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Here's Why Congress Is Losing 660 Years of Experience("The Tea Party extremists")
ABC News ^ | May 5, 2014 | Ryan Struyk

Posted on 05/05/2014 3:55:19 PM PDT by mdittmar

Before the first Star Wars movie, before Microsoft was founded and before John Paul II became Pope, Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., was elected to Congress. And now, after 40 years in the House, Waxman is calling it quits.

But he’s not the only one: A whopping 528 years’ worth of experience is about to walk out the door of the U.S. House of Representatives – the most since 1996 and the second-most in at least four decades. Add that to the 132 years of experience leaving the Senate, and you get a staggering total of 660 years.

When we caught up with Waxman, as well as his longtime coworker from across the aisle, Rep. Tom Petri, R-Wis., to talk about their tenures in Congress, there’s one word they both agreed described Congress today: gridlocked.

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Slowly but surely,we'll get there.

Looking forward to November!

1 posted on 05/05/2014 3:55:19 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

660 years of corruption.


2 posted on 05/05/2014 3:56:26 PM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (RINOS like Romney, McCain, Christie are sure losers. No more!)
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To: mdittmar

Total BS premise. 365 Army recruits don’t have 30 years of Army experience after their first 4 wks.


3 posted on 05/05/2014 3:58:10 PM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: mdittmar
Is it true that the actual number of years was 666?

Rumors have to start somewhere...

/johnny

4 posted on 05/05/2014 3:58:17 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: TheThirdRuffian

I demand a recount . . . more that 666 if you ax me . . .


5 posted on 05/05/2014 3:58:21 PM PDT by Pilgrim's Progress (http://www.baptistbiblebelievers.com/BYTOPICS/tabid/335/Default.aspx)
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To: mdittmar

Those folks with a combined ‘660 years of experience’ got us into this mess.
No one trusts the establishment anymore because they have shown they have no idea how to govern in the best interest of the people. They ‘govern’ in the best interest of the Party. My 94 y.o. mother tells of another country she lived in that put party purity above all else.


6 posted on 05/05/2014 3:58:49 PM PDT by griswold3 (I was born here in America. I will die here in a third world country. Obama succeeded.)
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To: TheThirdRuffian
660 years of corruption.

Look where all the damage created by that experience has left the nation...


7 posted on 05/05/2014 3:58:54 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Malaysia Flight MH370 Black Box signals reported in Bermuda Triangle)
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To: mdittmar

When Americans want something from government, and want it intensely and protractedly, they usually get it. When they don't, they probably shouldn't. But nowadays government, a seismograph trembling to tiny tremors of appetites, is "responsive" to a fault.

Bicameralism is [...] conducive to gridlock. But there are 6 billion people on this planet and about 5.7 billion of them would be better off if they lived under governments more susceptible to gridlock. Gridlock is not an American problem, it is an American achievement.

George Will

8 posted on 05/05/2014 3:58:57 PM PDT by jdege
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To: mdittmar

Gee... they say this like it’s a bad thing!


9 posted on 05/05/2014 3:59:21 PM PDT by Ronin (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life - Rep. L. Gohmert, Tex)
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To: mdittmar

Good riddance!


10 posted on 05/05/2014 4:01:15 PM PDT by all the best (sat`~!)
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To: TheThirdRuffian

Wow, we did that? Woo Hoo.. :)


11 posted on 05/05/2014 4:01:50 PM PDT by carlo3b (Corrupt politicians make the other ten percent look bad.. Henry Kissinger)
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To: mdittmar

And almost ALL of it Democrat...

What a damned shame./s


12 posted on 05/05/2014 4:02:33 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Q)
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To: mdittmar
"Gridlock" is Congress functioning exactly as it should, and exactly as designed. Getting legislation done just to pass laws is not a sign of efficiency, it's a sign of lack of control, and it's what has gotten us the enormous government we now have.
13 posted on 05/05/2014 4:03:35 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: mdittmar
Thank GOD.

Term Limits for the limitless.

14 posted on 05/05/2014 4:04:31 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: mdittmar
Waxman is leaving after 40 years? Break out the champagne!


15 posted on 05/05/2014 4:04:51 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: mdittmar
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16 posted on 05/05/2014 4:04:54 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: mdittmar
The Tea Party extremists … are against compromise at all [and] think talking to Democrats is like complicity with the enemy,”

When the good compromises on moral principles, it is a victory for evil.

17 posted on 05/05/2014 4:06:07 PM PDT by mjp ((pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, natural rights, limited government, capitalism}))
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To: mdittmar

They never ever should have been in office that long.


18 posted on 05/05/2014 4:07:15 PM PDT by MamaB
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To: mdittmar

This is supposed to be a problem?


19 posted on 05/05/2014 4:07:39 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: SampleMan

You think it’s not a good way of looking at it?
Hmmmm....how much does it differ from number of retirements?
The ones that voluntarily retire tend to have a lot of experience. There are exceptions though.


20 posted on 05/05/2014 4:07:49 PM PDT by scrabblehack
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To: mdittmar

It’s written like this is a problem...


21 posted on 05/05/2014 4:08:08 PM PDT by jughandle ( "We have the right to debate and disagree with any administration!" -HRC)
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To: mdittmar

And ABC has been around for a very long time as well, and they still can’t get anything right, unless they setup the fraud first, see GM


22 posted on 05/05/2014 4:08:10 PM PDT by eyeamok
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To: mdittmar

And they say it like it’s a bad thing! I seem to recall serving in higher office was seen as a short term sacrifice for the nation, not what it has become, a honey pot for leeches to rob the citizenry while becoming multi millionaires.


23 posted on 05/05/2014 4:08:13 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Mastador1

Start the Party!


24 posted on 05/05/2014 4:12:04 PM PDT by DocJhn
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To: Cicero
More like...


25 posted on 05/05/2014 4:12:48 PM PDT by uglybiker (nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-BATMAN!)
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To: jdege
Very good.

America was sold the snake-oil of democracy with the 17th Amendment, and turned its back on property rights with the 16th.

Absent those two, the subsequent welfare state and loss of freedom could not have occurred.

Freedom cannot possibly return until first the 17th, and finally the 16th are repealed.

26 posted on 05/05/2014 4:13:30 PM PDT by Jacquerie (By their oaths, it is the duty of state legislators to invoke Article V.)
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To: DocJhn

The DTL party? Dump The leeches?


27 posted on 05/05/2014 4:15:44 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: mdittmar

One year of experience 660 times over


28 posted on 05/05/2014 4:17:05 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: mdittmar

660 yrs worth of donkey dung.


29 posted on 05/05/2014 4:17:23 PM PDT by Mark (Obama Care is now DEMOCRAT CARE)
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To: mdittmar
Before the first Star Wars movie, before Microsoft was founded and before John Paul II became Pope, Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., was elected to Congress.

That is not something to celebrate. That is a disgrace!

30 posted on 05/05/2014 4:17:27 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: SampleMan

Good point. So 20,000 one day babies have 50+ years of experience based on this model.


31 posted on 05/05/2014 4:18:31 PM PDT by MNDude
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To: mdittmar

I am willing to throw out 435 x n years of fecklessness, tyranny and corruption. Turn them all out. The whole Congress is complicit in breaking the Constitution.


32 posted on 05/05/2014 4:23:04 PM PDT by backwoods-engineer (Blog: www.BackwoodsEngineer.com)
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To: MamaB; All
Bob Dylan The Times They Are A Changin' 1964;)
33 posted on 05/05/2014 4:23:35 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

“Gridlock” - Translation: Resistance to the political status quo is rising to an inflection point in changing that status quo.

Prior to “Gridlock” an entrenched political status quo in a duopoly of RINOs and Dims believed they were entitled to their entrenched duopoly and no one should object.

Their complaint about “gridlock” is really the entrenched duopoly saying “how dare you resist us”. Those forming the new inflection point do not belief that resistance is futile, it’s transformational.


34 posted on 05/05/2014 4:26:53 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: mdittmar

660 years experience? What, are Democrap fossils Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid stepping down?


35 posted on 05/05/2014 4:27:19 PM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, Democrats believe every day is April 15th.)
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To: mdittmar

I would prefer if elected representative was *not* a career.

It tends to spoil government *of* the people.


36 posted on 05/05/2014 4:27:40 PM PDT by Triple (Socialism denies people the right to the fruits of their labor, and is as abhorrent as slavery)
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To: mdittmar

The Mythical Man Month. Good book.


37 posted on 05/05/2014 4:27:53 PM PDT by NathanR
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To: TheThirdRuffian

They say this like it’s a bad thing.


38 posted on 05/05/2014 4:29:30 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: mdittmar

Best news evah !!!!!!!!!

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39 posted on 05/05/2014 4:29:59 PM PDT by Mears
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To: mdittmar

Don’t they get to keep their taxpayer funded health care plans instead of being forced onto ObamaCare if they retire now?


40 posted on 05/05/2014 4:30:11 PM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, Democrats believe every day is April 15th.)
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To: mdittmar

I love how all this “experience” is considered a plus by this author. I can’t see any good coming from Pigman Waxman holding any position for more than 2 months.


41 posted on 05/05/2014 4:30:58 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3152237/posts

24 AND MUCH MORE IN 12 MINUTES BE THERE!


42 posted on 05/05/2014 4:47:20 PM PDT by rodguy911 (FreeRepublic:Land of the Free because of the Brave--Sarah Palin our secret weapon)
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To: SampleMan
Total BS premise. 365 Army recruits don’t have 30 years of Army experience after their first 4 wks.

Liars at ABC are particularly vile...

43 posted on 05/05/2014 4:52:05 PM PDT by GOPJ ( Are we finally going to get a smidgen of truth? - - Freeper Veto!)
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To: mdittmar

They experience getting there and then repeat it to stay there. A better description would be: “One year of experience repeated 660 times.”


44 posted on 05/05/2014 4:53:36 PM PDT by Nuocmam
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To: mdittmar

Of course there are never any Marxist extremists.

Pray America wakes up


45 posted on 05/05/2014 4:54:29 PM PDT by bray (The Republic of Texas 2022 is here)
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To: mdittmar
You drive down 125th Street in Manhattan at 2AM and you'll see 668 years of experience too.Some “experience” is more valuable than others.
46 posted on 05/05/2014 4:58:15 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: mdittmar

So if every year we get another $1,000 BILLION in Debt and unfunded liabilities, 660 man-years would mean that would represent $660,000,000,000,000 (that’s $660 TRILLION) they’ve stuck our children with. Think about it. They had 50 (weeks) * 660 years = 33,000 man-weeks during which they did NOTHING to stop the bleeding.

Don’t let the doorknob hit you in your fatcat asses!


47 posted on 05/05/2014 5:14:35 PM PDT by Thom Pain (If you like your country you can keep it. Period.)
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To: TheThirdRuffian

660 years of cronyism and “business as usual”. Not a serious loss IMO. The Republic will survive. Heck, it may actually get better.


48 posted on 05/05/2014 5:19:31 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: bray

“Of course there are never any Marxist extremists.”

This is perfectly reasonable and logical; that position is not “extreme” from the MSM of view.


49 posted on 05/05/2014 5:21:07 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: mdittmar
there’s one word they both agreed described Congress today:

What the hell's wrong with gridlock?

50 posted on 05/05/2014 5:21:28 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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