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By Phil Piemonte

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At least it's over

Well, as expected, the Republicans have taken control of the House.

And a number of Republican House members who have been talking tough over the past months about trimming government will be stepping into leadership positions when their party assumes majority status.

Of course, a lot of campaign-season tough talk dissipates when the tough-talkers get elected. And without control of the Senate, it will be difficult to translate a lot of that talk into law. Some say the composition of the new Congress may in fact produce a long spell of legislative gridlock.

What effects do you think the new Congress will have on your federal job? Are you optimistic? Pessimistic? Or do you figure you’re in for the same old thing? Time to share.

Posted by Phil Piemonte on Nov 03, 2010 at 4:02 PM


Reader comments

Mon, Nov 8, 2010 Rick Eugene Oregon

Socialism? Yeah Right. It's easy to make unfounded charges of such when it's someone else getting healthcare. But the denigrating terms go out the windown when it's you and yours getting Medicare.

A lot of folks here claim to be Pro-life, yet their attitudes towards kids who are born is: 'Let them Eat Cake!'

I've also noticed that many claim Obama is a racist- without giving one shred of evidence to support it.

Naturally this comes from those who also claim that he's the Anti-christ/Muslim, etc.

Republicans cry a shill scream over Illegal immigration, yet here in Oregon, everytime the Democrats do something about it,(I.N.S. sweeps of those who employ illegals) - the Businesses scream to their Republican cronies, and then all cracking down on such ends swiftly.

In my section of Oregon we got to vote for a long term Democrat who has enough seniority to gain access to some of the committees that only seniority can give. We already have term limits- it's called: Voting.

The Republican who was running against this Dem, was a man who was of the opinion that Americans needed a Recommended Daily Allowance of Radioactive Waste in our drinking water. (Fluoride = Bad, Radioactive Waste = Good).

This man didn't make it to office thank goodness, unfortunately many more loonies did vote for him.

The Republicans have a simple majority in the house. But not enough to override a Presidential Veto. Perhaps now they will begin to comprehend the term- bipartisanship. Because if they don't, then they'll have no right to complain about 'Democratic Obstructionism".

Mon, Nov 8, 2010 Ben

I think gridlock is the best thing we could ask for. It doesn't matter who is in power, they are only looking out for themselves. But if I had to choose, I would have to choose the Rep. I did consider myself a democrat until the party went so far to the left. I am not worried about my job. I started with Reagan and we survived that so I'm sure we will survive this.

Mon, Nov 8, 2010 PA

Wow .. it did't take too long to hear the 'r' word (racist). Obama clearly inherited all the bills, burdens (war & unemployment)and the anxiety of the country from the Republican domination for the last 8 years. its obvious that the Democratic message hasn't been clear enough to the people, but the Republican scare tactics have .. that is something that this President has to change; and he has to be agressive about it. The bailout worked and its already been paid back in full, the Health Care Plan is amazing and so important to the thousands who desperately need it .. the Rep. have paid gov't healthcare and haven't a clue - their leaders are also quite wealthy and don't see the need. I fully expect a gridlock and I'm tired of hearing the threats from Mitch McConnell ..enough!

Sat, Nov 6, 2010 Laura Out West

This election reaffirms a deep concern about my fellow citizens. We need, each of us, to pay more attention to what are elected officials in all levels of government are doing, regardless of party affiliation. We need to more patient with programs that are designed to help us recover economically. We need to find ways to stabilize our economy to smooth the wild swings of "boom or bust". We have become a nation feeding on instant gratification in all facets of our lives, not just politics. We are a nation of impatient people. We need to bee more involved before we lose the last vestiges of our democracy.

Can this country please get out of Irag, Afghanistan, or any other place on this planet where there has been conflict for 5,000 years?
Why is our country so arrogant to think we can fix their problems? Think of what potential good could come from such actions. We might, for example, be able to pay off our debts to China and not have to worry when they will call those loans to us payable. I shudder at that thought.
Are we destined to be province of China?

Fri, Nov 5, 2010

I continue to be amazed. It was the policys of the Republican party that created the climate that resulted in the financial crisis. The Republican party is still spouting the same lines, showing that they have learned nothing. Yet, we put them back in control of the House.

As a whole, we continue to allow fear to control our actions. Republicans have convinced people that the health care law is bad, when in fact most of it is a step in the right direction.

The Democrates are trying to do what is best for the long term future of this country. The Republicans are looking at short term gain (greed and fear domonate their plateform). Why is does this country tend to be so short sighted?

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