Count Me With Them

Rasmussen:

If they could vote to keep or replace the entire Congress, 59% of voters would like to throw them all out and start over again. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that just 17% would vote to keep the current legislators in office.

And that leave me wondering what the 17% are thinking.  Then again, that’s 1 in 5.  Look around your office and pick four other people.  You know that one of them is an idiot.  (If they aren’t, it’s you.)

Today, just 23% have even a little confidence in the ability of Congress to deal with the nation’s economic problems and only 24% believe most Members of Congress understand legislation before they vote on it.

Hell, I don’t even believe that they read it.  Any of it.

Only half (49%) believe that the current Congress is better than individuals selected at random from the phone book. Thirty-three percent (33%) believe a randomly selected group of Americans could do a better job and 19% are not sure.

Count me in the 33%.  Juries are selected at random, and they do a better job than Congress.

And a little bit of history:

When the Constitution was written, the nation’s founders expected that there would be a 50% turnover in the House of Representatives every election cycle. That was the experience they witnessed in state legislatures at the time (and most of the state legislatures offered just one-year terms). For well over 100 years after the Constitution was adopted, the turnover averaged in the 50% range as expected.

In the twentieth century, turnover began to decline. As power and prestige flowed to Washington during the New Deal era, fewer and fewer Members of Congress wanted to leave. In 1968, Congressional turnover fell to single digits for the first time ever and it has remained very low ever since.

In other words, when the money came into Washington, the crooks stopped leaving.

Let’s get the money out, get smaller government, and the criminal class will go back to robbing banks directly instead of robbing them from Congress.

(Hint:  You don’t get the money out by making more rules.  The crooks are the ones making the rules.  You get the money out by not sending it to them and not letting them spend it.  Smaller government is the only way it works.)

2 Comments

  1. mexigogue says:

    Random congressmen is ludicrous on the face of it until you really think about it. I like!!!

  2. R says:

    Term limits for ALL civil servants.

    The idea is to live under the legislation you pass.