is no correlation of an effective Congress to the number of days 'worked' or the number of bills passed. It is unclear if the Author is advocating for less lawmaking or the repealing of laws. Also, the vast majority of laws have little to do with expenditure. Many just further erode our freedoms and cement in place the military-industrial complex which seeks to consolidate capital and power.

Until the fundamental governance structures are changed, Congress will continue to work for itself and for the small group of well off contributors which pad their lifestyle and their war chests. Simply put, we must limit the number of terms one can serve in government and we must remove private money from elections. Also, Congress and all of Government should not be exempt from the laws of the land as many in Congress break laws and receive protections which would find us in jail.

At 8% approval, there is not anyone who believes the Legislator is doing its job.

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instigator

Dec-21-13 8:04 AM

get rid of the whole corrupt bunch and let the dicktator run it.

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RealAmerican

Dec-21-13 3:49 AM

Tim it would be nice if you did some math before you pitched your propaganda. 251 - 239 = 12. Since when are there 12 days in 2 weeks?

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FedUpL8ly

Dec-21-13 2:36 AM

Who reported these figures? More importantly, what were the figures for the Senate? Excuse me if I sound a little cynical but it seems like another partisan slant on Congress. Even if those numbers are accurate, I'll still take this session of Congress over the one the Democrats ruled in Obama's first two years. You know, the Pelosi-led House that gave us a worthless trillion dollar Stimulus, Obamacare and Dodd-Frank.

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