Why Are We Beginning to Hate Congress?

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    Recent polls show that more than 70 percent of the public holds an unfavorable view of Congress. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) wins about a 10 percent approval rating; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has similarly rock-bottom poll numbers.

    Why this astounding -- and growing -- disdain for our lawmakers? After all, Congress has had plenty of scandals and corruption in the past, such as the House post office and check-kiting messes the Charles Keating payoffs, and the Abscam bribery.

    But lately, Congress seems not merely corrupt, but -- far more worrisome -- without apparent concern that it has become so unethical.

    A "culture of corruption" was the slogan of the Democratic Party to win back Congress in 2006. And indeed there was lots of sleaze then among incumbent Republicans.

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    But when reform-minded Democrats took over, the mess got no better, and possibly worse -- suggesting that the problem was not politics, but what Congress itself had become. Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) was convicted on multiple counts, including bribery and racketeering. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), who recently stepped down as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, for over a year has been under investigation for numerous transgressions -- from rent-control violations and tax avoidance to improper lobbying and omissions from financial disclosure forms. The late Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) had seemed destined for an investigation into quid-pro-quo relationships between the money he received from boosters and the earmarks he earned them. Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) managed to get a cut-rate home loan from a tottering bank -- and a great deal on a vacation home in Ireland from a seller with connections to someone for whom Dodd lobbied for a presidential pardon.

    read it all here.
    Townhall - Victor Davis Hanson - Why Are We Beginning to Hate Congress?
     
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    yeah corruption is the main reason.a bunch of liers,thiefs.i could go on and on!!!
     
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    Roughly Half he country usually Hates the Congress regardless of who is in Power.

    That said. Things have gotten worse. Not just under Obama, but under Bush as well. It seems to me that on both sides of the Isle our politicians grow more and more out of touch with the American people each year.

    What is troubling about what is going on today, is Many many people are losing all faith in the System, not just the Parties. We have been on a see saw for years going from one party to the Other, And both of them have, Over spent, Expanded Government, and ignored out wishes at time. It is inevitable that So many people now Hate them.
     
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    Um corruption is only part of it. Repeatedly passing laws, the American People are Opposed to isnt helping either. Bush did it some, But The Dems have done it with nearly every Bill they have passed since Obama won. Stimulus, UN POPULAR, Omni BUS, UN POPULAR, Health Care, UN POPULAR. PASS PASS PASS, SPEND SPEND SPEND.

    WIll it ever end.
     
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    Beginning???

    If pro is the opposite of con, then what is the opposite of progress?


    ANSWER: Congress.
     
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    Why Are We Beginning to Hate Congress?

    Easy. They are of by for the Body politic...and screw the people they are to serve.

    Fuck them ALL. Time for the people to put our BOOTS upon their collective NECKS.

    And YES...I mean this. They need to learn whom they work for. They need a nasty reminder come November.
     
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    The only Real Reminder we could give ALL of them is a massive wave of obscure 3rd party candidates winning seats. Don't see that happening, Next best thing. Get rid of the Ultra Liberal Democrat Leadership and give the (holds nose) Republicans the house, and hope for grid lock until the next election.

    I am beginning to believe that we have reached a point where we can not ever take our country back. When I say that I do not mean from the Democrats only, I mean from Both Parties, and Politics as Usual. At least not at the Ballot Box. I would never advocate Open Rebellion, but I can not help but think that might be the only way to get their attention, Other than a massive wave of 3rd party Candidates as I said. But we all know the Unholy Power sharing between the 2 Big Parties will never that to happen. This is no longer a Democratic Republic. When no matter who you elect, or who you can choose from, You get the same basic result, and it is rarely what was promised, or what you wanted. Then how is that a Democratic Republic?

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    Then Thomas Jefferson gave us the prescription...and I'd hate to see it come to this...

    ""God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion.
    The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is
    wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts
    they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions,
    it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. ...
    And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not
    warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of
    resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as
    to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost
    in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from
    time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
    It is its natural manure."



    Enough Said.
     
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    Hatred of government didn't fall out of the sky.

    During the postwar years America was proud of its government for defeating Hitler, putting a man on the moon, and guiding the American economy through its highest growth.

    Problem is: the postwar years created a ton of wealth.

    And the government likes to tax wealth.

    So what did the new wealthy do? They fought back. Starting in the 70s they created the most powerful network of think tanks and media outlets in history. They morphed anti-corporate populism into anti-government populism. They blamed everything on government in order to weaken it.

    Consequently, average people now hate government without even knowing anything about politics, save what they hear in the media. The Right successfully convinced an entire nation to turn on Government.

    Ronald Reagan's family was saved by the New Deal. He was a Democrat until he entered the top tax bracket, then he switched parties.

    He didn't want to pay for the middle class ladder he just climbed. His hatred of government was very convenient.
     
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    I'd say we're beginning to hate them because they have become public masters, rather than public servants, and they are out of control. Most of them have sold their souls for power, and nothing matters but re-election.
     

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