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Europe vs U.S.

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by 635 G, May 15, 2010.

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  1. 635 G

    635 G Well-Known Member

    Jun 30, 2008
    In Europe the politicians are scared of the population. In the U.S. the population is scared of the politicians. This is why we have career politicians. It is time to dump eevry incumbent. Its time to remind our politicians its a job not a career.

    Phil Berkowitz
  2. Recoil Sissy

    Recoil Sissy Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998

    Using U.S. Senate committee chairs as an example of leadership seniority for 111th Congress (2009 thru 2011), the numbers shake out like this:

    With two minor exceptions explained later, the LEAST senior (see note 1) senate committee chairs are in their third consecutive six year term (18 years). The most senior (see note 2) was in the sixth term (36 years).

    The reality? With few exceptions, House and Senate incumbents are much like Supreme Court justices. They pretty much have a job for life until THEY decide to quit.


    Note (1) The least senior Senate committee chair is Tim Johnson (SD) serving his second term (12 years). Johnson heads the do-nothing and laughable Senate Ethics committee.

    Note (2) Robert Byrd is the former chair of Appropriations. Byrd holds the distinction of being the all time longest serving member of Congress. At 91 years of age he is STILL third in line of presidential succession behind that idiot Biden and perenial rotter Pelosi.

    In the 111th Congress, Byrd was replaced as the chair of Appropriations by Daniel Inouye.

    No short timer himself, Inouye has represented the state of Hawaii since it first became a state. He was originally elected as a U.S. Representative and was first elected to the Senate in 1963.
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