Democrats clock all-nighter with climate talk

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  1. jkcerda macrumors 6502

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    http://news.yahoo.com/democrats-clock-nighter-climate-talk-113403474--politics.html
    just PRETENDING to care while doing NOTHING about it, typical.
     
  2. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    Fair point. They should bring something to the floor.
     
  3. Technarchy macrumors 603

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  4. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Clearly politics. I'll give them credit for not reading a children's book though.
     
  5. ElectronGuru, Mar 11, 2014
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    DC seems to be finally acknowledging that nothing can get done together. The solution - give up and do whatever you can by yourself. Here's a graph showing productivity over time:

    http://gai.georgetown.edu/our-very-unproductive-congress/

    "Today the phrase, “Do Nothing Congress,” a metaphor coined by President Truman in 1948, is being used more as an accurate description among political observers. The 112th Congress was the least productive since the Civil War (figure by Political Scientist Tobin Grant). So far, the 113th is on pace to do even worse."


    As with most function problems at this level, everything we try seems make matters worse. My personal favorite is pork barrel spending. We finally found a way to reduce it, only to discover it was an important tool to getting legislators to care enough about other districts to want a bill to pass. And in the final bit of irony, the productivity lost from the change (congressional paralysis) seems to be worse than the cost of the pork it replaces.
     
  6. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Talk about do nothing, the House has been in session only 29 days this year. Most of the rest of us poor slobs had to work 48 days, which assumes you got New Year's Day and President's Day off.
     
  7. ElectronGuru macrumors 65816

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    Hay, cut them some slack. Do you have any idea how much it costs to get reelected? Any day they aren't spending raising money is a huge loss to election productivity. And if they don't get reelected, how are they supposed to do the important work of the people?
     

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