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COMMUNITY PUNDITS
Gaylord P Farqua 09:49 PM on 04/07/2013
K Street is over flowing with former elected officials , former staff members and assorted former federal and state employees. The real question is whether they have to provide their own transportation from the Capitol to the offices of the lobbyists or is there a "zip line" from the Capitol Dome? Trained and paid by the tax payers to wirk against the tax payers best interests and fill more pages of the  Read More...
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Coinyer101
King of Doobiestan
08:57 AM on 04/08/2013
I do not like that guy. He should've never had a seat at the table for HC reform.
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08:54 AM on 04/08/2013
Mr. Baucus is 71 years old and has been in politics all his life assuring Montana Ranchers that they will always be the people who comes first in Washington D.C.. The elected officials who grovel and beg this man to share his arrogant power and bribery are loosers who have no selfworth. What a shame our country fell to the greedy and thieves.
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RMosesNJ
Looking for Gallifrey.
08:54 AM on 04/08/2013
GE and other top earning corporations with record profits and value don't even pay enough in taxes to support the infrastructure that commercial trucks use. In other words we pay for the rich to get richer while our roads and bridges begin to crumble.
08:52 AM on 04/08/2013
During the 50's corporations paid 33 1/3% of the governments bills....today theY pay less than 1/10 of 1% and yet have control of Congress and the government...just who do you think is paying corporations fair share of taxes...if you said the 47% and those living on SS and disability and minimum wages you would be right on target...and yet who gets all those deductions and subsidizes...if you guessed corporations....you would be right on target again. There is something terribly wrong with this picture and it needs to be FIXED...NOW!
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insider9909
They sold us for 30 pieces of silver.
08:50 AM on 04/08/2013
With friends like Baucas, who needs ene.......?
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Lhill60517
The world we live in & life in general
08:16 AM on 04/08/2013
I never understand people getting so emotional over horrible policies...as if WE...not corporations or "black money" don't have the ULTIMATE power...to go into voting booth and vote for OUR interest...of course, looking at our voting record over the past several decades...it would seem that we have forgotten that simple fact...
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RMosesNJ
Looking for Gallifrey.
08:52 AM on 04/08/2013
Hard to vote for the right guy when the right guy never has a chance against the money to even be a small town mayor anymore. Campaign finance reform is necessary to right the democracy.
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Lhill60517
The world we live in & life in general
08:56 AM on 04/08/2013
Money doesn't go into voting booths...voters do...if the right person doesn't hand their business vote them out...we're making something that is truly simple...complicated and have become exploited victims to boot...A trillion dollars in PAC money is nothing against a million votes...
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09:38 AM on 04/08/2013
Did you ever think about WHY a viable candidate needs so much money?

Here's why - the voters usually vote for whoever spends the most money begging them to vote for him/her.

That's still the voters' fault.

There's absolutely nothing stopping the voters from choosing a candidate who doesn't spend much money. Yet they usually do.
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StolenDemocracy
@grassrootsrpt
10:16 AM on 04/08/2013
In all of your arguments I see absolutely no justification for the vast sums of money spent by Pacs, super pacs, and citizens united. These are in place in order for money to have an undue influence in politics. You also don't mention how the parties limit members in their own party from running, as well as limiting third party members from debating on a national level. THESE practices are detrimental to democracy.
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Lhill60517
The world we live in & life in general
10:19 AM on 04/08/2013
The ONLY thing detrimental to democracy is if people do not VOTE in their interest...Red herrings and PACS or nothing else is strong than that fact
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Lhill60517
The world we live in & life in general
10:20 AM on 04/08/2013
Besides...until 80% of the voting public actually VOTES on a consistent basis...all points are moot...
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rothomaha
The Truth will out
08:15 AM on 04/08/2013
For how much longer will we tolerate the payola of lobbyists "informing" our elected officials of the "facts" surrounding those matters they happen to be paid to advocate for? Should we not be electing people who are fully capable of informing themselves, without help paid for by the FatCats, then informing their constituents and finally voting as the latter wish tem to? Is this NOT the basis of a "representative government"? We need to start pushing(extremely hard) for a constitutional amendment which will outlaw lobbying completely from ALL quarters, with a 10-year mandatory sentence for everyone up the food chain(that's CEO and corporate lawyers, too) for violation. We already pay for monstrous staffs for our elected officials - let THEM do the factual research, just as law clerks do for their mentor. Lobbying is a travesty and a disgrace in a democratic state! If CEO's want to lobby, let them get on soapboxes in the public square and argue their case to US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE are the ones who are supposed to be deciding issues, in the final analysis!
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08:46 AM on 04/08/2013
It's called crony capitalism. I believe the government will need to be overthrown to remove the bribery controlling it.
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rothomaha
The Truth will out
10:01 AM on 04/08/2013
Yes it is, and yes it will! But try arguing that to the guy on Main Street - it doesn't fly!
08:13 AM on 04/08/2013
Utopian corruption has become reality.
07:58 AM on 04/08/2013
Both the tobacco and liquor industries getting tax breaks? You're kidding, right?
08:16 AM on 04/08/2013
They are jealous of the oil subsidies given to the oil companies.
08:54 AM on 04/08/2013
AT&T supports Michelle Bachmann...and you don't change phone companies??????
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07:30 AM on 04/08/2013
Because of Baucus, ObamaCare is nothing more than warmed up rancid meat ... not fit for public consumption.

That his people are being sought to re-write tax codes in favor of the business community means the public is going to get "served" again another portion of warmed up rancid meat.
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07:22 AM on 04/08/2013
Embarrassing for America that this goes on,
07:17 AM on 04/08/2013
Call up Mr.Baucus,or better yet go to his home and question the greed.
08:17 AM on 04/08/2013
Corporations making record profits because of tax loop holes, while the American worker is at their poorest, and corporations want more?
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rksnj67
Illegitimi non carborundum
06:48 AM on 04/08/2013
Mr. Baucus is one of the prime examples of why we need term limits.
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09:45 AM on 04/08/2013
So you're saying you know better who should represent the people of Montana than a majority of the voters of Montana?

Sorry, democracy doesn't work that way.

However, we do need limits on the terms of committee chairmen in Congress.
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Carl Caroli
I just don't understand people
06:42 AM on 04/08/2013
End the revolving door and corporate lobbying. It's destroying our nation.
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local21
Next to go is Scott Walker in 2014
06:39 AM on 04/08/2013
we get pantsed again