Monday, December 2, 2013

Awards for Discouragement: Goes to the 113th Congress

1st Place Most Shameful: GOP in the Senate 

1st Place Repetitious: Congressional GOP

Public approval of Congress has reached a new low: Only 9 percent of respondents said this Congress (the 113th now in session until January 2014) is doing a good job. That is the lowest level since Gallup began asking that question in 1974 seen in this report from the UPI.

This Congress has only “eight working days” left in this session, so unless they go on a tear passing as many laws in the next 35 days as they have since the 113th Congress was sworn in, it will be the second-least productive in history (also from UPI). 

But, I guess they take pride in that achievement. I wonder why?

Maybe it’s like House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) quipped back in July on CBS: “We should not be judged on how many new laws we create. We ought to be judged on how many laws we repeal.”

I say, what a crock – that is unless one believes that not doing anything to help or assist Americans across a wide range of subjects and issues is the “right way” to serve in elected office, then yes, Mr. Boehner is correct.

BTW: I strongly believe we should do away with laws that are outdated, not practicable, or downright useless, but not to ignore the public and not do much worthwhile; that is total nonsense and that is what this 113th Congress projects. 

Let’s hope most of those now in office (the incumbents) are booted out in 2014 – they have earned a fresh boot and fresh start on the outside – besides, most of them will come back as lobbyists anyway. That tread mill is alive and well. 

Oh, yes, the worst Congress in history by most standards is the one before this one — yep: the 112th - reported on here.

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