Thursday, April 24, 2014

Put Garamendi on permanent furlough

As a worker impacted by the recent federal government shutdown, and as a supervisor who has seen what this event has wrought on the good folks who work with me, I am compelled to write and suggest one way to prevent the problem from happening again. As voters, in November 2014 I think we should furlough — permanently — Congressman John Garamendi.

Don’t be fooled into thinking the mess in Washington, D.C., emanates from the GOP alone: There is a lack of leadership on both sides of the aisle and sadly, Garamendi and the “permanent” political class are part of the problem.

By failing to negotiate and failing to support House bills that would reopen select government entities (that have nothing to do with the Obamacare fight), Garamendi has once again revealed that he values the party line above people.

I don’t know about you, but I am weary of the “same old same old” and ready to try something fresh. How about an independent Congressperson who works for us, period, and readily reaches across the political spectrum to get things done?

Despite a life bouncing from one political office to another, in his mailers Garamendi claims to actually be a farmer and rancher. That’s good. It will give him a source of income after he’s furloughed by the voters next fall.

Sean Adams


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Discussion | 15 comments

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  • John TroidlOctober 11, 2013 - 12:56 pm

    Congressman Garamendi deserves our support as he resists the completely unprecedented blackmail demanded by Republican Tea Baggers and other anarchists in Congress. At no time in the history of the Republic has any political party pulled this kind of budgetary shenanigan during a time of war. I applaud Garamendi for not caving in to the blackmails who want to play games with the budget for pure partisan politics that actually harms the American people. John Garamendi continues to earn my vote!

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  • October 11, 2013 - 3:00 pm

    Tea Baggers? You're a classy guy Mr. Troidl. Obama voted against raising the debt limit in a time of war. Oh those pesky facts, huh John?

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  • jcOctober 11, 2013 - 1:56 pm

    Trying to extend the blame to the Democrats for the GOP's pre-meditated shutdown is really weak. Anyone who's been halfway awake the past 6 months or so has watched them plan then execute this shutdown to the point of bragging about it. They repeatedly said no to budget negotiations this whole year specifically because their strategy was to wait so they could use the end of the fiscal year and debt ceiling vote to extract huge concessions without having to give any concessions themselves. That is not negotiation, it's extortion. Now feeling the heat, they've come up with gimmicks like funding a few high-profile pieces of government just to keep their game going. More than half the fiscal year would be over by the time the whole government was funded at this rate. They need to do their jobs and just re-open the government. Unbelievably, some of these Republicans that caused the shutdown are still collecting their pay because in the words of one (whose husband is a surgeon) "I need my paycheck." Did you know Republicans in the House refuse to pass legislation that the Democrat-controlled Senate has already passed to freeze their pay if there is a shutdown? Garamendi didn't in any way cause this shutdown yet The Enterprise reported he's donating his pay to charity. Rather than lashing out blindly how about taking some responsibility yourself for knowing what's going on in DC. If you want to get back to work start calling John Boehner's number. He could end this whole thing in 5 minutes by finally allowing the House to vote. The votes are there to open the government but he refuses to allow an up or down vote.

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  • John TroidlOctober 11, 2013 - 3:07 pm

    Great idea! Here is the Speaker's contact information: Office of the Speaker H-232 The Capitol Washington, DC 20515 Phone: (202) 225-0600 Fax: (202) 225-5117 - See more at:

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  • alfOctober 13, 2013 - 3:13 pm

    "I am weary of the “same old same old” and ready to try something fresh." OK, but many others of us are tired of uninformed voters who read a few headlines and then write letters to the editor to throw the bums out without understanding what's going on. The shutdown is a deliberate action by House Republicans and many of the most zealous about not compromising are newly elected Republicans, not career politicians.

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  • JoeOctober 13, 2013 - 5:39 pm

    Yes Alf, let's keep the career politicians in place because Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have served us so well. Cough....cough

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  • alfOctober 13, 2013 - 8:04 pm

    Have to hand it to you Joe, you stick with your team no matter what, whether they bring down the global financial system or not. Even when, for some reason, the GOP's popularity is at a record low. But I'm sure you'll blame Obama if John Boehner et al. cause us to default on our debt obligations and your 401k melts down. You're not Joe the Plumber are you? Actually Joe the Unlicensed Contractor is more accurate.

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  • JoeOctober 13, 2013 - 8:59 pm

    Hey Alf, talking about sticking with their team, Obama is at his all time popularity low too even with the media trying to keep him propped up. Too bad for you and the Democrats that America is finally catching on to the Divider-in-Chief's loosing act.

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  • alfOctober 13, 2013 - 9:11 pm

    Joe, You're part of the problem... Ill-informed voters that support the GOP no matter how badly they purposely damage the country. Obama's approval rating actually has been rising thanks to an overdose of Tea in the country. Meanwhile the GOP bumps along the bottom. Remember, if the GOP follows through on its threats to not pay our debts, it's Obama's fault that your 401k goes up in smoke.

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  • JoeOctober 13, 2013 - 9:34 pm

    Alf, speaking of being ill-informed you'll never learn anything listening to MSNBC. Turn the channel once in a while and learn up. AP POLL... Oct 9 : "President Barack Obama's approval ratings had plunged to 37 percent among Americans" . And for your info Alf, that's an AP poll, not some outlier poll. AP tends to be very pro Obama.

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  • alfOctober 14, 2013 - 12:09 am

    You're right about one thing, Joe, I can't learn anything watching MSNBC because I don't watch it. On the other hand, GOP-friendly Rasmussen has recorded an uptick in the president's approval rating over the last several weeks in its daily polling. Here is today's result: “The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday [Oct. 13] shows that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance.” Republicans have an approval somewhere in the 20s I believe, probably the same people that approved of Bush at the end of his presidency. Good team players, for their party anyway.

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  • Rudy MadronichOctober 14, 2013 - 10:00 am

    Alf you have it all wrong, you have to remember it was President Bush's falt that we are in the mess we are in today and we have to contune to try and spend our way to prosperity. I guess that is how you run your house hold budget

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  • jax4998@sbcglobal.netOctober 14, 2013 - 11:53 am

    Yes Rudy, when your credit cards are all maxed one must spend more, it's the liberal way to run a household.

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  • alfOctober 15, 2013 - 2:03 am

    Rudy: Bush who? You're supposed to pretend like you don't know who he was, remember? He's sort of inconvenient for us republicans.

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  • alfOctober 15, 2013 - 2:06 am

    jax2121211: Did you hear they held one of those teach-in type classes at the Tea-American rally yesterday in Washington DC? It was called "Real Household Financin' with Ted, Boehner, and Sarah." Lesson I: start prayin' and stop payin' on your mortgage and student loans. It's great, then you "spend less," and there's no downside either. Don't let any "experts" tell you different. The half-term quitter went on to describe how it's your money anyway and you know how to use that money the best of any people. Also, she said "hungry markets" several times.

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