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July 27th, 2011
09:05 AM ET

Extremes controlling U.S. politics?

With a debt crisis looming, are the nation's political extreme's calling the shots in DC? CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

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Filed under: Debt • Jim Acosta • Politics • Washington
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  1. Russ

    Why not start to fix the budget with :

    Congressional Reform Act of 2011

    1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman collects a salary while in
    office and receives no pay when they are out of office.
    2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security. All
    funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security
    system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system,
    and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for
    any other purpose.
    3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans
    4. Congress will no longer vote itself a pay raise. Congressional pay will
    rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.
    5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the
    same health care system as the American people.
    6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American
    7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective
    The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen.
    Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is
    an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen
    legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to


    July 27, 2011 at 7:13 pm |

    I am an independent.I don't belong to any" party" and I most certainly am not a member of the Tea Party. In all my years I have never seen such a selfish Administration and I can't believe the senate and the house They are like spoiled children. Our "Representatives" are like children and our President is like the teacher that can't control his class because the only thing he has on his mind is getting reelected. Mr President, If you do the right thing you will get reelected despite what the far right says or does.. Then of course there is the "Tea Party". Stick your nose out of things and let our law makers do their job. Those of you backed by the "Tea Party" are there to represent the people,ALL THE PEOPLE IN YOUR DISTRICT. You wont get reelected if you ruine our country. All of you need to come to the center,especially you, Mr. President. Democrates stop giving scholarships to colleges to people who are not Americans,Stop your charter schools. We dont have the money. There are many useless programs you can cut(just examples). If and when we are rich again you can spend again. You are all writing your place in. history and it will not be good. You-Tea Party- I would have loved to join you because I thought you were in the middle but you are just another hand of the far right Republicans and you-far left Democrates find another country to ruine It is so sad to see what is happening to my country. "GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES". and please don't let those fools ruine our country.

    July 27, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  3. joe s.

    Democratic action has been the bullwark of western civilization since ancient Greece.When ideas come along and divide our government it puts democracy to the test. We went to war over slavery.There has been numerous issues over t he centuries that have inflamed individuals, parties and groups and lobbies. Complacency or intrangenence in any party slows or stops change.Even a minor party can gum up any mechanism for compromise. It can also act as oil to gears to bring nforth motion.
    If this third party takes ona matra or signs on to pledges and beholden to any lobby working hard enough to get its allegiance will make it more inflexible holding up the process of government.
    Would you not think that a compromise is possible between no new taxes and save the whales. I wonder if Sen. Mitch McConnell and the EPA could come up with one.

    July 27, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  4. Lynne

    What are the educational/work backgrounds of TPP Meckler and Martin that they seem to have this debt ceiling and get rid of entitlements thing under their control ? Are they economists, professors?
    Why do the TPP elected fear them? Do we really know how many people consider themselves TPP ?

    July 27, 2011 at 10:59 am |

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