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  •  Oh, sure. (1+ / 0-)
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    That's not any kind of security risk.  (Also: keeps them even further isolated from constituents and real life.)

    •  Yes, it keeps them more isolated. (0+ / 0-)

      They're so in touch and doing such a good job now, right?  I've been hearing the two households rationalization all my life.  What?  They didn't know that when they decided to run?

      Security risk.  I didn't say they have to live there, I said they can.

      I'll start worrying about their economic well being when they start worrying about ours.

      Fight 'em 'til hell freezes over, then fight 'em on the ice. -- David Van Os

      by Naturalized Texan on Thu Dec 19, 2013 at 08:13:31 AM PST

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      •  So you DON'T want poor people running for Congress (0+ / 0-)

        That's my takeway. I'd rather pay 'em well and hold them accountable. It would be good if they actually had to depend on that salary rather than on the millions many of them have or that they get courtesy of lobbyists. It would take a Constitutional amendment to change the way they're paid but it would take only a statute to ban their slush funds.

        •  Sorry it took so long to answer (0+ / 0-)

          I was away.

          Yes, I want poor people running for congress, and middle class people and even rich people.  Right now it seems that only the rich, or extremely comfortable. can run.  I want public funding of elections.  I want congressVarmints to live on their pay.  No "speaking fees", no "gifts" and damn sure no "campaign contributions".  Frankly, I don't care if they're paid three billion a year.  I just don't want to hear them crying about how they need that much or how they care about "the people".  They don't and they don't.

          To be fair, there are some good ones, but too few.

          Maybe someday I'll express how I really feel about congress.

          Fight 'em 'til hell freezes over, then fight 'em on the ice. -- David Van Os

          by Naturalized Texan on Thu Dec 19, 2013 at 03:38:47 PM PST

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    •  I'd prefer to have my representatives (0+ / 0-)

      live where they live now – in the city, elbow to elbow with neighbors and kvetching about the deer eating their flowers.

      Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it.

      by anastasia p on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 07:48:26 PM PDT

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