Where's the outrage?

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With 24-hour cable news, the Internet, grass-roots advocacy groups, talk radio and more, we've never gotten more information about what our leaders are up to.

But what good is it doing us if we don't act on that information?

And what are our elected leaders supposed to think if we don't act -- that they can do anything they please?

Consider: This Congress received the lowest approval ratings in history -- in the single digits -- yet voters gave it a vote of confidence in November.

Now Washington is talking about spending nearly another trillion of our children's and grandchildren's future money to make us feel better about things today. Just this year. The plan seems to be trillion-dollar thefts from future generations for several years to come.

It's outrageous, but brings no outrage.

A superior idea to the current stimulus proposal is to just have a federal tax moratorium for up to half a year -- meaning you keep what you earn. Imagine the potential for turning the economy around if everyone got an overnight (albeit temporary) 30-percent raise.

But guess what: It won't happen.

Why? Because Americans won't demand it. And because politicians would rather decide how the stimulus money is spent rather than let you decide for yourself.

As long as we let them lead us around by the nose, they'll keep doing it.

About the only thing that has moved Americans to action in recent years has been Washington's arrogant notion that it knew what was best with regard to illegal immigration. Twice in recent years, our leaders moved to grant amnesty to illegals under what they euphemistically referred to as "comprehensive immigration reform."

Americans shouted that plan down and demanded border security.

But even then Washington dragged its feet -- approving a border fence, then not funding it, and only now slowly and grudgingly building it.

But will it be finished? The president-elect never did buy into border security, and will be under immense pressure to turn the ship about on illegal immigration -- despite the fact that a majority of Americans want it stopped.

Moreover, how about that conspiracy of silence between the presidential candidates and the major news media during the general election campaign? Did you notice the word "immigration" slip out of either candidate's mouth, or out of an interviewer's for that matter?

Border watchers say the fence is working in places it's been built -- and the 705,000 illegals apprehended on the border in 2008 is the fewest since 1976.

But your leaders in Washington may not care -- either about those facts or that Americans support border enforcement. We'll see.

What will we do if they arrogantly change course because they don't agree with us and think they know better?

They know we're watching.

They may not care.

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Nammy
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Nammy 01/11/09 - 01:03 am
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Just print off some more

Just print off some more bills and this too shall pass...no, honestly-exactly what would YOU have us do? And don't think for even a minute there aren't any illegals hiding in tunnels all along that border there...they've even built themselves little condos in those things...living the high life right up under everyone's noses!

GACopperhead
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GACopperhead 01/11/09 - 03:44 am
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The reason that Congress got

The reason that Congress got low ratings was because of the Republicans in it, We fixed that.

SandyK2005
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SandyK2005 01/11/09 - 04:13 am
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"Consider: This Congress

"Consider: This Congress received the lowest approval ratings in history -- in the single digits -- yet voters gave it a vote of confidence in November" ------ Blame yourself media too, for your "if it bleeds, it leads headlines". All that politicking, has come back to haunt this city, state, and by extension, country. We have a crappy congress because the crappy MSM keeps promoting the next crappy politicians as the "newest bestest" thing since sliced bread. Not much changed since Hearst and Boss Tweed, and the public now is literate enough to read/watch/hear the "headlines" of the crap we call congress (and now 24/7). Want change? Do away with this two party Twindle Dee and Twindle Dum system, as we're STILL getting the same thing besides the (R) or (D) beside their names!

grouse
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grouse 01/11/09 - 04:34 am
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Americans ignored the problem
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Americans ignored the problem for the past eight years.

As It Is
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As It Is 01/11/09 - 05:56 am
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GA Copperhead, our Congress

GA Copperhead, our Congress was made of a democratic majority. The biggest mistakes that President Bush has and continues to make is breaking from republican values and allowing for such things to occur as a bail out for banks, auto makers or anyone for that matter. This president has given so much to so many through and wiht the support of the congress along with all of the congressional pet projects that we are truly going broke. Now, Obama is going to raise expenses while cutting income (taxes) and giving $1,000.00 incentive to non-working citiznes I guess so they can pay their cell phone bills for the next year and continue to buy lottery tickets, cigarettes and beer since those unfortunately are stapels amongst lower income persons of all races. Tell me what has ever been positive or successful about spending money that you don't have especailly when less is coming in? I certainly hope President Obama does well and helps the economy and the country but I am a believer in those who work deserve the rewards of what they have put into it and those who don't get or lack what they haven't earned. The government has no business taking from those who work for those who don't.

elliottness
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elliottness 01/11/09 - 06:14 am
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this rag is so gop biased

this rag is so gop biased that it's not even funny anymore.why does it refuse to blame bush and cheney for anything? it's always those in washington, or the congress?congress has low numbers? why not mention how low bush's have been for years,and cheney who has hovered around 12% since day one?and also, who do they poll the red states folks? i've never had anyone contact me yet.obama is going to have to spend this money to try to jump start this economy.bush's ceo friends are smiling while the rest of the country is worried.the paper won't mention that 700 billion that is not being used but being manipulated by slimy bank ceos who should be prosecuted.bush never did anything with the border fence,he doesn't care he gets a pension for life.just once will this rag call this administration what it is was, a disaster?they'd rather still criticize carter who dealt with an oil embargo,and wouldn't kiss those ragheads behind,or the high interest rates.i'll take his 4 years anyday over this mess.now obama will be blamed just like clinton, and carter,while the culprits drink tea on trent lott's porch in miss.bush is the worst whether this paper agrees or not.

elliottness
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elliottness 01/11/09 - 06:31 am
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you don't understand politics

you don't understand politics very well as it is.if your republican congress which bush had for 6 years was doing such a great job,why were they defeated in 06? because they weren't.bush got this country into this mess and demanded a stimulus bill be presented to him to sign.had the congress balked then he could blame them when things got worse,the oldest trick in the book.i've still yet to see where the macs are falling apart,it was said they were slipping, but never did fail.why didn't this administration reverse those policies? they tried? one person can stop the fed gov't? bullsh.. we all know that the entitlement programs are being abused, but no one cries about all the billions of aid sent to various countries, who also sit around all day, and won't hit a lick at a stick.

TechLover
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TechLover 01/11/09 - 07:05 am
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We changed 5% of the House

We changed 5% of the House and 8% of the Senate (we tried to make it 9 but didn't the AC give it's endorsement to the status quo in Ga? as: Except for a short stretch the Reps have held both houses since 1994.

jebko
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jebko 01/11/09 - 07:09 am
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Demand the FairTax. Simple

Demand the FairTax. Simple and effective. Trillions of dollars would flow back into the US.

TechLover
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TechLover 01/11/09 - 07:32 am
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Let's just mail our money

Let's just mail our money straight to the uber-wealthy and skip the unFair Tax part. What a scam.

Ga Values
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Ga Values 01/11/09 - 07:37 am
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Did the AC not endorse and

Did the AC not endorse and actively work for a BIG SPENDING, BIG GOVERNMENT, PRO AMNESTY Socialist Saxby Chambliss and his LOBBYIST son Bo for the US Senate. We are getting what you wanted. Why doesn't the A/C tell us what our to Senators are up to, they did vote for the $3 trillion Wall Street bail out?

SandyK2005
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SandyK2005 01/11/09 - 07:45 am
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"you don't understand

"you don't understand politics very well as it is.if your republican congress" ---- And you were saying teachers are also 100% not at fault with teaching students? How much more partisan are you? Straight ticket, even???? Can you see those numbers don't discriminate based on party, it's ALL of congress? Both parties don't like what's in office!

GACopperhead
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GACopperhead 01/11/09 - 07:48 am
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As it is....Congress

As it is....Congress rubberstamped Buh/Bernanke/Paulson's recommended "bail-out". Then Bush, et al turned around and renigged on their agenda, and gave out billions without setting in place the promised oversight. Congress isn't making these decisions, they aren't voting on every single little change that Bush makes. All you right-wingers in here do is try to blame everything on Democrats, when the FACT is that in the Senate there is a One vote Dem majority, if you count turncoat Lieberman. All of you quit saying the Dems have had a majority for two years, when it's in name only. In order to pass anything Senate REPUBLICANS have to vote for it also! REPUBLICANS voted AGAINST bank regulations, and REPUBLICANS voted to ACQUIT Bill Clinton!

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 01/11/09 - 07:56 am
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I seem to remember Obamas

I seem to remember Obamas name on that too Copperhead!!

SandyK2005
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SandyK2005 01/11/09 - 08:00 am
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"Congress isn't making these

"Congress isn't making these decisions, they aren't voting on every single little change that Bush makes." ----- Nope. Congress can overturn vetoes with a 2/3 vote. Again, they didn't do their job. Blame goes on everyone, including the Dems.

TechLover
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TechLover 01/11/09 - 08:04 am
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Yes it's soooo easy to get a

Yes it's soooo easy to get a 2/3 vote in the House or Senate.

GACopperhead
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GACopperhead 01/11/09 - 09:24 am
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Again, if Dems don't have a

Again, if Dems don't have a 2/3 majority, and Repubs don't vote with them to overturn a veto....duh. CBBP, i know Obama voted, my point is that you Repubs want to blame ONLY Dems, when Repubs have voted against taking care of our military and rewarding them for putting their lives on the line, when the Repub administration failed horribly at medical care for the military, when Repubs voted against regulation of banks, on and on ad infinitum. REPUBLICANS are in the White House NOW, Repubs have had the majority! Quit blaming the Dems for everything. The failures of the past 8 years, and the low Congressional and presidential ratings are on REPUBLICANS. Whine, argue and deny all you want....voters have spoken, and the vote indicates who they are dissatisfied with.

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 01/11/09 - 09:25 am
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The blame game goes on and on

The blame game goes on and on and on. We can only hope that things will improve but with a trillion here and a trillion there and a bailout here and a bailout there, it is very doubtful. Of course the promises, that were made, will be said to not be possible now so those expecting those checks may have to wait until those trillions are given out.

_SisterAbdullahX_
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_SisterAbdullahX_ 01/11/09 - 09:26 am
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The reason that Congress got

The reason that Congress got low ratings was because of the Republicans in it, We fixed that.
Posted by GACopperhead on Sun Jan 11, 2009 2:44 AM
------------------- You fixed that and the ratings got lower. By the way....have you accepted that Iraq attacked the US yet? Same to you TechLover. Firing at our planes for YEARS after a cease fire, but you don't consider that an attack. Neither of you deserve to live here.

GACopperhead
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GACopperhead 01/11/09 - 09:31 am
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No, Abdullah, I haven't. The

No, Abdullah, I haven't. The references were to terrorist attacks, not open attacks on military. Again, you can bite me. You are the one who advocates the government ignoring the Constitution, why don't you go live with like minded people in Iran, Russia and Cuba. Maybe you should ask Hugo Chavez to give a speech justifying your beliefs on security. Actually, Stalin and Hitler are more your type.

GACopperhead
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GACopperhead 01/11/09 - 09:33 am
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Actually, unfortunately, we

Actually, unfortunately, we didn't vote in enough Dems into the Senate in 06. 51-49 with Lieberman as an independent didn't do the trick. We'll see now. It's a shame we didn't get the 60 we need to shut up the Repubs.

GACopperhead
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GACopperhead 01/11/09 - 09:34 am
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As I recall, the comment PT

As I recall, the comment PT made was the we have stopped Iraq from international terrorism.

_SisterAbdullahX_
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_SisterAbdullahX_ 01/11/09 - 09:35 am
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So....give one example of

So....give one example of where I have advocated ignoring the Constitution. I can give an example of you saying that "Iraq never attacked us" regardless of reference, THAT is an incorrect statement. Sophomoric "bite me" statements will not rationalize the fact that you are wrong and not mature enough to admit it.

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 01/11/09 - 09:36 am
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Wow, Obama's economic plan

Wow, Obama's economic plan looks just like Bush's except on steriods.

_SisterAbdullahX_
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_SisterAbdullahX_ 01/11/09 - 09:36 am
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As I recall...you said Iraq

As I recall...you said Iraq never attacked us.

_SisterAbdullahX_
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_SisterAbdullahX_ 01/11/09 - 09:38 am
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Here's the actual quote "PT,

Here's the actual quote "PT, while I agree with most of your fist post, please do tell, what international attacks have stemmed from Iraq? I've searched all over and can't find one news report of an Iraqi attacking the US.....
Posted by GACopperhead on Sat Jan 10, 2009 10:35 AM" WRONG again.

_SisterAbdullahX_
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_SisterAbdullahX_ 01/11/09 - 09:41 am
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Do you not consider it an

Do you not consider it an attack on the US if they are patrolling the UN imposed no fly zone? If so then what would you consider it if you were a cop patrolling your beat and got shot at every day? Would it be an attack? Would you ask the thugs to sit down and talk with you? How would you handle that?

_SisterAbdullahX_
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_SisterAbdullahX_ 01/11/09 - 09:43 am
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It's funny how the same man

It's funny how the same man who said you can't drill yourself out of an energy crisis, thinks you can spend yourself out of an economic crisis. It's scary how he feels that "only the government" can solve the problem.

GACopperhead
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GACopperhead 01/11/09 - 09:47 am
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It hasn't. It has NEVER

It hasn't. It has NEVER attacked the US. We attacked Iraq, after Bush41 publicly told Iraq that "We have no position on that matter" when asked about what we would do if Iraq defended it's oil fields from Kuwait. Kuwait was allegedly stealing Iraqi oil. The fact is Saudi Arabia bought and paid for us to fight that war, and we had to badger, cajole and intimidate fellow UN members to get UN authorization for that and the second war. Funny, we never really got UN authority for the second one,......now did we? You advocated, in the past, frequently, Bush's torture, wiretaps without warrant, reading emails, et cetera. That is advocating ignoring the 4th and 5th amendments and ignoring the Geneva Convention. How about trying to eliminate Habeus Corpus? The Supreme Court stopped that one...I'm beginning to believe that you and PT are one in the same, except that you, on occasion have had good points.

GACopperhead
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GACopperhead 01/11/09 - 09:49 am
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Hate to say it, but you don't

Hate to say it, but you don't sound like one who listens to Zappa....LOL!

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