Comments on: The selfishness in Congress is far from over http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/2013/10/17/the-selfishnes-in-congress-is-far-from-over/ Fri, 05 Dec 2014 14:27:05 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: 3xmk http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/2013/10/17/the-selfishnes-in-congress-is-far-from-over/#comment-995 Wed, 30 Oct 2013 16:01:28 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/?p=983#comment-995 As the middle class shrank, so did the middle political ground. The polarization of the news media was caused by the profitizing of news. In the old days (pre 1985), the news divisions were expected to be a loss maker for the networks. Now news is expected to turn a profit. Therefore it will look to a specific market and deliver what that market wants to hear. There is no quick fix, but I fear real pain, IE a true collapse, will be needed before everyone can agree on a fix.

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By: Decatur http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/2013/10/17/the-selfishnes-in-congress-is-far-from-over/#comment-982 Sun, 20 Oct 2013 19:29:50 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/?p=983#comment-982 The latest round of selfishness impacted USA presence at APEC, giving aid to China’s recent regional pressures (if not bullying) seeking concessions one neighbor at a time rather than through multi-party negotiation over shared boundaries. It gave fodder for Russian propoganda too, and comfort to autocrats and despots around the world. As the global middle class grows we need to stay in the competitive game, not injuring ourselves like a sidelined athlete who sobers up to regret headlines about off-field stupidity.

Domestically, the 2013 shutdown wasted at least $24 Billion by last reckoning, so the 2011 & 2013 debt hostage cost is at least $40-45 Billion total, all thanks to Tea Party ‘negotiating’ tactics.

That’s about 3 years of funding for NASA, or a big defense program, or in Ike’s famous Military-Industrial comparisons – thousands of schools hospitals roads and bridges, all flushed away to absolutely no good, simply money wasted for the sake of TEA party vanity… the old saying is “don’t cut off your nose to spite your face”.

While the selfishness might have played to the base and the farthest-right backers, it robbed from ALL taxpayers. It can’t happen again. I’ll make pro-shutdown actions a litmus test for instead voting and supporting candidates who work within the system, not those who tried to hijack everyone in the country to join their own train wreck.

A progression to balanced budget in just a few election cycles could be negotiated in the coming months if Congress focused on meaningful outcomes, instead of political theater at the nation’s expense.

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By: brotherkenny4 http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/2013/10/17/the-selfishnes-in-congress-is-far-from-over/#comment-978 Fri, 18 Oct 2013 16:41:20 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/?p=983#comment-978 Business/corporations have the artificial split of the nation they wanted. I suspect they never thought they’d get some out of control zeolots trying to destroy the whole nation. But what did they expect? We’ve brainwashed the nation to be irrational followers, and then we have them vote. How could you not see that the mindless can be crazy. I suppose it’s the hedonistic nature of the average business guy that makes it imppossible for them to understand that some people want to feel pain, some people prefer failure. To me, that aspect seems obvious in the religious. I guess it’s true, our business guys are too simple themselves, totally incapable of complex thought. Smart enough to manipulate but not smart enough to control the zombies they create.

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By: 2Borknot2B http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/2013/10/17/the-selfishnes-in-congress-is-far-from-over/#comment-976 Fri, 18 Oct 2013 03:00:53 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/?p=983#comment-976 The incompetence and corruption is really something to behold. Most of them are Clive Barker Stars, and they make Pin Head look like a good guy.

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