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Forum Post: Banana Republicans

Posted 10 years ago on Oct. 18, 2013, 10:36 a.m. EST by Toynbee (656) from Savannah, GA
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  • The government shutdown has taken at least $24 billion out of the United States economy,

• What was accomplished? An agreement to reopen government and fund it -- but only through 15 January 2014! They agreed to push the debt ceiling deadline back! But only to 7 February 2014

  • Do you know how many weeks of paid vacation Congress takes? Every Year? I found the 2010 vacation schedule for the House of Representatives:

January 1st-January 12: 1 1/2 weeks February 15th-February 19th: 1 week March 29th-April 12th: 2 weeks May 31st-June 4th: 1 week July 5th-July 9th: 1 week August 9th-Sept 12th: 5 weeks. * October 11th-December 31st: 12 weeks.

  • Folks, we are at the height of the worst recession and soon to be depression in 75 years!

  • Yet Congress granted themselves 23 1/2 weeks of vacation in 2010! Almost one-half a year off -- paid!

  • Problem is, now with federal budgets and debt ceilings extended for a dozen weeks at a time, the ONLY thing Congress will have time for is dealing with these Heritage Foundation & Koch Brothers funded artificial crises.

  • No time for Congress to deal with the thousands of pressing problems, foreign and domestic.



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[-] 0 points by Narley (272) 10 years ago

The quickest fix is to never vote for ANY incumbent ever again. No matter the office, Federal, State and Local. Get them all out. The is the best wake-up call.

[-] -1 points by Devonshire (81) from Norwich, VT 10 years ago

Polticians from the two parties are corrupted very early on in their political careers, usually at the county or state level, and sometimes at the local level too. So replacing one criminal with another is a lesson in futility. It's the parties themselves that are corrupt, hence almost everyone who comes up through the ranks is tainted. It's all about $ in things like pay to play, nepotism and political patronage jobs, and anyone who tries to buck the system is ostracized fairly quickly.

[-] -1 points by HCHC4 (-28) 10 years ago

Very true. Our "public" servants spend very little time out with the public, in public, doing public things.

[-] 1 points by Devonshire (81) from Norwich, VT 10 years ago

Politicians learn the art of double-speak with a faux sincerity very early in their careers. Very few politicians today back up what they say with actions or shoe-leather. Here's one that did...almost 50 years ago, and he's a Republican! If this doesn't show how far the Republicans have moved to the right, bringing the Democrats with them, I don't know what does.

So here is that link again;