It’s too bad that Abraham Lincoln is off hunting vampires. As of August of this year, only one in ten Americans approve of the job that the United States Congress is doing. With such starkly low support, how do the same representatives continue to be reelected? And if Congress cannot reach any agreement of substance, why are we still paying them?
The approval rating of Congress is at a historic low, and yet these men and women, who are clearly failing to represent the interests of their constituencies, continue to be reelected. In the past several years, Congress have failed miserably to reach an sort of meaningful consensus on important issues, such as raising the debt ceiling. And yet, representatives continue to be paid their salaries. Imagine that you were the CEO of a company, and you instructed an employee to fix a problem, and instead of doing anything, the employee came back and told you, sorry, I didn’t do what you said. Would you pay that employee? You would fire them immediately!
Most American view members of Congress as liars and thieves, their votes easily bought by large corporations. Rather than working to implement comprehensive reform, Congress spends its time on superfluous issues, such as declaring pizza a vegetable in school cafeterias. Sure, because that will go a long way toward solving America’s obesity epidemic. Just a few short years ago, Congress meddled in Major League Baseball, participating in the steroid witch hunt. What exactly are our elected officials doing meddling in professional sports?
Even more disturbingly, Representative Todd Akin, the man who has gained infamy for his remarks on so-called “legitimate rape” sits on the House Science Committee. And he’s not alone. Also on the committee is representative Paul Broun, who claims that “evolution is a lie straight from the pit of hell”. Allow me to repeat. These men sit on the House Science Committee.
It is clear that our representatives in Congress and the House of Representatives need a serious wake up call. How that can be accomplished, I cannot say, but I believe that to start, I would greatly enjoy yanking their salaries.