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Voters have to demand more from Congress

Published 12:00am Sunday, September 23, 2012

The worst Congress in decades, and perhaps the worst in our nation’s storied history, recessed for the November elections in much the same way the group has conducted itself for months. With pointless posturing, Band-Aid measures that delay real decisions and an ineffectiveness stemming from blinding partisanship.

It is impossible to dispute that this Congress has been absolutely ineffectual and an embarrassment to our great nation.

It isn’t about politics.

This is the only conclusion that an objective individual could come to after looking at the facts.

This is the earliest pre-election exit by Congress in 52 years, according to the Associated Press.

Recent polls show that public approval for the elected leaders is a dismal 13 percent, the lowest ever for an election year. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives and the Democrat-led Senate enacted only 173 laws, approximately half of what a typical Congress accomplishes.

The leaders left stacks of unfinished business including addressing the pending “fiscal cliff” that involves spending cuts and tax cut extensions, the farm bill that could have massive impact on those receiving subsidies and food stamps, and a variety of other measures.

Both political parties are to blame.

According to the Associated Press, “House Republicans walked away from the budget deal by pressing for further cuts to domestic appropriations and reversing some of the pact’s Pentagon cuts.”

The Democrat-led Senate was no better. They failed to pass a budget for the third year in a row and refused to approve any of nearly 40 job-related laws that have been passed by the House.

The American people have to stand up and take notice of what is happening in Washington, D.C. Until the interest level about what our leaders are doing matches that of popular sporting events or the hot new television show, we will get the same results.

It is time for our citizens to insist — first with our voices and then with our votes — that our elected representatives put partisan politics aside and start working together to move our country forward.

Anyone who refuses should be given a short stay in Washington.

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  • Noesis

    Keta: Noises, you’re such a…republican.
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    That’s funny coming from the person who thinks there’s a correlation between asthma inhalers and coal plants… Keta… you’re such a moonbat.

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  • mikehaney

    I just got spooked or is it a computer thing.
    keta and noesis arguing about asthma and I’m looking at 3 adds on this site just above the comment block.
    Claritin/Asthma inhaler/Natural Asthma Relief.
    Tribunes new system must be working?

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    • Noesis

      Keta probably has ads for mental institutions above her’s ;)

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  • keta

    So when did kids breathe clean air Keta?
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    Right; if God had wanted kids to breathe clean air, he wouldn’t have formed those fossil fuels. Let the free market decide how clean the air is! Noises, you’re such a…republican.

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  • Noesis

    Keta: Every other kid in the US has athsma, inhalers are nearly as common as pencils in elementary schools.
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    So when did kids breathe clean air Keta? Was it during the cave men times when they burned wood in caves through colonial times burning woods inside chimneys and stoves or was it when households started burning coal in their houses?

    When was the idyllic period again?

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  • Noesis

    Keta:Oh, give it up, Noises. Every other kid in the US has athsma, inhalers are nearly as common as pencils in elementary schools. Mittens was no Friend of Coal until he was taken hostage by the tea party and financed by the Koch brothers.
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    So Keta, do we award you the Nobel prize for medicine for determining that asthma is caused by coal? Can we see your proof? Oh wait, you don’t have any? Oh…. that’s right, your a liberal, you just make stuff up…

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  • keta

    ‘burning coal causes asthma” will be another funny memory
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    The things you think are funny are pretty astonishing, Noises. I’m afraid Sean Hannity is wrong about this, too. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America states that coal-fired power plants and their pollutants – sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, provide us with smog, and trigger millions of asthma attacks every year. It’s silly to pretend they don’t. Good for business, but silly – and cruel.

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    • Noesis

      I’m afraid Sean Hannity is wrong about this, too. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America states that coal-fired power plants and their pollutants – sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, provide us with smog, and trigger millions of asthma attacks every year. It’s silly to pretend they don’t.
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      Media Matters….. seriously, you couldn’t do better than that as source?

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  • Noesis

    Keta: And it’s kind of spooky that you “remember” things I said years ago. Try to focus.
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    Not really, I have a very good memory… especially when you make outlandish statements….

    The “burning coal causes asthma” will be another funny memory.

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  • Noesis

    OMG Keta,are you truly that clueless?:

    Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

    What Causes Asthma

    Since asthma has a genetic origin and is a disease you are born with, passed down from generation to generation, the question isn’t really “what causes asthma,” but rather “what causes asthma symptoms to appear?” People with asthma have inflamed airways which are super-sensitive to things which do not bother other people. These things are called “triggers.”

    Although asthma triggers vary from person to person based on if you have allergic asthma or non-allergic asthma, some of the most common include:

    Substances that cause allergies (allergens) such as dust mites, pollens, molds, pet dander, and even cockroach droppings. In many people with asthma, the same substances that cause allergy symptoms can also trigger an asthma episode. These allergens may be things that you inhale, such as pollen or dust, or things that you eat, such as shellfish. It is best to avoid or limit your exposure to known allergens in order to prevent asthma symptoms.

    Irritants in the air, including smoke from cigarettes, wood fires, or charcoal grills. Also, strong fumes or odors like household sprays, paint, gasoline, perfumes, and scented soaps…

    Respiratory infections such as colds, flu, sore throats, and sinus infections. These are the number one asthma trigger in children.

    Exercise and other activities that make you breathe harder. Exercise—especially in cold air—is a frequent asthma trigger. A form of asthma called e…

    Weather such as dry wind, cold air, or sudden changes in weather can sometimes bring on an asthma episode.

    Expressing strong emotions like anger, fear or excitement. When you experience strong emotions, your breathing changes — even if you don’t have asthma. When a person with asthma laughs, yells, or cries hard, natural airway changes may cause wheezing or other asthma symptoms.

    Some medications like aspirin can also be related to episodes in adults who are sensitive to aspirin. Irritants in the environment can also bring on an asthma episode. These irritants may include paint fumes, smog, aerosol sprays and even perfume.
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    Keta…. I must have missed it… can you please show me where they say coal is a factor?

    Seriously do you just make stuff up or is that what you really believe?

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  • keta

    what the republicans are doing is cutting misguided, job killing regulations
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    Oh, give it up, Noises. Every other kid in the US has athsma, inhalers are nearly as common as pencils in elementary schools. Mittens was no Friend of Coal until he was taken hostage by the tea party and financed by the Koch brothers. And it’s kind of spooky that you “remember” things I said years ago. Try to focus.

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  • Noesis

    Keta: Bull, bull, bull and shame on you for propagandizing.
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    Isn’t that exactly what you are doing when you say that republicans are: “…deregulation and gutting laws that regulate clean air and water.”?

    Are you say that if those bills went through, companies could dump oils and toxins directly to the environment like before the clean water air regulations came into effect?

    No, what the republicans are doing is cutting is misguided, job killing regulations that Obambi is using in his war against fossil fuels.

    Your “gutting” reminds me of when you tried to tell us the same thing about Sara Palin… how she was “gutting” the budget for families with special needs, or disadvantaged families… something like that. Turns out that in the state budget, they were due for a large increase to their annual budget and Palin but the increase in half… that just like this was your “gutting”… nothing but extreme inaccurate partisan hyperbole.

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  • keta

    Bull, bull, bull and shame on you for propagandizing. The republican “jobs” bills are mostly about deregulation and gutting laws that regulate clean air and water. They’re jobs-related only in that republicans claim that environmental and business regulations place a terrible, onerous burden on commerce. It’s astonishingly one-sided of you to print only that Democrats wouldn’t vote for their bills. You should print a clarification, but I’ll be pretty surprised if you do.

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    • Noesis

      Well Keta I see your reading skills haven’t improved any:

      “Both political parties are to blame.

      According to the Associated Press, “House Republicans walked away from the budget deal by pressing for further cuts to domestic appropriations and reversing some of the pact’s Pentagon cuts.”

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  • mickakers

    An excellent article, saying what needs to be said.

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  • BILLCO

    Makes good since too me. Until people start voting for the person running for office, instead of voting for the party they belong to, we will keep these losers in office. People don’t care that they can’t or don’t do the job, just so they can say they voted strait dem or rep ticket, thats why we have who we have in office today, all the way from the white house down. We need too change the whole bunch, people get out and vote these people out of office before its too late, four years from now will be too late. there won’t be nothing worth saving by then.

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