Congress is Earning it’s (BAD) Reputation


In what some are calling a shocking poll but what this writer has said all along,  46% of likely voters (according to Rasmussen) don’t trust their legislative representatives.  Here is how Rasmussen phrased the outcome of this weeks poll.

Voters are more convinced than ever that most congressmen are crooks.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 46% of Likely U.S. Voters now view most members of Congress as corrupt. That’s up seven points from June and the highest finding yet recorded.  Just 29% think most members are not corrupt, and another 25% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Similarly, a whopping 85% of voters think most members of Congress are more interested in helping their own careers than in helping other people. That’s a record high for surveys stretching back to early November 2006.  Only seven percent (7%) believe most of the legislators are more interested in helping others.

These findings come at a time when voter approval of the job Congress is doing has fallen to a new low.  Just six percent (6%) of voters now rate Congress’ performance as good or excellent. Sixty-one percent (61%) think the national legislators are doing a poor job.

Rasmussen Reports has asked these questions monthly since June 2008 and sporadically before that.

While some believe that people hate Congress in general but love their own representative, just 31% believe their own representative is the best person for the job.  Most think it’s at least somewhat likely that their own representative trades votes for cash.

I am not sure how many times I have said this and if you read my posts on a regular basis you  know I do.  The men and women we send to Washington are not everyday people.  They are seasoned veterans of the political game.  This poll only reinforces what I have said.

The rhetoric coming out of Washington is not intended to educate you the American Voter.  It is intended to keep you in line with whatever party you affiliate with.  6% approval rating for Congress.  I was going nuts when it was 9%.  Wake up America.  Do not fall for the forced candidates of the party.

This debt debate is a fine example of how misleading all of them are.  Not one proposal will actually reduce our national debt.  You only need to do the math to figure that one out.  So as not to assign any blame to one person I will say it this way.  Since 2008 our government has spent over 1.2 trillion dollars more than it takes in.  Over 10 years (man I am getting tired of saying this) that means our National debt will be 26 Trillion dollars if we add in the current 14.6 T.  So here we are debating the debt ceiling in increments of 2 Trillion when what we should be doing is focusing on less spending.  Putting the two leaders plans into a graph may help.  Let’s compare doing nothing with the proposals from the two parties.

As you can see no plan actually addresses the debt in any substantive way.  I think we can all agree that if the economy gets turned around there will be some revenue increases.  But why has the economy stalled?  Why did durable goods orders drop again last month?  And why is Moody’s threatening to lower our bond rating?  We can not count on revenue from economic growth until it actually begins.

All this and more in other posts.  For now we need to understand that Washington is not working for us.  They(both parties) are working to divide the people of this country so they can maintain power.  Call your representatives and ask them what the National debt would be in 10 years under your parties plan.  I bet you won’t like the answer.

And that is why 46% of us don’t trust Congress.

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3 responses to “Congress is Earning it’s (BAD) Reputation

  1. Concerned Citizen

    Quote: “So here we are debating the debt ceiling in increments of 2 Trillion when what we should be doing is focusing on less spending.”

    I think this is dead on. I’m trying to educate myself in how any of these plans would actually make a signficant debt reduction, and I’m honestly stumped at how either plan goes far enough to solve our debt problem or address enough spending issues. Neither seems to come close.

    The New York Times had an article on this today (7/28) focusing mainly on the Boehner and Reid plans and one paragraph stood out to me: “Savings in entitlement programs and other ‘mandatory spending’ total $20 billion over 10 years under the House bill and about twice that amount under Mr. Reid’s plan. Those sums are less than one-half of 1 percent of the mandatory spending anticipated by the budget office.” The rest of the article doesn’t include much to commend either plan, in my opinion. Judging from this blog post and the NYT article, America loses no matter who wins out.

    • mikemadden59

      Which is why I did the graph. We are all being played. Both Democrats and Republicans. You final sentance is exactly the point. Career politicians are our enemies Truthfully

  2. Jimbo

    AT BEST a swindling 2 party criminal ring WHICH we the people get to fund these CON ARTISTS criminal activity.. every week or two

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