December 2012

Why Congress is so poorly rated.

by Pitt Griffin on December 29, 2012 · 0 comments

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There is still no solution to the “fiscal cliff”, which is yet one more reason why almost everybody thinks Congress is dysfunctional – a feeling reflected in its dismal approval rating. It is actually surprising that anyone views Congress and politicians favorably when you consider:

  1. To win the job, a candidate has to demean, denigrate and belittle the opponent and his party, while the same is done to him – so no matter who wins, almost half of the electorate will think him a bum.
  2. In campaigning politicians can lie about their opponents with impunity – you can’t do that to sell toothpaste.
  3. To finance their campaigns politicians have to exude populism, while promoting the interests of their institutional patrons.
  4. It is an occupation where roughly half its practitioners – the Republicans – are vocal in how useless it is.
  5. It is a profession where lack of experience is seen as an advantage – where having experience puts you “out-of-touch”.
  6. It is a profession in which not doing something can be seen as a principled move.
  7. It is an organization that gives people authority outside of their area of expertise – science illiterates sitting on the science committee, or financial innocents sitting on the banking committee.
  8. It is an occupation that has no professional organization to ensure ethics, like the ABA or AMA – the Congressional ethics committees are window dressing.
  9. It is an egalitarian (socialist?) organization with a minimum of hierarchy – it mirrors a trade union, where seniority, rather than ability, brings promotion.

Finally note this – America has the best politicians that money can buy.





cisions in areas that they have no expertise: finance, technology, science, taxation, business regulation.


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