MAY 23, 2011
[Dylan Ratigan Show]
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THIS BLOG IS CONSTANTLY URGING YOU TO EMAIL, CALL, WRITE OR VISIT YOUR CONGRESSMEN. SOME ACTIVISTS IN NEW YORK CITY HAVE DONE MUCH MORE WITH A DEMONSTRATION. THEY ARE TRYING TO GET 20,000 PEOPLE OCCUPY WALL STREET TO PROTEST CONGRESS DOING NOTHING ABOUT THE SORRY FINANCIAL STATE THIS NATION IS IN.
The youth of America are growing more and more concerned about the mess our leaders have made of this country. The promise of obtaining the American Dream is nothing but a pipe dream to some. We should all be as riled up and angry as Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts who is running for senator against heavily Wall Street funded Scott Brown who sits as successor to Sen. Teddy Kennedy. See and hear the passion that every American should have if we are going to change this b*tch! [current situation] 🙂
Look at the bustling chamber above. It looks like a lot of the people’s work is being done. Phooey! This photo must be staged. Turn on C-Span and watch The Senate and The House as they really are: EMPTY save a few legislators who have come to work that day to get their particular issue on the official record. The 112th Congress has been alive for 9 months, yet The Senate has only been in session 121 days and The House 125 days. Incredible! I know they have to spend a lot of time fundraising for re-election, but, we are paying them to do work! The Senate is not living up to this history capsule and deserves a “D-” rating:
The United States Senate is often described as the world’s greatest deliberative body. Many of the most influential political leaders in U.S. history have served there. A total of fifteen senators later became President. Forteen incumbent senators were nominated for President. Twenty-two senators later served as Vice President. Twenty-seven incumbent senators were nominated for Vice President. Nearly one hundred senators later governed their respective states.
Nine governors even resigned in order to serve in the Senate. So did Vice President John C. Calhoun. The ranks of the Senate are frequently sought out to fill cabinet posts, ambassadorial appointments and even the Supreme Court [source]
Before taking the weekend off, Republicans set up another possible shutdown of the government on Friday, September 30. Hopefully, when they return on Monday they will be reasonable and fund the government for a decent amount of time. Speaking of money, do you know how much we pay them?
Majority Party Leader – $193,400
Minority Party Leader – $193,400
Speaker of the House – $223,500
Majority Leader – $193,400
Minority Leader – $193,400
Wow! Nice work, if you can get it! Of course, they have to raise much more than that to win re-election. I hope you have been watching Dylan Ratigan’s reports on why we need to take money out of our politics. In a partisan decision the Supreme Court lit a match to the pyrotechnics which are our political system. [Citizens United] People, we will not get campaign reform unless we dmand it! Congress works to preserve itself as the status quo. Our war in Korea is still going on because we have not demanded a cessation. Likewise in Iraq and Afghanistan. These conflicts give our generals something to do, but, hurt the nation. You really need to write to Congress.
Well, to sum up, Congress gets paid a big bundle of money, spend almost no time in their legislative chambers, do not engage in debate but give speeches to an empty room, do not account for their work hours and get benefits and allowance that are not a part of this post. Surely, the Senate can no longer say it is the world’s greatest deliberative body. We need issues of the day debated like they do in the English Parliament. Then we would see which of our legislators really know the issues and are effective in getting laws enacted. It’s all up to you. Do nothing and you get the government you deserve.
It’s downright shameful.
Following months of empty rhetoric and Tea Party pandering, Speaker Boehner and Republican leaders in Congress are doing everything they can to stop progress on putting Americans back to work. Now, they are bringing our government to the brink of shutdown in a brazen ploy to advance their extremist agenda.
That’s right. Republicans are actually trying to sabotage the economy in a cynical ploy to score political points by hurting President Obama and Democrats in Congress.
Enough is enough. With America’s working families struggling to make ends meet, now is not the time for games.
Two weeks ago, President Obama outlined his American Jobs Act and told Congress to “pass this bill” immediately. But instead of getting to work, Boehner and House Republicans are doing everything they can to smear, stall, and obstruct this crucial piece of legislation.
Instead, Republicans are threatening to shut down the government and hold up critically needed disaster funding in a ploy to destroy even more jobs.
We need to put as much pressure as possible on Boehner and Republicans in the House to support the American Jobs Act. With your support, we can show them with sheer numbers that Americans support this bill and Republicans will suffer at the polls if they don’t support it.
Thanks for acting fast,
New Media Director
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