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Bishop: Congress ought to be punished

U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Albany

U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Albany

ALBANY, Ga. -- U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop has some tough words for the way Congress handled the fiscal cliff negotiations, saying Wednesday that the body must come up with a balanced approach if they want to address country's debt crisis.

The Albany Democrat, who was re-elected to another term representing Georgia's Second District in November, said that Congress must do better handling the country's major issues.

"I've been upset, discouraged and downright disgusted with the way this Congress waited until zero hour to discharge its own duties," Bishop said Wednesday. "Looking forward, however, I'm optimistic that cooler heads will prevail and that we will come together for the good of the country."

Bishop, a blue dog Democrat who signed this week a letter critical of President Barack Obama's executive order lifting the wage freeze on federal employees because it grants congressmen pay increases, said Wednesday that Congress simply doesn't deserve it.

"Let me clarify...I believe that most of the federal employees out there, our FBI agents, our USDA workers, our uniformed personnel all deserve to have their cost-of-living increases unfrozen because they've been working hard to keep the government going," Bishop said. "They're being penalized unfairly."

"I also think, however, that we ought to be punished for not discharging our duties," he said. "We should cut members of Congress out of that order and keep the wage increases for federal employees."

Congress did manage to pass a bill late Tuesday that avoided sending the nation off the so-called Fiscal Cliff.

The deal will generate $600 billion in new revenue over 10 years, less than half the amount President Barack Obama first called for. It will raise income tax rates only on the very rich, despite Obama's campaign for broader increases.

But the deal also punts the toughest decisions about spending cuts for military and domestic programs, including Medicare and Social Security. While doing nothing to mitigate the looming partisan showdown on the debt ceiling, which must rise soon to avoid default on U.S. loans.

Bishop believes that it's those negotiations that will give Congress an opportunity to right the ship with the American people and prove that they have the country's best interests at heart.

"I think we have established a very strong foundation for the discussion of pro-growth tax and entitlement reform," Bishop said. "I'm optimistic that we will come together and pass legislation that is balanced and will begin to address our spending and revenue issues."

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VSU 1 year, 8 months ago

The American people are the ones being punished.

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stredr357 1 year, 8 months ago

So are you saying that medicare and Social Security are entitlements. I paid into those all my working life you moron. How about reforming welfare and food stamp programs. Excessive fraud there. You are'nt even considering them. And you are right about congress not deserving a raise. Nor all the other ENTITLEMENTS you receive.

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waltspecht 1 year, 8 months ago

The biggest welfare program in America, our Congress, isn't cutting even one of their entitlements. It would seem they are adding to them with a raise. Now I believe it should be like military service. A set strippend, base housing and basic food and health care. Then after 20 years a modest retirement. Does anyone think they would go along with that? In stead of the best and the brightest, with America as the first thing in their thoughts, I think we get the corruptest, unethical, self-centered group available.

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 8 months ago

I agree...... this sorry Congress needs a butt-whippin!!!

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ustaknow 1 year, 8 months ago

We got our Bush tax cuts in 2001 and i can tell you from personal experience that the economy went into hyper mode right up and until 2007. So trickle down economics does work. It is what allows the middle class to thrive because ,in effect ,we have more disposable income. The housing crisis was brought about by bad legislation in Washington and it was a result of the democrats ,primarily. Anyway- my point is that trickle down economics does indeed work. HOWEVER, right now even if Obama gets his new revenue ( and i am sure he will ) our debt is growing not because of tax cuts but because of wars and bailouts and Obama's own push to throw billions into green energy with one bad loan after another. The Solyndra loan along would have hired over 14,000 people and paid them 38k dollars a year a piece for one full year. Sadly the Solyndra loan that failed is smaller than some of Obama's other loans that failed. NOW IN ADDITION we have the Obamacare or ACA ' affordable care act' and we still do not even have all of the rules that business's are suppose to follow but somehow we expect them to plan and hire for the future. More bad planning on behalf of obama.

No matter if Obama gets his revenue or not- until we " the business world '"have some certainty as to tax laws and Obamacare- we can not hire because we can not budget- because unlike Washington we can not just raise taxes on Americans Like Obama seems comfortable doing even though he has no budget.

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RedEric 1 year, 8 months ago

Medicare for my wife and I costs $600 per month last year, $650 per month this year. Medicaid covers far more than Medicare, eyecare, dental etc covered. So what does Medicaid cost the recipient, NOTHING!!! If I have to pay more, than Medicaid recipients should at least get some reduction in coverage. Like maybe buy their own Ibuprofen. You know share the pain. It is getting very annoying when tax payers are punished and tax consumers are rewarded to the extent we are now.

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ustaknow 1 year, 8 months ago

may 15th 2010 Nancy Pelosi tells musicians they can quit their jobs because they will have healthcare May 15, 2010 tags: Democrats, healthcare reform, Nancy Pelosi, policies, Politics

Earlier this week Nancy Pelosi stated that she considers the healthcare reform bill an entrepreneurial bill because it will allow people to quit their jobs. Huh?

This is what she had to say:

We see it as an entrepreneurial bill,” Pelosi said, “a bill that says to someone, if you want to be creative and be a musician or whatever, you can leave your work, focus on your talent, your skill, your passion, your aspirations because you will have health care

I am not sure if you can call a musician an entrepreneur, but that is just a side note (pardon the pun) to the main issue here. The bigger issue here is that Nancy Pelosi is urging people to quit their jobs to pursue their dreams because the American taxpayer will foot the bill for their healthcare insurance.

There is nothing wrong– of course– with pursuing a dream, but to encourage people to quit working because those of us who work hard will also support these people as well, is just irresponsible. People have been quitting jobs to better themselves and to follow their dre#$%$ince the foundation of America and before, but never before have we had a congressman stand up and tell an audience that if they do so the government– meaning of course, the taxpayer– will take care of them.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 8 months ago

Pelosi is one of the biggest FOOLS to come along in several decades.

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ustaknow 1 year, 8 months ago

If you ask me- The democrats need to do a little cleaning up in the senate. It took Mitch McConnell going around Reid to get something done.

Reid doesn't want to negotiate and Obama does not know how to negotiate.

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billybob 1 year, 8 months ago

Whether you agree with him or not, it sure seems like Obama knows how to negotiate as he has been getting most of what he wants. It does seem like the Republican leadership is lacking in negotiation skills.

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LuLu 1 year, 8 months ago

Obama doesn't negotiate, he bullies.

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ustaknow 1 year, 8 months ago

The Rich Abuse tax codes and the poor abuse welfare The working class is paying for it all I say we should abolish income tax and replace it with national sales tax this way all have skin in the game and not just the working class ( We exempt disabled people and needs based goods - like food from the tax )

This move would capture revenue from an underground economy that currently pays no taxes.

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whattheheck 1 year, 8 months ago

We do need a replacement for the present tax system based on expenditures or some such like the Fair Tax. But the present system is used by Congress to reward friends and punish enemies so this prerogative will never be relinquished by those who use and benefit from it .

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ustaknow 1 year, 8 months ago

" In all, the government committed more money to the 10 million former public servants last year than the $690 billion it paid to 54 million Social Security beneficiaries."

USA TODAY 9-29-11 article titled " Federal Retirement plans almost as costly as social Security' If we raise age on SS then i say we should raise age on fed pensions the private sector working class is always paying for everyone and every body but when it comes time to take it on the chin- the private sector working class is the punching bag of choice

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Trustbuster 1 year, 8 months ago

How about term limits Sanford? You are a prime example of what has gone wrong in congress. The only other way is to vote these rascals out in the next election cycle. Lincoln only served one term because the congress back then had a high turnover rate due to voter distrust of politicians in general.

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ustaknow 1 year, 8 months ago

i am ready for a 3rd party in 2016,-one that runs on a platform of abolishing income tax and replacing it with a national sales tax. Because the rich abuse tax codes and the poor abuse welfare.

i am sick and tired of republicans and especially democrats One borrows and spends- the other taxes, borrow and spends. One is bad - the other is much worse

We are tired of wars and welfare.

The food stamps need to be changed to labor stamps If you need food, you trade labor hours for food credit. If you are already working full time then this ,of course, would not apply to you. Also if you are disabled this would not apply to you.

The history of welfare in the U.S. started long before the government welfare programs we know were created. In the early days of the United States, the colonies imported the British Poor Laws. These laws made a distinction between those who were unable to work due to their age or physical health and those who were able-bodied but unemployed. The former group was assisted with cash or alternative forms of help from the government. The latter group was given public service employment in workhouses.

As to Sanford Bishop wanting to give Washington a raise- LOL Washington is already the largest employer in the nation. Washington spends more money annually that the entire mkt cap of the top 30 DJI companies combined. Many of these federal offices overlap state government offices and is nothing more than duplicate services and a waste of money.

For Sanford to endorse pay raises in Washington without a budget in place tells me He is part of the problem.

Liberalism will collapse when there is no one left to tax.

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Thurman 1 year, 8 months ago

"Sanford Bishop, Georgia's Second District Congressman". Another fine example of why there should be term limits for the Senate, the House, and one (1) four-year term for Presidency.

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whattheheck 1 year, 8 months ago

Interesting comments from Sanford the Bishop who voted to bring us Obamacare after asking himself "What would Jesus do?, or so he claimed at the time. Hypocrite who is enjoying himself "piling on" to his fellow hypocrites in Congress. If he wants to help the country, he should resign and let us try to elect one who is sincere, if such a person is to be found.

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Sally_O 1 year, 8 months ago

What have they done to deserve a raise in the first place? If anything they should get a big reduction in pay. They want to increase taxes on the wealthy, yet they want to give themselves a raise and they are already overpaid. Talking about talking out of both sides of their mouths...on one side they say we all need to tighten our belts and do our part to cut back and on the other side they want to give themselves a raise.

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Cartman 1 year, 8 months ago

Sanford Bishop lecturing on sorry congressmen? LOL!

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whattheheck 1 year, 8 months ago

Well one thing is for sure Carts, he knows what a sorry Congressman looks like each morning when he shaves.

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