Massive turnover changing face of Senate
March 28th, 2013
12:28 PM ET
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Massive turnover changing face of Senate

Washington (CNN) - With South Dakota Democrat Tim Johnson's announcement this week that he will not seek re-election this year, the recent string of Senate retirements has the political class debating whether Republicans have a real shot at taking control of the upper chamber.

But this biennial parlor game overlooks a stunning dynamic that has been developing on Capitol Hill over the past decade: massive turnover.

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  1. Rudy NYC

    If anyone wants to know what would happen to our economy if conservatives took power, just look at Europe. European conservatives in power enacted the same types of draconian spending cuts that American conservatives do. The results have been devastating to their economies.

    For example, Great Britan is reeling through is third recession since the 2008 global financial meltdown. You simply cannot cut, cut, cut your way to financial solvency. Something must keep the economic engine running, and if the people cannot do it then it is government's responsibility to do it. When government and the people both cut spending, there is only one result, a long deep recession.

    March 28, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    In order to pay for the tax cuts in Ryan Plan 3.0, we would see economic growth that would increase revenue. If you set down and "do the math" on how many middle class jobs that would require, then you would quickly realize that Paul Ryan is either a quack, or a scam artist.

    In order to pay off the estimated $5 trillion cost of the Ryan Plan, we would need millions of *new* middle class jobs paying on average $50,000 per year, which would yield roughly $5000 per year in taxes. Do the math. It requires 100,000,000 jobs to magically appear out of the air on day one, and for those jobs to be sustained for an entire decade.

    Since we know that a hundred million jobs will not magically appear just because Congress passes a tax cut, we need to start off with a more realistic set of boundary conditions. If we start out with zero new jobs, then the figure jumps to as high as 400,000,000 new jobs to have been created by the end of a decade. Do the math. It's real simple.

    March 28, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "When government and the people both cut spending, there is only one result, a long deep recession."

    In the end, it's what the conservatives want. Lengthy depression/recession generated poverty will result in lower education levels of the general public and angry, frustratino and fear easily manipulated into justification for some idiotic war that serves the corporate imperialist interests of the wealthy who buy the conservatives' loyalty.

    March 28, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  4. Tommy G

    Rudy NYC
    If anyone wants to know what would happen to our economy if conservatives took power, just look at Europe. European conservatives in power enacted the same types of draconian spending cuts that American conservatives do. The results have been devastating to their economies
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    BWAHAHAHAHA!!!! The reason their economies are a shambles is because the leftists/socialists ran these countries over the fiscal cliff! As several of them now tetter on the verge of insolvency, you suggest they SPEND MORE MONEY, which is what caused their problems to begin with. Problem is nobody in their right mind will loan them more money only to see it flushed down the socialist tiolet.

    As Margaret Thatcher said back in the 70's and it is still true.... "The problem with socialism is that sooner or later you run out of other peoples money to spend."

    March 28, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  5. Protect American Jobs

    Wouldn't it be More Productive if Our Elected Leaders Started Working Together as AMERICANS for AMERICANS and AMERICA, instead of just bickering, stalling and posturing for the next election as democrats and republicans! The American People have had it with this unproductive BS! The way that both parties having been operating for years just stinks! Neither party has really been looking out for the best interests of the US Citizens who elect them and who they're supposed to represent.

    Both parties have sold out the bulk of the American citizens, who they're supposed to represent, by allowing the "out-sourcing" floodgates to open wider and wider without taking any sensible measures to stem the tide.

    It shouldn't be all about Democrats or Republicans! It should be about Americans, especially our elected officials, doing the right thing for our country and its citizens. All the single-minded, left versus right, ideological one dimensional bull has got to go!

    Both parties need to start working together and actually start doing something to fix the real problems in our country like "out-sourcing", illegal immigration, the out of control costs of health care insurance and our reliance on foreign fuel. If they don't start working together and actually start making progress by the next election, then American citizens should run a nation-wide campaign to vote out all incumbents regardless of party to send the message.

    The ONLY REAL FIX is to Raise Revenue, by Bringing Back Jobs to US Citizens who Pay Income Tax.

    Returning private sector jobs to American Citizens will provide income tax revenue to OUR Government versus our government having to pay unemployment benefits to those who would be jobless instead. We need our elected officials to Start Protecting American Jobs and do whatever it takes to bring back the jobs they let go. We need leaders who will actually stand up for the American people.

    The bottom line is that “Our Government” has to protect domestic industry and the jobs that those industries provide. If they do that, the rest will take care of itself.

    We may have to pay a bit more for products made here in the USA by US citizens, but at least we'll still have jobs and a future for our children.

    And yes – I'm Angry – As are most American Citizens right now!

    March 28, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    "Deal-making and compromise have never been 'easy,' but the leaders forced it on the rank-and-file. Not as much today."
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    Yep. That was then and this is now. compromise is a dirty word in today's Congress. We need some adult legislators in the Senate. It baffles me how a guy like Sen. Cruz get's elected to the Senate. Now we've got Steve King running for Senate. There are enough radical republicans in the House, we don't need them in the Senate.

    March 28, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  7. J'Cincinnati'Redd

    RUDY NY, please we are not the EU. whats going on over there would never happen in the states. apples and oranges sir.

    March 28, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  8. just sayin

    i do not want my representative to compromise on how fast to drive this country into bankruptcy. I want him the stop the drive to bankruptcy.

    i do not want my representative to compromise on how much of my freedom and constitutional rights to strip from me. I want him the stop the stripping of my rights and freedom

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    March 28, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  9. Donna

    But unfortunately the old lazy Do Nothing Democrat Harry Reid remains firmly entrenched and blocking anything from happening. But it was nice of him to finally due his job under the laws of our nation and pass a budget after FOUR YEARS. Progress and true economic recovery will never happen as long as Democrats control the federal government.

    They controlled most of the federal government now for nearly 8 years. They sat idly by and watched as their free homes for those that couldn't afford them program crashed the financial institutions. Then spent and ran up trillion dollar deficits and created a huge new government entitlement program that is now costly at least twice what they said it would.

    Democrats = fiscal disaster.

    March 28, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Tommy G wrote:

    BWAHAHAHAHA!!!! The reason their economies are a shambles is because the leftists/socialists ran these countries over the fiscal cliff! As several of them now tetter on the verge of insolvency, you suggest they SPEND MORE MONEY, which is what caused their problems to begin with. Problem is nobody in their right mind will loan them more money only to see it flushed down the socialist tiolet.

    As Margaret Thatcher said back in the 70's and it is still true.... "The problem with socialism is that sooner or later you run out of other peoples money to spend."
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    David Cameron is a conservative who enacted draconian cuts in 2010, which have resulted in one double dip recession after another ever since. Conservatives were in charge thoughtout the 2000s, the wealthy prospered to no end. When the global financial crisis hit, the wealthy remained unscathed while "other people's money" simply vanished from their 401K's.

    March 28, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    Good. We need term limits anyway........and now is the time to get that on a ballot.

    March 28, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    J'Cincinnati'Redd

    RUDY NY, please we are not the EU. whats going on over there would never happen in the states. apples and oranges sir.
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    You should listen to your fellow conservatives who keep pointing at Greece, which self destructed because of conservative economic policies.

    Did Greece have ridiculously high spending prior to 2008? Yes. What was the conservative solution for it leading up to the financial crisis? Cut taxes and increase spending. Remember, Greece has had serious economic problems throughout the 2000s. They almost bankrupted themselves hosting the Athens Summer Olympic Games in 2004.

    March 28, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  13. just sayin

    J'Cincinnati'Redd
    RUDY NY, please we are not the EU. whats going on over there would never happen in the states. apples and oranges sir.
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    seriously??? does the united states operate under a different set of financial rules that i do no tknow about? do you really think we can just keep printing money to pay for trillion dollar deficits for the next 50 years?

    March 28, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |