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March 25, 2013

Why are our elected official from the President to the Senate and U. S. House of Representatives unable to legislate effectively? Here is a wild list for your consideration: 1....

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MrShaman

Mar-25-13 6:04 AM

2. Cave in to minority groups whoever they are. After all a high percentage of their vote means relection." - John T. Kovich

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Yeah...sure...how dare we continually "ignore" the Koch Brothers' agenda, right??

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Tgrammiex4

Mar-25-13 6:22 AM

Thats about it in a nutshell.

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rick424

Mar-25-13 6:58 AM

11. I may speak against gun reform but in reality I fear the NRA.

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enigma

Mar-25-13 7:09 AM

rick424,"11. I may speak against gun reform but in reality I fear the NRA."

Why are you so hung up on guns? Did you know that the NRA represents over 4 million Americans. That's more than any member of the House of Representatives. That's why they fear the NRA. The NRA does not contribute to any campaign or offer bribes to politicians like most lobbyists. They just represent a large number of people. Isn't that what government is supposed to be about? But because you don't agree, they have to be demonized. Politicians would love to "stand up to the NRA" and take away our rights, but the NRA is millions of people and they have re-election to think about. Gee that was number 1 wasn't it?

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rick424

Mar-25-13 7:41 AM

Why is your opinion right and mine is wrong enigma? Last I read the majority of Americans would like some kind of gun reform. But the politicians fear the NRA and that is a fact, The NRA is just a lobby for the gun industry and I do believe the letter writer made some comment about lobbyist. So it it is for your cause then it is just fine. In my first statement I meant to say speak for gun reform not against.

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CMReeder

Mar-25-13 8:53 AM

"A big disappointment is losing the title--Mr President, Senator or Representative."

You do realize that this starts at the local levels of government.

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CMReeder

Mar-25-13 8:56 AM

Who is the majority group?

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SteelerFan

Mar-25-13 8:58 AM

Number 3 was really important, it's in there twice. (sort of)

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idiottwo

Mar-25-13 9:13 AM

why can't they legislate effectively - 1. no accountability 2. no repercusions for dishonesty 3. lack of transparency 4. lack of term limits 5. our legislators don't live under the same rules as civilians (healthcare, insider stock info, etc) and we the people don't seem to care enough to assure results for future generations.

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Bufftrev1

Mar-25-13 10:12 AM

Every time Bobbie posts, he/she unintentionally makes the case for education reform..

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philunderwood

Mar-25-13 10:15 AM

The letter does a pretty good job of describing the crony Capitalism that is a consequence of big government favored by liberals in both political parties; it won’t change until voters get serious about electing politicians that will reduce the size and control of government. At present, it is on the increase as government is growing in size and influence under our present leadership, if you can call it leadership.

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CMReeder

Mar-25-13 12:38 PM

Really Phil, it just happens that the cronyism you object to is heavily represented by the Republican party which is full of conservatives and libertarians. Back by the very deep pockets of capitalists and Wall Street and large corporations.

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CMReeder

Mar-25-13 12:40 PM

Phil in case you did not notice government in DC and in the states has been shrinking.

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Ritty77

Mar-25-13 1:10 PM

"no repercusions for dishonesty"—idiottwo

That's the one. All the other ones don't matter until voters can tell truth from lies and/or stop believing that the lies are an acceptable means to their ends.

Reelecting a blatant liar and failure like Obama greatly emboldens and enables the lies to become even more bald-faced and frequent. What a huge setback for honest, efficient government.

Good letter, Mr. Kovich.

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Bufftrev1

Mar-25-13 1:19 PM

Hi ritty.. just curious, where does the lie or complete falsehood that was the justification for war in Iraq fall within your spectrum?

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SteelerFan

Mar-25-13 1:31 PM

Chuck: 'Phil in case you did not notice government in DC and in the states has been shrinking.'

Chuck, the only thing shrinking is what is between your ears.

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philunderwood

Mar-25-13 2:27 PM

It makes little difference whether you blame unions, corporations, Democrats, Republicans, or just politicians, the ability to receive favors or promotion of an agenda by lobbying for favorable laws and regulations will encourage some to gain at the expense of the rest. Actually, lobbying is only sensible with the present system; otherwise you’ll be left out in the cold and vulnerable to competitors who do gain favors by lobbying.

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eriklatranyi

Mar-25-13 4:16 PM

Buff:

If Bush43 lied, then Hillary Clinton and plenty of Democrats were too stupid to see through it.

But I thought you liberals said Bush was dumb? He sure outsmarted the most brilliant liberals in elected office all over the world!

The FACT is that there was more than one set of intelligence on Iraq. The US had intelligence, the UN had intelligence, Israel had intelligence and Russia had intelligence. Every one of those groups/nations endorsed going to war based on their own data.

The entire world and our elected representatives voted for war, but you wish to sweep all that away in order to rewrite events.

Sadaam Hussein had chemical weapons, he used them in the past and openly boasted about using them again.

If Hussein was just lying for the cameras, I do not shed a tear for him and neither should you.

Hussein was a man who tortured and killed people on a daily basis. He was a monster and deserved far worse than his hanging.

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Bufftrev1

Mar-25-13 4:33 PM

Hi Erik.. the book, Hubris, and the numerous individuals interviewed in the book says you are wrong. Many of these people are republicans. Also proving you are wrong are the book the 1% doctrine, 16 words - a speech in which it is admitted that the administration was wrong, also the downing st report. And, finally, let's not forget the fact that we found no wmds. None. Zero. You keep stating that the world is better off without Saddam Hussein but that is not the issue. You claim we thought Iraq had wmds, N. Koreas leader has killed scores of his own citizens and has a verifiable nuclear arsenal. Many other countries have despotic leaders and chemical or biological weapons. On 9/11/01, long before the dust settled, rumsfeld hand wrote a document attempting, asking ' how to connect this to iraq?' Investigative journalists have this document and corroborated eyewitness testimony. There's a lot of proof for you, Erik.. what exactly do you have?

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eriklatranyi

Mar-25-13 5:59 PM

Buff:

I put some of my proof in my last post.

Your book does not refute the intelligence data collected independently by the UN, Israel and Russia.

The vote by the UN Security Council was unanimous.

There was more than 8 months leading up to the invasion of Iraq where doubters could present their arguments.....none did.

Lastly, they did find WMDs in Iraq on multiple occasions. They also found components and equipment used for chemical attacks.

Hussein used chemical weapons against the Kurds in the past. He violated 17 UN resolutions put in place after the Gulf War, including the no-fly zone......meaning he violated the peace terms signed by his gov't opening him up to attack.

Lastly, as talk about WMDs was ongoing, Hussein blocked, stalled and stonewalled UN inspectors looking for WMDs.

If he had no WMDs, why would he resist inspection knowing we were massing for war?

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Bufftrev1

Mar-25-13 6:30 PM

Hi Erik.. as I thoughts, you don't have much. Many people, the world over, expressed doubts. Dana Mil bank, Ed Keller and many others wrote dissenting news articles, verifiable by Google.. these articles were typically buried on page and 13. The downing st report is an example of British intelligence officials expressing doubts.. Google 16 words and read what it means. You completely dodged the north Korea nuclear arsenal question. We never found wmds.. you'll say they were moved, we were watching every plane, ship and truck.. you've also dodged my question, why are you incapable of becoming a teacher? Much like the twits taxes, I think you're clearly hiding something.. off to just jitsu.

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ToTEXASfromPA

Mar-25-13 8:29 PM

Tweet....off to just jitsu.

Tweet...stating the car

Tweet...stopped at a traffic light

Tweet...arrived at jitsu

Tweet...warming up

Tweet...took the other guy to the mat

Tweet....I got taken to the mat

Tweet...shower time

Tweet...driving back home

Tweet...watching Rachel Madcow

Tweet...reading LTE posts

Okay BuffTrev1, I kept everyone up to date while you were gone. You can resume your posts.

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Bufftrev1

Mar-25-13 8:51 PM

Hi Texas.. nice to hear from you again. Your time line was close.. there aren't any red lights between my house and the gym, I lifted weights for about 45 mins before class, there's no showers at the gym - have to do that at home and I stopped by a friends for a minute before coming home. Also, I don't have a twitter account.. the reason I had to lift weights is because I didn't yesterday, I've met a lovely young lady and we spent the afternoon hiking in Loyal sock state forest.. it was a great day for a hike, very sunny and relatively warm. I sense a hint of sarcasm in your post to me but I imagine that too is one of 'his' creations, much like humor. Hope you and all your loved ones are well, mi amigo..

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ToTEXASfromPA

Mar-25-13 9:32 PM

BuffTrev1,

My wife was watching Dance With The Stars and I was half watching it and surfing while cooling down after working out on the elliptical. Your post scripts are interesting; I was just trying to help you out.

Off to the shower....

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Bufftrev1

Mar-25-13 9:53 PM

Texas, I believe I've mentioned this before but.. please, feel free to call me Buff. Virtually all my friends do..

Watching Goodfellas.. classic! By the way, I took care of that thing for you..

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