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 JohnCalifornia 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.