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Yes for sure, education and many other factors. The point is, it should be based on performance, where good performance is something that most Americans could agree on.

Recently the majority of Americans said they would like to see unemployment benefits extended. I think it was 80% said this (of the sample, naturally). Yet Congress voted against it. I am not sure I agree with the majority, but the point is --- if Congress is by the people, for the people, why are they not representing the people?

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I guess the congress people are mediators. Everybody wants more money, which is not possible. The environment and all other species are not represented so they are excluded from the mediation. However, the Members of Congress want to be reelected, so their own interest is part of the mediation.

It is a big lobbying party, which is the nucleus of moral hazard.

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I guess the congress people are mediators. Everybody wants more money, which is not possible. The environment and all other species are not represented so they are excluded from the mediation. However, the Members of Congress want to be reelected, so their own interest is part of the mediation.

It is a big lobbying party, which is the nucleus of moral hazard.

The problem is, getting re-elected does not mean the best person wins. It means the person with the most money wins, and that usually also means the person with the most lobbyists or corporate donors/sponsorships.

The officials in office today do not work for the American people. They work for the American corporations. And what the corporations want is not always the same as what the American people want, or deserve.

I hate to be one to bitch and not offer a solution. This situation has baffled me for years now, I am really unsure what I should do about it. On one hand, I can vote for the underdog in every election, but that alone is not going to make the difference. More and more I feel like it's just one big conspiracy, the media manipulates everything, the lobbyists manipulate the officials, and the American people get screwed. I have never been one to give any credence to conspiracy theories, but the evidence seems overwhelming. I believe the ultimate issue is education, the majority of Americans are unaware.

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I don't know whether it is the right answer to what is going on, but we are long, long past the need for sending representatives off to D.C. to represent us when we can do it ourselves. We have virtually instant communicaton all over this nation today and we are capable of voting on things directly.

We should collapse Congress and be done with it. We should also insist on having simple and totally understandable pending legislation given to the people in summarized form in plain and simple English. While we are at it we need to demand reversal of the recent decision that allows corporations to totally buy candidates and campaigns. Heck, we don't even really elect our own President any more.. so we can dispense with the electoral college as well and get back to doing that personally as well.

That is about all I can think of to remove the big money, greed and corruption from government and do away with lobbyists and special interests as well in one fell swoop. Unless and until we insist on something like this, nothing will get better. Our votes today mean little and only result in occasionally changing the faces in D.C. as promises to the people are soon forgotten and it becomes business as usual. All our representatives seem to really care about are their own personal agendas and becoming as wealthy as possible, by slowly but surely draining the wealth of the middle class.

The only real question is will we need to experience a total economic collapse before the people in this once great nation get angry as hell and take action to take our country back? If you think working within the corrupt system they control is going to solve things then you simply haven't been paying attention for the past 30 years or so. I am not advocating violence. We still have plenty of clout based upon our pocketbooks, and our voices, if we just stand together en masse.


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We still have plenty of clout based upon our pocketbooks, and our voices, if we just stand together en masse.

We do have that clout but the days of a unified nation fighting for a common good are long since gone . I am aware that we as a nation have a lot of pride but fundamentally most of us are happy with what we get and stop complaining when our bellies are full with a roof over us . Most people I know have an individual agenda so standing together is not happening , unless it suits our needs .

Just like in congress I see a "gimme mine" attitude thats pervasive in new yorkers , dunno bout the rest of the country . I personally know a dozen various former municipal workers that collect disability or compensation and work full time in other fields . They vote for congress people that support their agendas and overall more americans cast votes for american idol contestants than congressional nominees . Overall I would say we are fractured and it would be great to be unified for a common good .

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Unfortunately, I wholly concur with your assessment Eric.. and I do firmly believe people, as a group, will only come together to take action once the nanny state they have been clamoring for finally collapses and we are all in a world of hurt.

The day that the U.S. Dollar loses reserve currency status.. it will all begin to unravel here. Our forefathers must be rolling over in their graves over what is transpiring.

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