Friday, July 29, 2011
Dear Congress: Fix the debt problem


The debt ceiling really has the iReport community talking, from folks sharing their advice to Congress to their fears if a debt decision isn't made by Tuesday. If Congress fails to raise the current $14.3 trillion debt ceiling, Americans could face rising interest rates and a declining dollar, among other problems.


iReporters, along with analysts and politicians, weighed in on how to fix crisis, who's to blame, and who may come out a winner.


Do you have thoughts on the debt situation? We’d love to hear your take in a short video – just keep it to 30 seconds or less – or leave your thoughts in the comments below.

July 29, 2011
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July 29, 2011
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I think that since members of Congress are not doing their jobs that they should not be paid, retroactive to the beginning of this fiasco.

July 29, 2011
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I once heard that politics is the art of compromise.  Apparently, the inmates are running the asylum. Say goodby to the party of Lincoln.


Jay Steele

July 29, 2011
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The debt ceiling crisis is all interesting theater.  However, the outcome shouldn't be in doubt.  The ceiling will be raised, with relatively modest cuts to spending excluding the passionate issues of tax increases and big three entitlements. As long as the President holds the trump card of "going it alone" with the 14th Amendment and other constitutional remedies, there will be a compromise.  President Obama will not be allowed to be perceived as the lone "hero". 


Ultimately, Republicans will bend not to the polls, but to big business.  One can only imagine the pressure being put on Congress to avoid a default that would dramatically increase corporate borrowing costs and reduce shareholder value.


Once again, Congress has missed the mark with their focus.  Rather than focus on the debt ceiling, i.e., bills already approved by Congress that must be paid, they should focus on jobs.  Here me out for a minute.


Surely, there must be much more efficient spending in government.  Given that, there is little doubt that the best way to reduce the debt is to create jobs.


There have been some grassroot calls for a rebuilding of the infrastructure similarly to what got us out of the Great Depression.  With a nod to Mr. Pickens, I would suggest an initiative of equal size but focused on energy independence and freedom from Middle East oil.  Everybody can "play", oil, nat gas, coal, nuclear, wind, solar, bio, etc.  The idea is create it here and eliminate the influx of Middle East oil that is not only "taxing" our society and ruining the economy, but also having horrific consequences on our loyal men and women in the military.  Can you get behind this?      

July 29, 2011
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This is a reminder for the citizens of the United States, when Boehner was elected, I knew we were in trouble.  He will deny this but he knows, I know and so do all the people that saw it on CNN. When Social Security was due for a raise, Boehner on CNN said that “S.S. does not need a raise.”  Boehner has said this a couple of times.  He also made the statement, “NO matter what President Obama tries we will stop him.”  Does this sound like a man that is for the people? 

The first thing that was mentioned uncut according to Boehner is “S.S. and Medicare.”  Boehner continues to bring the debt ceiling two part vote when he knows it wont fly.  Stall tactic to bring down President Obama.  If Boehner wants to help the country, then he needs to leave politics and go back home run his bar and take the Tea party B.S. with him.  Boehner talks about gimmicks and smokescreens.  But I say, “ WAKE UP PEOPLE! He is all GIMMICKS and SMOKESCREENS!” 

Since Boehner claims S.S. doesn’t need a raise, then I challenge him to swap lives with me for 6 months.  In those 6 months he lives in my house and my income only!  If he rejects this serious challenge, so he can see how difficult it is on SS. Then he needs to resign immediately. 

Anybody in office that their goal is primarily to bring down the President should be tried for TREASON!  Lets stop balancing the budget on the backs of S.S. and the poor. It’s time to plug all the loop holes so the rich can start paying taxes on ALL their income.  When they don’t pay taxes on ALL their income it’s the same of the poor not paying taxes at all.  That will help the deficit. It’s time to be fair to the working class, and people on Social Security.  It’s time for the people to take the UNITED STATES back. The constitution says for the people and by the people and NOT the politicians!

July 29, 2011
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I feel horrible that the Republicans are doing everything in their power to make President Obama "fail." Fail as a President! It has come from their own mouths. If we did this in our employment, to our boss, we would be FIRED! WITH NO NO NO PAY! How is this tolerated? How is this even possible what they get away with? The Republicans have not only proven to work against Pres. Obama, but also against "We The People!" Why are some still in office? ex: Boehner. He is being paid to say no, no, no. Trying to make our President of the United States look like a fool! Does anyone else find this unacceptable? Boehner should be removed from office! 

July 29, 2011
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Just who do these people think they are? And how can thay say that I don't get my disability

or that my father won't get his SS retirement. We paid into that program and

We deserve to get that money back. Just how the hell are we supposed to pay our rent

And you know people's going to be kicked out of there homes. How do we pay for medicine and so on. It's absolutely unfair that you to even put this kind of stress on the nation. Mr Obama you just lost my vote

July 30, 2011
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SSI disability from major accident which made me unable to work. Put years in working as Office manager and owning my own business paid my SSI. Now they are saying checks may not go out in mail Tuesday. I pay my bills online and expect check to be deposited to cover bills. What am I suppose to do? pay bills and possibly go into overdraft and have my electric, water cut off. I have no other support , and none from their father. Why can't they tell us if this is going to happen? I pay my bills on time and I get incentives if I pay my home mortgage on time every month. I miss one payment I loose 1000,00 incentive for year. This effects so many people my  We will be on the streets in 2 months. Is that what a America wants. CUT congress salaries, their incentives (cars, dinners, tax breaks etc.) All they care about is  them and do not want to lose THEIR added perks. We are suppose to be a Country set up on giving back not taking.

July 30, 2011
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Did I hear correctly that one of the proposals is to charge Medicare recipients $6500.00 per year for healthcare?? REALLY? If that's the case, members of Congress should pay their own health insurance premiums,$1000.00+ a month each,IF you don't have pre-existing conditions and can get coverage;pay rent to the taxpayers on their Federal offices; pay their own transportation back and forth; pay their staff if they don't already; pay postage, office supplies, telephone, fax , internet. If wealthy seniors can pay more for Medicare and forego Social Security, if you have speaking engagements and book tours or are just plain wealthy, you don't need a salary. Don't worry Congress, all these things are tax deductible as a cost of doing business, except the health insurance-that's a weird one, seems like no matter what you pay in on that, it's never enough to receive a deduction.  America's small business owners would be glad to show you how to be a 1099 Independent Contractor or sole proprietor.  Oh yeah, your new contract includes pay for performance-no bills passed, no pay. If you don't pass the minimum pieces of legislation and performance report, you'll be replaced. If you buy donuts or cupcakes for the office, it's on you.  Only take coffee/water if you put into the coffee/water fund. Welcome to our world.

      How dare you make the seniors,veterans and disabled wonder if they will be able to pay rent,buy gas or have electricity/water.   Don't forget to make your quarterly tax payments on your income or you'll really get in trouble.  Oh yeah, vacation days-you now have 10 vacation days and two personal days per year,plus national holidays.  IF YOU ARE SICK, IT COMES OUT OF YOUR VACATION TIME. If you miss a vote, your forfeit a day of vacation or will be replaced. Republicans, you have , "Obamacare" but don't want anyone else to have it?  GET THIS PASSED TODAY!  Oh, and if you're running on the less government train, please send back farm subsidies or any other big government perks your family may receive.

July 30, 2011
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My Husand was shot serving this county and we have been proud to be Americans. It is time for our polical leaders to take a good hard look at their souls and ask how they will explain to their higher power how they can set back and line thier own bank accounts and  protect the corupt people who paid for their elenctions and are not made to pay taxes we have hungry children who need medical  help and can't go to a Doctor for care, and how can they justify watching as our elderly have choose to buy medicine or food while we can seed money to other country's and not take care of our own.

Its a sad time for Most americans the vets, elderly, and children have had no cost of living raise in two years while gas prices, food and everything else has skyrocketed.

One day each and every one of these elected officals will have to answer for what they have done to our country.

Not many are still so proud to be Americans because we have forgotten  God and are no longer a christian nation we are a country of corruption and greed for the love of money and because of that the money has run out.

July 30, 2011
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What the freak is wrong with all these politicians that we the people voted into office? They are playing Russian Roulette with our country. Haven't the American people suffered enough with our economy, job losses and loss of homes. Our government needs to stop spending for every little thing in other countries, cut all the Pork spending thats in the budget (that would save billions). All the stupid projects that money is allowed to each state is rediculous. At this point Dems and Republicans need to get this done and worry about the american people who put them in office and not about thier own political futures. As far as I am concerned we need to get rid of Obama because it is his way or no way. The rest of our elected won't stand a chance for reelection if the we fail on Aug.2 without crushing the american dream anymore than it is.

July 30, 2011
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If the Senate, Congress, and the House can't compromise and fix the problem then they should be fired by impeachment. That means they loose their cushy pension and have to find a job! What will they sacrifice by not getting this settled? I will not receive my Social Security this month. I get a small (547.00) pension but that won't pay my bills and buy my medicine. Could any one of them live on that?! What about the people that only get Social Security? We, the people, have talked about cleaning out these places (House Reps, Congress, Senate) now looks like the time. If they can't listen to the people that pay for their fine living then they should be fired! I would be if I didn't pay attention to my boss when I worked. Those Tea Party Morons!!!! They came in office saying, "We will rid the white house of Obama and will not work with him!" That kind of thinking should have put them on a fast train home and out of work!

July 30, 2011
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I'm not going to be nice or diplomatic. To say that these people are either competent or intelligent is a fallacy. But the real issue here isn't their intellect. It is their lack of concern for the people of this country. In reference to the suggestion that SS and Medicare be cut, how about this proposal: Boehner and most of the republican morons have stated that the big spending began with Obama. That's bull. The overspending started with Bush and his idiotic idea to throw us into a war that made absolutely no sense. So how about we stop the wars, and the programs can be cut? However, Boehner and anyone who is in agreement with his stupid proposal, has to give up their paychecks so that the people who depend on these programs can get their money. I can almost assure everyone, their paychecks and benefits add up to the amount of money this country is shelling out for the people who depend on these programs and if they don't, then only a little will be needed to cover the difference. In all honesty it isn't fair for people who have paid into SS and Medicare all their lives to have to worry about how they're going to survive. It isn't fair for soldiers to be wondering if they are going to be paid or not because it wasn't their choice to be involved in the "war against terror." I really don't give a crap who agrees or disagrees with me. The fact of the matter is, the Tea Party is comprised of people who spew hate and the party should be eliminated. As for the republicans, well their way sucks so I would never encourage the president to even consider their proposals. I currently do not depend on these programs however, my mother does. And she worked her ass off all her life for the chump change they're "giving" her. I say "giving" because it's her money and she had to fight for it. I am a Hispanic woman, in my twenties, and I have been working since I was 17. I have a college degree and I was born here so to say that I have no right to say the things I say is retarded. There are other people like my mom who have worked for so many years and had the money taken out of their paychecks so that SS and Medicare could be paid for. And now our senior citizens are stressed and probably sick over this whole situation because these individuals are suggesting they don't matter...they shouldn't get their checks or assistance with their medical needs. Looks like these damn republicans need their asses kicked but I'll settle for a switch with our senior citizens so they can see what it's like.

July 30, 2011
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My suggestion for all of us who will not get our SS, disability, veteran's benefits, etc., etc. is simply send the phone or utility or whatever company your bill and a note saying "Congress owes you $xxx.xx". The worst part of all of this is so much needs to be done with jobs, deteriorating infrastructure and on and on and all we spend time on is this. Nothing ever gets done. Before a vote can be taken hundreds of people have to stand up and call each other names. Congress has outlived its usefulness; it is inefficient. We have technology we didn't have 235 years ago. We have touch screens and one of either 8 fingers or 2 thumbs to identify ourselves with. Yes, we need a Constitutional amendment. It should abolish Congress as the legislative branch of government and establish the people as the legislative branch. The veto should be removed from the President because the people will be making the decisions directly; that is a real democracy, not a republic. Even if we only vote on one matter a day, we will be getting more done than Congress. Think of all the money we could save as a nation by getting rid of them, their staffs, their entitlements and all the money they spend on elections and victory parties and Congressional junkets. Perhaps we should see to it that everyone who runs for election in 2012 is defeated if they are an incumbent, no matter what the party; that might send the parties a message about who is the real boss. Hey, Washington, you are all public servants, not big wheels. Get a dictionary; read the definition of the word "compromise" and then do it.


Your Boss, the Taxpayer

July 30, 2011
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Rough around the edges, but true:


"I used to say that Politics is the second oldest profession prostitution being the oldest, but I have come to realize that it bears a gross similarity to the first."

-Ronald Reagan

July 30, 2011
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In the corporate scene the guys who spend the money are held responsible.  Why is it, that Washington goes free and I lose my money on frivolous spending?  Who does Washington actually report to?  We (the tax payers) are not heard, even though they're asking for our support!  I don't get it!

July 30, 2011
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The political non-sense playing out in Washington, DC and in States across the country is very disheartening. I’m not going to recite the flawed policies both political parties have foolishly pursued over the last decade, but conducting two large-scale wars of choice on the Government credit card has to top the list of policy blunders. When I wore the military uniform, I was neither a Democrat nor Republican; I was an American.  When we elect Government officials to federal office, let’s hold them accountable to conduct the Government’s business as an American.  Do what is right for America from a commonsense standpoint first--period.  Obsessing over controlling another’s right to abortion or busting workers unions, or cutting federally subsidized student loans, or squabbling over the debt ceiling should fall way down on the priority list when we have yet to extract ourselves from two active ground wars, spilling American blood and flushing truckloads of cash down the toilet every single day.  I send this message to all my elected federal representatives in Washington, DC and encourage my fellow Americans to consider the same:  Regardless of your political affiliation, if you are not conducting the people’s business as an American FIRST, it is time for the people to elect a new representative.  

July 30, 2011
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July 31, 2011
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It is plain and simple. If you want this debt fixed take the money from, the rich the Congress, the Senate and the President. Not the people like us. I my self am on SSI and I am unable to work. Those that have the money and dont need it need to give back. Don't take from the poor and give back to the rich. Take from the rich and give back to the poor.


July 31, 2011
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The Republican intransigence on tax increases on the wealthiest is irrational and factually unfounded. Those who are in a slump are not the richest among us, but the working among us. Despite an economic recession, personal income for our holy "job creators" a.k.a. the top 1 percent of earners has continues to rise while income for the vast majority of American households declines. Vanity Fair May,2011: "The upper 1 percent of Americans are now taking in nearly a quarter of the nation’s income every year. In terms of wealth rather than income, the top 1 percent control 40 percent. Their lot in life has improved considerably. Twenty-five years ago, the corresponding figures were 12 percent and 33 percent."

Businesses' refusal to invest is not because of a lack of capital. On the contrary, many of our businesses are flush with profits after recession period layoffs created leaner companies. The problem instead is a lack of demand.

If we took a lesson from the powerhouse economy of Europe, Germany, we would find that a progressive tax system that ranges from 0%-45% can sustain strong economic growth. Those earning above 250,000 Euros pay a tax rate of 45%.In the US, the top 1% - those who earn above ~380,000 - pay an average tax rate of a paltry 23.27% (unless their Wall Street accountants can find a way around it). We need to start looking at serious tax reform if we want to solve this deficit problem, and that means having the most successful pitch in. Maybe then Congress can work on a real unemployment policy.

July 31, 2011
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At whatever the cost, the Democrats should extract one thing from Republicans: A Constitutional Amendment that enacts strict financial limits to political contributions. The biggest problem facing Washington today is the corrupting influence of special interest money. Public decisions should be made based on the weight of one's arguments, not of one's pocketbook.

July 31, 2011
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The important thing is the that Republicans are trying to difuse the fact that they are politically and financially responsible for the debt.  It is their responsibility for those who do not understad under republican adminstration deregulation of the financial institutions i.e. the bank went rampad not only that the tax loop holes for corportations cause a sustained job loss.  The republicans rampaid now towards unions is because if the loop holes are taking away all coorporations who decide to return to the U.S. will have to abide to OSHA and other federal protections for employees overseas they don't have to.   So their response is to crush unions.  It is time we fire them maybe get more moderate centrist that actually can make some sense.  The Tea party is down right for them selfs they don't care about you or me.  If they think that diceminating the department of education and infrastructure we are going to become a third world country.   We live in 2011 not in 1920.

July 31, 2011
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The Republicans are at COMPLETE & EXTREME FAULT because of the economic downturn and the ULTIMATE reason why our nation may be in probable fault. If we did not have political parties at all, our nation would not have severe problems such as these. In the beginning of Obama's presidency, he proposed deals to create tax cuts to allow for a balanced budget(a balanced budget amendment SHOULD be passed). The majority who rejected this proposal were the Republicans. Understand that the Republicans ruled both the house and the senate while president Bush was in office. Over the past 50 years or , you can say, our whole entire nation's history the Republicans have convinced past presidents who were also Republicans to raise the debt ceiling to allow for Washington to be irresponsible with the nation's credit finances.  GOD knows how much money was spent by past Republicans and constant borrowing they emphasized from China and where all the money has gone to. I can tell you that hydrogen fueled vehicles and active solar energy should have been apart of our society about 5 to 8 years ago.  President Obama has done his job as president; he is ACTUALLY the SMARTEST and MOST INTELLIGENT President our nation has ever had. The thing is that he hasn't been able to do much of anything because of Republicans. The reason why the majority of Republicans have rejected Obama's proposals is because his proposals will show ALL Americans that the Republicans are REALLY at significant fault.

July 31, 2011
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THe "hard-working" politicians will now probably think they they've sacrificed so much these last days on  the debt crisis that they deserve their GREATER than the common man's benefits and salaries, etc.  In fact, being THIS INNEFFECTIVE in the 'market place' would earn them BIG CUTS.

American people must insist that their tax-funded politicians, 'servants of the people', who get the first and best of every kind of benefit, which they vote in for themselves, must be first to TAKE A CUT, and stand on the front line of any hardships political mismanag|

ement of America has caused.... ALL POLITICIANS, not just 'the other guys'.  POLITICIANS FIRST!

July 31, 2011
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LAR52  I'd like to know why in all this debt debate it has not been brought up about the 400 million dollars that has been borrowed from Social Security and never repaid.  This did not happen over night.  Republicans and Democrates are both at fault.  I think a audit should be required "Where did the money go?"  Why should I like millions of other Americans on Social Security or disability have our benefits cut?  Maybe a class action law suit against the Politicians will snap them back to reality. They need to be reminded of who they represent.  You can bet they are not worried about bills, buying medicine, food, or gas.

July 31, 2011
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I grew up overseas and lived in countries that did ot like Americans much {even tho as a child I loved every minute of it}. My Dad was a civil engineer, and I was raised to respect other cultures and other people and their opinions whether I agreed with them or not. I was and am so proud to be an American. I am not proud of the members of Congress who are arrogant name callers, who feel that yelling, anger, and immaturity gets the message across to anyone who listens to them. Thank goodness I don,t have to work with any of these people, I would certainly feel the urge to turn them over my knee and spank them. I feel their action have made the US look weak and ineffectual..bad for us militarily.

July 31, 2011
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According to Wikipedia, “An entitlement is a guarantee of access to benefits based on established rights or by legislation. Since the American people have no guarantee of access to the benefits that have been set aside from every paycheck for a lifetime, these are no longer their entitlement programs. Apparently the only body that is entitled to social security benefits is the United States government. So when they say they want to revise our entitlement programs, I agree. The U.S. government has been raiding our social security insurance for decades without our permission and it appears that everyone is okay with that.

Are we being told that there is no money in the fund because the government has accessed our account and nothing is left but IOU's, or are we being told that the money is there but the government may need to spend it somewhere else? This money is not an entitlement. It is a retirement account that we made unsolicited contributions to for years. It should not be on a cutting table with other government bills in some sort of a unified budget process. The money should be there because it was allocated to go there. I don't remember being asked to give anyone permission to spend it.





-Where is the spreadsheet the American people need to see before any decisions are made concerning their money? It should contain some basic items:

1. How much money has been contributed to the SS fund by working Americans since its inception?

2. How much money has the government borrowed from the fund?

3. How much money has the government repaid to the fund?

4. How much money do they need to pay current qualified recipients?

5. Last, but not to be overlooked - if there have to be cuts - what about looking at the large number of people who never contributed? (I am not referring to the disabled)


- The government raids our SS accounts to the tune of ....billion/trillion dollars (we don't know the amount because no one will tell us)

- They can't pay it back

- Their solution is to not pay social security recipients anymore

- If we don't accept this solution they may not be able to pay the military or repay loans to China

- those who are not in favor of withholding social security checks are selfish and obviously see this fund as an entitlement. We are damaging the spirit of compromise our Speaker of the House has worked so hard to implement


In the future all Americans should have a choice as to whether or not we allow social security and Medicare to be taken out of our paychecks, perhaps diverting that money to a private savings account and utilizing the "under the mattress method"


July 31, 2011
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If the Republican Party is worried about defense cuts, why are they eliminating FAA employees? The only attack made on American soil was through our own aircraft. We need all the FAA we can get.

July 31, 2011



The debt ceiling has been raised seven times under President Bush!  Some of you guys voted for it. Now you want to make this into something big because of political reasons. You scream about "We have to stop spending!" Do you think we are stupid and don't know how we got to this point?  Bush tax cuts for the rich and two WARS THAT WERE NOT PAID FOR! And President Bush left the cost of it off the budget!


Where was the Tea Party group when you raised it SEVEN TIMES!  Where were they when the debt was growing?  Where were they when President Bush signed the first stimulus? Did they send their government checks back?!  This is only due to politics! Do you guys think people don't know what is going on?Mcconnell goes on tv saying " His main goal is to make Obama a one termer. WTH? What about those jobs you campaigned on in 2010?


  Boehner if I hear you say "The American people" again I might scream! Stop stuffing your pockets from special interest groups. Why don't you guys stop getting paid- although it probably won't make a difference from the behind the scenes money you guys get. Give up your healthcare that we help pay for, we can't afford it for ourselves yet we pay for it for your greedy selves.   So far where is the job bill? None. All you have done is bring up the abortion issue (always used as a ploy to get votes) busted unions, attacked NPR, PBS women rights and unions. Now you are attacking the FAA and 4000 workers have been furloughed due to what? YOU WANT TO TAKE THE UNIONS DOWN!


Your  Republican governors are changing the voting rights of free people. Closing DMV offices early in Democrat districts in Wisconsin. Using all kinds of cheap tricks.They ran in 2010 and never once mentioned that they wanted to take down the unions in Wisconsin and Ohio It is sickening to watch what is going on with those poor people. I am so sick of this crap!


Who is the hell is Grover Norquist? Did he somehow run for President and we don't know about it? Is he the Republican President? What's with this stupid pledge you all signed? Sounds like some kind of college fraternity!



Right now it's 3:50 am and I can't sleep. I bet you're sleeping though see you don't have any worries with your stuffed pockets. You guys have been fighting this president since the day he was elected in 2008. You are so addicted to power! It has been re election day since that day in 2008 when he was elected by the people. You have never worked with him. Blocked everything he proposed even if you previously supported it. You think we don't see that! It's time to take a big CHILL PILL. Just close your eyes and pretend he is a Republican.

August 1, 2011
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In my opinion, congress has no choice other than to raise the debt ceiling and increase revenue by tax increase or tax reform.

August 1, 2011
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we need to cut foreign aide not school funding or s.s

start with 20% and then 10% more each year over the next 5 years

so we can care for are hone. most of are aide gos to by guns even though it is to be for food the governments do not spend it no the things we give it for

August 1, 2011
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This debt ceiling debate was much ado about political grand-standing and little to do about what is good for the people of this nation. Shame on everyone. With unemployment up, the economy in turmoil, how could politicians for one moment allow the debt to get this close to its default deadline? How could tax cuts (which is still spending) be allowed while a little old lady in small town America who worked for 40 years fears for her social security? Agreement? Whose agreement and who does it really benefit?

August 1, 2011
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The fault lies with both parties and this debt issue started long before Bush or Reagan.  War is sometimes inevitable, being a retired military member I understand the sacrifices we make.  If there is any pay that needs to be stopped or decreased it is our elected officials pay. These morons sit in their cushiony chairs in their nice big offices and dream up ways to bring our debt down, they think of cancelling or decreasing the amounts of SS, medicare/medicade, retirees checks (yes i get one) but they don't/won't dream of decreasing their own pay, what a crock of shit!!!!  lets take from those who actually worked for a living in the middle class and not concern ourselves with those bigwigs in DC.  Take their pay, see how they feel about it, the govenment is corrupt and we elected them in, go figure!

August 1, 2011
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this is the second time recently that Washington has finger pointed and played the blame game playing the ultimate game of chicken with heres a way to cut congress 1 day a year since it seems the only bipartisan compromises only take 1 day when a deadline looms....what exactly are we paying them for the rest of the year?

then they claim "victory" and wants us to pat them all on the back?

This is the second time our parents who helped build this country and our military who defend them have been the first ones put on the chopping block and having to worry if and when they would be or no deal....

They need to start car pooling and bring sack lunches because I do not feel they should be "whining" and dining on my hard earned paycheck anymore. these people deserve NO credit...the credit should go to every American that called to say enough! shame shame on you washington..:(

August 1, 2011
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Not only does the inaction by our leadership in congress cause for concern but what about the 4000 men and women who work for the FAA that have been furloughed since 7/25/11. Not one word about them and the impact they are dealing with. With our economy in such a crisis do we really want to put these men and women in a position where they may not be able to pay their bills.

August 1, 2011
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Even if the president's strategy works (to make it to the second term) he will have allowed so much damage to the entire idea of progressive advocacy and change that we won't stand a chance of seeing programs or approaches that make for a better, more justice nation. The battle over the budget is here because our Advocate in Chief forgot that the true power of progressive change is engaging the power of his people and the tools and tactices of involvement. When he wants to raise donations he engages many; when he wants the message to be on his vision of what government can be like, we see little and the president turns first to his idea of negotiating for more of the ordinary. Progressive opportunities do showcase better ways are fast sliding off the entire table. So so sad.

August 1, 2011
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The problem in Washington, is the politics and the politicians. The legislation would slice more than $2 trillion from federal spending over a decade what's that going to do? This only puts a band-aide on the problem facing America. We need to cut spending A LOT of spending. If I dont have money guess what I dont spend money, have they even thought of that. They also need to raise taxes on people making millions and not let them get tax breaks. I pay my dues they should too. I regret my decision to vote for Obama I am a registered republican. We need to stop spending billions in aide to other countries and take care of us first. I have completly lost all faith in the US Government over the last two years, the sad thing is I am only 25. They all are corrupt and you cant seem to get the real answers. Graet 2 trillion over the next 10 years that is joke.

August 1, 2011
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The political system is broken when a radical minority group can hold the whold country hostage.  The tea party is like a bunch of babies who will cry until they get their way.  I expect NOTHING from this congress until the 2012 elections and may God give us relief from our tea party babies.  We obviously need an American fall in 2012. I am a former Republican who will definitely vote in the primaries to help replace the crazy Republicans with more centrist folks.

August 1, 2011
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Can someone explain to me the connection between taxes and jobs?  As a CEO of a company the only concern I would have with having to pay higher taxes is that it would mean less money in my pockets for another new yacht or sports car.  Taxes have never had any impact on jobs.  The problem with jobs is not the taxes the problem is the employees.  Today's employees want health care, life insurance, safe work environments, etc, etc.  Where is any company going to get the money to pay for all these entitlements and benefits.  I can do one of two things.  As a small company I can higher an illegal immigrant who will work for a nickel an hour.  He or she has no leverage because they are illegal and will work for whatever I give them or just go back to their own country.  They don't have many options.  The other thing I can do (as a big company owner) is import all my products from overseas.  Have you ever checked out the workforce in China?  There are regions in China where all the people do is work.  They only get to see there families once a year (during the short holiday season) and the have to travel thousand of miles to return back to work.  Again these people also work for a nickel an hour or less.  None of these people(the illegal immigrant or the overseas worker) have any impacts on US Taxes.  So I don't see the connection between taxes and jobs.  I only want to pay lower taxes so I can pocket the difference not so that I can higher American workers.  American workers want too much in lieu of the illegals and foreign workers.  The one thing I can tell you about the Americans is that they sure are guillible and naive.  They sing right a long with me about lower taxes and on the flip side their government turns right around and gives the difference right back to wealthy people like me via more tax cuts and entitlements.  What a country!!!  The Americans end up with no jobs and no governmental support because they cut all their government services.  No services for the middle class and poor and more money and more money for us rich folks.  How long can this last?  I hope indefinitely or at least long enough for me to get filthy rich before the US middle class and poor people convince the government to change things. (sic)

August 2, 2011
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the Ultimate Irony


The Norquist acolytes, with their lack of knowledge as to how laws are enacted, have imposed on the citizens and organizations of the US, the largest tax increase in the history of this great republic, all while piously stating that they would never vote for any legislation that included any increase in tax revenue. So, how did they end up causing a multi-billion tax increase over an unknown number of years? By being callow, and refusing to even discuss any compromise with their Norquist pledge: which means that they were refusing to negotiate in good faith. This, in turn, made the House dysfunctional, and scared the wits out of the bond rating agencies, who, even though it appears we're going to dodge the current "default bullet", at the 11th hour, may react in the same freshmanic way, when the debt limit has to be raised again, some time in the future. So, here are some facts and numbers: 1%of a billion dollars is $10 million dollars; 1% of ten billion dollars is $100 million dollars. It is strongly possible that the loss of America's AAA rating will add 1% per year in added interest costs for the nation's borrowing. somebody smarter than I am, who is in the government bond business, could probably do a decent estimate of how many years the downgrade we are about to experience will last. But, irrespective of the exact numbers, the irresponsible behavior of the signers of the Norquist pledge will probably cost the US hundreds of billions in additional interest costs by 2020. And who ultimately pays these added costs? Taxpayers.


This just shows what George Washington spoke to in his farewell address to the nation, a little over 200 years ago, when he warned of the "evils of party".

August 2, 2011
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In the state of Texas the budget was balanced this year on the backs of school children and teachers. At the national level it was balanced on the backs of retirees, disabled and unemployed.


Land of the free, home of the brave.

August 3, 2011
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  I am not a democrat, republican,tea party, nor independent, but a free thinker.  I wrote about American companies, if they were American companies, to call their congresperson and tell them to include taxes.  Must not be any American companies out there.

  I shouldn't be surprised since American people told congress not to bail out the banks and they did a backdoor deal anyhow.  And our treasuer happens to be one of the people that ripped the world off.

  I will never vote again because of their corrupt ideas but that doewsn't mean I won't get people to vote and I will make sure as much as I can that they don't vote for republicans nor tea party members until they pull their headsa out of the southern cavity areas of their bodies and either put taxes out their from major corporations or the major corprorations give people jobs to help with the tax base.

  I feel ashamed that it was our banking system and corporate greed that has not only sent this country into this tailspin but also ripped every other person of the planet off.

  Greed is going to eat you people but you don't really care and probably won't until no-one is listening to you any more and I will from now on work for that end.  You don't deserve my respect and until your corporate and banking greed stops you don't deserveny other Americans neither.  Fire every one of them cause it will be better to start all over.  Bryan Feldkamp  Spkane Washington

August 3, 2011
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We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.


US Declaration of Independence by the Thirteen Original States Adopted in Congress 4 JULY 1776

August 4, 2011
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Here is a website you need to check out

August 6, 2011
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Taxation without representation is what some of our leaders seem to be doing to most of us. The super rich seem to be exempt from this. For them, it's reversed. They have representation without taxation. They should be made to start paying their fair share and then see where we stand as a nation before we start cutting progerams.

August 8, 2011
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I have the solution and it is more frighful to Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike. It's called "TERM LIMITS".

August 8, 2011
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Honestly,I am scared for me and my mother. I just turned 16 on July 6th. My mother is 47 years old. With horrible health. She cant think well,she forgets who i am...My mother had a stroke when i was eight years old. Believe me she loved her job as a certified nurse before her health fall. My father died when i was three. She has disability and social security. We dont get food stamps. We make "ranged to 20$ more than exseptable". We live off of my mothers disabiliy. If we are to loose our disability check due to the deficit and money problems in the US we would loose EVERYTHING..Our apartment,car, what food we have and even the feeling of having everything we hold dear. Such as photos,my fathers belongings. We have been moving around ever since i was eight years old just trying to have a steady life. We recently settled into an affordable apartment in Grand Prairie,TX. I finally feel normal for once.I AM TERRIFIED FOR ME AND MY MOTHERS SAKE.I want to know if we will be okay. I pray to God we are. For the sake of the government they better hope so.

August 8, 2011
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OH!I forgot,My sister just found out she is pregnant. If we loose our disability the government has my mother,my sister,me and a precious baby girl's health and well being on their hands. PLEASE if anyone needs to communicate about this subject...feel free to add me or message me on facebook. Search my name Rosa Dudley.

August 14, 2011
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It would be nice to find a way for citizens to start taking action and exercising our rights according to the Constitution. We have rights, but how could we really get the people's voices heard on the major issues facing our country? Lately when I hear officials talk about their priorities, their statements usually have nothing to do with the real issues of the day that affect the majority of Americans. the sad part is that the republican agenda is so obvious and it feels like there is nothing that can be done about it. Can there be a class action lawsuit? How can we really come together as a nation and take action against these elected officials that outright refuse to with or for the people? 

September 20, 2011
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