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Eshoo accepting paycheck during gov't shutdown

Original post made by Stephen Peeps, College Terrace, on Oct 5, 2013

Representative Anna Eshoo (D-Palo Alto)has decided to accept her paycheck ($174,000 annual salary)during the government shutdown. Just up the road, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-14th District) has declined to answer media inquiries whether she is or not collecting her pay. If you think this is hypocritical given that many of their own constituents are furloughed without pay, including their own staff members, please register your disapproval: Web Link Web Link


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Posted by Comparison
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Oct 5, 2013 at 3:47 pm

That's WAY LESS than our City Manager gets. And he spends our money like it grows on trees, adding managers all over the place.

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Posted by funnies
a resident of Barron Park
on Oct 5, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Eshoo is taking a check. So are most of the republicans who actually shut down the government. You know, the agencies that inspect our food, for example. Another example? How about the Nuclear Regulatory Agency.

What could possibly go wrong?


Anyway, here's a republican speaking about his taking his paycheck, after voting to not pay his own staff.

From Omaha News: Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., was blunt when asked if he would continue collecting his paychecks during the shutdown.

"Dang straight," he said.

Terry suggested it's an irrelevant question because the situation would be resolved before long.

What about the other members who were donating or forgoing their pay?

"Whatever gets them good press," Terry said. "That's all that it's going to be. God bless them. But you know what? I've got a nice house and a kid in college, and I'll tell you we cannot handle it. Giving our paycheck away when you still worked and earned it? That's just not going to fly."

What a jerk.


Might as well have some fun at the gOP Crazies' expense:

"The government shutdown is going to slash the budget for food inspection. That's bad news for health advocates, but great news for the new Japanese restaurant: Leap of Faith Sushi."
---Conan O'Brien

"People are saying now that before the government shutdown congressmen went out and got drunk, celebrating that they had shut down the government. This is the kind of thing that could damage their 10 percent approval rating."
---David Letterman
"I want the names of the idiots who elected these people."
---Jimmy Kimmel
"At least here in America, crucial agencies like the U.S. Border Patrol are still on the job. That's a good thing. The last thing we need is an influx of Canadians, with their politeness and a government that's open every day."
---Craig Ferguson
"How to end the government shutdown: I think if you hold down Texas and Maine at the same time, it automatically reboots."
---Stephen Colbert
"If it turns out that President Obama can make a deal with the most intransigent, hard-line, unreasonable totalitarian mullahs in the world, but not with Republicans, maybe he's not the problem."
---Jon Stewart

"Texas Senator Ted Cruz gave a 21-hour speech on the floor of the Senate during which he read Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham, did an impression of Darth Vader, and admitted his love for White Castle. I'm not sure what Cruz's speech was arguing for, but I'm guessing legalizing weed."
---Seth Meyers

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Posted by Kazu
a resident of University South
on Oct 6, 2013 at 12:21 pm

"Eshoo is taking a check. So are most of the republicans who actually shut down the government."

And so are most of their Democratic counterparts who also shut down the government. In a dual-party oligarchy, it takes two to tango.

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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 7, 2013 at 10:28 am

I wonder if a majority of Republican and Democratic legislators would vote for a measure to suspend their own pay until the budget and debt limit issues are resolved. It would be an interesting experiment to see if they could agree on something. Would Boehner bring it up for a vote?

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Posted by Chris Zaharias
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 7, 2013 at 10:31 am

What kazu said.

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Posted by hold breath and turn BLUE
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Oct 7, 2013 at 10:34 am

"it takes two to tango"

"who also shut down the government" Share the koolaid, please!

So by that reasoning: it takes two, one to make ridiculous demands and hold the country hostage, it takes the other to acquiesce to those ridiculous demands, even though they won the last election in a landslide?

America spoke with a 5 million vote landslide, against the republican leader the party elected in primaries, who specifically campaigned against Obama/RomneyCare? So now Obama should turn around and defund ObamaCare because some terrorists are holding hostages?

What is this? Another Reagan 'Arms for Hostages', Iran Contra thing? Why does the fringe right (and Reagan) think negotiating with terrorists and hostage takers is an American Value?

It is not. The fringe right was just moaning last week that Obama was spineless when he got Putin to put the clamps down on his satellite state and Assad, all without American blood and treasure. Guess what? Can't have it both ways.

"If it turns out that President Obama can make a deal with the most intransigent, hard-line, unreasonable totalitarian mullahs in the world, but not with Republicans, maybe he's not the problem."

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Posted by Who cares
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 7, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Please don't waste your attention and passion on which politicians are taking their paycheck during the shutdown. It's like arguing whether Bill Gates should pay for his own coffee when he's in the Microsoft offices. Salaries for congress are a drop in the bucket compared to the overall government budget, and I suspect most in Congress are not too affected by whether they get paid or not for a few weeks or months.

However, I agree that the shutdown really makes no sense. The government asks many employees not to come to work, but has agreed to pay them. Please sign me up for that government job where I get furloughed for a few weeks but get back pay when I return.

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Posted by S. Coen
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 9, 2013 at 10:11 am

Anna Eshoo and every other Senator, Congresswomen and man SHOULD not be receiving their salary until this situation is resolved. Their needs to be a law in place that if this type of situation occurs in the future then none of Congress or the Senate people shall receive their salaries until this type of problem is taken care of.

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Posted by Pepps
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Oct 9, 2013 at 11:09 am

"Boehner here."
"Mr. Speaker. It's the President."
"Hello, Mr. President. What can I do for ya?"
"I heard you wanted me to pick up the phone and call so we could have a conversation."
"Thank you for calling, Mr. President. But it's too late to have a conversation. That offer expired about 20 seconds ago."
"How about a dialogue, then?"
"No, sir. The deadline for a dialogue passed on Monday."
"A chat?"
"That offer died in August, Mr. President."
"I don’t think so, Mr. Speaker. August was supposed to be a heart-to-heart."
"Well, whatever. The time for all that is in the past. The American people want us to put aside our differences and have a real, honest back-'n-forth."

"No can do. The back-'n-forth deadline passed two weeks ago. You know that."
"Meeting of the minds?"
"Encounter? Kaffeeklatsch? Pillow talk?"

"Parley, Mr. Speaker. I looked it up and this week it's a parley."
"Well, then, let's have a parley."
"I don’t parley with hostage takers. Call me when you're ready to surrender. Oh, and Mr. Speaker?"
"Yes, Mr. Pesident?"
"Ditch the Camels. Nasty habit."

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Posted by Ferd Nerdlinger
a resident of Portola Valley
on Oct 9, 2013 at 11:56 am

from Web Link

Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) was quoted last week by Roll Call saying the budget stalemate "isn't some damn game."

National Review quotes Boehner telling GOP members this morning he wants something that "puts points on the board."

This is all about John Boenher saving his job from the Tea Party idiots.