( – promoted by buhdydharma )
1. A traffic jam in which no vehicular movement is possible, especially one caused by the blockage of key intersections within a grid of streets.
2. A complete lack of movement or progress resulting in a backup or stagnation:
“the political gridlock that prevented … the President and Congress from moving expeditiously to cut the budget”
gridlock – Chiefly US
1. (Engineering / Automotive Engineering) obstruction of urban traffic caused by queues of vehicles forming across junctions and causing further queues to form in the intersecting streets
2. a point in a dispute at which no agreement can be reached; deadlock political gridlock
1. to block or obstruct (an area)
Informal term for any attempt to block or delay Senate action on a bill or other matter by debating it at length, by offering numerous procedural motions, or by any other delaying or obstructive actions.
Those were the Days! when a Filibuster actually stood for something.
These Days, a Filibuster means an early plane flight, or a long weekend, a well-deserved Vacation.
In the modern filibuster, the senators trying to block a vote do not have to hold the floor and continue to speak as long as there is a quorum, although the Senate Majority Leader may require an actual traditional filibuster if he or she so chooses. In the past, when one senator became exhausted, another would need to take over to continue the filibuster. Ultimately, the filibuster could be exhausted by a majority who would even sleep in cots outside the Senate Chamber to exhaust the filibusterers. Today, the minority just advises the majority leader that the filibuster is on. All debate on the bill is stopped until cloture is voted by three-fifths (now 60 votes) of the Senate.
How quaint: I advise you — You Suck! We quit.
And the RESULT of this modern practice in “civility” —
Has been none other than this disturbing Trend of Non-Action:
YET those results, have not really been “linked to their wages”, in any real and significant way …
Congress, where 44 percent are millionaires, freezes pay
by David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers — May 3, 2010
“In almost every profession, salary increases are dependent on performance, experience, tenure or any number of factors other than really showing up to work every day,” said Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, a longtime opponent of the pay raise.
Craig Holman, ethics and campaign finance lobbyist for Public Citizen, a congressional watchdog group, noted that lawmakers probably won’t feel much financial pain from their vote.
“This isn’t where most members of Congress get most of their wealth. They got it through business enterprises they had before coming to Washington,” he said.
Senators had a median reportable net worth of $1.79 million in 2008, the last year such data were available, down from $2.27 million in 2007. House members’ median net worth was $645,503 in 2008, down from $724,258 the previous year.
The Millionaire Members of Congress ?SOMEHOW? manage to make their Mortgage Payments —
Whether or NOT Congress actually passed substantial laws, or watered-down mush … OR Nothing!
The Members of Congress have managed to get Rewarded in spite of the trend of doing less and less — great work if you can get it, I guess ..
Time Frame Salary per diem/annum
1789-1815 $6.00 per diem
1815-1817 $1,500 per annum
1817-1855 $8.00 per diem
1855-1865 $3,000 per annum
1865-1871 $5,000 per annum
1871-1873 $7,500 per annum
1873-1907 $5,000 per annum
1907-1925 $7,500 per annum
1925-1932 $10,000 per annum
1932-1933 $9,000 per annum
1933-1935 $10,000 per annum
1935-1947 $10,000 per annum
1947-1955 $12,500 per annum
1955-1965 $22,500 per annum
1965-1969 $30,000 per annum
1969-1975 $42,500 per annum
1975-1977 $44,600 per annum
1977-1978 $57,500 per annum
1979-1983 $60,662.50 per annum
1983 $69,800 per annum
1984 $72,600 per annum
1985-1986 $75,100 per annum
1987 (1/1-2/3) $77,400 per annum
1987 (2/4) $89,500 per annum
1990 (2/1) $98,400 per annum
1991 $101,900 per annum
1991 (8/15) $125,100 per annum
1992 $129,500 per annum
1993-1997 $133,600 per annum
1998-1999 $136,700 per annum
2000 $141,300 per annum
2001 $145,100 per annum
2002 $150,000 per annum
2003 $154,700 per annum
2004 $158,100 per annum
2005 $162,100 per annum
2006-2007 $165,200 per annum
2008 $169,300 per annum
2009 $174,000 per annum
Data Source senate.gov (pdf)
Imagine if average Joe and Jane workers could get such a deal,
Do Less and Less,
Get Paid, More and More … Where do I sign up for that deal?
Median Worker Salary vs Congressional Pay
How about a bit more Compare and Contrast, please …
using the link for “All Races” …
Census data for Household Incomes
Table H-1. Income Limits for Each Quintile (1/5th of population)
Household Incomes: 2nd Quintile vs Congressional Pay
Household Incomes: 2nd Quintile, 3rd Quintile vs Congressional Pay
Household Incomes: 2nd Quintile, Top Households vs Congressional Pay
NO. Instead, the average Joe and Jane worker, must worry about keeping our stagnant-wage Jobs —
IF we are lucky enough to still have one.
And those of us unlucky enough to have been “let go“, must worry instead, about keeping our homes, keeping our health,
Keeping our HOPE …
THESE are the worries that our Congressional Leaders, rarely face.
THEIR Jobs are safe, NO matter what they Do — or DON’T Do.
Apparently THEIR Salaries are based on simply “showing up” — NOT Actually getting anything DONE!
End the filibuster in Senate; it has led to minority rule
by Bill Press: 2/1/2010
Until recent years, the filibuster was the exception, not the rule, designed to allow any senator to stop a vote on pending legislation by debating it as long as he wanted. There were only two conditions. The objecting senator had to continue speaking from the podium, without interruption, for the duration of the filibuster – or until 67 senators rose up to stop it: a move called cloture. And the Senate could conduct no other business while the filibuster was under way.
[…] New rules made the filibuster easier to use, but more open to abuse.
[…] And in 1975, the Senate voted to lower the required number of votes needed to end a filibuster from 67 to 60. Ever since then, use of the filibuster has grown steadily from an average once a year in the ’50s, to more than 55 a year in the ’90s. In 2007, the Republican minority invoked the filibuster 112 times, double the number called by Democrats when they were in the minority. In 2008, Republicans upped its use to 139 times.
Us working stiffs, must face a different metric of accomplishments.
aka Merit, Results, Productivity!
We either have to get stuff done, or face the brutal realities, of pounding the pavement, day in and day out, in the merciless search for Jobs.that.are.Not.There.
Merit pay is a term describing performance-related pay, most frequently in the context of educational reform. It provides bonuses for workers who perform their jobs effectively, according to measurable criteria. In the United States, policy makers are divided on whether merit pay should be offered to public school teachers, as is commonly the case in the United Kingdom.
What IF Congressional Pay was based on Merit — like average folks’ salary haggling usually are —
Imagine IF Congress ONLY got paid — IF and when … a Bill actually passed —
Would they be so anxious to take Month Long vacations, if their Next Paycheck depended on RESULTS — instead of Rhetoric?
If only Congress persons had to “Walk a mile, in OUR Work Shoes” —
Maybe THEN they actually start listening to the People, and break through that perpetual logjam of Inaction, and Election Cycles.
Well People, the good thing about their VC time, this time of year …
IS that it puts them with shouting range of their hard-working constituents.
Mark your local Townhall Calendars!