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Old 11-11-2009, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Western Cary, NC
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Default How do we get Congress to do their jobs?

I have always wondered why our government (US) canít make up its mind on some issues and move on to subjects of real importance. A law which would pass decisions not voted on within two years back to the people to approve or reject could solve that problem. It would remove the arguments tied to bills, which seem to hold up important decisions or are used to hold up decisions. A good example is abortion and all the wasted time our congress spends debating the same old issues year after year. If we put it before the people that could end all that wasted hot air once and for all. It would remove some of the issues our congress seems unable to solve, and it might bring them back into the real world where they could do their job instead of finding ways to stall votes.
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Old 11-11-2009, 08:18 AM
 
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Term limits at all levels of government.
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Old 11-11-2009, 08:21 AM
 
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Term limits at all levels of government.
I dont think that would even solve the problem. I think the problem is that they spend so much darn time just finding work to do.

Take Congress to a part time staff, cut back on their pays, benefits etc, they will not become so motivated to simply find something to do..
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Old 11-11-2009, 08:29 AM
 
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I dont think that would even solve the problem. I think the problem is that they spend so much darn time just finding work to do.

Take Congress to a part time staff, cut back on their pays, benefits etc, they will not become so motivated to simply find something to do..
This is one of those times I can definately agree with you. We the people should be the one's to vote on their salary increases.
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Old 11-11-2009, 11:12 AM
 
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We vote every 4 years for a President --

It would just stand to reason that voting for things like a pay raise and term limits for Congress should be voted on by us too -- every 4 years.
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Old 11-11-2009, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Tampa Florida
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Term limits at all levels of government.
Probably not likely to see Congress do anything in that reguard, fox watching hen house and all. Actually do not know how that would be done. Constitutional amendment? Perhaps if the voters were to NEVER vote for any Sen or Rep who has held two terms? That would take a awful lot of "contempt" of Congress to get people to do that. Of course the way they are going, that contempt is growing. Hmmmm..
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Old 11-11-2009, 11:42 AM
 
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Term limits is a bad idea
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Old 11-11-2009, 11:46 AM
 
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That would take a awful lot of "contempt" of Congress to get people to do that.
You'd never get it done because everyone wants to vote out the guy in the other district. They don't want to vote out a Rep. or Senator with seniority because they know it's loss for them.

The standard cop out that I hear from any Congressman when this subject comes up is "I do have a term limit and the voters decide on that every X years".

On the other hand every poll I have ever seen regarding this issue overwhelmingly supported it. The people of this country want it so why don't we have it? If you ever get the chance to speak directly to a Congressman in public first ask them they would support something that is overwhelmingly supported by his/her constituents... Then ask them if they would support term limits.
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Old 11-11-2009, 11:57 AM
 
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Term limits guarantee mediocrity. You may as well have term limits on Yankees' shortstop.

"We, the people" don't get to vote on anything other than our representatives. Then they go represent us. Not you. Us. That's the way those elitist founding fathers set it up, and they did so for very good reason.
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Old 11-11-2009, 12:00 PM
 
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Term limits at all levels of government.



you are so right, but congress will never pass that
I am at this point all for kicking them all out and start over
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