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Lisa Benson for Jun 21, 2013

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    Mneedle  about 5 years ago

    You have to launch it to find out what is in it.

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    dpbriley  about 5 years ago

    If it was reported, then you wouldn’t mind providing the link then.Oh, and remember your own criteria for links, it has to be a credible source and not one from one of the left leaning blogs. I believe you demand the source be a government one or at least be based on information provided by the government. like that it really any more reliable. But i digress.Otherwise your entire post is just an opinionated rant, in fact after the first sentence it’s pretty much opinionated ranting. Are you ever going to get over your envy?

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    d_legendary1  about 5 years ago

    “I pay 350 dollars a month for health care and I’m retired”

    Why do I have a hard time believing that, especially since you should be enrolled in Medicare, which costs you nothing. And don’t tell me the AARP, since they’re supplemental insurance not full coverage insurance.

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    dpbriley  about 5 years ago

    I think Wraithkin is all right, you see he explained how we got to the mess, did you notice it wasn’t any one party involved?You’re quick to blame the Republicans, I know you would rather use a pejorative there, the blame doesn’t fall to any one party. You’re on the same rant cycle you were on before.For a brief time you had toned down the rhetoric and rant, but now you are back to the whole blame game for one party without acknowledging there is more then enough to go around. Oh, and the Democrats protect there rich supporters just as well if not better then the Republicans, your diatribe and Democrat talking points on that are just old and tired.

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    Wraithkin  about 5 years ago

    If Mechanic (A liberal) and I (A conservative) can agree on a specific factoid, both without links, would you not agree that it is likely to be mostly true? C’mon Ansonia, cut ‘em some slack. Everyone can’t be as awesome as you all the time. ;PAnd mechanic, don’t lay this entirely at the feet of Republicans. The Democrats have a history of passing/pushing things they know Republicans won’t approve. It’s all drama/theater, not actual work. The problem is most of the time in Congress (and people in general) don’t know how to properly identify the problem, and only look at the symptoms. We need a serious revamp of how we approach these problems. Part of the other problem is both sides are heavily steeped in Old Fart Syndrome, where someone has made a career out of being in Congress for the rest of their natural lives, and they only care about getting re-elected, not identifying, nor fixing, the problem.A couple ideas would be term limits, thunderdome, single-item bills, and state enhancement.1) Impose a maximum of 2 6-year term limits on both the house and the senate. That way people like Pelosi, Boehner, and Reid can’t sit and flap their gums just to get re-elected. While I have a personal interest in making sure we apply fiscal conservatism, it doesn’t mean the same conservatives should stay in office for 50 years. Fresh ideas, people!2) Thunderdome! No, not battle to the death. But lock them in. They don’t go home until they hammer out a bill. Period. Food catered in, but they only get water. When those caffeine headaches start setting in, they’re gonna get awfully grumpy and increasingly desire to get something hammered out. Plus, no staff writers. The Congress should write the bill themselves. Period. Have 1/2 the house and 1/2 the senate, and equal (even) numbers from each side of the aisle. Deadlock? Don’t care. You don’t leave until you get it figured out. And by the way, you only get paid when the bill passes. And then we don’t get any more crap about, “have to pass it to know what’s in it.”3) Single-item bills. No frigging favors. No wrapping massive items into one bill. PPACA? That would have been at least 10-20 separate bills. And each item has to pass the constitutionality test. So that means the Judicial system will have to review each bill before it’s presented to Congress to ensure we aren’t going to choke up the system with stupid legal battles. And no amendments to bills. Up/Down vote. No pork. You want pork, you draft a new bill, and drag some 200 of your co-workers into a room, Thunderdome style. Page limit per bill: 10 pages, total, single space, 8-pt font. If it’s more than that, it’s too long.4) State Enhancement. Return back to the states being the ones with power, not the feds. States are much more nimble and able to adapt to issues. States are required to provide and inform the public of all bills that are being passed in Washington. Federal income/social-security/fica/medicare/etc taxes disappear. All taxes are collected at the state level and a stipend is sent to the federal government. The government supplies a requested amount from each state, that is published for the public to see, and is included in each and everyone’s tax return, and how much it cost that person, broken down by general area (defense, welfare, SS, medicare, etc). Ease the burden of reporting for small businesses. Federal government/Congress should be restricted to the 18 enumerated powers in the Constitution. Period. Part of the reason people are numb to the size of our current government is because they don’t see how much it directly impacts them. If you get a bill on your tax return (effectively) of $15,000, you’re going to suddenly blink and reflect on what exactly your money is buying you. I can guarantee you’d have a lot more public involvement if they saw how much of their tax bill was going to … say… the study of the mating habits of fruit flies. It enables the public to ask questions. Which it should. Which it currently doesn’t.

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