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Members of Congress attempted to use taxpayer dollars to send out Christmas cards to voters. I like how Fox News tried to add it to their annual "War on Christmas" coverage with this headline:

There is no prohibition on Members of Congress using their own money from sending voters Christmas cards. But they cannot use taxpayer dollars as they do not serve a government interest such as informing voters what is happening in Congress.

I am not a fan of the franking privilege. The mailers I get from Rep. Elton Gallegly are basically campaign literature, except they were produced and mailed with our money! It doesn't include upcoming events like townhall forums because he is the only Member of Congress, of either party, from this region that doesn't hold townhall forums. There might be a public use from these newletters but they are often just used to help incumbents get elected again.


I very much enjoy the holidays. My faith is strong enough I don't need corporations trying to earn my money or politicians trying to get my vote to say Merry Christmas. Heartfelt cheers from friends and family are enough.


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As a life long republican I am sickened at how the tea party republicans are raising taxes on over 160 million Americans! This is why I changed my party registration today to democrat, every republican should do this! Lets vote out every republican in 2012, they only care about the rich! Think of this when your paycheck is cut in January thanks to the GOP!

What taxes are you refering to? I have never met nor do I know of a Republican or Independent TeaPartyer who wanted to raise taxes. It seems the only voters in favor of taxs going up are Democrats. So, why did you chenge parties?

THANK YOU PRESIDENT OBAMA FOR DEFEATING BOEHNER AND THE GOP TODAY AND FOR MAKING SURE TAXES WILL NOT INCREASE ON 160 MILLION AMERICANS THE WAY THE TEA PARTY WANTED THEM TO! NOW LETS VOTE OUT ALL REPUBLICANS IN 2012! MERRY CHRISTMAS MR. PRESIDENT!

Republicans in the House were in favor of payroll taxes increasing unless they got concessions on unrelated policies.

Last year the Democrats tried to get and got union related concessions unrelated to the payroll tax and unemployment insurance extensions.

PS. There was "no" defeat for the GOP on today. It was just another chapter in the book of the Obama and Reid Chicago and Las Vegas bully style of politics at hand.

Its "Americans" who were defeated today. 10,000 or more new oil pipeline jobs just went away. The Canadians will now be selling the oil bound for the US to China. The American pump prices for gas goes back up to $4 and $5 bucks a gallon very soon.

Americans will soon realize that the $40 bucks net increase per pay check for the next 4 pay days will not be enough to pay for the increases in their gas budgets in 2012. So who won here?

Even the pipeline firm doesn't believe it will create more than a couple thousand, mostly temporary jobs in the US. Where you guys get your figures is beyond reason.

Also, how will the Canadians get their oil to China without passing thru the US? The Canadians themselves won't allow a western pipeline to Vancouver.

I do agree that the American worker lost on this deal because it almost guarantees that payroll tax deductions will become the perpetual trade off between GOP & Dems and that means the SocSec trust fund will keep seeing more and more contributions sidelines to pay for more tax breaks for the 1% and the Defense Industry. After a few years of this, the SS Trust WILL be in trouble long before the 2038 projections.

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