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  • ripetomatoes Dec 4, 4:04 p.m.

    Neither does talking to these congressional members. Two of the three are lifers and the third is apparently working on becoming a lifer. All they actually do is work full time on doing stuff that will get them re-elected. NC is a heavy military State. Guess what these folks will do if DOD cuts affected jobs in this State. I NEVER vote for an INCUMBENT. if more people would join in, we could actually get some things changed.whatelseisnew
    I agree with everything you say...but if you don't make them aware of your dissatisfaction, no one else will.
    They are not wasting their time reading your comments here like I am.

  • Thought Criminal WS Dec 4, 4:00 p.m.

    I disagree whatelseisnew.

    I've met Ellmers in a business setting and can atest firsthand she acted to save jobs in NC. Price and McIntyre I can't speak for, but Ellmers actions were not public spectacle headline grabbing but real talks about how to promote business and keep jobs in NC - media didn't cover it *AT ALL*. I've also spoke to Senator Hunt in person as well about issues (during a campaign setting).

    You should look into how deep the D's corruption really runs before saying these people are doing nothing but trying to get re-elected. The media wouldn't cover it unless there was a gay atheiest immigrant involved or a scandal when it comes to the R's actions.

  • whatelseisnew Dec 4, 12:44 p.m.

    "202-225-4531 Congresswoman Ellmers' Office 202-225-1784 Congressman Price's Office 202-225-2731 Congressman McIntyre's Office www.house.gov for more information. Call these people. Talking on this comment board doesn't make a bit of difference to the folks who represent us."

    Neither does talking to these congressional members. Two of the three are lifers and the third is apparently working on becoming a lifer. All they actually do is work full time on doing stuff that will get them re-elected. NC is a heavy military State. Guess what these folks will do if DOD cuts affected jobs in this State. I NEVER vote for an INCUMBENT. if more people would join in, we could actually get some things changed.

  • whatelseisnew Dec 4, 12:41 p.m.

    ANd yet, people keep re-electing the lifer politicians.

    "And yet it's always "entitlements" that get brought up for discussion. Well, I consider the Pentagon an entitlement, and it sure does get a lot more than anyone else. Maybe it's time to do cut out all of that program."

    I agree, except EVERYTHING has to be cut and EVERYTHING has to be cut significantly. I would start with everything except the so-called entitlements. All programs, all agencies, etc... should get deep cuts. Yes that means jobs will be eliminated, but WE CAN"T pay for those jobs. Next I would demand immediate repayment from GM of the money they were handed and any other money that was handed out to a company. Once that is done, then you look at increasing taxes across the board, not just the people that are already paying more than they should be paying.
    Then you cut the true handout programs, MEDICAID, Housing, Food Stamps. Then if necessary you cut Medicare and Social Security. Be better to eliminate them.

  • ripetomatoes Dec 4, 11:51 a.m.

    202-225-4531 Congresswoman Ellmers' Office
    202-225-1784 Congressman Price's Office
    202-225-2731 Congressman McIntyre's Office
    www.house.gov for more information.
    Call these people. Talking on this comment board doesn't make a bit of difference to the folks who represent us.

  • pelosi-rulz Dec 4, 11:29 a.m.

    Fire them all...

  • Banned4Life Dec 4, 9:31 a.m.

    "This year alone, the Pentagon received hundreds of millions of dollars from lawmakers for things it didn't request. For instance, lawmakers added money to keep making an Army tank, which the Army is phasing out, because lawmakers want to keep jobs at the factories that make the tank."

    And yet it's always "entitlements" that get brought up for discussion. Well, I consider the Pentagon an entitlement, and it sure does get a lot more than anyone else. Maybe it's time to do cut out all of that program. I wonder what the actual figure is for dollars per kill?

  • Nancy Dec 4, 9:03 a.m.

    I guess 'lawmakers' (aka congress critters) feel it's their personal responsibility to play the "me" game? Get what you can for YOUR state and to heck with the country as a whole?

    No wonder we're in such a deep mess.

  • Bartmeister Dec 4, 8:53 a.m.

    There's no taxpayer expense as long as collectors buy enough to recoup the cost, but it's a way to get money back to constituents and the government is on the hook IF they don't sell.

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    If there is an "IF" in the language then it is risky, usually HIGH RISK, and probably a bad idea for the taxpayer. A hint to Washington - "Stop playing with the taxpayer's income".

  • JustAName Dec 4, 8:20 a.m.

    "If I’m not advocating for a certain need in Cary, who do we think is going to advocate?” Price said

    The need would be for you and your cronies to STOP SPENDING money. Is it that hard to figure out?

  • hi_i_am_wade Dec 3, 7:56 p.m.

    Here is an idea: Limit how many words a law can have. And not some unreasonably high number. If your law can be read quickly by all, that will stop earmarks.

  • westernwake1 Dec 3, 7:25 p.m.

    This article is spot on and makes some good points about politics and spending in DC.... especially the trick since 2010 is to hide earmarks. A total lack of transparency in Washington.

  • oleguy Dec 3, 6:54 p.m.

    Same political froggy, our Govt is a shame,, But fear not, we the people will speek and soon,,, The money has run out

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