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Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:31 PM

 

Call me nuts, but I think Obama should sign an Executive Order that should order the U.S. Treasury

_NOT_ to pay the majority of the House its usual salary, but at a minimum hourly wage just for the Republicans. They won't bother with anything except obstruct the Congress from doing business. And since the House Republicans wants to keep a short Congress, then let's pay them an hourly wage, federal minimum at $7.75 an hour. And tie their health care with the wages earned.

That should move some Republicans quickly to the Democratic side and retake the House and put the blame on Boehner.

Once the House is retaken, EO is reversed until 2014, pitting on the Republicans to cease to exist unless they learn the value of the dollar better.

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Panasonic Nov 2012 OP
frazzled Nov 2012 #1
Flashmann Nov 2012 #2
cali Nov 2012 #3
davidn3600 Nov 2012 #4
Fumesucker Nov 2012 #5
johnd83 Nov 2012 #6
Yo_Mama Nov 2012 #7
HopeHoops Nov 2012 #8
nadinbrzezinski Nov 2012 #9
muriel_volestrangler Nov 2012 #10

Response to Panasonic (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:33 PM

1. I don't think the president is constitutionally in charge of Congressional salaries

They vote their own salaries. The president can't be boss of the Congress.

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Response to Panasonic (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:40 PM

2. pay them an hourly wage,

I doubt many of them would notice....Congressional salaries must be just so much chump change compared to the bribery.......

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Response to Panasonic (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:42 PM

3. that would, ironically, be an impeachable offense.

It would directly contravene the U.S. Constitution.

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Response to Panasonic (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 05:04 PM

4. Don't think he has that power

The President cannot directly control anything that has to do with nation's spending. The Constitution is quite specific that the House of Representatives is the one that controls the purse. It's part of the separation of powers.

The reason the founders gave that power to the House was for 2 main reasons:
1. The House is closer to the people. The representatives are elected on the local level. Until 1914, Senators were appointed by the States. So they thought the House would better represent the people's wishes in both urban and rural populations.
2. The founding fathers also thought Senators and the President would more often than not be more wealthy than members of the House and would be more willing to spend the people's tax money without regard.

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Response to Panasonic (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 05:10 PM

5. Two words..

Predator Drones.

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Response to Panasonic (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 05:35 PM

6. They get their money from legal insider trading

a very insidious form of corruption.

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Response to Panasonic (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 05:39 PM

7. You're nuts.


Fortunately, neither our president nor the Supreme Court justices are, so this won't fly.

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Response to Panasonic (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 06:40 PM

8. Why pay the House GOP that much? It isn't like they do anything.

 

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Response to Panasonic (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 06:41 PM

9. Congress controls the purse

Not the executive, clearly spelled out in the Constitution.

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