What the Congress Can Do for America

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  1. carpro

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    http://www.opinionjournal.com/editorial/feature.html?id=110009473

    What the Congress Can Do for America
    Let them say of these next two years: We used our time well.

    BY GEORGE W. BUSH
    Wednesday, January 3, 2007

    EXCERPT

    Our Founders believed in the wisdom of the American people to choose their leaders and provided for the concept of divided and effective government. The majority party in Congress gets to pass the bills it wants. The minority party, especially where the margins are close, has a strong say in the form bills take. And the Constitution leaves it to the president to use his judgment whether they should be signed into law.

    That gives us a clear challenge and an opportunity. If the Congress chooses to pass bills that are simply political statements, they will have chosen stalemate. If a different approach is taken, the next two years can be fruitful ones for our nation. We can show the American people that Republicans and Democrats can come together to find ways to help make America a more secure, prosperous and hopeful society. And we will show our enemies that the open debate they believe is a fatal weakness is the great strength that has allowed democracies to flourish and succeed.

    To the new members of the 110th Congress, I offer my welcome--and my congratulations. The American people have entrusted us with public office at a momentous time for our nation. Let them say of these next two years: We used our time well.
     
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    While I would like to think the President is sincere, and to some degree, I think he is; where was his spirit of bipartisanship when the GOP held the majority. Instead of threats of nuclear options in Congress and ramming extremist bills through while ignoring Democratic concerns, he now wants to play nice.

    This is like ripping your leg from a pit bull's mouth, and finally getting your hands on a big stick; and now he acts like he just wants to play fetch.
     
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    Bush can do this. In Austin, when he had to deal with democrats to get things done, he accepted the advice and direction of Bob Bullock, the Speaker of the House, and he was a responsible and effective leader thereby.

    Ironically, the one thing that might salvage his shattered standing as president, might be the acceptance of the direction of a democrat Congress.
     
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    Give their paychecks back to the people?

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    Nancy Pelosi is a far left wacko who owes her first allegiance to the radical fringes of the democrat party and will put their ideology ahead of the welfare of the country.

    Bullock was a conservative Texas democrat with the welfare of the state as his first priority.

    Bush should keep his veto pen on his desk. There is no reasoning with leftist wacko democrats.
     
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    Good one Wayne,
    What do you think would happen if they had to work for minimum wage?
     
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    Yer sounding a little, um, off the path yourself. We don't need hysteria; we need a little more reason and bipartisanship. Pelosi's opinions are much closer to those of average Americans than yours are.

    That's why her party won, and why she is speaker. Your guys had their chance, and they blew it with extremism and corruption.

    If Pelosi acts like Hastart and DeLay, she'll be gone, too.
     
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    The press is reporting that Nancy was bragging today about being the most powerful woman in America. Sounds wacko, er, hysterical to me. So much for having a little "more reason." Yep, bragging about the "granite ceiling" etc. Talk about a power hungry old bag, and I mean that as an old bag who is not power hungry, just hungry, munching on pimento cheese & crackers at the moment....(crunch, crunch)
     
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    It could not get much worse.

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    I would say if it wasnt for the war even less dems would be in office than was in in 04.
     
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    ==They can all, Congress and the President, take a massive pay cut. Imagine how much money this country would save if we stopped paying (and treating) our congress and presidents as if they are royalty. We need to stop providing them with fancy cars, staffs, large airplanes, big pay checks and pay rises. They need a major pay cut, tight term limits, and then need to once again be servents of the the people.
     
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    With the big responsility as President I dont think that is reasonable. Repub, Dem, libertarian or other wise.

    As far as congress goes not only should they get a pay cut but they should work less ie pass less laws. Every law passed pulls another piece of freedom of our plates. The answer to all problems is not passing laws.
     
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    ==Since most of them, in recent years, have done a horrible job I think it is perfectly reasonable. I am not saying cut their security levels or anything like that. All I am saying is the man gets a free home, free transportation, free food, etc. I think the least he (they) could do is give us some of our money back.


    ==:thumbs:
     
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    What portion of the 149,000.00 a year do you think he should give back?

    He may get free housing but he still has to maintain his house. And he most certainly has taken a pay cut to do the job which is the same with any president. His stay is but a very short time and all that he had before his being elected needs to still be there. In the end I do not think his contribution in and of itself makes a difference. But I understand why you would see it that way.
     
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    $148,000.

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  16. Martin

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    ==O, I guess about 119,000.00.
     
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    Well ya know what I'm thinkin.
    I'm a thinkin that if Congress had to work for minimum wage, we would see minimum wage sky rocket then all the little people like you and me would benifet from it.
     
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    Great! Lets apply that to the current SS crisis and spread that out over the net 30 years. Problem solved. Heh!:thumbsup:
     
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    When President Bush entered the White House in '91' he carried with him the attributes that gained him so much success in Texas, namely, the ability to bi-nonpartisanly establish a government that gets things done. Remember his trying hard to engage democrats in the decisions of the day? Remember him caving in to Kennedy's education bill?

    Bush can't be accused of non-partisanship, out of hand. He always wanted to work with the evil dem's but they wouldn't take time out from bashing him.
     
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    Move to adjourn.
     
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