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demnan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-02-08 02:29 PM
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6. I worked on Capitol Hill
Edited on Sat Feb-02-08 02:31 PM by demnan
and the committees I saw that accomplished the most were the least partisan ones where capable staffers could work on the majority or the minority side, and often went back and forth between the two. The Ways and Means Committee under Bill Archer was that way back in the mean old partisan 90's. I respected the way the committee ran and the non-partisan atmosphere was welcome when I saw so many of the other committees I supported were just at each other's throats.

That's not to say the Archer was non-partisan at all, but government runs far better on a practical level when that atmosphere isn't present. Of course policy is determined by the White House, not the commitee appointments who serve at the pleasure of the President, if they are capable people, can be effective.

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Just a note to clarify, I worked for the IT staff and not any particular Congressman.
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  - *  synesthesia   Feb-02-08 02:28 PM   #5 
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     - *  synesthesia   Feb-02-08 02:47 PM   #19 
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              - Ah yes...04  ArkySue   Feb-02-08 09:30 PM   #44 
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