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Why Americans Hate Congress


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Cal
- 518 days ago - theweek.com
Congress justified its absurdly low approval rating this week as Senate Republicans blocked the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel to be defense secretary.



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Patrick Donovan (312)
Monday February 18, 2013, 3:12 pm
Just when I think Congress can sink no lower; they go ahead and prove me wrong.
 

Vicky P. (462)
Monday February 18, 2013, 3:13 pm
that's a no brainer, noted
 

Stephen Brian (23)
Monday February 18, 2013, 4:15 pm
Hagel was not qualified for at least two aspects of the jobs, possibly more.

First, he had promoted a bill limiting deployment of soldiers. While that is fine for a senator and veteran, it is inappropriate to have a Defence Secretary who wishes to limit the military in a way that does not put the mission, or objectives, first.

Second, he had described the U.S. State-department as an adjunct for the Israeli foreign ministry while pushing for a withdrawal from Iraq, apparently buying into the idea that the U.S. was fighting Israel's wars. The problem there is that Obama's strategy, to personally maintain a peaceful and reassuring image among the U.S.'s opponents while state-infrastructure works with allies, demands Secretaries willing to take advantage of the political space which Obama gets them, rather than be reluctant to work with allies as Hagel would have been in at least that case.
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Monday February 18, 2013, 4:17 pm
Thanks.
 

Christeen Anderson (476)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 3:57 am
Possibly because they spend an enormus amount of time accomplishing nothing.
 

John S. (297)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 4:34 am
My sentor and concressman are great, but everyone else's at best have no clue, and at worst can be consider just dangerous people. Seriously, make me question what people in different states are thinking!
 

Many Feathers (130)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 6:18 am
just unable to work together
 

Arielle S. (316)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 6:25 am
How do I despise thee? Let me count the ways....
Nah, it would take too long. Most of them are bloated hypocrites putting their own agenda ahead of what is best for the country - most of them are fat cats who get fatter on lobbyist money while continuing to make sure the average people get poorer. Few of them have a clue what real life is like. A good 90% of them need to be replaced immediately.
 

Michael Abdi (2)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 6:45 am
they are shit
 

Dandelion G. (381)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 7:19 am
To end the pitiful week, lawmakers then left for a 10-day recess.

Yup, more vacation. The do nothing but make more disasters and they get to have another vacation.

People, you must understand that to leave things to go on like this is to never get out of the quagmire we are all in. That for some people it is already too late, they have fallen into poverty and despair never to be seen again. If you are barely clinging on how much longer will you be able to do so? If you are doing ok, for how long do you think it will take until you are next? Many who are now living in poverty use to be doing ok or even very well for themselves.

Best start standing up and clawing back what has been hyjacked from all of us. But voting in the same darn fools is not going to help. I'd say in districts that have people voting no for everything, no matter who it hurts, no matter what it is on, best rethink what it is you are trying to do and for what reasons? Are you that selfish that you'd rather have the whole Country become a 3rd world rather than become more educated on what is actually going on?

If you don't see what you are looking for in the "other" party then start voting for the 3rd Parties that are out there. Don't support these fools any longer. One of our most compassionate, thoughtful, and sensible people we have in Congress is an Independent, Bernie Sanders. He is well liked by all because he reaches out to The People in his State, listens, and then THEY support him because he makes sense to all of them, be they for the Republicans, Democrats or Independents. It CAN be done, but not with this lot of fools.
 

Suzanne O. (32)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 9:29 am
Dandelion, your post is excellent. I find very few in our congress or senate that represent us or truly act on behalf of the American people. That's both sides. So long as they don't feel the pain that we do, live the daily reality that we do. Nope out of sight out of mind.

They all discuss the battles they fight on our behalf. Nonsense. None of them have the will to do what is necessary. None of them have the will to do what they say they want to do. Sometimes I feel it is all just a production put on for us. Make us believe they actually represent us and are working toward the best for American. That includes both sides.

They keep us battling and belittling each other, for what. So they can go on in the lifestyles they lead.

They have healthcare, jobs, pensions, vacations. Nice lives... All of them!

It is time to look hard at what we have and it needs a changing...all of them.
 

Suzanne O. (32)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 9:31 am
American should be America. Sorry!
 

tasunka m. (334)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 9:38 am
I only connected with my representatives when I lived in Vermont full time.
Bernie Sanders is a sweet man, and so was Pat Leahy,who has been changing a bit lately
I would write to them ,and they would always agree with me
I now get the Leahy letter in my email, and have a personal relatonship with Bernie,as he is the Best person in politics today, at least the nicest white man,IMHO
Thanks Kola Dandelion, I never doubt your opinions
 

Dandelion G. (381)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 9:45 am
Thank you ladies, it means a lot to me coming from you Tasunka, and I've been reading Suzanne's comments as of late and am impressed by your thoughtful responses.
 

Arielle S. (316)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 10:03 am
Bravo, Dandelion! Can't send you another star yet but if you got all you deserved, you'd be smothered.
Someone said Obama is being forced to go over Congress's head, so to speak and I'm glad he is. But he needs us....I've even started writing to Congressmen other than my own worthless bits.... far too many of these guys need to be unemployed.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 12:47 pm
I can tell you in 2 words why Americans hate Congress 'corporate puppets'
 

Dandelion G. (381)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 1:00 pm
That they do Arielle, and Robert those two words are Truth!
 

Suzanne O. (32)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 1:38 pm
Dandelion, I appreciate your comment to me. I do. I have to admit I am also disturbed by it.

Obviously, I am not a liberal. It seems that not being a liberal automatically makes me the enemy to many. Makes me a person who can not have reasonable thought or compassion.

I have said it a million times. We are not politicians, we are all just people looking for a better way. To me, to have a predetermined opinion of someone based on them being from a different political mind frame is dangerous. It is exactly the kind of division I believe those that make policy want for us. It keeps us distracted from their failures.

There are many good people out there and we don't travel the road exactly the same way. Yet, we all want to reach the same destination.

It's a shame to eliminate potential allies in a fight because they are not necessarily traveling exactly the same path.

I disagree with those on the right as much as the left on many things. Many of us do in real life, not like what is represented in this cyber world we all inhabit.

One thing for sure is you will never get stupid name-calling from me directed at anyone for holding a belief.
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 2:54 pm
Yes, the majority of Congress is bought-and-paid-for. Many more of the rest are threatened by their own party to "tow the line or risk getting primaried." I read an online article listing the top 6 politicians getting rich off US wars, taking defense sector donations. This is for 2012.
Howard "Buck" McKeon (R) CA- $566,100; CW "Bill" Young (R) FL- $229,760; Charles Albert "Dutch" Ruppersberger III (D) MO - $229,550 (a member of the "Gang of 8," also co-sponsor of CISPA)
Morris "Mo" Brooks (R) AL - $202,020 (kept $403 Mil. in the Defense budget for missile project the military didn't want). Adam Smith (D) WA - $201,000 (ranking Dem. on House Armed Svcs. Comm., voted for war, the Patriot Act & NDAA). Silvestre Reyes (D) TX - $199,000 (took more donations from Defense contractors than any other industry).
 

Dandelion G. (381)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 2:56 pm
As a life long registered Independent I'm not glued to any Party loyalty but for the goal of treating all of our relations in a more enlightened way that are not only within the borders of the USA but outside of them too. I have on my friends list people on the right those on the left those who are in the center, and those who don't feel they fall anywhere neat and tidy in any one spot.

I don't always agree with everyone all the time nor I suppose they with me either, but we have managed to Walk together in a respectful way. I am a Human Being first and consider that of each person on here, a Human Being first. I try to keep in my mind if I've got nothing good to say then perhaps I shouldn't say it. As I'm most certainly a human, I don't always handle things perfectly, but am always learning to do things better.

We are all different, we have various religions or none at all, we have different backgrounds for heritage, grew up in different parts of the Country or in another Country we've never been too. To me, this is a place we can learn from each other and pool together for common causes.

I think all of us, no matter where we live all want pretty much the same thing, to be treated in a respectful way, to retain our personal dignity and self worth, to love our families, to have safe and adequate shelter, clothing and food, to live in a clean environment, to know we are living in a "just" society, that takes into account the children of the future and Honors the Elders of today. Beyond that we all have our personal likes and enjoyments that may or may not be of interest to others, but we must work together to solve many issues at hand, if we do not it is to our own peril and that of our children yet unborn.
 

James Maynard (66)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 2:57 pm
I may have to rethink my opposition to term limits
after putting up with this much obstructionism for
the last several years.
 

Joanne Dixon (35)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 3:16 pm
I have two Senators who, although yes, there are better ones (Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren leap to mind), it would be difficult if not impossible to replace with anyone better pulled from the entire population of the State. Then there is my Representative, who is bottom dwelling scum and proud of it, but who, in this district, it would be difficult if not impossible to replace with anyone better (or worse) until his term limits are up. When I hear people talk about how bad "Congress" is, I shudder. Remember a clean sweep will sweep out the good along with the bad, and there is no guarantee what will get in.

Some of you are saying "90%" are bad. I'll bet that off the top of my head I could think of more than 10 Senators who are worth keeping. 44 Representatives would be tougher, although I believe that with research I could come up with more than that. It is unfair to blame the good ones for the actions (and inactions) of the bad.

As for the inability to work together, when you are working with people with terrible ideas who won;t compromise an inch, what are you supposed to do to protect the interests of the people you were elected to serve? If you offer compromise from your position, and follow that in order to get something done past the inflexibility, you will find you have bargained away every last right, and every last penny, of your constituents. Look at President Obama's first term. Things were lost that we could not afford. I will never fault individual Congresspeople for refusing to compromise with ignorance, superstition and greed. I would fault them if they did.
 

Dandelion G. (381)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 4:08 pm
There are some good people who are not selling out to the Corporate interests, but their voices are too few and some of the better ones from both Parties have left as they can't work with their own Party let alone the other Party. It is up to the individual States to hold onto the good and weed out the not so, and the States are made up of indivdiuals that must do this.

We have had other Congress in the past and other House of Representatives in the past who managed to work with each other. However the majority of these people can't seem to do so, and for that reason I say look outside of the two Party system and vote in 3rd Party Candidates. It may be the wake up call that is needed and also the way to break the log jam.
 

Audrey B. (0)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 4:28 pm
Congress

Rich, over paid, and out of touch with the American People.

They have no idea what Americans want. Nor does the President as he and his family enjoy all the perks the White House has to offer and Lots of frequent flyer miles for their numerous vacations & golf outings.

Being the President & Congress can't agree on anything, the threats go out to the American people, on how are they going to screw us.

I think they have been employed to long, its time for some unemployment, let them see how the other half lives. Maybe we should make some policies for them.
 

Birgit W. (140)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 4:37 pm
Thanks
 

Suzanne O. (32)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 4:40 pm
I don't think either side has 100% correct solutions or answers to the problems our country faces. I think the art of compromise to take the best pieces from all parties is the best way to go. I don't think either side is perfect or is better than the other. They are two pieces to the solution. Just possibly those obstructionists everyone keeps talking about are actually meeting their constituents demands. It is up to them all to work it out in the best way to meet the greatest benefit for all. One side cannot get everything.

I need to point out the first two years of President Obama's first term were to his advantage with the house and senate controlled by his party. What came out of those two years is less than satisfactory and hurts many middle class families. Now I suppose it can be blamed on republicans being obstructionists but in actuality what was passed the republicans weren't on board with anyway. So those first two years they could have put anything they wanted through because ultimately they did anyway.

That is what I mean by neither side having the true will to put through what they say they want. That it is a production put on for us all to get riled up about. If President Obama wanted single payer health care, they should have rammed it through like they did this affordable care act. In all honesty maybe so many middle-class families and small businesses would not be facing what they are now.

In my state we have a senator presently under an ethics investigation and he should be. I guaranty he will get a slap on the hand when all is said and done. My senator has essentially interfered on behalf of a very wealthy benefactor of his. A doctor from Florida who has over billed medicare fraudulently to the tune of 8 million plus dollars. Now owing the federal government almost 12 million with penalties and such attached. My senator called the medicare investigators and was essentially trying to get them to change the rules so it would be in favor of this doctor. He acted on behalf of his benefactor over the interests of American taxpayers. I hear everyone scream over cuts to medicare. What about one of our senators tying to help a friend defraud medicare, hurting the medicare system and stealing from taxpayers.

My senator also on behalf of this doctor has interfered for him with regard to a port security contract with the Dominican Republic. This senator has received travel gifts that only after being busted on it repaid $58,000 and reported it as required only last month. It took him two years to do this. He forgot....

This same senator while campaigning this past November had an illegal immigrant who was on a sex offender registry working for his campaign.

Do any of you honestly want someone like this sitting in our senate?

There are some good people left on both sides who are losing to the excess and extreme which are also on both sides.

To me, one side is not better than the other.

Sorry for the ramble about my senator. However, it bothers me that I hear no one speak of this. It is such an abuse of power affecting Medicare among others things. I agree with Aubrey on the threats and prepare for sacrifice speeches we always here. Cuts to medicare. How about a senator involved in protecting someone who is defrauding it. No wonder we never move forward in a positive way. If he does it, you know there are more.
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 5:44 pm
I don't know which to abolish first; congress or the electoral college.
Look up divisive in the dictionary and see a picture of congress.
 

Freya H. (300)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 6:56 pm
I believe the reason why Congress sucks like an Oreck is because they are concerned with party politics and kissing the right @$$es - and the good of this nation be damned. That is why, whenever possible, I vote for a third-party candidate, preferably a Libertarian. Every day I am more convinced that Congress doesn't give a $#!+ about the country or the people who put them in office.
 

Tom Sullivan (99)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 8:29 pm
They are all losers, the US needs to clean house, get rid of them all and start over, it is no wonder this the people are upset we have children running our country, oh wait kidds could do a better job
 

Terrie Williams (759)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 10:43 pm
Hey, Robert....I can take it down to just one word......Fascists.
 

Dana W. (9)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 11:09 pm
Americans hate Congress because instead of doing their jobs and standing up for us, the people, they seem to be engaged in a game of Chicken.
 

Jodi Ashley (2)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 2:26 am
Vote them all out. The right wing teabaggers and the wimpy dems who won't stand up and fight
 

David C. (29)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 2:46 am
The party of no keeps on going the same thing saying NO all the time.
 

Helen Porter (41)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 3:52 am
They provoke us. Remember that quote, "You can fool some of the people some of the time but you can't fool all the people all the tie," We're tired of being played for fools while they spend our hard earned money on prostitutes, vacations with impossible prices....well, we didn't work hard to provide them with millions to waste.
 

Helen Porter (41)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 3:53 am
That was one reason.

Here's another.

They endanger our freedoms and the future of our children.
We have to pay the karma for their foolishness.
 

Helen Porter (41)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 3:58 am
Want a third reason?

They do not seem to be able to use common sense or reason when they're acting up like three year olds about to be disciplined.

There are many more reasons but then....I'd better sign off or I might tell you about......
 

Ro H. (0)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 5:01 am
ty
 

John Gregoire (257)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 6:21 am
OK wise friends, why do we keep voting these people in???????
 

holly masih (58)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 9:22 am
Congress,and all representatives need to truly represent the people,not their own agendas.Sometimes I feel that is what many of them do,and it is so disappointing.
 

Sandi C. (236)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 10:33 am
your right.
 

Conor Sargent (0)
Tuesday February 26, 2013, 6:26 pm
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/849/325/645/abolish-the-electoral-college-in-all-51-states/
 
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