NFR LOL government in a nutshell

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Jim Ficklin

Genuine Montana Fossil
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It's a very good thing that I don't have any say. An outfit that can't even come together to fund themselves to stay in business would be immediately fired by me. Blaming anyone specifically is BS. Every person in congress and the house should lose their job - right fucking now! Let's see if the next batch of folks can get something done, and done on time.

Since this is a government of the people I guess it would be okay if some new "people" set up shop in those now unused buildings that each and everyone of us pay for and got things rolling again...:)
Amen! And the firing should include their boss. If you can't do your job, pack your personal effects and leave; you're done just like any other employee who can't/doesn't do their job. The very first paychecks cut should have been theirs. We have self-perceived "royalty" in government, with different benefits, insurance, retirement, etc.; get rid of those too. Implement the same programs & options that they have deemed appropriate for the folks they "represent."
 
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Amen! And the firing should include their boss. If you can't do your job, pack your personal effects and leave; you're done just like any other employee who can't/doesn't do their job. The very first paychecks cut should have been theirs. We have self-perceived "royalty" in government, with different benefits, insurance, retirement, etc.; get rid of those too. Implement the same programs & options that they have deemed appropriate for the folks they "represent."
We need to shut the PACs down and go with term limits
It's a no brainer
 
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Pretty funny little video. Thought i would share

The debt limit is about paying our bills not about the ability to spend more. A better equivalency would be a man who said " wow I'm way in debt, I'm not going to pay my mortgage to save some money". In a sort period of time he would be out on his ass, which is where we will be in the economic world if we default on our debt.
 
#20
When lenders and investors begin demanding a larger yield (interest rate) on short and long term U.S. treasury bonds the real budget cuts will begin. What is happening now with the partial government shut-down is an amusing side show to the coming budget storm. Imagine financing a growing $16.75 Trillion deficit when the 10 year U.S. bond rate has jumped from 2.6% to a more historic rate of 7-8%. Political parties and daily polls won't matter. The budget cuts will become sizeable and harsh.

Take heed of the last sentence, truer words were never spoken.
 
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This is the exact kind of thing that people need to know. While our "news" agencies are busy reporting on people's park vacations cut short, or the WWII memorial (which wasn't actually even shut down), or bickering childish politicians on both sides... People are wondering how they're going to pay for food, their house, their cars, etc. That's the real tragedy here.

Ya I guess I get a little bitter seeing all these cute videos and memes all over the internet and people bickering about D vs. R. Meanwhile, I sit at home. I'm not sure who has it worse, me or my wife. She has to get up at 3:30 every morning to head in to work not knowing when she'll be compensated. She has to work doubly hard to make up for everyone who got furloughed- The needs of the nuclear vessels our jobs support do NOT go away because some people in Washington want to measure their dicks. Please, come tell the people in Kitsap county all about why this problem exists. I'm sure it will make many people sleep better at night.

I'm just very frustrated. I've worked non stop since I was 15. To not be getting up every morning helping to support my family is a worse feeling than I could ever describe. To watch my wife get up and go to work while I sit here like a barnacle is torture. There are fish to be caught just down the street from me, but I can't seem to drag my ass down there.

To be completely honest, I'm not even 100% up on the reasons that have put us where we are. Bottom line is I just can't muster up the energy to research it a whole lot. I've tried, but I just don't care. All I see here is 2 monkeys and a football. Unfortunately, in this case, I'm the football.

Nick's fly shop is pretty much open for business at this point. Everything must go. I won't be undersold.
 

Lugan

Joe Streamer
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It's a very good thing that I don't have any say. An outfit that can't even come together to fund themselves to stay in business would be immediately fired by me. Blaming anyone specifically is BS. Every person in congress and the house should lose their job - right fucking now! Let's see if the next batch of folks can get something done, and done on time.

Since this is a government of the people I guess it would be okay if some new "people" set up shop in those now unused buildings that each and everyone of us pay for and got things rolling again...:)

A curious thing about Congress: They have something like 10-15% approval ratings as a whole, and I doubt it's been above 50% in decades. Yet every election voters send 80-90% of incumbents back to Congress. I guess to "throw the bums out" we should add "except my guy, who is okay".

I doubt 2014 will be different. I think the main reason we'll send most of them back for another term is because somewhere deep down inside we realize the individuals there might not be the problem -- instead it's the system of lobbyist-driven legislation ruled by special interests that our representatives need to court in order to get re-elected.

In other words, the people might or might not be bad, but the system is rotten and undemocratic. But we can't throw the system out, so we're stuck as voters with what we've got until it gets bad enough that we revolt and demand a constitutional amendment that gets money out of elections and compels our elected representatives to act in the best interests of the nation rather than their election funders.
 

_WW_

Geriatric Skagit Swinger
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A curious thing about Congress: They have something like 10-15% approval ratings as a whole, and I doubt it's been above 50% in decades. Yet every election voters send 80-90% of incumbents back to Congress. I guess to "throw the bums out" we should add "except my guy, who is okay".

I doubt 2014 will be different. I think the main reason we'll send most of them back for another term is because somewhere deep down inside we realize the individuals there might not be the problem -- instead it's the system of lobbyist-driven legislation ruled by special interests that our representatives need to court in order to get re-elected.
Here is a fact. There are fewer than 550 people between the house and congress. These are the people that set policy and make the laws of our nation. Sit down today, and find out which congressmen are yours and send them a note stating that you know who they are, when they are up for re-election and that you will not be voting for them under any circumstances. Inform them they have failed at their job and you are firing them.

There are hundreds of millions of people in this country. Finding 550 replacements will be easy. In fact we could probably find that many right here on this forum. :)

instead it's the system of lobbyist-driven legislation ruled by special interests that our representatives need to court in order to get re-elected.
The only reason that works is because 'we the people' allow it to.
 

freestoneangler

Not to be confused with Freestone
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Seems like the offer on the table is more than reasonable. Simply extend the 1 year deferment, given to select size companies, to all Americans and require that all elected officials get the same exact health care package options, and we move forward.

Sorry about your situation Nick and hope things get resolved soon. If Boeing ran their budgets like the state and federal government does, I may be in your situation...nothing is a sure thing if poor decisions are made.
 

Lugan

Joe Streamer
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WW, I don't think that will work because we'd just be sending new people into the same rotten system. The system needs to change, and specifically I mean getting big money out of elections.
 

freestoneangler

Not to be confused with Freestone
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I think there are many folks who would be great as elected leaders. Particularly those who have not made politics their life but who have actually worked within the free market system. Benjamin Carson is very intriguing to me but, I am afraid, he and others like him are too smart to get in the mud and wrestle with hogs... hogs have a great time and you just get muddy. It seems more and more like our pool from which we are getting our elected officials are amongst those who have the least impressive and increasingly sleazy record (i.e. Mr. Wiener).
 

freestoneangler

Not to be confused with Freestone
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Nick, hang in there man, we're all pullin for ya. Everybody needs to call their reps and tell them to pass a continuing resolution with no strings attached and end this bullshit now.
So basically you are OK with telling the majority of Americans to piss off, we won't support the peoples will? It's this exact hard line stance that has resulted in the situation at hand.
 
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