By Tom Quiner
Why do voters loathe Congress?
Polling consistently shows public disdain for Congress regardless of the party in power.
It seems to me Congress deserves much, but not all, of the scorn so many Americans heap on this hapless institution.
One problem with Congress is that, too often, they come across as shameless hypocrites. Republicans, for example, claim to be the party of small government. And yet, when they controlled both houses of Congress AND the White House, they expanded government to its biggest size ever.
Voters deservedly threw them out on their hind ends in 2006. On the other hand, Democrats are the party of big government. They have lived up to their belief system by expanding the size of government far beyond even the Bush II years, to the chagrin of conservatives.
Where Democrats create loathing is with comments like, “we have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it.” And once they find out what IS REALLY in it, they realize it’s not going to work, so they simply delay its implementation until after the next election cycle.
Voters really get riled up when Congress passes complex legislation that affects us little guys, while exempting Congress from complying with the same law.
Finally, voters claim to get frustrated with “gridlock.” This is a much misunderstood, and inappropriately, used term.
The Mainstream Media uses it as a slur against Republicans for obstructing new legislation which will expand the power and scope of the federal government. To me, gridlock isn’t all bad. Our republic was designed to make change slowly. Gridlock tempers our passions from making knee jerk reactions when, perhaps, a little prudence is called for.
Whatever the reason, Congress has succeed in elevating the stature of rodents and used car salesman.