Yes. I am talking to you. And to myself. With the release of the latest Gallup Poll from this July, it seems that American's have an approval rating for Congress of just...wait for it...14%. Yes, you did read that correctly 14%. So, pay attention when I tell you this: Your Congressman, the one that you vote for...is part of that 86% that everybody thinks sucks.
Oh, don't be so conceited. You're probably thinking “Well, my Congressman can't possibly be part of that 86%. It's the other peoples' representatives that are doing such a bad job”. And YOU.ARE.WRONG.
Year after year, we keep voting in the same people. And year after year, we get the same craptacular results. So, year after year we keep voting in the same people. Do you see the pattern yet? I tell you what, if you don't believe me, put your hand on the table, hit it with a hammer as hard as you can, and then put your hand on the table again. Sure, you might have some broken bones and some bleeding. But I am willing to bet that at least 14% of your hand is still ok. So, are you going to hit it with a hammer again?
Only in the Me-Centric world that is today's America could we ever delude ourselves to believe that we have voted to represent us, a group of people who constantly do so little good for our country, and not take any personal responsibility for it. This shifting of blame to someone else is even more mind boggling if we blame the “other guys' Congressman” instead of our own. And quite frankly, I am sick of it.
I say, replace the whole damn group. Every one of them. We're already changing Presidents, so let's get in with a clean slate. I will be voting out any incumbent that I can this fall. And any of them that aren't up this election cycle will be gone the next.
Right now you are planning your rebuttal. You're rubbing your hands together between mouse clicks and ready to pounce on my every point like a well trained Japanese Robotic Personal Friend. And now you're saying “But we can't do that! These people are experienced! We need them!” To which I will respond, “Ok, I understand. Put your hand back on the table. Here's a hammer...”
This “experience” you are talking about has given us what? 30 years of no real energy policy. A budget deficit that is approaching, oh let's see, somewhere north of 9 TRILLION DOLLARS, pork barrel spending, corruption, and more fun.
They work about 110 days a year, and make $165,000 a year for it. Oh, and after 5 years, we're stuck with the tab for lifetime pension and benefits.
But hey, don't worry about it. It's not your Congressman that sucks, is it?