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#310609 - 01/27/19 11:27 PM Making shutdown illegal
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I have now heard, several times on TV, that there is a movement afoot to make shutdowns illegal. I think the first one is legislation to not pay anybody in congress when shutdown occurs. Given that most congress folk have the big bucks I doubt that is going to stop anything.

My thought is that they pass a law wherein, due to the incompetence and incapacity of congress, that they should appoint a committee to do their jobs for them. How about 5 persons appointed, for each side, in both houses of congress. This committee is there to deal with the budget. If the budget is not settled within 2 weeks of shutdown this committee will then have the power to settle the budget and congress would be mandated to pass the legislation as per said committee. If the group can't do that, in 1 week then said committee would be disbanded and another appointed.

In non-budget years perhaps this same committee could be put in charge of reorganizing gov?

I know, unlikely. However, if such a thing was proposed, including the phrase; "due to the incompetence and incapacity of congress to do its job" then, at least, the congress would have to deal with that though which may actually point out their problems.

At the same time the seating arrangements, in both houses should be changed so that each side is forced to sit with one another, ie. every other seat is for the opposition. That might force the idiots to actually speak to one another.

Another one, which I have always liked is to build housing for all 535 members of congress. If they are serving this is where they would live. There would be no exceptions. This would put the whole bunch of them in the same building so they would, pretty much, be forced to deal with one another. I guess, given their proclivities, that there be security in place to stop any rapes and fist fights <G>.

The trick, I think, is to force these jerks to speak with one another in a civilized fashion. Apparently, right now, they just don't do that and each side considers the other the get of the devil.

Oh, I should add that I refer to Trump as Jackass. This is a reference to how he acts not what he does. What he does is something else and its pretty obvious to anybody with half a brain that what he does is certainly not in the interest of our nation and, given who he surrounds himself with, probably criminal as Jackass is not exactly changing his strips. I know, he is a great businessman who, at a young age, was given 450 million dollars by daddy and then went broke and that's just the beginning of that one.

Anyway.................

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#310613 - 01/28/19 03:04 PM Re: Making shutdown illegal [Re: jgw]
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Originally Posted By: jgw
Another one, which I have always liked is to build housing for all 535 members of congress. If they are serving this is where they would live. There would be no exceptions. This would put the whole bunch of them in the same building so they would, pretty much, be forced to deal with one another. I guess, given their proclivities, that there be security in place to stop any rapes and fist fights <G>.


HMMMmmmmmmmm, very interesting...

A non-Trump condo-tower in the center of some swamp. The tower employees would need to be GSA or GSA Contractors, maybe even Homeland Security. Contracting agency not funded, the contractor employees are not getting paid. Regular sweeps by NSA, CIA, DIA, DEA, DHS, FBI. Could get behind this.
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#310620 - 01/28/19 07:37 PM Re: Making shutdown illegal [Re: jgw]
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Had some other thoughts. How about just firing the entire congress when they can't do their damned jobs?

Instead of firing them all, if that's too much, passing legislation that when they can't do their jobs a congressional election is held, in both houses. The requirement would be that at least 20% of each house would be fired and replaced. The members would be required to vote for candidates for firing and the top 20% of 'winners' would be fired and replaced.

How about congress passing a law that would require the sitting president to be examined, for mental problems, once a year whilst serving? The problem is in picking the examiner. Perhaps gov should create a new agency, perhaps "The fitness agency". This agency, would, annually, produce a report on the entire federal elected class, both congress AND the president.





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#310628 - 01/29/19 04:41 AM Re: Making shutdown illegal [Re: jgw]
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It's already illegal! 18 U.S. Code § 2331 specifically states that a national of the United States who commits an act dangerous to human life to intimidate or coerce a civilian population or influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion is liable to be charged for violating federal domestic terrorism laws.

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#310630 - 01/29/19 07:04 AM Re: Making shutdown illegal [Re: pondering_it_all]
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Originally Posted By: pondering_it_all
It's already illegal! 18 U.S. Code § 2331 specifically states that a national of the United States who commits an act dangerous to human life to intimidate or coerce a civilian population or influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion is liable to be charged for violating federal domestic terrorism laws.


I'm not saying it's a stretch but a few courts might say it is.
I still love the idea, though.
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