published Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Congress does too much already

Some U.S. senators think Congress doesn't do enough, so they've proposed a plan to require members of Congress to put in more hours in Washington and in their home districts.

Far be it from us to suggest that lawmakers shouldn't have to earn their pay, but we might want to think twice before trying to have members of Congress spend even more time in Washington.

So much of what Congress does these days is unnecessary or even unconstitutional. The most beneficial sessions of Congress often are not those during which the most bills are passed but those during which lawmakers avoid passing counterproductive bills.

With our nation $15 trillion in debt -- thanks to unwise congressional and presidential action over many years -- it would seem obvious that we need federal lawmakers to be doing less, not more.

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chet123 said...

great idea senate!!!!!!!!!.the only thing this congress does is kiss butt of rich and greedy and raise money and more money

January 2, 2012 at 9:02 a.m.
conservative said...

I am all for Congressional members spending more time in their home states and districts instead of in Washington spending us into further debt. It would be great if they had to spend much more time facing their constituents with their demands and complaints about "waste" and "failures" and "subsidies". Just think, how many citizens would demand higher taxes in a public meeting surrounded by neighbors? How many would demand a higher light bill due to an eyesore and noisy windmill in their neighborhood or mirrors over the countryside? How many would demand Socialized medicine?

January 2, 2012 at 10:14 a.m.

Quite a lot would demand better medicine, if they were in the waiting area of a local ER.

You have a good idea. Let's make every Congressperson show up at the ER when it's busy, and explain to all of the people there why THEY get socialized medicine, even a private doctor, while the rest of us are made to pay their way?

We could also have the family members of those suffering from lung cancer take action, or those who have to go to an underfunded school which can't even afford new books while the one across town has a new football field.

There's a reason why a certain Congressman went to some lengths to avoid the public.

But hey, you want to make it the law that they can't, I will have one codicil, that steps are made to prevent it from being lobbyists only.

January 2, 2012 at 11 a.m.
chet123 said...

CONSERVATIVE....WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT IS A BRIDGE TO NOWHERE....PORK BARREL SPENDING....THIS IS WHY WE HAVE A MASSIVE DEFICIT ALONG WITH CUTTING TAXES ON CORPORATIONS AND RICH AND GREEDY...

THIS IS WHAT I SAID ABOUT YOU EARLIER....YOU ARE REALLY A DIXIECRAT......YOU SEE CONSERVATIVE AS ROLLING BACK THE CLOCK FOR BLACK..YOU WILL NEVER ADMIT IT...BUT YOU REFLEX IT IN YOUR POSTING....YOU ARE A WORKING-CLASS REPUBLICAN THAT IS IGNORED BY THE ESTABLISHMENT REPUBLICAN....THEY JUST USE YOU!....LEE ATWATER TAPPED INTO YOUR KIND OF THINKING IN THE 80'S

January 2, 2012 at 1:28 p.m.
chet123 said...

ONLY A RIGHT-WING REPUBLICAN NUT WOULD SAY CONGRESS DOES TOO MUCH.....HEY HOW ABOUT PUTTING THESE GUYS ON A PART-TIME SALARY

CUT THEIR PAY....AND THEIR GOVERNMENT PENSION...AND GOVERNMENT MEDICAL AND DENTAL INSURANCE...AND GOVERNMENT LIFE INSURANCE....Hmmmmm...TOO MANY HAND-OUT!

January 2, 2012 at 1:34 p.m.
conservative said...

Hey Chet--

I'm just not ready for you yet. You are just too good. The other lieberals who comment here could learn a lot under your leadership.

January 2, 2012 at 2:09 p.m.
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