Inside the Worst Congress EVER

December 8, 2006 at 6:39 pm | Posted in America, American politics, Congress, Democracy, Democrats, Foley, King George, Republicans, Santorum | 2 Comments

Rolling Stone has the cover

and cover story on the worst Congress ever in the history of the United States. And before anyone starts saying this is a partisan swipe, seeing that it was a Republican led Congress, a recent Rasmussen poll shows the 109th Congress has only a 13% approval rate. Who in the world gets only a 13% approval rate! I’m sure more Iraqis approved of Saddam than Americans approved of the 109th Congress! Over at the TPMuckraker, they highlight the lowlights of this most infamous Congress. But I would just like to quote from that Rolling Stone article. He says it far better than I can:

But the 109th Congress is no mild departure from the norm, no slight deviation in an already-underwhelming history. No, this is nothing less than a historic shift in how our democracy is run. The Republicans who control this Congress are revolutionaries, and they have brought their revolutionary vision for the House and Senate quite unpleasantly to fruition. In the past six years they have castrated the political minority, abdicated their oversight responsibilities mandated by the Constitution, enacted a conscious policy of massive borrowing and unrestrained spending, and installed a host of semipermanent mechanisms for transferring legislative power to commercial interests. They aimed far lower than any other Congress has ever aimed, and they nailed their target.

“The 109th Congress is so bad that it makes you wonder if democracy is a failed experiment,” says Jonathan Turley, a noted constitutional scholar and the Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington Law School. “I think that if the Framers went to Capitol Hill today, it would shake their confidence in the system they created. Congress has become an exercise of raw power with no principles — and in that environment corruption has flourished. The Republicans in Congress decided from the outset that their future would be inextricably tied to George Bush and his policies. It has become this sad session of members sitting down and drinking Kool-Aid delivered by Karl Rove. Congress became a mere extension of the White House.”

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  1. I have long maintained there is not enough difference between cynical mediocre Republican politicians and cynical mediocre Democrat politicians to care much about which party controls Congress: they’re both run by business for the benefit of business and there’s no room in the profit motive for conscience.

    But, oh, I hope I’m wrong. These problems are more than skin-deep and it will take more than a good scrubbing to clean up Congress now.

  2. david,

    Thanks for commenting. I agree. I think it will be a while before we get Congress back to the Congress we’d expect from our political leaders.


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