Show me an honest politician and I’ll show you a man with no job.

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.

6 thoughts on “Show me an honest politician and I’ll show you a man with no job.

  1. I’ve wondered this same thing many times before. Again I do not know much about politics but any time a conversation about congress arises it seems to be that they are only DRAFTING a bill or talking about a potential issue to be addressed. It is very seldom that an issue is solved with a law or congress actually makes progress. Maybe the answer is to reduce their salaries because they are not doing their job. I would be interested to know how much they actually make. Maybe we just need to re-evaluate how the legislation branch operates all together.

      • I would RAISE the salaries of all of them. A lot. I don’t know why Americans think you should pay for talent in EVERY SECTOR except public service.

        I would add some pretty major structural reforms too though. One would be to somehow limit former legislators from cashing in as lobbyists (not sure how you do this, but there must be a way), redistricting of congressional districts done by independent panels (instead of state legislatures), more public funding for campaigns, guaranteed minimum free airtime, more access for third party candidates to the ballot.

  2. OMG. Paris Hilton is more respected.

    One issue is that many Americans think THEIR representative is good. It is just all the other thieving crooks. So, maybe each member IS representing their constituents. Reminds me of Americans and education- my kid’s school is great, it is all those OTHER schools that are the problem with our kids today, the economy, low reading rates, etc.

    • That mentality generally arises from pork barrel spending- government spending appropriated for local projects, used by representatives as reelection incentives for their constituents. Think of the Bridge to Nowhere. One of the reasons it’s difficult to beat an incumbent…they’ve been keeping voters happy with spending that, in the long run, hurts the national economy.

      • Good point. But what is the difference between pork and useful infrastructure investments? What if it is a bridge to somewhere? The Tappan Zee bridge was somebody’s pork once upon a time. Maybe the original Internet too. All the land grant universities?

        How can we determine what is pork or funds used to buy influence and not to serve real needs from “good” uses of public dollars?

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