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  •  There is a crisis in Congress. If they were to (2+ / 0-)
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    Habitat Vic, Dallasdoc

    admit that the scarcity of money is a sham, an artificial construct, which enables them to play hero or scourge on the home front, it would not only expose a grand fraud but leave them nothing with which to extort votes from the electorate.
    It would reveal that the promis of not collecting dollars from accumulators, both individuals and corporate bodies, is simply a strategy for making friends with presumably influential people -- people who will instruct their subordinates to vote right.
    These Congresscritters are triangulators, par excellence. They rely on one thing or person to manipulate another -- like a pool player hitting the cue ball to sink the others. It's indirection in action and goes along with indirection in speech. The euphemism and the lie are not consequences; they are essential to their approach to the universe. Perhaps an endemic sense of fear makes them lie and deceive. Perhaps what we have in these public officials is autistic persons whose gift of gab is enhanced, rather than depressed.
    What makes them antagonistic? Perhaps being abused early on.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 04:50:27 AM PDT

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    •  a crisis for whom? (2+ / 0-)
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      a crisis in Congress?

      they are doing fine now and have a career path for the future

      they are not doing as well as Mitt Romney, but they are not in the pain of the Scott Prouty who took the 47% video tape

      that was just a little piece of what has been going on

      and Scott had a job that at least kept him afloat

      congress people don't have to get it

      Congress has an approval rating of about 10%

      but with districts leading to incumbents winning at a rate equal to totalitarian societies, voters are not going to get their attention

      Glenn Greenwald makes an important point. In a democracy, elected people should fear the citizens, not the other way around. We have it backwards. The two tier justice system is but another system which has been corrupted.

      •  Having money is not the same as doing well. (1+ / 0-)
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        Besides, in 2010 there were 93 freshmen in the House. That means 93 old-timers were replaced.
        If you paid attention, you'll have noticed there was no mention of the importance of incumbency to have influence on Capitol Hill. Capitol Hill is in a panic. All the Dufus Brigade have going for them is the gift of gab. What good are connections going to be with more like Warren and Whitehouse and Shea-Porter and Gifford on the hill?

        We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

        by hannah on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 05:50:58 AM PDT

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    •  We have what is called a managed currency (0+ / 0-)

      It only buys Chinese made goodies and foreign oil to make those massive SUVs run because of government restraint [or the repeated claims thereto].

      If we don't manage the currency ourselves, the Chinese and oil exporting contries will insist on IMF managers in Washington, DC, or they will cut off the supply of goodies and oil.

      People are not entitled by the laws of nature to spend five days a week wasting fuel in massive backups on the George Washington Parkway and Washington Beltway on their way to work at the Pentagon plotting ways to better blow up brown-skinned people followed by two days of shopping orgies loading up their oversized, gas-wasting SUVs with Chinese made stuff at Costco and Potomac Mills Mall.  

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