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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 12:17 PM
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What incentive dose Congress have to get a budget deal done?
They keep getting their fat checks even if the government shuts down.

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bluethruandthru Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 12:18 PM
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1. Yep and they've said their entire staffs are "essential". n/t
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JustAnotherGen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 12:19 PM
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2. I'd ask Issa
But evidently - all of his 'special investigations' staff are essential . . . so they'll be there manning the phones - and I won't be able to get through to him directly.
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blogslut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 12:19 PM
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3. From what I've heard
Congress has agreed not to take paychecks during a shutdown. I could be wrong and it may just be Democratic congress members.
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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 12:23 PM
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4. Congress, Obama get paid in a government shutdown here is link
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blogslut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 12:27 PM
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5. OK
But Loretta Sanchez was on one of the MSNBC talky news things earlier today and said Congress has agreed not to take paychecks if the govt. were to shut down. I guess she was wrong?
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damntexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 12:52 PM
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6. Not being voted out of office if the electorate is pissed by a shutdown.
It happened in 1996.

Might not happen now if:
1) the electorate doesn't blame the true perpetrators;
2) voter suppression efforts keep a lot of the pissed electorate from being part of the electorate; or
3) voting machines don't reflect actual votes.
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