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    Re: Approval of Congress at 9%

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaaaman View Post
    A 9% approval rating of Congressional members is a non-story? Wow... you must live in a different world than I do.
    Whenever the economy or other issues are in the tank Congress gets a low rating - when things are good then congress is rated well.

    It's more of a happiness meter for us citizens than anything else. . . .I don't value it much.
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    Re: Approval of Congress at 9%

    It is indicative of a need for a Constitutional Convention to open up the Constitution and take the $$$Power$$$ away from Congress and the President, and return it to WE THE PEOPLE. Let me express the nasty refrain; Why should I have to pay for programs I oppose? Let me support the programs I want, and you support the programs you want.

    But first we need an All Volunteer Party to capture a majority of State & Congressional seats in congress.
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    Re: Approval of Congress at 9%

    Quote Originally Posted by Boo Radley View Post
    it just doesn't usually translate into anything. It's how people see their own congress criter that matters.
    I'd like to see those numbers.

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    Re: Approval of Congress at 9%

    Quote Originally Posted by Viktyr Korimir View Post
    I'd like to see those numbers.
    I've seen polls on that before, although not in a while. Although people give Congress as a whole bad numbers, they give their own congresscritter higher numbers, which is why these lunatics keep getting reelected.
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    Re: Approval of Congress at 9%

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    I've seen polls on that before, although not in a while. Although people give Congress as a whole bad numbers, they give their own congresscritter higher numbers, which is why these lunatics keep getting reelected.
    That is odd isn't it. Kind of a "My congressman is great because he brings pork barrel home to us , but yours sucks".

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    Re: Approval of Congress at 9%

    Quote Originally Posted by Crosscheck View Post
    That is odd isn't it. Kind of a "My congressman is great because he brings pork barrel home to us , but yours sucks".
    The American people aren't too hard on themselves when it comes to double standards in the country's political culture. When your convictions don't seem to matter you aren't too troubled to be responsible for them.
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    Re: Approval of Congress at 9%

    Quote Originally Posted by Crosscheck View Post
    That is odd isn't it. Kind of a "My congressman is great because he brings pork barrel home to us , but yours sucks".
    Not that odd. This kind of blatant moral hypocrisy extends throughout human civilization. Most people never even realize it.

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    Re: Approval of Congress at 9%

    Of course, we'll still see a 90% incumbent victory rate in 2012.
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    Re: Approval of Congress at 9%

    That is an extraordinarily low rating, however, I would also stress that for much of our known measures, approval rating for congress has been very low historically.
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    Re: Approval of Congress at 9%

    Quote Originally Posted by Crosscheck View Post
    That is odd isn't it. Kind of a "My congressman is great because he brings pork barrel home to us , but yours sucks".
    That is how it works. James Q. Wilson wrote about it beautifully in his work Bureaucracy: What Government Agencies Do and Why They Do It:

    Critics call this "pork barreling" and argue that it is wrong. One critic, President Jimmy Carter, tried to reduce it by vetoing a bill providing funds for a number of local water projects. What got cut instead was his political neck: He failed, and alienated Congress in the process. Despite its association with highway contractors and military facilities, pork is not limited to bridges, sewer systems, and naval bases. It includes public parks, waste-site cleanups, and university research projects. It benefits liberals as much as conservatives. This suggests that porking (as it is sometimes called) is not an aberration in American politics but a fundamental aspect of it. It is the logical and inevitable outcome of a system that requires legislators to serve local interests more than party interests and that endows Congress with independent power over the bureaucracy.
    Likewise, as has been alluded to, individual approval ratings per Congressperson are far higher. It is, rather, a national perception that causes the low ratings. Again, this is how it works.

    I do not wish to seem strange, but I significantly stand by the notion that I have a hard time joining those who decry the American political system, no matter if they are liberal or conservative. Just a tad bit too much utopianism coming from many mouths, for me. I do not see our leaders as nutters, incompetents, or morally deviant beings. I just see many of us citizens as incessant whiners who have unrealistic demands, however well-meaning they are.
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