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August 2nd, 2011
04:12 PM ET

When it comes to federal govt., what will stop the madness?

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The plaza on the east side of the U.S. Capitol. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The debt ceiling crisis proves once again that it doesn't matter who's in charge in Washington. Democrats and Republicans both treat the public with the same disregard and lack of respect.

The hasty vote in the House to raise the debt ceiling by as much as $2.4 trillion breaks the Republican pledge to post bills online for three days before voting.

The complicated 75-page bill was written Sunday night and posted around 2 a.m. Monday morning. The House voted on it Monday night.

This means - yet again - members were voting on something that many of them hadn't even read. It's a bill that includes complex structures for raising the debt ceiling. there's also the possibility of amending the constitution by creating a new "super committee" with special powers and changing the historic strength of the senate filibuster.

But that didn't seem to stop them.

Remember back when the Democrats shoved health care reform through Congress - a 2,200 page monstrosity?

Then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, "we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it." Republicans were outraged at the lack of transparency and the closed door dealings. And they were right.

Yet here we are. Again.

Members of Congress, up against a hard deadline, have no time to let this bill go through the regular process of hearings, getting outside opinions, etc. instead - we're getting another bill crafted by a handful of members of Congress, under a cloak of secrecy, with party leaders and the White House.

It's disgraceful - and no wonder a new CNN-ORC poll shows congress with a measly 14% approval rating.

Here’s my question to you: When it comes to the federal government, what will stop the madness?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

L.:
Nothing. We keep thinking that al-Qaeda is the enemy. After today, we know they have slipped into the number two slot. The real enemy is in Washington. The real terrorists are the ones we elected to mind the best interests of this country and who only pay attention to their political aspirations. Our trust has been broken.

Brian in San Diego:
The only thing that can stop the madness is what got us into it in the first place: the voters. The only way to move past this era of extremist partisan deadlock is for the voters to elect more moderate representatives who are willing to seriously work toward bipartisan deals.

Ann in Cincinnati:
There are no cowboys left in Congress, only aliens.

Tony in Topeka, Kansas:
I'm just wondering if the madness hasn't been around since the first Congress was in session. It's just that we have more access to it thanks to you guys, Jack, and all the social media available now.

Ron in Nebraska:
Term limits is a good start. I think three terms are more than enough. One term in office and two terms in prison for all the wrongs done in the first term. And I think it should be retroactive starting now.

Dennis in Florida:
Thomas Jefferson said we should have a revolution about every twenty years and start over with a completely new government. We are about ten revolutions behind schedule.

Bryan in Colorado Springs:
The madness will never stop. Shut up and eat your peas. Please sir, may I have some more.


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soundoff (282 Responses)
  1. Jayne

    Three words: campaign finance reform. Our "representatives" – with a few exceptions – are currently sold to the highest bidder and they work for the entities with the deepest pockets.

    August 2, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  2. jim

    they have bee at it for a long time,i dont see a end to it
    jim avilla mo

    August 2, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
  3. Ed from Md

    A fat lady singing, a very fat lady, singing.

    August 2, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  4. Karen, Idaho

    Nothing will stop this madness. Our politicians are bought and paid for by lobyists. They have no care or concern for the people who elected them. It is time, I think, to fire them all.

    August 2, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  5. Charles, Lansing, Michigan

    Nothing short of a revolution will change the ways of Washington. Lobbyists for Wall Street and Big businesses and farm iterests will make decisions in their own interest until so many are suffering that the masses will finally turn on Washington.

    August 2, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  6. Joyce from Arizona

    Recess???? They don't deserve a recess. The jobless American
    people can't take a recess when it comes to feeding their family.

    They haven.t been doing their job. Let's get them all out of office.

    August 2, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  7. Tom in Desoto, TX

    Keep calling for tax cuts and have it offset by reductions of social enhancements, Social Security, Medicare, etc, Military spending continues to have Carte Blanche at the detriment of education it will only happen when the countries who purchase out debt insists on payment. In dollar terns, interest may not be describe the cost accurately, it's more like paying vig. It's currently a house of cards.

    August 2, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  8. Jonathan

    Raising Taxes"

    What I find totally appalling, idiotic, upsetting and just ludicrous is when I hear politicians talk about how “Raising Taxes” and the "National Debt" will hurt our children, grand-children and even their children. What makes politicians think that our children and future generations of off-springs are going to be so stupid and such idiots that they will not be able to create a better tax plan, a more genius solution to the "National Debt" or for that matter create a more innovative world in which to live. Just as innovative technology, medicine and even nuclear physics are being created every day, with all of these educational wizardries, colleges, universities and child prodigies who are being born every day, having politicians say that raising taxes and the national debt are going to “hurt” our children and grand-children is a great dishonor to the generations of the future. Politicians find a new excuse!!

    August 2, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  9. Rick, Medina, OH

    Jack,

    We need to add a line to the 22nd Amendment to the U. S. Constitution ... that imposes term limits on members of Congress, not just the President. The craziness won't stop until 'career politician' is an oxymoron.

    Rick,
    Medina, OH

    August 2, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  10. Bill M, McLean VA

    The madness is only beginning ... two more years? Wolf Blitzer's CCN watcher poll, "Did the politicians act like adults or children?" Ans: 17% Adults 74% Children. I can only hope that the "bizarro" result of an off-year election will not derail US economic leadership.

    August 2, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  11. tom in los altos

    Jack,
    To say I am appalled by the Republicans would be a gross understatement. Talk about obstructionist reactionaries!!!!!

    If ee can't reac a resolution of the debt debate even with a defined deadline how on earth is this bunch of numbskulls supposed to amend the constitution?

    Theere is jus no way.

    It's all about political posturing.

    August 2, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  12. JIM IN COLORADO

    It's only one thing they understand. In 2012, vote all incumbents out no matter who they are. Maybe the new batch of lawmakers will get the message. If not, we are doomed.

    August 2, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  13. David in Tampa

    Do you remember those little bobble head dogs for cars Jack? Our politicians are like that. When we ask questions, they bobble their heads and attempt to look cute enough to hood wink us yet again. Will anything stop their madness? This is the way the system evolved, so I would say noway in Hell is it salvageable without radical restructuring and amending the Constitution.

    August 2, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  14. Greg, Ontario

    What you don't understand Jack is you can't stop it. Your very system is the cause of your problems. It's the rest of the world that will push you into fixing it just like New Zealand was pushed into it. When we tell you your green back is worth a nickel and you can't afford imports to the point where nobody will want to sell anything there maybe then things will change. The question isn't if any more it's when.

    August 2, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  15. jim

    This is ashame. We have social services for bad parents. Maybe we should have social services for bad leaders, but that would cost a fortune to the debt also. Our president should be grounded for being a bad baby sitter. To me this is how our government has been functioning. Very incompetent. 17 million dollars spent on days worth of bull crap and more scare for everyone. I guess after some time of this we will all become immuned to it after awhile and just say who cares, because our economy shows that now. Open your eyes leaders, not your book of lies.

    August 2, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  16. bonnie from NJ

    The wealthy citizens and corporations are perfectly happy with the government, it does what they want. It is bought and paid for and works just fine for them, I sincerely feel as middle class citizens we are on the extinction list and there is no way for us to break through and change the system.

    August 2, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  17. brad

    Why is it that when regular companies had to save money they eliminated employees, and burdened the remaining employees with more tasks, but when the government needs to cut costs its always social security or troops pay??? How bout the no good for nothing senators in washington take a pay reduction and take on more tasks. I just read that this debt deal that just went through is creating a 12-person bipartisan congressional committee tasked with coming up with recommendations for $1.5 trillion in further deficit reductions by Thanksgiving. This is crazy, where is the money coming from to form this group of saviors! Oh ya...you and I. This government and lawmakers should be ashamed of themselves, One day the american people will rise again, and its no ones fault but idiots in washingtion!!!

    August 2, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  18. Terry in Virginia

    The only thing that will stop the madness is for We the People to toss all these bums out of office come November, 2012. Congress has a separate retirement system because Social Security isn't good enough for them. They have a healthcare plan that rivals the best healthcare plans only the rich can afford. They're not out of touch; they know exactly what they are doing –getting rich off the backs of the middle class and poor and we let them do it! Just recently, the President and Congress played games with the debt ceiling and risked destroying our economy further and for what? So that they could score political points for re-election. If the above doesn't make someone mad enough to get out and vote against them all, then we deserve the circus they've created which benefits these clowns.

    August 2, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  19. The Doctor

    We need a Constitutional amendment prohibiting professional lobbying and political donations by businesses and industry trade groups. Lobbying should be the province ONLY of individuals and non-profits. You can bet the Republicans and teabaggers would fight this tooth-and-nail.

    Branchburg, NJ

    August 2, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  20. jim

    I'm from Berry Kentucky. Sorry forgot to finish, like our government.

    August 2, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  21. terence

    Jack , The only way to stop this madness in government is to vote them all out and start over fresh. The incumbents think they are there to tell us what to do now. We should remind them that we put them in office and can remove them at any time. Also they better not get rid of nursing homes paid for by medicare. %50 of them look like they should be in a nursing home.
    Terence , Piscataway, NJ

    August 2, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  22. Ed from California

    It's really up to the voters, voting for "honest" people running for office. We need people running for office who really believes in our basic principal, "We the People", easier said than done, though. What is really needed is campaign finance reform. Lobbying needs to be outlawed forever. Our courts have to stay out of politics, since most of our "honest" judges are not elected. Bottom line, it's all on the voters, no one else is at fault. We all need to be better boss'. Our hired help is running amok!!

    August 2, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  23. alex

    Well Jack, the only way to stop this madness is to accept the fact
    that the American people have no one to blame but themselves.
    They voted these children in, now its time to give them a time-out.
    Wake up America, remember this comment," this is just the the start.
    We will be in the same position in November."
    Give the kids a time out, and throw away the play pen.
    "You dont buy a dog and bark yourself"

    August 2, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  24. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Replace each and every one of them. The problem we have is too many old politicians teaching the new politicians. What this gets us is more of the same. If the new politicians do not conform they will get nothing done because the old players will not allow it. Meanwhile we have the old politicians grooming the new politicians which means the end result is more of the same. No mater how pure at heart and well intended the Tea party may be they can only do what the old timers will allow them to do. The old timers need to be put out to pasture with all of their old time policies. When that happens then we can move forward. Until that happens we will never recover because those that got us into this situation are still driving the damn bus.

    August 2, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  25. Rob Evers

    Yes. We look like undependable, irrational fools. And since we are going back to Eisenhower era federal expenditures, let's go back to Eisenhower era tax rates. I think a 91% marginal tax rate on the super rich who are ruining this country sounds about right. Let's tear down the Eisenhower Interstate Highway System while we are at it. Let private industry re-build and run it. Congress will get its kickbacks for that!

    The world will correctly see us as trying to go back in time, and will leave us behind them in the dust as they move forward in the 21st Century. Hey why not go back to the Robber Baron Era while we are at it (or are we already back there)?

    August 2, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  26. Jim S

    First Jack, we need to get the public to actually investigate the voting records od these clowns and puppets for large corporations and come voting day 2012, vote them out of office if they've refused to represent our interests. If that doesn't work, i suppose it might take about 2 million of us in Washington to change things and scare the bejebus out of those hoping to be re-elected into doing the right thing for a change. can we do that? I doubt it due to our biggest enemy of all.....APATHY!

    August 2, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  27. Shari Cecil Winlock, Washington

    Our answer is in the Declaration of Independece..."that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government." Jack, it is obvious Washington is broken and completely clear, it's up to us, the voters to fix it. If we have ever had a reason to get the vote out, it's now. Every American needs to register to vote and use that vote to remind our politicians they work for us. Every American's vote is going to count in the next few elections; it is our duty, no, it is our right to demand better from our elected officials. They are counting on the public to forget the past 30 days, that they held all of us hostage. They assume we have a short memory, but this one isn't going to go away, we will remember in 2012. They need to be afraid, they need to be very afraid of holding onto their jobs, all of them.

    August 2, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  28. John F.

    Tucson, Arizona What would stop the madness is fire ALL politicians, close our boarders, stop loopholes for corporations moving jobs overseas, pass a law that gives only 2 terms to all politicians, stop all perks in government, make all government public, put Bush Sr. and Jr. in prison for killing our sons. But most of all, Stop fighting other country's wars.

    August 2, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  29. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    I think it will have to be up to the voters to stop the madness. The people we have in office today just doesn't get it to or they do not care. Tea party members got elected in the last selection because they promised to reduce the deficit. No one at the time thought that would mean holding America hostage in order to achieve their goals. I still have faith in the American voter and I feel they are our only hope. More people are disgusted with what we just witnessed than ever before. I think a lot of people that are in office today will not be in office after the next an election.

    August 2, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  30. bob z fr ,pa.

    the bill they passed today is a insult to the citizens obama will spend that much over budget in his remaining term now we will have to wait and see if they do any more cutting .the only answer is they want a europeen type gov .is this what we faught all these wars for . they want to have control of us and i don't think we will let them.

    August 2, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  31. Alex in Bremerton, WA

    Nothing can stop the madness, Jack! If congress had the guts to do the people's business we wouldn't need "special commissions" with "super powers" of dubious constitutionality. That is why we haven't had a budget in two years. Smart people know our deficit and debt is unsustainable but nobody has the courage to find a workable solution. The Tea Party came to power in 2010 promising to cut the size of government, but they NEVER specified what was to be cut. Every spending program has a constituency and every congress person seeking re-election will pander to as many constituencies as they can.

    August 2, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  32. Mark from Voorhees, NJ

    Money needs to be taken out of the election system, and the election season limited to two months, anyone violating same should lose their right to run for anything, ever. Lobbying of Congress should be banned, or at least be entirely public and K St. turned into a homeless shelter. There should be a five year mandatory interval between working for the Federal government and any corporation. Sanity tests should be instituted for candidates, (which would have gotten rid of Michele Bachmann and Allen West immediately) Term limits of one term need to be instituted. Supreme Court justices should never comport with any political party, in the interest of propriety or the appearance of impropriety. That's a start.

    August 2, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  33. Nick from Ohio

    I feel let down by these politicians once again. They are making a mockery out of us and this country. I don't find it funny when countries like Russia call us a 'parasite' on the world economy like Vladimir Putin did today. I would actually respect a politician if they made the hard choices.

    August 2, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  34. Joe

    Jack,
    The madness will stop only after the big boom takes place and a new universe is created. Perhaps at that time narcissism will no longer control our self-absorbed Congress; otherwise, we can only hope that a few sensible minds will influence the crazies.

    Joe, Binghamton, NY

    August 2, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  35. Joe R - Houston

    The deal adds 3/4 of a trillion to the debt a year for 10 years. The federal government will stop the madness when the whole world ignores the worthless dollar. I give it 5 years and I'm being kind.

    August 2, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  36. Richard Oak Harbor, Wa

    As a last resort voters can once again participate in their own freedom at the ballot box in 2012.

    It's a little bit ironic that well meaning Tea Party believers of idealistic campaign promises to return America to its Constitutional roots instead voted in rookie zealots who are over eager to threaten the only income many of the Tea Baggers, their families and friends rely on to live.

    Shouldn't there be rules for rookies not to upset the apple cart their first year in Congress?

    August 2, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  37. Gary H. Boyd

    Madness is a very good word Jack. And it's not just in Washington.
    There's genuine madness among the citizens that is directed at those in the nation's capital. As a 75 year old American citizen I have never seen the kind of anger that exists against those in government.
    It started with the Democrats 2,200 page medical bill and that caused the shellacking they took in the 2010 elections. Now it's the Republican Tea Party imposing itself and there will, no doubt, be another house cleaning in 2012. You're right Jack, it's madness.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    August 2, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  38. Tim McNulty

    Congressional Term Limits!

    Los Angeles, California

    August 2, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  39. SteveA

    Unfortunately, Jack, the unwilling participants in American society as we know it.

    August 2, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  40. jeff in hawaii

    Jack,
    Two things come to miind; Term Limits and the end of lobbying. And that will happen when pigs fly.

    August 2, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  41. John Kino, Juno Beach, Florida

    Pass a law, that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, the President and all members of Congress are ineligible for re-election. That should stop their nonsense immediately.

    August 2, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  42. pat, Idaho

    How about a good old fashion revolution??

    August 2, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  43. Kim Smith

    A revolution, Jack. And not some namby-pamby protest rallies, but a real revolution like the first one we had that this country was born from. Unfortunately, our own military would no doubt be used against us, and that is the sad part. If the general population doesn't take it's collective head out of it's butt and start to get organized, we will never be able to get rid of the corruption and ineptitude that pervades every office on Capitol Hill. We lost this country to special interests the first day it existed.

    August 2, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  44. Eric Harela

    The madness will stop when American citizens start electing politicians who are more interested in the future well-being of the nation rather than their own personal interests and getting re-elected again. When JFK was sworn in on Jan 20, 1961, he spoke of the need for all Americans to be active and engaged citizens by saying
    " Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country". If all Americans committed themselves to do that, it would be the basis for a much brighter future for themselves and their country. Ontario, Canada

    August 2, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  45. Cory

    Considering the last 3 GOP administrations (Reagan, Bush and Bush) account for 64% of our nation's 14 trillion debt, I say we don't vote another GOP/Tea Party person into office.

    August 2, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  46. Carol

    Marching on Washington is the only way to make politicians understand that the citizens of this country are not as polarized as they make us out to be. Maybe the Silent Majority should be silent no longer. We all want a good life for our families and we don't want to be told how to live–and that includes sanctimonious preaching from the right winged neo conservatives. From where I stand, the life they want for their version of Americans is nauseating. But my opinion aside, how many of you have written your congressmen? How many of you got a response back? I don't mean a robo-response. I wrote my congressman and my senators and got either no response or a robo response thanking me for my input. Did they even read it? Politicians are as separated from the great unwashed masses as CEO's are from their supposedly expendable employees. Maybe it is time for us all to become reacquainted. One Man, One vote–that is the only thing that scares the daylights out of politicians and CEO's alike. If we don't demand a more intimate relationship with our elected representatives (and that typically includes our CEO's), we will get what we deserve. That is certainly what has happened to us to date. Carol from Gainesville, VA

    August 2, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  47. Olga O. Pina

    I believe that an intelligent, pro-active electorate will be able to stop the madness...

    As I have always said, "Too bad there is no innoculation for stupidity!"

    Olga
    Austin, Texas

    August 2, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  48. Dave

    Given what the country is facing – what about canceling Congress's "summer recess?" Seriously, do they deserve a month off? Why not MAKE our congressional (so-called) leaders stay in town and at work to deal with the huge issues we are all facing!
    Dave in Baltimore

    August 2, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  49. Dan from MN

    Jack, the real questions should be "who are these 14%, and what were they thinking when they answered the polling questions?"

    August 2, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  50. DJ S.

    Jack, I believe that a slap on the back of the head will stop the madness or better yet a shock collar whenever somebody does or says something stupid. All of this madness I believe is partly because of the last minute decisions. It's like getting a parent to sign a five page permission slip right before they have to go to work. It's insanity. If only we could have congress men and women who could work together. Heck, why don't I just imagine I have a billion dollars while I'm at it.

    August 2, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  51. dave in nashville

    Earmarks and other pork in the bill is what I want to see, then expose the holdout votes for what they really are, and sickening doesn't come close to describing them all.

    I'd rather have seen them squirm with a so-called default for the collective damage done these past decades.

    August 2, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  52. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    Simple. Next time this kind of thing happens, there has to be a bill ready for a vote not less than a week before a deadline. If no agreement can be reached prior to that one week deadline, the POTUS will invoke the 14th amendment and do the job for Congress. Then each member of Congress and the White House will be fined $10,000 per day until they reach a sane and reasonable agreement.

    August 2, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  53. Mark in PA

    Short term: suffer, we elected these intransigent lunatics...now we must wait and suffer till November 2012 to fix it...at best...nothing will get done till then
    Long term: We need two ammendments to the U.S. Constitution : 1.) Term Limits for representatives and Senators since the federal courts ruled against laws allowing term limits on congressmembers and 2.) Allow for recall elections of represenatives and senators who fail to carry out their duties...specific process to be determined by the states.

    August 2, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  54. Kenneth from California

    I don't think it can be the indebted American public to stop the federal governments madness. The Feds and the public seem to be mirror images of each other. Both are up to their ears in loans they cannot pay.
    A frugal public would indeed demand a frugal government, and that we mad-haters ain't.

    August 2, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  55. Jane in CA

    1) public funding of candidates, no other contributions and no paid ads by third parties
    2) no party identification allowed on ballots – candidates names only
    3) Debates on the issues – one to three hours per issue, depending on the number of candidates. Require all statements to be factual and provide documentation. Anyone stating opinion as fact or lying outright would be ejected immediately and prohibited from any other debate.
    4) anyone with any criminal conviction would be prohibited from running.
    5) candidate must pass a civics test – they need to demonstrate that they know how our government works before they are allowed to take office. If a district elects some idiot who doesn't understand what the job is -they go unrepresented till the next election.

    August 2, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  56. Chris in SINY

    But that what its about Jack,the deals in the back room,which we "dont"
    get to see,not the sideshow we all have watched in the last few weeks,so much for transparent goverment,They could have delt with this FAA thing,before they left ,but hey,,,,,"we have worked hard,,and deserve a vacation" Then we will come back and start to care about
    american working class families,,,,,,,,,,Paaaaaaa-lease

    August 2, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  57. sean 1

    What will stop the madness? How about getting in their faces all the time and making sure they know who put them there and why. it may sound like anarchy but getting in their faces to where they are not protected by their security guards will scare the life out of them. They are suppose to do what we put them there for not to serve their ego's

    August 2, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  58. DON IN WESTPORT, MASS.

    This country does not need an outside force to bring us to an end. We are doing that ourselves, and what a fine job we are doing.
    We are burning down the house to kill a rat.

    August 2, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  59. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    We can only hope that in 2012 that all of the people in Congress are sent home forever but in reality that won't fix the problem because the system is broken or should I say shattered. My 4 year old grandson could do a better job than these idiots. This is like Ground Hog Day, same thing every day, corruption.

    August 2, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  60. Bob in Kansas City

    What will stop the madness?.....maybe a term limit amendment--ONE & DONE plus all bribes(contributions) have to come from individuals with the name made public in 24 hrs.

    August 2, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  61. RickFromDetroit

    What will "stop the madness" was resolved 30 years ago when Pres. Reagan began a massive build up of the Military.

    If someone tries to nuke the U.S., we shall retaliate, and we are now indestructible.

    August 2, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  62. Nate NC

    A common cure for bigots, arrogant in their complacency from being in power, is a humiliating threatening action. It's amazing how a deadly destructive disease can be inert to its carrier, but is debilitating or fatal to ALL that is around. THERE'S NO OBAMACARE FOR THIS ONE!!!

    August 2, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  63. sybil schwartz

    Poll Says Pay Cuts for Elected Officials

    According to a Rasmussen Report released today an overwhelming majority of voters nationwide want members of Congress to take a pay cut until the federal budget is balanced, and a plurality also thinks the president should chop his salary in half until that time.
    Today we hear our well endowed elected officials clamoring for reducing the debt by shrinking programs/services and increasing revenues. But have we heard them call for slimming their benefits, expense accounts or salaries?

    Yet in our country there are elected officials reducing their compensation packages. In Linden Michigan the council and mayor cut their pay by ten percent. The governor in Hawaii and others accepted a 5 percent temporary salary reduction and pay 50/50 of their health care premiums. Barberton Ohio’s mayor and city council took a voluntary pay cut and forfeited raises for the past two years. No doubt there are other examples of elected officials who are leading by example.

    Pruning elected officials’ taxpayer funded salaries, benefits, and expense accounts will have no impact on the country's debt. But if our representatives reduce their remuneration packages they could share a snippet of the sacrifices of those whom they govern. Their actions may momentarily lift a nation's spirit and astound pundits.

    Rhetoric does not suffice; it's bold personal actions that make a difference. Shared sacrifices should be distributed among all Americans; those that are governed and those that govern. No exemptions please!

    August 2, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  64. Remo, from beautiful downtown Pflugerville Texas

    Well it may mean that the "people" may have to restore Washington to how the founders meant. Be it by vote or revolt. You can anger a populace only so much before action. Take a gander and the middle east.

    August 2, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  65. riley oday

    Nothing will change there. It will remain the same.

    Term limits would be a start but could make it worse.

    August 2, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  66. Carl Ball

    Jack,

    What you refer to as “Madness” is just the process any group of free agents go through to make critical decisions. It would appear “better” if there was a lot less TV & Internet coverage – but that’s not going to happen. The solution is for people to recognize Politics for what it is – a very important contact sport (like Soccer) where the goal is not to loose, because the outcome literally affects everyone’s life.

    Carl from Pahrump, Nv

    August 2, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  67. dennis, chicago

    jack, i would have to say eliminate the political parties & we should start voting for the person that has common sense & is able to think using LOGIC... i would have to say that obama used the correct word several times over the last week or so & that was DYSFUNCTIONAL, & i can only assume that he included himself.
    if not jack we continue OUR JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH, however unlike the movie we will not return.

    August 2, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  68. James

    What will stop the madness is when the Tea Party fanatics are voted out. That is when sanity will return to the political process in Washington.

    August 2, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  69. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: In my opinion--nothing will--"All of us are crazy in one way or another."

    August 2, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  70. Richard C.

    Jack, I wish I had an answer. The government is so dysfunctional that I fear for the worst. Our politicians just do not care about the American people. We can vote them out, but we'll get the same crap all over again but with new names. I am 67 years old and have always voted in all elections. I think I might just pass the next time. It just doesn't matter any more, in my opinion; how sad.
    Malvern, PA.

    August 2, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  71. Annie, Atlanta

    When we, the voters, start paying attention to the people we put in office during the campaign, instead of after they've been elected. In order to be truly informed, corporate owned, profit driven "news" media needs to go away.

    August 2, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  72. CRAIG R. MCNEES

    tampa, fl obviously, the one item on a bill with mandatory reading of all bills, along with posting them on the internet for all to see is the only solution. these buffoons will continue to pack in the pork and spend every dollar they can borrow. term limits would end career politicians along with allowing only 1 6 year term and end the need for the retirement packages they voted themselves.

    August 2, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  73. R. Dion

    Dear Jack,

    Shame on Congress for once again shirking their duties and responsibilities. The approved plan to lift the nation’s debt limit and reduce government spending is merely another “kicking the can down the road” action, a renown Congressional solution to any difficult problem that arises. As for the 12 member congressional committee that will be formed, this is but another of the numerous committees that have arisen to accomplish absolutely nothing constructive. What is needed is a Constitutional amendment, one that will impose term limits on both the Senate & House members. Then, maybe then, our elected representatives will be more attuned to the needs of the country vice their continued re-election. Do they dare propose such an action?

    Robert Dion
    Virginia Beach, VA

    August 2, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  74. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    Term Limits for Senators and Congressmen (women) would be a good start, Jack. a maximum of 5 terms (10 years) for Congress and 2 terms (12 years) for the Senate.

    also easier re-call of ALL Federal elected officials, including the President, would be a plus. I would like to see us more like a Parliamentary government where IF elected officials are SO against the will of the voters, they can be THROWN OUT mid-term.

    but the easiest positive fix right now would be to eliminate the FILIBUSTER in the Senate. what the HELL ever happened to "majority rule" in this country?

    August 2, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  75. Riley - Seattle

    In a democracy, the buck always stops with the electorate (Harry Truman notwhithstanding). Cartoon cat Pogo said it best: I have seen the enemy and he is us. As long as we continue the endless cycle of electing nincompoops and then complaining about them, we are the nincompoops!.

    August 2, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  76. Ron from NEBR.

    Term limits is a good start. I think three terms are more than enough. One term in office and two terms in prison for all the wrongs done in the first term. And I think it should be retroactive starting now.

    August 2, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  77. Bryan, Colorado Spgs.

    The madness will never stop. Shut up and eat your peas. Please sir may I have some more.

    August 2, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  78. Mark

    Jack, since the American attention-span is so short, we vote for whoever makes the most noise. Not the smartest way to go. That being said, I think term limits are needed to keep the country on a somewhat even keel. Congress imposed term limits for the Presidency in the wake of FDR's popularity; the same should be done for them. It could end the entrenchment of the old guard, and maybe lessen the impact of lobbyist money. It wouldn't stop the blather from the ideologues, but it would give them less time to create trouble for the rest of us.

    Mark
    Tempe,AZ

    August 2, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  79. Steve, Clifton, VA

    Jack

    Lets lay the blame at the feet of the people we are really referring to or lets ask a more specific question. The question is really directed at the Legislative Branch of the Federal Government. These elected politicians keep saying and referring to what "The American People Want", but of them does what the American People want. Term Limits are long long over due. We need to flush these people out of office come 2012 and like the Tea Party, demand the all replacements pledge to legislate Term Limits for all U. S. Congressman and U. S. Senators

    August 2, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  80. Paul From Austin Texas

    Maybe if Congress is abloished and we only have the Senate with two votes for each state regardless of population maybe something could done for a change. Like it or not action could be taken without adding all the special intrest costs to each bill regardless of what it is about. Like most people I think both houses behaved as spoiled children wanting another icecream cone and pouting and yelling if they did not get it. It is time we all look at our elected officals and expect them to act for the American people and not the guy at the end of the hall with a check from one or another special intrest group. We are and always should be government of the people by the people and for the people and not the oil, drug, or other corporation.

    August 2, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  81. clyde hooks

    3 simple things will change Washington.

    1. Campaign Reform that requires all candidates to start a new run for office from $0. Any excess left after a campaign goes to the US Treasury. No carry-over. And while we're there, much better controls on maximum and source of funds. I'd even like to see equal funding to all candidates from public funds (large or small, whatever the Federal (or even State) can afford.

    2. Term Limits for all elected officials. Maybe 3-4 terms in the House and 2 terms in the Senate.

    3. Benefits (health care, pension rules, etc) no better for Federal Pols than for other Gov't employees.

    This would be a good start.

    BUT it would never happen, because the people responsible for the mess will never take away from themselves – with such a big $ problem in Washington, name any of the (instant) millionaires who returns their pay to help the deficit. They can afford it, Yes, it would be a token gesture, but it sets an example. (of course I'm leaving private jets and other perks for Politicians, for another discussion.)

    August 2, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  82. Jamie in St. Louis

    It's going to take the ability of every American to look at their own Senators and Representatives with some scrutiny rather than just pointing fingers at everyone elses representatives. The days of the career politician have to come to an end if we ever want to change the system. Whether you like the Tea Party or not, at least they are trying to change the way Washington works. The way they got under the skin of the old Washington types like Biden, McCain, Boehner, Reid, and Pelosi was a thing of beauty. We should set term limits so that people know going in that they won't be living off the government for the rest of their lives sitting in the top committee positions and brokering deals for themselves.

    August 2, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  83. ALML

    The madness will never stop. Right now I hate both parties and the Tea Party Terrorists. If the Dems are in control they will give away the store and turn the social safety net into welfare for all and if the Republicans are in control they will give the rich and big business everything they save by slashing social programs tax breaks. I'm one of the 50% of the people who pays taxes and gets screwed no matter who I vote for!

    August 2, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  84. Rhonda Hughes

    Jack its simple, make it a part time congress like so many states where they only have a whirl-wind three months a year to work and that would put pressure on them to actually get something done for a change. Not to mention it would get those guys off K street and back on main street... most Reps don't even "live" in the districts they represent until 4 months before the election or just to remind us to "vote" for them... The rest of the 2 years of their term are spent in the suburbs of D.C. hardily what I call representing me.

    August 2, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  85. D.Wilson

    I won't stop till the public wakes up. Look at how many people actually vote. Also I think a lot of people do not understand how goverment works or the responsabilty of each branch of goverment. To many elected officials stay in office because they could not hold down a real job. If the military ran the way congress does we would have lost every conflict we have been in.
    D.Wilson St.Louis MO

    August 2, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  86. Lloyd, Penticton, Canada

    It seems as long as members of Congress have to raise $millions to get re-elected they will not stop the madness.
    They are going be more interested in satisfying their major campaign contributors than the welfare of the country.
    In the recent legislation how much actually helps the country?
    How many rich people who get huge tax breaks, create any jobs?
    Why do many large companies pay less taxes than the low to middle income earners?
    What has been done by this Congress to address probably the major problem in the US, lack of jobs?

    August 2, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  87. Kathie

    The tea party can only make demands and is incapable of negotiating or compromise–they have now been empowered by the democrats caving in to their ransom demands for holding our country hostage. This dysfunction will only increase and worsen.

    August 2, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  88. Lori - PA

    Jack,

    Any ideas or suggestions that I, or other "Cafferty File" followers, have would just be ignored by members of Congress and Sentate. If by some miracle they were willing to make changes, I would ask that members of Congress and the Sentate put an end to lobbying. I would also ask that they pass a bill that limits members of Congress and the Senate to two consecutive terms (as it is with the President of the United States).

    August 2, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  89. Rags from Pleasnt Valley NY

    Hey Jack, the madness will never stop as long as the people fear the government when the government SHOULD fear the people and clueless politicians who are spending our money to screw up the nation. I still think they should work on commission.

    August 2, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  90. Dave, Orlando, FL

    It will take a situation that devolves considerably beyond what Greece is going through now. The United States will have to crash and burn before any of these bums wake up, but by then, of course, it will be too late. They are too intellectually challenged to see the consequences of their stupidity. Doesn’t matter anyway. The big corporations (read: multi-nationals) will simply step across the Pacific and begin to exploit China and the rest of the world as they have exploited us. Not that it matters, but the world will find that communist leaders are just as corrupt and can be as easily bought as our leaders.

    Our poor grandchildren. They will look at the current mess as the “good old days.”

    By the way, who are those 14%? 14% of what – Congress?

    August 2, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  91. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    The only thing that will stop the madness is to clear ALL of Congress members OUT and hold the next group of legislators accountable for their actions. The American people are FURIOUS with the way this group has treated them. They are sick and tired of this behavior and they are NOT going to take it anymore. I suggest to them that they remember that the Senior Citizens today are the same people who marched on Washington during the Vietnam War days. We still have a lot of march in us and are willing to show them HOW disgusted we are with them.

    August 2, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  92. Tony Brooks from Topeka Kansas

    I'm just wondering if the madness hasn't been around since the first congress was in session it's just that we have more access to it thanks to you guys Jack, and all that social media available now.

    August 2, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  93. Bill in New Mexico

    What will stop the madness of the federal government?

    The end of the federal government–and the debt may well have already guaranteed that!

    If our economy is still alive, and if the "Super Committee" succeeds, then the debt is brought under control.

    The federal government lasts. The madness lasts.

    In the reality of this physical world nothing is everlasting!

    If the "Super Committee" works, then this federal government will destroy it. And, the "debt bomb" will start ticking once again promising to end the madness.

    When the "Super Committee" cuts my social security and medicare this Christmas, I will no doubt join those demanding its end.

    We have to be very, very careful what we write our congress.

    I cannot stand this madness, but this madness for a time gave me and my folks an exceedingly good life.

    I wish it were 1947 once again.

    August 2, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  94. Jenna Roseville CA

    When it comes to the federal government, what will stop the madness?

    1. Term Limits for Congress, Senate and the Supreme Court to 12 years maximum.

    2. Public Financing of ALL Candidates. No personal, corporate, or special interest money so that office can't be bought or favors owed.

    3. TRUTH IN BROADCASTING LAW. To cover Cable, Radio, Satelite, and Television

    4. NO PAY FOR LIFE AND NO CADILLAC HEALTH CARE FOR LIFE for members of the Senate and/or Supreme Court.

    This is the CHANGE that we need.

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    August 2, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  95. ken, atlantic city, nj

    If you want different results you need to elect different people. All you get from obama and the clowns in congress is talk. Obama just signed a temporary debt bill after saying a few days ago that he would not sign a temporary debt extension bill. He said we would be in libya days not weeks. He said he was against clintons trade agreements now he is pushing job killing trade agreements with korea, and columbia. He said he would raise taxes on the rich, but now his new tax reform plan will lower the top rate from 39% to 23% by the committee of 12 corporate lackeys, he said he would raise the 15% tax rate for hedge fund managers, but now increased taxes for the rich are off the table. Gitmo is still open, the patriot act has been renewed, and 10,000 troops will remain in iraq forever.

    August 2, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  96. Dan in Indianapolis

    For starters it would be nice to see more Americans voting. I get the feeling that a great number of my fellow citizens are barely aware of the issues that are deadlocking the government. I think that the current "silent majority" of Americans are letting our politics be dominated by fear-mongering zealots and self-declared patriots with their quaint ideas about what the founding fathers wanted.
    Naturally the people with their heads full of extremism vote the most while too many are content with staying out of it.

    August 2, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  97. Dave Turpin

    How about a super committe of just two Mcain&Durbin.

    August 2, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  98. Brian, San Diego, CA

    The only thing that can stop the madness is what got us into it in the first place: the voters. The only way to move past this era of extremist partisan deadlock is for the voters to elect more moderate representatives who are willing to seriously work toward bipartisan deals. To put it in language we can all understand, any campaign promise to never compromise should be a non-starter.

    August 2, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  99. Lori - PA

    Any ideas or suggestions that I, or other "Cafferty File" followers, have would just be ignored by members of Congress and Senate. If by some miracle they were willing to make changes, I would ask that members of Congress and the Senate put an end to lobbying. I would also ask that they pass a bill that limits members of Congress and the Senate to two consecutive terms (as it is with the President of the United States).

    August 2, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  100. Gerry - Montclair, NJ

    Only the voters can stop the madness. The problem is that a huge number of our voters are angry, selfish, uninformed, uneducated, dogmatic, closed-minded, and oh...., toss in some good old-fashioned stupidity. We put these clowns if office and then sit back and observe while the media tells us what is going on. (The media is a whole separate issue with its own cast of clowns.) We need to elect people who are responsible, reasonable, intelligent, caring, dedicated and willing to take on the big issues, and stop electing people who are entertaining and know how to manipulate the electorate with anger, fear and sound bites.

    August 2, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  101. Gigi Oregon

    The Federal Government has no one to answer too. "We have the power to put them in,but not the power to take them out. But a small nagging in my spirit says Corporate America has bought their soul... and money is the name of the game. If we the people had a say...there would be no one leaving Washington till their job was done and no pay check till mission accomplished. Jobs are the number one concern yesterday, today and tomorrow. That is the only way we can get revenue. Putting people back to work. And in my opinion, will be the key in the next election, which party creates the most jobs and second to see that every person and company pays taxes. The free loaders of this country are not the down and out, but the top rich and corporate companies who do not pay taxes. And media should focus on these two things. The madness will stop when "We the People" see the real list of free loaders.
    Let's rebuild America by taking pride in building back our cities, highways, transportation, education and taking care of those who come to our shores for a better life. Real American render unto the government and render unto God what is due. If you don't want to pay taxes go back to your Father's homeland, maybe you'll like it better there.
    I'll be working to take my country back from those who's goal it is to suppress the people. And if any of our government leaders don't like "Obama care" give up their pension and health care now before you leave town...you pack of freeloaders.

    August 2, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  102. Mike in Denver

    Strict term limits! As long as the primary occupation of the politician is to get re-elected, they will forever be in debt to the companies that pay the campaign costs. If a politician knows they will be a civilian again soon, maybe then they will work for the people instead of corporations.

    August 2, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  103. Dave - Phx, Az

    It will take decades of voting for non incumbents before our government is ever cleaned up. Term limits will never happen. Short of a revolution or nation wide strike, the rich have won.

    August 2, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  104. Marques

    The federal government, just like the state government, local government, and the freaking college student government doesn't care about the people. Never have and never will.

    August 2, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  105. Donald

    Things will change in DC when people finally realize that all incumbants must go. It might be a good idea to start electing people who have actually worked for a living and lived within a budget.

    August 2, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  106. Barbara, Phoenix

    The current system cannot be fixed until the government recognizes that the people it represents are disgusted with all of them. To date, they refuse to acknowledge that fact; and, ultimately, that people can only be pushed so far before they rise up and demand a new government. I don't know whether to be afraid of that or be grateful when it occurs.

    August 2, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  107. Doug

    A military coup would be most effective.

    August 2, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  108. Nardo Cape Coral FL,

    I don't think you will like my answer, but I think more of a third party (Tea Party) intervention into Washington Politic's will help, Dem's & Rep's have gotten to extreme and don't listen to the people as they claim to, So sock it to them Tea Party.

    August 2, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  109. Tina Tx

    When the D. C bank goes out business then the spending will quit or when we the people deman term limits.

    August 2, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  110. Larry Feierstein-Denver

    Madness? what madness? nothing can change until a 4th of 5th political party comes into view. At that time we will look like most other countries, where nothing gets fixed because its broken beyond repair. While we have a Democratic senate, Republican house, a disfunctional tea party and new parties on the horizon, nothing changes.
    I forsee the day of no social security or medicare, no programs for the elderly, ignored infrastructure causes a major bridge or tunnel to collpase and still the senators argue. It will take major public unrest to change things. Do you see any unrest due to what has happened now? Where are all the unemployed? no anger? So , its not madness if no one is mad.

    August 2, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  111. Renee Peoria,Ill

    I think it's time for our own version of a jasmine revolution. The Dems and GOP are either cowards or in someone's pocket. The tea party is everyone's childhood monster-under-the-bed come to life. We need a 4th alternative that actually represents the American people instead of just pretending to. The possibility of write-in candidates standing any chance in a real election isn't necessarily the joke it used to be, not in the internet age of instant communication. All we're really lacking are viable candidates that aren't beholden to any party, especially the screaming children's party – uh, I mean, the tea party.

    August 2, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  112. LLW

    Nothing. We keep thinking that Al-Qadea is the enemy. After today, we know they have slipped into the number two slot. The real enemy is in Washington. The real Terrorists are the ones we elected to mind the best interests of this country and who only pay attention to their political aspirations. Our trust has been broken. Today, the Constitutional Republic was sundered by a manufactured crisis created for the express purpose of shoving through an unconstitutional and seditious 'Super Congress.' The American people were played like a harmonica and politically raped and the media stood by and cheered it on.

    August 2, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  113. Ron

    Short of a revolution,Nothing

    August 2, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  114. Todd Johnston Chico, Ca

    What will stop the maddness? A government working together would stop it! The two current parties will never get along on their own, so we must give each American President a fillabuster proof majority of their own party in both houses of Congress for a full eight years. If we don't like the results, throw out that President and their party in Congress and switch sides untill someone can get it right! That's right, nothing but Democrats in the White House and Congress for eight years and if we are not happy then in with the Republicans for their eight year turn!

    What we have now will not work without drastic draconian change...

    August 2, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  115. Renita M,S

    Hello, Jack. The only way to stop the madness in the Federal Government is stop electing ungodly peoples. If you got peoples that don't care about thier own family; How do you expect them to care about the well being of billions of peoples? America wake up and get your morals back than other countries can't make fun of us anymore. Before you go to the poles to vote go in prayerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

    August 2, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  116. Judy, Apex,NC

    The madness will stop when we, the American people, vote the bums out.

    August 2, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  117. Jim, Denver CO

    Jack,
    First and foremost get rid of the Lobbyists (like Grover Norquist) and their influence. Second, put term limits in place on Congress just like the President. Twelve years for House or 6 consecutive terms, 12 years for Senate or 2 consecutive terms and once they use it all up they are out permanently. Third, if lobbyists are still allowed then if you leave office you cannot come back as a lobbyist. Talk about an incestual process. Fourth, all 'benefits' are the same as everyone else. No special pensions or for-life priviledges, make them live like the rest of us "normal" folks do. Fifth and final, it is all retroactive once enacted.

    Hopefully I'll see it before I'm dead. Right.

    August 2, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  118. Sean

    It seems like the only way to stop the madness in Washington is to demand that our politicians compromise with each other. The notion of compromise has completely left Washington with the ever increasing number of heavily funded lobbyists that drown out the voice of the American people. Politicians are more loyal to lobbyists then the American people because they are so worried about getting reelected and they know that if they vote the way lobbyists want they will get plenty of money necessary to campaign. We need serious campaign finance reform and possibly term limits on our members of congress.

    August 2, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  119. Tim Lee Massachusetts

    Impeach Congress. The present group of self-serving politicos has embarrassed us in front of the world with their immature bickering. I notice that in this non-election year no one suggested eliminating earmarks or a balanced budget amendment. The bulk of what they are calling budget savings are accounting tricks that look good on paper without really cutting spending at all. All that sound and fury, and look at the pathetic result. I say skip the bipartisan committee, find a fifth grade classroom somewhere and let them come up with real savings

    August 2, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  120. SnehGbe

    Stop the governance madness. Simple. Voters should put an end to the Washington Gridlock; grant ONE PARTY exclusivity of the 3 Houses. Let's start with the Democrats, since the Republicans have it coming their way in 2012 for their funny behavior at the Debt Ceiling Talks. And let the Tea Party be the last, for that will give me enough time to leave town.

    August 2, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  121. Boomer in Mo

    How about requiring members of Congress to actually read the bills or they don't get paid. It is their job to read all that stuff. If they don't do it, don't pay them. Maybe there should be pop quizzes for them. And every law that shields members of Congress from the laws and regulations the rest of us have to put up with should be repealed. They also should have to bid out their health insurance every year, like the rest of us business managers do. Let them find out how insurance companies are always trying to get as much premium as they can while paying for as little as they can.

    August 2, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  122. joshua

    I agree with you Jack that it is a total disgrace. 67% of Americans supported cut, cap and balance yet Harry Reid wouldn't even allow a vote on the bill. That shows you how much respect we get from our representatives in Washington. It's not about what's best for Americans, it's what's best to help keep them in office.

    August 2, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  123. Greg M.

    Jack,
    The madness seems that it will never end.Under normal circumstances,people learn from their mistakes.Washington doesn't seem to be able to do even that much.Taking a political stance which stands in the way of doing their job is just plain wrong.Lawmakers should do what is morally correct,not politically,or what 'lobbyists' want them to do.Politics are for campaigning.Bills,laws,and budgets are for the people who voted them in and what people 'thought' their votes would accomplish.
    Greg M. FL

    August 2, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  124. Dennis north carolina

    Throw every elected official out of office. set term limits on all elected office like the term limit on the president's office. set a debit limit on spending to raise it you have to get voter approval. put laws into effect that would hold elected officials responsible or face criminal time in prison and or take them out of office.

    August 2, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  125. Chris Burke (Canada)

    For the "Super Committee" let the Republicans appoint the Democrat members, and the Democrats appoint the Republican members. That will keep the lunatic fringes out.

    August 2, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  126. Ruth from Indianapolis

    Nothing will. I turned on CSPAN today and watched the senate. There was discussion of social security. The senator admitted that although social security was separate from the general fund and not responsible for the crisis. Then he went on to say that by 2036, the funds would run out so we had to reform it.

    Social security funding comes only from employer and employee deductions. At this point, it is supposed to have 2.5 trillion dollars. Unfortunately, the money has been replaced by IOUs. For what? To allow major corporations to pay no tax? To allow hedgefund managers to pay taxes at a lower rate that working people? To give the wealtiest people in this country a tax break?

    As far as the banking industry is concerned, this country may have retained its AAA rating. As far as its obligations to those of us who have paid into social security for years, its credit rating is ziltch.

    August 2, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  127. john ....... marlton nj

    Madness, maybe not. I'd rather see the GOP jam down a bill, 3-day notice or not, to slow down or shut down some spending. Instead of "elite" decsiion making committees, I rather see the decisions brought to the voters... ie, balanced budget, how quickly to reduce edficit, etc ..oh and lastly ... Only those paying taxes can vote ...

    August 2, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  128. Conor, Chicago

    Perhaps when corporations are no longer "people" and can no longer dominate the political process with their vast amounts of money the madness will end. You simply CAN'T be in the US government without selling your soul to one or more corporate backers because if you don't, that money they would have given you goes to the other person who defeats you in the electoin because they can buy all the air time, continously air disinformation, twist the arms of local business'-etc.

    Everything that everyone complains is wrong in this country is based on the fact that politicians must be subserviant to corporations in order to survive in Congress. MOVE TO AMMEND! (look it up)

    August 2, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  129. Brian Demick

    Here's a thought, how about we rethink the terms and role of our elected officials. They are in office to solve the country's major issues and ensure equality for all, not to do whatever will keep them in office the longest. Why don't we do away with reelections altogether and give everyone 1 longer term (say 6 yrs)? That way our officials can do what is right for the country based on the facts at hand and not what will get them reelected. We should be willing to make hard decisions based on the facts, not on a popularity contest. This constant jockeying for political position is driving this country into a stagnant hole. We need Washington thinking long-term.

    Brian – New York, NY

    August 2, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  130. Jk from Minnesota

    It's going to take the "Middle Majority" of voters to organize as the extremes have and get active. The thing is, most of us in that category are very busy and if they are like me – work 40 -50 hrs a week and do nto have time to take on extra things.

    If we don't do this, I'm afraid the country will be hijacked by the extreme right – and frankly that scares me a lot.

    We need several "Rallies to Restore Sanity" like Jon Stewart & Steven Colbert put on and stick to it.

    August 2, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  131. Terry- Greensburg, IN "Hoosier Hillbilly"

    federal government madness?
    Jack, it's not them it's "US"!
    We've continued to let rain freely while 'we' accept whatever they do.
    Similar to parents and how they've raised their kids. No discipline, no spankings, they're not even with them 2 hours a week; they let'm play video games – watch TV – ignore them completely – just like 'we' have government. What do you expect when there is no communication between the two?

    Freedom is an accepted premise with no responsibility required. Responsibility is no longer expected or required from citizens or government. Neither is is obliged to deal with or recognize the other.
    Patriotism has long sense been replaced with radical behavior and irresponsibility and Morality is down the tubes also; so 'we' have nothing to expect of anyone. We've destroyed one or more so all will die.

    August 2, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  132. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    How sad we have become. Yet until we recognize and stop denying what is wrong with us, this absolute ideology that can only produce hate, we can never change.

    I heard on FIX NEWS a talking head speaking about the necessity of the Tea Party to democracy. I couldn't help think that is like saying Al Qaeda is needed for freedom.

    We all live our lives in paradox; sad and happy, light and dark, good and evil, etc. psychologically we need some paradox. However, when one small group of people try and control others through fear and extreme contentiousness in order to virtually imprison others to adhere to their extreme beliefs, to lock all people in their small suffocating box of absolute ideology no matter the harm, is something I thought was extinguished in 1945 and today is called terrorism.

    How sad we have become that we go on trying to change but always remaining the same.

    August 2, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  133. Chris Brown FL

    first jack people to get involved second about a 50 killiton cruise missile in dc ought to take care of it oh let the normal people out first

    August 2, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  134. Donald Bodwell Brandon, VT

    And now the House of Representatives, after feigning a debt ceiling crisis and operating at glacier-like speed, rewards itself with a five week vacation??? This was, according to Mr. Boehner, going to be the "jobs Congress."
    To the best of my knowledge, those among the 20% real unemployment have no vacation, nor do those working and paying taxes on the suspended FAA projects.
    Pathetic is the only word that comes to mind.

    August 2, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  135. Karl in Flint

    It will stop when the wealthy and corporations are no longer “special”, old folks are treated properly, we actually have real health care for all, government is again a major employer, it becomes economically feasible to bring jobs back to the USA and education and infrastructure are again priorities. Until American voters gets a little pickier about who they vote for, it isn’t going to happen. Did I mention term limits?

    August 2, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  136. Ron Dayton

    When someone stops saying that the Republicans simply have a different philosophy. They routinely lie one way or the other! How do you run on a policy of cut every program that does good for the masses and keep giving the Rich more money? Isn't that basically it? How do they call themselves the Moral Right, the Religious Right, Really? There is nothing in our religion that says the Rich must have all the money and doctors and best educations.

    We need to see politicians for what they do. Boehner and McConnell and Cantor keep blaming Obama for the Debt. They continue to defend Bush and we all know what happened and I'm not repeating it again! If you believe that then you are stupid, if you understand what really happened and say otherwise, That's Lying!!!!!!!! Until everyone wakes up and sees the truth, we're doomed! You guys could call it, but you won't either! You guys are in a better position to tell the TRUTH!

    August 2, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  137. David from Vancouver

    When 99% of the population gets a clue, and stops supporting a party that so deliberately protects the top 1%. Your country is down in the dumps, and YOU vote for DIVIDED government in 2010??? Americans are getting EXACTLY what they voted for.

    August 2, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  138. guy r lacroix

    Hey Jack,

    The only thing that will stop the madness of the federal government is the eventual default of the US governmen caused by external events. Nothing else will stop politicians from spending wildly as they can continue to print money without end..

    Not too many people can understand trillions but if you shave 7 zeros from trillions, you get thousands. So the situation in the US is like a guy who makes 210,000$ a year, he spends 370,000$ a year and already owes 1.4 million $. This guy also has 6.1 million $ of unfunded future promises. Furthermore this is not a one year blip since fixed expenses are growing at about twice the rate of revenues. Expressed this way, everybody knows the government is bankrupt.

    Raising taxes as in not renewing the Bush tax cuts will generate less than 100 billion per year when the government is short 1600 billion per year.

    Cutting expenses is impossible short of a revolution. If you take social security, health services and the interest on the debt, you already surpass annual revenues of 2.1 trillion $. Everything else has to be borrowed from the military to Obama's salary.

    There is supposed to be a surplus in excess of 2 trillion for social security. Yet this money has been stolen by politicians and replaced by non-negotiable IOUs. In other words, the surplus funds have been dilapidated and the governement needs to borrow to pay current benefits instead of drawing from the surplus. No politician will ever dare touch this in public. Maddoff got life for much less.

    Nothing will stop this nonsense but a default externally caused such as China and others deciding they don't want US dollars anymore.

    On that morning, bank accounts will be forfeited as they were in 1933...yes they were in the good ole USA.

    Guy Lacroix

    August 2, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  139. Jeff S

    We need TERM LIMITS, the President has them and so should members of Congress.

    August 2, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  140. Mike Corless

    We must congradulate the President on his new Republican victory.
    His leadership is their greatest asset.

    Now might be a good time to start planning his Presidential Library.
    No Democrat I know is going to vote for him again.

    If Joe Biden were President we would not be in this mess.

    Mike, Ft Myers Fl

    August 2, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  141. Jac

    The American people can stop the madness by continuing to vote these idiots out of office and the media should demand more accountability. We used to laugh at the stupidity of George W. Bush but didn't he always get his way? Harvard graduate Obama is a disgrace as a leader. I saw some members of the House interviewed yesterday saying that they voted for this bill against their principles–what else is left? Oh yeah, stuffing their pockets with the donations from their big business buddies.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  142. David, Canada

    The problem almost everywhere, Jack, is with government programs that were introduced to meet legitimate needs now morphing into entitlement handouts demanded by nearly everyone who can invent a way to qualify.

    Bureaucrats are complicit in these efforts as a way to secure their jobs by encouraging this 'feeding frenzy for freebies' with nobody left out.

    Real jobs went elsewhere as consumers refused to pay the added costs for products produced in North America. Businesses had to follow to be able to bring down their costs of goods to try to survive.

    There will be no end to this madness until North Americans wake up and realize that the government is just following them down this path that they have created themselves in this consumer-based economy.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  143. Dave

    That's democracy at work. It can be messy and inefficient. In the business world (and totalitarian governments), the president seeks the counsel of his top advisors, but once his decision is made, everyone follows and supports that decision, or they are fired. Not so in a democracy. What we lack is unity of purpose. I believe that once the president is elected, the congress should follow his lead.
    Dave
    Seattle

    August 2, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  144. Ronda (from Canastota, NY)

    A dictatorship. At least we'd all know where we stand. By the way, that was sarcasm, Jack.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  145. Ceemak. La.

    I think that our government is the best money can buy......it is always the special interests that benefit........the most....The politicians give business the breaks....with the promise of jobs.......where are the jobs by the way? The Bush tax cuts were supposed to create jobs, and yet only 3Million were created.....compared to about 23 million during the Clinton years.......yet they extended the tax cuts.......How long do we continue this farce?

    August 2, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  146. curtis in philadelphia

    Jack two words: term limits. Never gonna happen because guess who would have to approve that? Our representatives know they have a good thing going, after all, they all have government health-care that they won't let us have. They have pensions that most workers will never have. Why does Congress act like a bunch of spoiled brats? Because they are spoiled brats.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  147. Madge from Saratoga Springs, NY

    The American people are going to have to have a full on revolution, if things are to change for the better. One problem~the American people are too pooped to revolt. We have been carrying the heaviest burden for far too long. If we the people, do not do something and do it fast, there will be no U. S. A. left.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  148. norma - Wisconsin

    It shouldn't take a rocket scientist to show the democrats how to use their power when they hold the cards. Had they shown some backone 4 years ago, and pushed back when they were the majority, we wouldn't be in this mess. Get some gumption and turn this thing around in the next election. People talk, but we need a party that is a conjoined party and throw the bums out. Democrats know whats right, but they don't want to hurt anyone's feelings. That's got to stop at the next election.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  149. marybeth, massachusetts

    Jack,
    Nothing will stop the madness short of a revolution. The members of Congress are not accountable to the public because they have been bought by lobbyists, Wall Street, and big business. They don't give a damn about anyone who is not wealthy. That goes for members of BOTH parties. The Republicans have always represented (at least within my memory) the monied interests (the rich), big business, and Wall Street. The Democrats give lip service to representing what's left of the middle class and the poor, but judging by their performance, they've sold out the country too.

    Remember the book "Animal Farm"? I won't be surprised if Congress creates an aristocracy and makes someone (Romney? Trump? or some other uber-wealthy businessman) king, with the succession passing to his sons.

    We have some ownership too–for everyone who is complaining, get out and vote in the next election. That means primaries too, as the primaries determine who will be in the general election. And write or call your representative and senators–if you don't speak up, they will go with who is talking to them–the lobbyists, big business, Wall Street.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  150. Bob in Texas

    The madness will stop when enough citizens stop listening to the lunatic fringe of the two parties and demand the parties stop clinging to their extremist positions and start solving problems. Perhaps it's time for a third "common sense" party to arise. The left is so busy calling the right "fascist" that they almost fail to hear the right calling them "socialist". All the name-calling has to stop. There are times when government action is the solution and times when it's not. It's up to them to sort it out and come up with programs that help all its citizens, not just the privileged few at the top or the downtrodden masses at the bottom.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  151. Susan from Idaho

    Not one incumbent re-elected.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  152. Michael, from Smiths, Alabama

    What will it take to end the madness? The removal of the Tea Party from their elected offices. Ever since they were elected, they've been nothing but a nuisance to the GOP, the Democrats, and especially to President Obama. Boehner had a time trying to muster support for his debt-reduction plan because of them, and when the major debate comes, later on, the Tea Party will once again try to hamstring both sides by their stubborn refusal to bend.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  153. Reggie

    When we get rid of politicians likeObama/Pelosi and Reid then our lifestyles will get back to normal. These 3 have caused so much damage to our economy that they are really driving us americans off the cliff. We have to vote Obama and Pelosi out in 2012 and we will have to retire Reid. Let's get some sanity back in Washington!!!!!

    August 2, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  154. Tom from Nebr.

    Well Jack, I believe we need to start by throwing most of the bums out starting with the no compromise T party. Next we need to have campaign reform-no more lobbyist or special interest money to corrupt the process. Every prospective representative would get a certain amount to campaign on paid by the taxpayer, $1 each. Outlaw 30 sec TV spots that are basically lies or a spin on half truths. Next we need term limits. No more endless campaigns that start on the first day of office. Make them concentrate on governing rather than running for reelection.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  155. Josh

    What madness? These are just the normal operation we have come to know for our LEADERS… Maybe someone should make a reality show using both members from the House and Congress

    August 2, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  156. Richard

    Jack,

    Term limits and public campaign financing is the only way to rid ourselves of "Professional Politicians". Get people elected who want to do a job and get out.

    Richard
    San Diego

    August 2, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  157. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio

    Mr. Cafferty:

    In the peaceful mode, I say impose term limits and retirement plus heath benefits equal to the term served and then offer them the usual Cobra deal. In any other mode, I wish us great luck.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  158. Charles

    I always hear Americans complaining about the political process in this country but why don't I see millions of Americans marching, protesting, and screaming for change. In Europe, people protest with passion practically every day over many issues. In the USA, everybody is so busy with their day-to-day lives to even be involved in politics. Maybe if we Americans were more passionate about politics we wouldn’t have uninformed individuals screaming “KEEP YOUR GODDAMN GOVERNMENT HANDS OFF MY MEDICARE!!!”

    August 2, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  159. Dan Beck

    Jack,
    Get over it! There is no end to this madness. Congress and Washington have won. The American people have lost... and now we are all going mad. We've splintered into a million pieces... all mad in our own way. I detect a little madness in your eye too Jack. At least you get paid for it.

    Dan in Debt

    August 2, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  160. Ken in NC

    Maybe we should consider calling ORKIN PEST CONTROL to remove the Republican pest infestation in the House.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  161. Peter, Hudson, Wis.

    Stop the madness? Perhaps a calamitous default by the federal government with the Chinese taking possession of the Washington Monument and a few national parks as payment for the default. Have Members of Congress considered the Chinese "Five Star Red Flag" flying above our national parks?

    August 2, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  162. Ron Dayton

    When someone stops saying that the Republicans simply have a different philosophy. They routinely lie one way or the other! How do you run on a policy of cut every program that does good for the masses and keep giving the Rich more money? Isn't that basically it? How do they call themselves the Moral Right, the Religious Right, Really? There is nothing in our religion that says the Rich must have all the money and doctors and best educations.

    We need to see politicians for what they do. Boehner and McConnell and Cantor keep blaming Obama for the Debt. They continue to defend Bush and we all know what happened and I'm not repeating it again! If you believe that then you are stupid, if you understand what really happened and say otherwise, That's Lying!!!!!!!! Until everyone wakes up and sees the truth, we're doomed! You guys could call it, but you won't either! You guys are in a better position to tell the TRUTH!

    August 2, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  163. florida marcy

    The madness will stop when we vote all these clowns out of office.
    One term and they should be out.
    Once again the American People loose.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  164. Barb. Sonnier

    Impeach all of them! Both parties are full of corruption, liars, cheaters. 14% is way to high!

    August 2, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  165. Stacie

    I say cut off the congress members and senators lifetime benefits and decrease their salaries. This makes for smaller governement right? They could have thrown that in with the debt ceiling deal and I bet they will be a bit more invested in compromise for US. (instead of protecting the wealthy) .. So much for the T party being for WE the People.....still no jobs and right back at this in 3 months....

    August 2, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  166. Tom in Maine

    Jack, Nothing. Nothing will stop the madness, we are doomed. I came to that conclusion a couple of years ago, actually. I no longer believe that our fiscal and political problems are fixable.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  167. Melinda J. Harrington

    This is just politics as usual. How do we stop it when we can't get people involved. People in this country need to stop and work diligently to learn as much as they can about issues and vote accordingly. An informed voter should be knowledgeable enough not to vote these "politics as usual" politicians in again – it is way past time to wake up America!

    August 2, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  168. Lars in Hot Texas

    Did you mean the madness in the American voter? We always get exactly the government we deserve.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  169. Bill Duckworth

    As a Christian Raja Yogi I am ashamed to say it, Jack.

    The 2nd Amendment. Democracy has Failed in America

    August 2, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  170. Riley Hunter

    I don't think any government can stop the madness. Every government has some sort of issue where it would be better off with another country's class of government, but it would cause chaos if they adopted it, so they stick to the chaos they know. As long as a large number of people live together, there will be madness.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  171. Will Miller

    "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. ... what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?" - Thomas Jefferson to William Stephens Smith, 1787

    August 2, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  172. Dana Helms

    Stop paying the Legislature!!! Send them back to serving the people for the good of the country! So many of these individuals are looking to make this a long term career-not if they don't get paid!

    August 2, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  173. Dick Francis

    Probably nothing short of a banana republic style revolution!

    August 2, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  174. Kevin

    Nothing will stop the madness until we vote every last one of the people out of office and impose some kind of term limits. To steal a line from the movie "American President," they are so busy trying to keep their job, that they forgot to do their job.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  175. Tillie / Texas

    Get rid of John Boehner, Mitch McConnel and the so called Tea Party folks. Someone need to remind John Boehner he is not the President.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  176. Robert

    It's the Tea Party. They are the change that came directly from the people – and they are the people that will rightly dismantle the status quo in government and bring the power back to the people – where it belongs.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  177. babs

    Armageddon will stop the madness!!

    August 2, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  178. Greg

    Obviously we stop sending aid to other countries, we tax the rich and we get out of these conflicts/wars thats costing us money. On top of that we need to cleanse congress, especially these Tea Party 'Economic Terrorists'.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  179. E W

    Term limits will help. Some of these "old guard" politicians have way too much power. I look forward to their retirements. (Hint, hint, McCain and McConnell.)

    EW Phoenix

    August 2, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  180. leotis johnson

    fire them from the president to your local alderman

    August 2, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  181. Ted B from Iowa

    An uprising to overthrow the new Tyranny that has gone into Our Government. Vote the Morons out, and get Historical Scholars, and Budget Masters in office, not lawyers that lie (politicians) The basics worked until they said Our Constitution is outdated...The basics worked until Government stuck to changing everything they called progress into tyranny.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  182. TIM in New York

    What we need Jack is a third political party with a platform that includes a flat tax for all (individuals and businesses) and term limits!

    August 2, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  183. David

    The only thing that will end this, we all march on Washington,en mass, and start the next American Revolution, we must DEMAND the current leaders step down,and take back our Government!

    August 2, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  184. Sherry Cooper

    Nothing will stop the bypartisanship except another third independent party and a candidate to run for president....then there will be a third party line and people will have more choices...Sherry San Tan Valley AZ

    August 2, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  185. Paula - Texas

    Jack: Stop the madness! I think before busting collective bargaining agreements, jeopardizing medicare and other entitlements, please suggest to our representatives that their medical payments, reitrement packages and continued pay after office should be put on the budget table. Really!!!!! Maybe that will get their attention. I wonder how much that would save the public!

    August 2, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  186. Steve

    We have to continue to vote out the incumbents for 12 years straight,....then the old dead wood will be gone.....but by then the new incumbents may need to be reminded.

    Then the madness will have been stopped,.....hopefully!!!

    August 2, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  187. Daniel

    The only thing that can stop this madness is to feed people over 65 to poor children.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  188. Margaret Golovey

    What will stop the madness? The voting booth. Lets eliminate extortion from the floor of the House of Representatives.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  189. David Craley

    Jack, the only thing that will stop the madness is the Great Tribulation and the return of Jesus Christ. That's the only thing.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  190. Alan

    Harshly, a popular revolution. It's beyond conventional solutions.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  191. John

    Term limits

    August 2, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  192. David Padilla

    Jack, what will stop our out of control government? Perhaps like some of the rest of the worlds middle east countries, a civil unrest to overthrow our government! It might and will eventually come to that! Our government is leaving us no other choice! God help us!

    August 2, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  193. Chastity

    Jack, nothing short of voting every single incumbent out of Congress will stop the madness. We apparently need regular, everyday people with NO political background to get us out of this mess that these wealth hoarding thugs have gotten us into. I personally am looking for a candidate with just such inexperience. We have lost our faith in people who run for office because they have historically lied just to get elected and they continue to do so today. No one is trustworthy, and the only way to save this country from its ultimate demise is to find people who are, as daunting and impossible as it sounds. It is truly the only way.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  194. Debbie Reynolds

    Easy Jack! The second coming of Christ. Congress only cares when it is an election year.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  195. Karen Sobol

    Turn off all the air conditioning in Congress in June and watch how quickly they can do their work.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  196. Matt

    no new taxes
    debt ceiling raised to minimum for current liabilities
    balanced budget amendment
    BUT...
    real cuts are politically impossible because of the folks wit their hands out
    the collectors dont want the payers off the hook
    the baby boomers will break the whole system when they retire the shift from paying SS to collecting wil break all our backs

    August 2, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  197. Mike W

    Nothing can stop the madness that is completely maddening. The government is forever blind to the American people's needs and are forever loyal to their own parties and political interests. It's Democrats vs Republicans vs the American People. Red vs Blue. Its the United States of Arrogance.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  198. Bill Lavin

    We need to vote in a new cast of characters – none of them obstructionist Tea Party members. However, most Americans will continue to vote for the incumbent. Most important – keep the Tea Party out of the Presidentcy.

    Youngstown, OH

    August 2, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  199. Whitney Sitzler

    Members of Congress who have been in office for many years don't seem to care anything about the United States. They serve only their own interests and those of their friends. With good salaries, excellent benefits, including lifetime pensions for even those convicted of fraud, they have no reason to care. Nothing will change unless they are all removed from office and replaced with representatives who are paid based on performance.
    With the state of the economy, I am shocked that they are now on vacation until September. They should remember the fates of Marie Antoinette & Louis!!

    August 2, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  200. jetjock

    Jack,
    What better reason for term limits for all? A congressional job should not be a career. And how about suspending all foreign aid and all salaries for the White House and staff, and congress and staff when up against a budget deadline. That will get some action.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  201. Kevin Foster

    That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

    Marseilles, il

    August 2, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  202. Kennalea from Springfield, MO

    When the it is time for elections, I'm voting for new members. I think it's time for a congress who can remember those of us living under their hijinks. Most of our current congress are out of touch with the folks whi voted them in to represent us.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  203. Brady in Poughkeepsie

    This is an easy question: we the people! The only way anyone in power is going to do anything for our well-being is if we make them. If people organize together and take to the streets like we've done before and like the brave people of the Middle East have been doing, then maybe our government will finally do what its supposed to. A million dollars cannot stop a million people.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  204. David (Chicago)

    What will stop the madness? In a word...NOTHING ...I think this government simply no longer works and I frankly I matter not who sits on the white-house Obama, or your momma Washington will never change how it operates .

    August 2, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  205. Luke Sides

    Perhaps it's a bit like the chaos theory. Under all this madness there's some uniquely defined order the prevails and ultimately works for the good of our country...in any case, even with all the madness in our federal government, we somehow manage to keep going. Maybe there is no end to it, and maybe that's ok.

    Luke
    Birmingham, AL

    August 2, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  206. Cal (Maui)

    These are all over paid, pampered individuals who are accustomed to hypocrisy then when they are caught at it, they blame someone else or twist and manipulate the information to fit their position. We need to get rid of all of these irresponsible people who don't give a rat's behind about how they spend our money since theyve been so used to doing it for so many years with out losing any sleep over it.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  207. Kris

    What will stop the madness, Jack? What we really need is term limits for congress. Think about it, all of these games that these career politicians have been playing with us was only pandering for partisan votes. However, if we had congressional term limits then maybe these politicians will, as your network's own Ali Velshi said, work for the nation rather than their careers.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  208. Jeremy D from Michigan

    Term limits, and forced transparency. The whole government depresses me. Everyone who is not a politician thinks term limits are a great idea, but it never happens because those politicians won't vote for something that results in them not having a cushy job. Washington needs fresh faces, who haven't been corrupted by the Washington machine. The system is broken.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  209. Vince Carson City, Nevada

    What will stop it? The complete and utter collapse of the economy brought on by this ridiculous capitulation to the crazies. This deal guarantees economic disaster and another depression. Hopefully then the craziest of the teabagging fools and the weak kneed Democrats will be driven from office like the diseased curs they are and some sanity restored. Hopefully.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  210. Jack Beslanwitch

    What will stop the madness? End the jobs for the hard right cadre of tea bag Republicans who do not know how government or the economy works. In the middle of the deepest recession since the Great Depression where we should be pumping money into our infra structure and getting people back to work, these morons are straight jacketing the government to be able to do anything about jobs to service their own ideological religion of cut government to the bone, no taxation on the uber rich and not listening that government works on compromise not political tantrums.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  211. james f quinn

    a move away from a monarchy that the gop seems to be establishing. establishment of a working three party system. the current two party system is fubar.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  212. Dominick

    Hi Jack,
    I believe I heard this once before but thought it was a good idea.... next election; "Fire them all"! If a member of congress/senator in your state is running for his job again...don’t give it to him or her! Let’s change the whole bunch and get some new ideas on how this stuff should get done like "their" pay check depended on it! Fire em all and hire new ones!
    Thanks Jack,
    Dom:~_
    Vancouver, WA

    August 2, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  213. Peter

    The US gov't and big business is like an alcoholic and all we have been doing is enabling the problem by feeding them money (alcohol). Until we take the bottle away from them, they will never hit bottom and recover.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  214. Jorge

    We should stop our congressmen and women from declaring a political party and focus on listening to their constituents no matter what political party they are from.

    Sometimes I think congress is more worried of a negative feedback from their parties than from the people they serve.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  215. Vince Cami

    Jack, give me a break!
    Who, may I ask, was elected to change the culture of Washington and bring all of us together? Obama has turned out to be a typical politician with" hope and change" becoming " dispair and satus quo"
    What a joke he played on the American people
    Vince Cami

    August 2, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  216. Carrie

    Stop gerrymandering the House seats so the reps that get elected represent both parties-and have to compromise to keep their job.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  217. David Aerni

    When I was young we took to the streets to peacefully protest the Viet Nam war etc. I would still do it as I feel this controlled anger in my stomach. A leader to start peaceful protests would be helpful. Any ideas?

    August 2, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  218. Jay Curtis, author of THE CODE

    Jack, truly the only thing that's going to stop the madness is to eliminate the unbelievable billions in political contributions used to buy our elected officials. Before we amend the Constitution to mandate a balanced budget, we need an amendment that simply says that corporations, unions and partnerships are not "a person" as set out in the Constitution. Then the billions of dollars in political contributions paying for ads that are misleading if not outright lies under the guise of "freedom of speech" and maybe, just maybe, elected officials would become responsible to the actual voters who elect them rather than the contributors who buy their loyalty now. Also, it sure wouldn't hurt to have term limits for ALL elected officials. Without the professional politician concerned with reelection more than the best interest of the country, we'd move a lot further toward the semblance of democracy.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  219. sam delray beach fl

    nothing. As Samuel Clemens stated -nothing is safe when Congress is in session

    August 2, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  220. Harold

    They were in such a hurry to pack up and get out of town, that's not a bad idea...permanently: send them all packing!

    Waco, TX

    August 2, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  221. Paul Kako

    Getting republicans out of congress will stop the madness. Congress, and the rest of the government, can't function with hard headed politicians acting like selfish children and always voting to help only themselves in the next election. It's time republicans get serious and learn how to compromise and not just ask for more and hopefully Americans learned that sending more republicans to congress was a mistake because it has only gotten worse.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  222. Joel Stern

    after congress returns from their modest 5 week recess they should be polled as to who has read this bill. Anyone that has not should be taken out for an afternoon of electroshock therapy just to bring them back to reality. Jack you are my hero...I wonder if as they all dashed for the airport they even brought the bill with them...no cause it was just being signed.
    14% approval ??? where who...which...
    joel c. stern
    garfield, nj

    August 2, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  223. Archie Urciuoli

    Jack - If your kids came to you and said, "Dad, we're going to spend less next year, so only raise our allowance 50% instead of 75%" you'd laugh them out of the room, yet we let Congress do just that.

    How to stop the madness: One 6-year term for everyone; imagine how different the dialogue would be if noone were running for re-election in 2012!

    Keep up the great work. Best - Archie, Casey Key, FL

    August 2, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  224. Mike from Virginia

    Rather than a constitutional amendment to balance the budget, the people need to amend the constitution to add a provision for recall elections of Senators and Congressmen similar to such provisions for some of the states. Politicians need to be accountable to the voters when they hold the country hostage and the voters should not have to wait until the next election (which could be almost 6 years in the case of Senators and almost 2 years in the case of Representatives). Since Congress would never propose such an amendment, the process will have to be through the state legislatures. Let's get started now.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  225. Doug

    Stop our two party communist system! Think about it.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  226. CoasCoac1

    Jack: we the people is going to have too, I'm so disgusted, I can bearly breath, yesterday did it, we have to take our Gov back from these corrupt politician.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  227. Josh K

    Jack we have to take the "politician" out of our politicians. We need term limits in congress and we have to stop the control of big money by limiting political contributions and special "perks" lobbyists hand out.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  228. June

    Two little words Jack that strike fear in politicians everywhere, "term limits." Now that is a Constitutional amendment worth pursuing.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  229. SGT RAYRAY

    Hi,

    How about assigning some regular people from all parts of the country to be part of this “Super committee” this will ensure that they stay on target with what people want? How about that for a novel idea?

    SGT RAYRAY

    August 2, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  230. Phil

    The whole country has to get serious about solving the debt problem. We must start by changing the job description of our politicians. Currently they are told to get to work bringing Federal dollars to their respective states! That has to stop. It only adds to the national debt. We also need to introduce term limits for all of our politicians. In addition to that we need to put an end to the lifetime paychecks all of them get and force them into the same kind of insurance programs and Medicare that we "enjoy"! None of these changes will hurt the politicians since they earn millions on speaking tours and as lobbiest for big business and it will go a long way in helping us to solve the debt problem.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  231. Elizabeth Clemen

    The madness will not stop until Congress is personally affected. Everyone is taking a hit in this country except members of Congress. Their salaries and benefits should be reduced also until they solve our economic mess. What's with 5 weeks off when this country is in such a sorry state?

    Beth
    Western Springs, IL

    August 2, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  232. James

    The only way we will end this cycle of madness in the government is if we can somehow abolish the separation set in place by the political parties. Instead of relying on intelligence, intuition and common sense, our elected officials cater not to the public they are representing, but rather their loyalty to their party's agenda. But then, people will also need to listen to the people whom they are voting for rather than mindlessly voting for the person in the party they belong to.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  233. Dan-Eustis,Florida

    one thing and one thing only, abolish all and I mean all lobbyists. Our
    political leaders are all on the payroll of one lobbying group or another.
    Our country is firmly in the hands of the rich. Voting against
    incumbents makes no difference. As the old saying goes " money talks
    and you know what walks" Washington is truly in an alternate dimension.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  234. Barbara

    What will stop the Washington madness?? Intelligent, thoughtful participating voters!!
    Do you know any??

    August 2, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  235. Mark Henderson

    Jack,

    When will the madness end you ask?

    The elected leaders on both sides of the isle are out of touch with normal working Americans. Always have been. They are the elite and they take care of the powerful wealthy people who got them elected.

    Any attempt at a progressive change (ie: Obama's idealistic beginnings) is quickly squashed by this pervasive insanity of the rich protecting the rich.

    The madness will never end because the only people who win elections are the wealthy elite. The only way things will change is if the economy gets so bad (say 30% unemployment and $5.00 a gallon gas) that the public will stage a revolt.

    I suspect that will happen in the next 10-20 years.

    Mark Henderson
    Austin, Texas

    August 2, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  236. David Castro

    Although I agree the debt-ceiling should've been raised to avoid a default to the country's obligations. The answer to your question about stopping this madness, the very people who elected our representatives have the power to stop this. Not just electing a different "suit" that "promises" to "shake it up" in Washington. I mean rallying the public to go straight to Washington in front of the Capitol and let our Congressmen know exactly what we need and want to happen. As long as the Super-Rich control these puppets called Congress nothing but the physical presence of the American People in Washington, I believe is the only thing to stop this MADNESS.

    David from Belle Glade Florida

    August 2, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  237. calaurore9

    Mad money. When Congress is held accountable as the economy totally bottoms out such that poverty, crime and hunger hits their front doors and life becomes intolerable. A real crisis, I'm afraid.

    Carol in Northampton, Ma

    August 2, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  238. Dave

    Jack...its time we, the American people, seriously consider a movement to amend the Constitution to limit the terms of members of Congress...both U.S. Senators and Representatives. Term limits would help eliminate the strategies used by Congress and how they vote in order to simply get re-elected or appease various voting blocks and special interest groups in order to get campaign funds. The longer those yay-hoos are in office, the bigger their retirement checks get, and the more perks and bennies they provide themselves.

    Enough is enough...it's time to limit members to no more than two terms.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  239. Nick

    I find it fascinating how a significant portion of our country can't tell which political party has our best interest at heart. The Democrats are for protecting 98% of people's taxes, but want the 2% of extremely fortunate people, some of which got us into this mess in the first place, to pay their fair share, and that is still unreasonable to the Republicans. Also, if the taxes are this low to not disturb the job creators, where are the jobs? Nick

    August 2, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  240. Peter, Tarrytown, N.Y.

    I don't see an end. I see a total collaspe, anarchy, a winnowing down of our population. In a 100 years or so we will be reborn as a group of regional European sized countries with Kings, Ayatollah's and Dear Leaders.

    Very few of the products we buy in this country are made here. As our economy tanks very few of those products will be sold here. Those at the top of the pecking order don't care 'cause they can sell it over there where it's made.

    Our political leaders don't care 'cause they get to suck up to those at the top and get bags of crumbs the top will pass down to keep them on their side.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  241. Jerry

    Jack, I can only think of one thing: term limits. The founding farthers never intended for politics to be a career. Maybe if we can end the gravy train for lifer politicians, they will do a little more for us, instead of everything for themselves.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  242. Johnny

    Revolution is not born from tricksters it is born from trickery and this madness is down right trickery. The halls of congress are echoing revolution and the congress high tailed it out of dodge for good reason.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  243. John Hilderbrand

    What will stop the madness? The next election. Yes 14% is too high. I hope CNN keeps up the coverage on congress...what are these children doing....FAA shut down other bills for busisness stimuteos waiting ..... And Jack when it comes to bi-particant negotiations....I noticed that John B's negotiation in the house was ENTIRELY with his new children.......what happened to negotiating with Nancy & the Dems.....just underlines the political show the republicans put on.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  244. kev48

    A ?, rather than the congress only select and appoint the committee of twelve, why not have the twelve be app, 3 by president, 3 by senate, 3 house and tree by the last commission or the gang of six. They should be proven in business and common sense. They should absolutely impartial.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  245. clarke

    when is the President going to stop saying " everyone has to chip in, it;s only fair? " How fair is it that our government continues to overspend the "more than enough dollars" put into the budget every year? Families have to live within the income they bring home, our government should be mandated to do the same. But then again, if everyone was as wealthy as most of Congress, our families wouldn't have to worry about our household budget. Maybe that's why Congress is ALWAYS overspending....they don't have a concept of a budget. Please start taking some responsibility and govern within the means provided

    August 2, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  246. Vickie Markarian

    What will stop the madness, Jack? How about not electing ideologs and
    fanatics to Congress? It's not enough that the whole economy was held hostage to a simple move like raising the debt ceiling by right wing zealots who want to destroy Obama, the also left Washington without doing anything about the crisis in the FAA. Why? Because they are more interested in punishing states with Democratic congressmen and busting any chance of unions at airports then they are in allowing the FAA to continue its work. Is that not madness?

    Vickie

    August 2, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  247. M. Cary

    Publish I.Q. scores for all members of Congress. Streamline bills so they only pertain to one piece of legislation. Yes, Congress would have to jwork harder, but hey, they don't have to worry about social security and health care in their retirement.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  248. Brian Blashfield

    The madness will never stop until we force term limits and public finance of elections. As it stands we have elected officials in office for decades who are so dependent upon special interests to get reelected they cannot think independently. This most recent charade exposed just how moribund the Congress is. When we cannot even agree that the treasury needs more money to pay its bills and the only source is to continue pillaging the middle and working classes while billionaires with tax lawyers and lobbyist skate, speaks volumes about the kind of representation that we getting. Two terms for Senators, three for Representatives-no exceptions. Public finance with televised debates starting no sooner than 90 days before the election.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  249. robert a.

    the only way to stop the madness is to stop the bribes. money from various sources (mostly rich people and corporations) is what causes the lies and constant postureing. People that create "pledges" that politicians sign in exchange for money spent for or no money spent against. these are bribes plain and simple. arrest the people that bribe with contributions and those that accept them and only then will you see changes. an honest man doesn't have a chance.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  250. David Henderson

    We need the ability to FIRE people in the House or Senate for the lack of performance ontheir job. I sure I would get fired for lack of performance.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  251. Gelene

    The only thing that will stop the madness is term limits. Then maybe the house and senate will actually work for the people,not reelection.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  252. Robert Read

    Jack, Our honorable members of Congress left town just like Rats leaving a sinking ship. WHY?? There is much work to be done but not now. Congress should stay on vacation and left America get a new government as We the people of the United States have that right under the Declaration of Independence.

    What is a conservative? Is that not a kind to a Marckist.?

    Hello, America where are you??

    August 2, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  253. Nekoma

    It will take a general public that actually gives a damn.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  254. Tim from Akron Oh

    How important can the deficit be to these clowns? They gender flex for weeks, pass something that no one has read and leave town on vacation with the FAA losing 1.2 BILLION DOLLARS for lack of action on their part. What in the world are they thinking?

    I know what I’m thinking…. You’re fired!

    August 2, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  255. lisa k

    what we REALLY need to do is get rid of all of them. It is funny that we the people, complain about congress and yet we the people keep electing the same people every term. this congress, as well as the congresses before them, do not care about we the people anymore!!

    August 2, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  256. sandy creed

    I WILL NOT congratulate the congress on coming to a last-minute deal. Who among them has not known for months that this was coming? I am furious watching elected officials act like bumbling idiots while I also watch my 401K drop sharply each day. The very people who want to privatize social security and who expect individuals to do their own investing to save for their own retirement are the people who caused the stock market to drop for eight straight days. Does becoming an elected official mean an instant loss of common sense?

    August 2, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  257. Deborah

    Nothing will stop the madness, Jack, probably not even a natural disaster. One half of one branch of government now runs everything, and they have sworn to 'drown' the government 'in a bathtub'.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  258. diane

    They should all be fired,sent home without unemployment bemefits and put some average citizens in there, who hopefully, wont act like a bunch of spoiled rich kids that when they dont get their way

    August 2, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  259. TERRY

    at the rate things are going in America where it seems everyone is gone mad, everyon. So if everyone is gone mad there's no-one to stop the madness, and the leaves the only other alternative, some higher power out of this world, namely, GOD

    August 2, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  260. Bob Fowler

    Years ago I spoke with Mario Cuomo about this, and he had a brilliant idea...form a new Constitutional Congress and re-write the laws. Of course that will never happen, because .5% of the population won't give up their power/position.

    Vote every incumbent out of office every election, ban lobbyists, eliminate corporate welfare (tax breaks), and make everyone who receives public money (welfare, food stamps...) perform community service (if you have no job, 40 hours a week, if you have a full-time job, 8 hours a week).

    When all else fails, guillotines worked for France.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  261. dennis

    ”nothing will stop it!!!
    Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it.” Edmund Burke.. When you have a country that fights un-funded wars in far away places with no real mission, When you have a country where less the 1% control 90% of it’s wealth, when it’s leaders only protect that 1% and ignores the needs and suffering of it’s on people ..well you get the French and Russian Revolution. Then again when you have a country where a minority of it’s people have a fanatic right wing ideology. Start a well financed party covers themselves in the national flag. labels the Government, minorities and the media as communist, socialist, traders and Godless anarchist. when They will stop at nothing to siege power through threat and intimation, until they control all branches government. then and only then , will there be a great utopian society, well that’s called Fascism . No worries it could never happen in the good old USA

    August 2, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  262. David

    Stop allowing the political gerrymandering of Congressional districts. Allow independent non-partisan committees to draw congressional districts, so the district's electorate is not dominated by one party or the other, thus allowing for more fair & balanced elections. Partisan gerrymandering is damaging our representative democracy & creating political fiefdoms all over the nation, allowing and enabling the bad behavior we've been seeing from Congress.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  263. johnguttmann

    Jack I have a perfect solution for the madness among politcians.

    Place a limit by corporation and unions as to how much they may donate to politicians .That way they would not be able to buy them .

    In Canada that the way we prevent polticians from being slaves to big business and Unions

    John Guttmann

    August 2, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  264. lynn

    The "only" thing that will stop the madness in congress is to get rid of the lifetime politicians, the good ole boy manner of government, and put a one time and done system in place. It is madness that those who govern do not have to abide by the same rules that they impose upon the rest of society. It is madness that they can vote themselves a raise, that they can vote themselves lifetime health benefits, that they can have a lifetime pension after one term in congress. Shame on the politicians. I am embarrased to say that I am governed by these charlatans. Hooray for the tea party. May they succeed.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  265. Michael Barnes

    The only way to end the madness is to forbid special interest groups from lining the pockets of Congress men.

    Throw the bums out during the next election. This will bring them back to reality and let them feel the pain of the American people's suffering.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  266. C Perez

    Maybe congress should take similar actions as many of us do when $$ is low. You sell property and items to raise money and pay debt.

    In the same spirit, Congress shall consider selling Guam, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Is a double whammy move: 1. raise money & 2 reduce entitlements funds associated with the population in those territories.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  267. Kevin in Nebraska

    Jack,

    I think term limits are the way to end the madness. The differences between the old guard and the Tea Party freshman goes to show how Washington eventually corrupts people. I hope this debate paves the way towards ending the career legislator.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  268. Marc Hebner

    Jack,

    Nothing short of term limits will stop this madness. The fact that there are none after years of American's asking for them proves we are no longer in control of this government. "By the people, for the people" is more of a joke than anything else these days. It makes me sad to see what this country has become.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  269. William McCormick

    I say enough is enough! Why don't we freez their pay like it would happen in the real world. We need to take the so called right away from them to decide on when and how much of a pay raise they get. I think that it should be based on how the perform in thier job. That is the real world.the time is now for the american people to take the government back. Its for the people, by the people.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  270. Robert - WI

    The Federal Government is way out of touch with the country. Make them experience what the military experiences...have them relieved for lack of confidence...limit them to 2 consecutive terms...make them serve a manditory 8 years active duty service in the military...hold the senators and representatives to the same punishment as military members...and create a third party to balance and counter the posturing and grandstanding of the Dems and the GOP...Maybe then they will keep the country's best interests at heart.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  271. Matthew from Orange, Ca

    Robots! Not only can we get these manufacturing reports out of the mire by building robots, which would then make Wall Street happy, but we can elect the robots to Congress. I don't think they would have a problem reading those 2400 plus page bills before a vote is required, and they could probably balance the budget in a way that makes EVERYONE happy.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  272. Fred

    Once they all leave town for vacation, don't let them back in. They all should have purchased a ONE-WAY ticket.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  273. Mark, Round Hill, VA

    Simply vote all of the Republicans (and especially all of the Tea Party) and half of the Democrats out of office in their next election. Eliminate the debt ceiling-it's useless after a budget with a deficit is passed. Demand a Constitutional Amendment that gives the President the line item veto whenever there is a deficit. Demand a Constitutional Amendment that makes Congressmen ineligible to run for office ever again if a budget is not signed into law by October 1 of each year.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  274. ECB - New York

    We need campaign reform! We must vote them out of office! Let's take away their perks and entltlements!

    August 2, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  275. Gary Dent

    A wise sage once noted that politicians and diapers have much in common, both need to be changed regularly and usually for the same reason. Voters who continue to elect the same misfits time after time shouldn't be surprised at the stench in congress, or the moronic behavior of their representatives. You elected them, so suck it up. Breathe deeply through your nose while you're doing it.

    Try to learn the lesson, and remember it next time there's an election.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  276. deborah ballweg

    Massive recall elections.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  277. Nancy Snow

    How about we get a lot more Independents in office. We sure do need to do something to force an end to all the bickering.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  278. Norman A. Kuehni

    A benevolent dictator – The tenth and final phase of a democracy.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  279. jim gustason

    term limmits on the house and senate have them pay their own healthcare, oh and outlaw the word carrier politican

    August 2, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  280. Dave Wente Steeleville Illinois

    Common Sense Jack,

    Both parties embaress me.

    This is my 3rd attempt to send

    Thank you

    August 2, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  281. ron hutson

    1-when they suffer the same consequencess thepeople do on the deceisons they make.

    2-when they are required to sign lettter of resignation at their swearing in should they violate a balance between the people and business.

    3-realize that by allowing critical business to move over seas. what happened to national security companies staying here? hell,they even help finance them.

    4- there is more,but i wouldn'twant to bandwagon you.

    thanks jack ron

    August 2, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  282. HOT in Texas

    as in the old days, sometimes you have to burn the barn in order to clear out the RATS,,, we need to clean house from top to bottom, demand and impose term limits: we come first before any of them, no pay checks, nor benefits until we have them, and REINVENT motive for serving in congress as serving the PEOPLE FIRST AND Foremost, and not filling your pockets and stuffing your bank accounts while those that elected and are dependent upon you, suffer, starve, and do without i.e. jobs, healthcare, and social security, medicare, and TLC for our seniors.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:34 pm |