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Name: Carrie
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Hometown: Kent, Wa
Member since: Sat Sep 18, 2010, 07:34 PM
Number of posts: 324

About Me

I am a 44 year old woman, no kids, just getting my life back after 3 years unemployed....bought a house just before everything went to crap, and the rest of my homeownership story sounds exactly like everyone elses....bad loans, refi...HARP....underwater...cant sell, cant refi etc.... so I got a divorce and gave him the house....lol I\'m an atheist and raging liberal....I recently married a soldier who is much younger, and all over the map politically, having been raised in a very red state and very religious environment.... We live an alternative lifestyle and much of how and who we are must remain a secret from the judgemental and religious members of our families....but we are open about it with those we know will not judge us :) He and I are working towards buying a sailboat and sailing to somewhere in the south pacific to start a new stress free life...to live beautifully and naturally! :) 3 1/2 to 5 years from now...cant wait! we have two sweet little black kittens :) Formally they are named Sandy and Katrina because they destroyed the christmas village we had set up over the holidays lol but we usually just call them Big Kitty and Little Kitty...cause we\'re dorks lol

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What's the matter with Congress? Not enough farmers and cowboys (interactive)


Most Americans seem to agree that Congress is seeped in a primordial soup of dysfunction, to put it lightly. When it comes to how things got to this point, there are more theories than there are representatives to theorize about. Some say money has corrupted lawmakers, others say the electoral system is broken, and one guy even thinks the 435-member House is too small.

Most of these explanations are agnostic as to who the members of Congress actually are. As we gear up for another round of hearty outrage at our legislators—there’s a debt-ceiling vote coming up—I would like to propose an alternative explanation: If Americans want broad agreements from Congress, they are electing the wrong type of people. It’s not the system. It’s us.

To measure how the makeup of Congress has changed over the decades and centuries, I turned to the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, which maintains short biographies of nearly every one of the 12,000 people to serve in the U.S. legislature since day one of the country.




theres a reall cool tool there, you can search their biographies for any keyword you like....interesting results!

http://news.yahoo.com/congressional-search-engine-ngrams-one-word-congress-193342781.html
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