Tea Bagger “Head Lice” House Hard at Work

A few days ago, Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (Dem, NJ) speaking on the House floor told his fellow members that they were less popular with the American people than head lice. This comes from a poll reported in the Washington Post a year-and-a-half ago, in which voters were asked “Just how much do you hate Congress?” with results clearly showing that people despised Congress more than, among other things, colonoscopies, root canals, Genghis Khan, used car salesmen, and head lice. Now, recent polls just released show an even more startling degree of unpopularity. Generally, no matter what people think of Congress in general, people have indicated a significant degree of approval of their own representatives. That is no longer the case.

As reported by the Post this week, a poll taken by them and ABC News reveals that, for the

first time in the 25-plus year history of this particular poll, that more than half the people polled say they disapprove of the job that their own member of Congress is doing, with an approval rating of only 41%. The most significant numbers revealed in this poll are those of independent voters, of whom 61% disapprove of their own Congress member, while just 31% approve ("A majority of people don’t like their own member of Congress. For the first time ever").

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And, what is actually worse about the tea bagger house, more insulting to the American people than even their skewed, extremist agenda, dedicated to one purpose and one purpose only, that of opposing the President on every single issue, is the fact of their abandonment of their duties and obligations (though it could be argued that these two are one in the same).

While the average American worker shows up for work 230 days per year, last year John

Boehner's House put in 126 days in session. This year, it will fail to equal that total, as the members of the 113th Congress saw the calendar turn from July to August, and high-tailed it home, returning for the grand total of 12 days between August 1 and election day, November 4. The 113th Congress may make it to work 113 days in 2014, or it may not.

Contrast this with the California legislature, that took time
off in July, and returned to work the beginning of August, with an imposing agenda of work (“California lawmakers have a busy month ahead“) including more than 1,000 pending bills, many on controversial issues, such as gun control, reeling in corrupt officials, the possibility of legalizing internet poker, marijuana regulations, and a vast number of bills having to do with the state’s water crisis.

California’s lawmakers make law, while members of Congress lounge around at home in between their grueling schedule of campaign fundraising.

About theHoundDawg

For many years as a lawyer, I saw much of the good and bad of society, and did what I could to right many wrongs. The lack of understanding of what is good and bad, right and wrong, just and unjust, as evidenced by such events as the election of King W as president, (who as such far surpassed the evil of richard nixon but not quite that of ronald reagan) lead me in a new direction, to spend my time trying to understand what is happening to our society, to try as best I can to spread my insights to others, and along the way to maybe even eke out a living through the internet.
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2 Responses to Tea Bagger “Head Lice” House Hard at Work

  1. Joey says:

    Doesn’t the term “Congress” also include the Democrat controlled Senate? Just wondering why that particular part of our government wasn’t mentioned in your post. By the way, I’m not a fan of the Tea Party.

    • theHoundDawg says:

      Because the Senate is NOT taking off almost all of the three months I referenced or most of the rest of the year as is the House. Once the Senate re-convenes on Sept 8, they are scheduled to be in session every day the rest of the year except for weekends and holidays,

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