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  •  Sorry, these guys are all millionaires or close (2+ / 0-)
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    Andrew F Cockburn, cazcee

    to it.  This is grandstanding -- lots of noise that won't really affect anyone.  They aren't in there for a paycheck, nice as it might be to get one.  They aren't going to be risking a mortgage, a car payment, or the utilities if they don't do their jobs.  

    Embarrassing, maybe?  But they can turn it into big political hay -- "I stood by my principles even when it cost me my salary..."  without ever mentioning that they don't live on their salaries like we do.

    No, I think for every day they refuse to pass a budget, the majority party loses one committee membership to the minority party -- up to and including any committee chairs.  Because this is what they're in there for:  power.  Control.  Influence.  How many seats do you think they'll be willing to give up for their "principles?"  I would bet they'll come to some kind of consensus real fast.

    History should teach humility and prudence, but America doesn't seem to learn. I've never seen a virgin who loses her innocence so often. -- Gordon Wood

    by stormicats on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 12:19:08 PM PST

    •  One question - if the Senate passes a budget (1+ / 0-)
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      and the House refuses it, which "majority" loses a committee membership.

      Your proposal sounds like forcing the Senate Dems to agree to the House budget is the only way to avoid losing seats. Since the House must start the budget process, Senate can't pass a budget. If it goes to conference and they don't agree, who loses memberships and chairs? Don't think that will work.

      FYI, in 2010, per the Washington Post here, one Senator (D) and 29 Reps (17 D, 12 R) had negative net worths.

      Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it - Samuel Clemens

      by tjlord on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 12:26:46 PM PST

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      •  Correction, the buget must.................. (0+ / 0-)

        be in a bill that originates in the House. It can be totally written by the Senate and placed into any house passed bill that has had all its language stripped out. For the time being all deals are going to be cut between the POTUS, Senate Dems and Senate Rethugs.

        The House is terminally broken and will be bypassed except for final approval. Once a deal is cut in the Senate the bill will be returned to the House to be passed by mostly Dems and a hand full of Rethugs.

        The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation--HDT

        by cazcee on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 02:39:47 PM PST

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