Dissatisfaction with our Leaders

 

A Rasmussen Poll recently highlighted some interesting information regarding our opinions of the jobs that our elected officials are doing in Washington.  Among the highlights:

    • If they could vote to keep or replace the entire Congress, just 25% of voters nationwide would keep the current batch of legislators.
    • 57% would vote to replace the entire Congress and start all over again.
    • With Democrats controlling both chambers of Congress, it’s not surprising to find that the number of Democrats who would vote to keep the entire Congress has grown from 25% last fall to 43% today.
    • 70% of those not affiliated with either major party would vote to replace all of the elected politicians in the House and Senate. That’s up from 62% last year.
    • 69% of GOP Voters say Republicans in Congress are out of touch with the party base.
    • Fifty-nine percent (59%) now believe that members of Congress are overpaid.
    • Seventy-five percent (75%) say members of Congress are more interested in their own careers than they are in helping people.
    • (Most shocking-sic.) Despite these reviews, more than 90% of Congress routinely gets reelected every two years.

57% Would Like to Replace Entire Congress

I would like to ask you why you think it is that we keep electing people whom we think so lowly of?  Why do we elect people who we presuppose to do a bad job and that work only to further their own interests?

I can speak with first-hand knowledge on the overpayment issue.  I have met and interacted with our representative, Mary Hubler, and I find her to be the best example of many of the ills mentioned in the survey.  She tours the state, meeting the same groups, attending the same dinners/events/etc., pays lip service to the popular causes, and she backs those who back her.
Mary Hubler’s Voting Skew

It was expected when the Constitution was written that there would be a 50% turnover rate in the House of Representatives each election.  This lasted for 100 years until the New Deal era when turnover plummeted. 

The culture of power, protection, and in-your-face croneyism, was exemplified the other day by Sherman Frederick.  He was flouting his power to the Las Vegas Review Journal over some print that disagreed with him and his (well-funded) stances.  Having lost the memory of the free press, apparently, he remains staunch and pig-headed about the entire ordeal.  Here is an excerpt from the Las Vegas Review Journal’s recent statement:

But to fully capture the magnitude of Reid’s remark (and to stop him from doing the same thing to others) it must be called what it was — a full-on threat perpetrated by a bully who has forgotten that he was elected to office to protect Nevadans, not sound like he’s shaking them down.

No citizen should expect this kind of behavior from a U.S. Senator. It is certainly not becoming of a man who is the majority leader in the U.S. Senate. And it absolutely is not what anyone would expect from a man who now asks Nevadans to send him back to the Senate for a fifth term.

Read the full article.

Those are clearly fighting words.

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~ by jvaudio on August 31, 2009.

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