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    Re: Approval of Congress at 9%

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiddytree View Post
    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:



    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.
    You know, I largely agree.

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    Re: Approval of Congress at 9%

    They've never had that high of numbers as a group. So, perhaps it isn't that much of a fall.

    Here's a better link:

    Congressional Performance - Rasmussen Reports™
    I may be wrong.

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    Re: Approval of Congress at 9%

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiddytree View Post
    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.
    They are products of the system that made them, no more and no less. They do what they are rewarded for doing and avoid what punishes them; angels could not do better with the system as it is established.

    And thus, if we find the results to be suboptimal, it is the system that needs to be changed. Blaming the actors for doing what we demanded of them is foolish.

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