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Congressmen Say Their Own Personal Debt is OK, but not Government Debt

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Ah, “elected” government, where hypocrites are paid to advocate for causes they may or may not even agree with, and legislate rules that they themselves don’t follow. And apropos of budget hysteria and economic terrorism being wrought against popular public programs, the trumped-up fears are not only false (the debt crisis is imaginary, and only 6% of the country is aware that the deficit is actually falling) but it’s no surprise to anyone that the ‘debt-fixing’ warriors don’t have the same view of their own debt as they do of the country’s, or yours.

As Josh Israel of ProPublica points out, fourteen of the most vitriolic enemies of vital programs themselves live with the personal irresponsibility of private debt (to the tune of millions).

These hypocrites include:

  • House Budget Committee Member Tom Rice (R-SC):Wrote: “At a time when hardworking American families are living off of a budget, the federal government should be no different.
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The Worst Do-Nothing Congress Since the 1940s

The 112th Congress, which opened on January 3, 2011 and ended January 3, 2013, was not only one of the most unpopular in history (less popular, in fact, than cockroaches, traffic jams and Nickelback), but it was also one of the laziest.

Perhaps lazy isn’t the right word… Obstructionist? Divided? Constipated! That’s the word I was looking for. The current US Congress would rather lie in a pool of its own partisan shit than stand for principled progress for the American people, who used to be their constituency some thirty years ago.

Of the more than 3,900 bills introduced, by the end of the year only 238 had been adopted, a passage rate around 6%.

From David Wallechinsky and Noel Brinkerhoff from AllGov:

It is worth noting that 32 of the successful bills involved the naming of post offices and other buildings, while many others were of similar import.

Only 61 real bills went to President Barack Obama’s desk for signing, and he signed them all.
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SOPA Author Likely To Head Congress’s Science, Space, And Technology Committee

Popular Science reports on who will lead us into our bold and bright future:

Lamar Smith was not very popular with the Internet a while back. The GOP congressman from Texas sponsored the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which, you may recall, was not well-loved by much of the Internet. He also doesn’t believe global warming is man-made.

But now Smith is being recommended by his party to chair the Science, Space, and Technology committee, and he’ll probably end up with the job. This may be slightly controversial.

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Daily Beast’s David Frum on American Corruption

David Frum discusses American corruption at the University of Florida: "...what we now see are members voting for very specific investment-oriented things in which they share the benefit with ten people, or twelve people. And finally there's this very haunting fact that whenever we study the stock portfolios of members of congress, they seem to do about twice as well as the market."
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Former Congresswoman Claims US Lawmakers Forced To Pledge Support to Israel

In June of 2011, former Georgia congresswoman Cynthia McKinney travelled to Iran to attend an International Anti-terrorism Conference. The conference, despite being also anti-western, had the support of the United Nations. McKinney sat down with Press TV to discuss the relationship between the US and Iran as well as the inner workings of the US Congress. A supporter of 9/11 truth among other alternative viewpoints, McKinney is no stranger to controversy. In this interview she drops a bomb about the close relationship between the US Congress and the State of Israel. Watch the whole interview here.
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Embarrassing Congressional Edits To Members’ Wikipedia Pages

Here’s what politicians wished you didn’t know. Via Buzzfeed, a choice rundown of Congress members’ attempts to alter their own Wikipedia biographies (including Harry Reid, whose underlings scrubbed out the section “Relationship to Jack Abramoff and his firm”):

A search through the House of Representatives IP address on Wikipedia shows which pages have been edited by Congressional staff. The IP address, shared by all Congressional offices offers a glimpse at who decided to do a bit of historical airbrushing.

1. Rep. Mike Coffman: Removed edits to an incident saying President Obama was “in his heart, just not an American.”

2. Rep. Allen West: Removed an incident in which he called members of the Progressive Caucus “Communists.”

3. Rep. Bennie Thompson: Removed Thompson’s entire “Controversies” section.

4. Rep. Grace Napolitano: Added information noting that a controversial loan she made to her campaign, which was being repaid with interest, had been completely repaid.

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The Wild Conspiracy Theory Driving The Fast And Furious Investigation

For those of you who still think “Fast and Furious” is a Vin Diesel movie, here’s the current meaning explained by Annie-Rose Strasser for Think Progress:

Here is a theory that some Congressional Republicans believe: The Obama Administration intentionally handed over automatic weapons to Mexican drug cartels, who they knew would commit violent acts, because they wanted to scare Americans into supporting stricter gun laws.

That supposed series of events has now led Congress to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt.

Holder is caught up in a scandal over what happened during Operation Fast and Furious, one in a series of efforts started under former President Bush, in which firearms owned by the U.S. government are intentionally sold to criminals with the hopes that they can be traced back, and criminal activity can be monitored. One such firearm turned up at the crime scene where border patrol agent Brian Terry was killed.

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Don’t Wanna Be An American Idiot (In Congress)

Reports Tamara Keith on NPR:
Members of Congress are often criticized for what they do — or rather, what they don't do. But what about what they say and, more specifically, how they say it? It turns out that the sophistication of congressional speech-making is on the decline, according to the open government group the Sunlight Foundation. Since 2005, the average grade level at which members of Congress speak has fallen by almost a full grade.
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Where Did Congress Go To College?

David Schepp on AOL Jobs:
Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum sought to make some political hay by taking President Obama to task for purportedly saying he wants all Americans to go to college.
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Speaking to a gathering of some 1,000 conservative activists in Troy, MI Santorum called the president a "snob" for wanting "everybody in America to go to college."
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