It's your fault: How our 'tribes' help create gridlock in Congress
February 6th, 2013
07:28 AM ET
1 year ago

It's your fault: How our 'tribes' help create gridlock in Congress

Washington (CNN) - If Congress has danced at the most perilous edges of brinkmanship, we the people helped push them there.

We did it by voting lawmakers out of office when they work with the other party to craft legislation but then claiming we want Congress to compromise and seek bipartisan solutions.

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  1. Rhonda

    Thats why we should nave Term Limits.

    February 6, 2013 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  2. Jim Millsap

    Are newly elected politicians a rubber stamp for the leaders to dictate to? Why should politicians elected to serve receive full pay and benefits as though it were a full time job rather than a part time job, after all they are off the job traveling, on vacation, politicking for their political buddies while in a pay status. Where's the fraud, waste and abuse in our congress? Often I wonder, why would a millionaire want to be a politician? Answer, more money and control. What else could it possibly be? Term limits may just be the answer. Many of the millionaires might not be interested in a part time job!!

    February 6, 2013 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  3. Jim Millsap

    Could we save a few dollars be downsizing paid holidays? As a retired military veteran with over 33 years of service to my country, I personally feel the don't ask, don't tell policy is best for the morale as a whole. Those who do not wish to,serve with a policy that does not suit them should cause them to rethink their eligibility. I don't believe in discrimination, but I do think we should stand by the principals our country was founded on. I do believe we should not keep changing the rules and standards to accommodate a select few. That question might apply to a lot of issues we deal with.

    February 6, 2013 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    We did it by voting lawmakers out of office when they work with the other party to craft legislation but then claiming we want Congress to compromise and seek bipartisan solutions.
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    Hmm. Can anyone name even one Democrat who's had that happen to them? I can't. I can come up with a slew of GOTP names, though: past, present and future.

    February 6, 2013 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  5. plain&simple

    The truth hurts! Things usually have to get worse before they get better. They have gotten pretty bad! You always hear vote the bums out and the bums are never your congressman or woman. The solution is not necessarily to vote your own representative out,just tell them to be reasonable and work to make things work. If they can't do that ....then you will vote for someone who will. If we all focus on who is representing us and quit worrying about how bad the other guy is,things will change. It all starts and ends with yourself and what we accept. Expect solutions and expect matters to be resolved. Don't expect it to be 100% what you want. Movement in a direction is all that is needed.

    February 6, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |