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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Common ground

Who says Congress can't do anything? A new poll shows our nation's lawmakers have indeed unified us -- in contempt of them.

Only 13 percent of the American public approves of the job Congress is doing. Which raises two questions -- what are those folks smoking or how did the pollsters manage to reach so many congressional family members?

Despite the substantial gains they made in November, Republican support for Congress is in single digits. It's a pity no one put Osama bin Laden in the poll. I suspect his popularity might track a bit higher.

And small wonder when you have examples such as Mississippi's two senators declaring their opposition to pork, larding up the bill with their own pet projects and then vowing to vote against those earmarks.

The problem, as proven time and time again, is we have the best damn Congress money can buy. Not to mention individual members. It's government of the highest bidder, for the highest bidder.

The public says it is fed up, but then turns out people like Wisconsin's Russ Feingold who united with John McCain (before he contracting Palinitis) to author campaign finance reforms that were gutted by the "non-activist" conservative Supreme Court.

And that doesn't begin to discuss the billions more funneled into. Congress by special interests during legislative sessions.

So the ultimately perplexing question: if left and right, liberal and conservative, can agree that we have a corrupt, ineffectual branch of government why can't we fix it? How do we get the upper hand over the greedy monied interests who are leading us down the rathole?

Inquiring minds want to know.

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Blogger Daniel said...

Unfortunately I bet 48% of those polled probably dislike Congress not because they perceive the influence of monied interests, but because they think it's still "too libberul".

December 16, 2010 6:08 AM  
Blogger Readwriteblue said...

It should come as no surprise that he way I see to fix our Congress is the Tea Party Movement. We have recently had an election. In that election record numbers of citizens voted.

Yet almost half of us stayed home!

Ask any of those whom stayed home why and they will most likely say it was because their vote doesn't matter. Millions of Americans voted on that dancing show because they believed that their vote mattered. The task that the Tea Party Movement has accepted is to change that sadly embarrassing fact. By reminding people of the greatness of our founding principles, and empowering them with practical knowledge of our political process, the Tea Party movement seeks to renew our faith in our Republic. When Americans get involved and work for what we believe in nothing is impossible.

December 16, 2010 7:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm on the right, and see the Tea Party as an energizing force. I'm waiting for the liberals to create their own version (which they should) and we need to start holding our elected officials feet to the fire. I held a sign at a political rally for the first time in my life when Scott Brown ran. My state rep election is currently in the courts because the good guy won by only 1 vote. I'm hooked now.
We need to make corruption in government a felony with very harsh sentences. Hold all elected officials accountable, those of our own party even more so.

December 16, 2010 12:04 PM  

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