Congress may be the worst ever

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Getting mad at the president is easy. It's one guy, one face, one name.

Congress is a much more nebulous foil. It's a group of 535 women and men who, while perhaps beloved and impressive on the stump at home, together can be quite an ineffective and reprehensible lot.

Rarely has that been truer than today.

The United States Congress has become a complete waste of time, a waste of money, a waste of space.

In fact, they're worse than ineffective; their lack of stewardship is costing us dearly in money and lost opportunities.

The folks on Capitol Hill have plenty of time to convene their kangaroo courts to investigate what everybody else is doing -- from baseball players to oil executives. In fact, there are law firms that specialize in representing companies summoned to testify before Congress -- one firm's Web site boasting that "our congressional investigations team is perfectly situated to work with clients facing congressional investigations."

There you have it. Fending off the imperial whims of Congress is now a cottage industry.

All the while, Congress drags its feet in helping secure the border, fails to pass a law to spy on terrorists, and fails to get budget bills done in a timely manner. Heaven forbid they actually go one step further and take a scalpel to the federal budget and trim back spending as most private-sector folks have had to do.

And all their inaction is cast against a backdrop of deficits, a $9 trillion national debt -- and tens of trillions in unfunded future costs in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid which your congressmen and senators are doing absolutely nothing about.

So, in truth, not only is Congress failing you, it's failing your children and grandchildren.

When the economy gets worse, what do they do? Cut the size and reach of government, and leave more money in the private sector? Nope. They send you a tax "rebate" that, considering the fact that the budget is already in the red, represents even more money stolen from our children.

Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee joked that the rebates are money borrowed from China to go out and buy products made in China. It's not far from the truth.

Asked this week what he thinks of Congress, President Bush thought for a moment. "I believe that they're letting the American people down, is what I believe."

He's right.

We've been sorely disappointed in this president. He's been one of the biggest-spending presidents in history, if not the biggest. His handling of Iraq has been slipshod at best. His commitment to conservative principles has been cafeteria-like, where he seems to pick and choose as his taste buds warrant. It boggles the mind why the man in the president's chair on 9-11 can't see his way clear to securing the nation's border with any sense of urgency.

And yet, this Congress makes Mr. Bush look like George Washington. A recent poll gives Congress an approval rating of 16 percent -- meaning more than 80 percent of Americans disapprove of the job Congress is doing, or not doing as the case may be.

As the poll indicates, this may be the worst Congress the country has ever seen.

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 05/02/08 - 05:12 am
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If you think the incompetency

If you think the incompetency of congress is near it's all time high, wait until the Dems sit a president while maintaining control of congress. During the four years the Repubs controlled congress,even while recovering economically from 9/11 and while on their crazy spending spree, tax relief led to strong growth and recording setting unemployment. That's something that couldn't be started the first two years (Dem senate) and has been difficult to maintain the last two years with a Dem congress. Regardless of who's in control after the next election, I don't look for any improvement. Government has to get out of the way and let the market work.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 05/02/08 - 05:22 am
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Nearly all U.S. Senators are

Nearly all U.S. Senators are multimillionaires. The U.S. Congress, Democrat & Republican alike, represent the U.S. Establishment. There is truth in the cliche "We have the best government money can buy." The greatest failure of the current Democrat controlled Congress is its failure to immediately cut funds to end the unnecessary, immoral, illegal & failed U.S. wars of aggression in Iraq & Afghanistan. Special interests, read "Big Business" & giant lobbying firms, buy access to & influence over Congress members. Both political parties are big money, big political machines which don't have the best interest of the average American family of 4 with a $42,000 annual income at heart. For The Chronicle to blame the Democrat controlld Congress for all our ills & to say they make George W. Bush look like George Washington is a sorry excuse for one of the sorriest United States presidents in history. It is the moneyed, greedy, sold-out U.S. Establishment (which includes corporate media) that is bringing this once great nation economic, political & military defeat in Iraq, Afghanistan & elsewhere with endless wars that lead to death, deficits, debt, inflation, recession & financial collapse

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christian134 05/02/08 - 05:37 am
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Well said Chronicle...it is

Well said Chronicle...it is about time blame for our nation's decline has been properly placed. This congressional body has to be ranked all time highest for it's complete lack of intelligent actions...A big amen to patriciathomas for her accurate right on point assessment of the problem at hand....

JohnCarllStrauss
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JohnCarllStrauss 05/02/08 - 06:13 am
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"political & military defeat

"political & military defeat in Iraq"???? What planet are you living on Cain.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 05/02/08 - 06:23 am
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United States will suffer

United States will suffer "economic, political, AND military defeat in Iraq & Afghanistan", JohnCarlStrauss. I live in the REAL WORLD on planet EARTH.

DeborahElliott2
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DeborahElliott2 05/02/08 - 06:32 am
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This is what makes America so

This is what makes America so ridiculously divided! I said it before and I will say it again, fire the whole Congressional and Presidential Seat and start fresh!

shivas
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shivas 05/02/08 - 06:33 am
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Coupled with worst President

Coupled with worst President of all time, we despearately need a change in govt. Obama represents the change we need.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 05/02/08 - 06:37 am
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and Hope, shivas. Don't

and Hope, shivas. Don't forget the hope he'll bring. Change and hope. That's all I need, and this chair.......

stadry
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stadry 05/02/08 - 06:38 am
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have to agree - if you liked

have to agree - if you liked jimmy carter, you'll love obama,,,

jack234
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jack234 05/02/08 - 06:39 am
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I don't know about anybody

I don't know about anybody else, but I wish we could swear in Obama tomorrow. I think we are living in the "last days" - I know I am. You all are going to miss me down here. Now, have a blessed day and let's get those Obama signs on our lawns.

jack234
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jack234 05/02/08 - 06:42 am
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I did like Jimmy Carter and

I did like Jimmy Carter and will love Obama. Carter is a man of peace, following the teachings of Christ. Not attacking other nations simply because you are aggroant and stubborn.

jack234
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jack234 05/02/08 - 06:42 am
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I did like Jimmy Carter and

I did like Jimmy Carter and will love Obama. Carter is a man of peace, following the teachings of Christ. Not attacking other nations simply because you are aggroant and stubborn.

WhoCares
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WhoCares 05/02/08 - 06:43 am
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Five years ago you could not

Five years ago you could not buy those American flags that would fly from the car windows because they were sold out in the stores. Some cars had one on every window. Where are all those cars and flags now? THe media systematically eroded public opinion on the war in Iraq and the war on terror. If they could do the same thing to the oil companies maybe we could get the price of gas back down.

JohnCarllStrauss
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JohnCarllStrauss 05/02/08 - 07:07 am
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PT....I think you need that

PT....I think you need that remote control too!

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 05/02/08 - 07:13 am
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and that lamp...that's all I

and that lamp...that's all I need

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 05/02/08 - 07:15 am
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jack234, did you

jack234, did you intentionally miss the sarcasm of stadry?

Okieguy1688
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Okieguy1688 05/02/08 - 07:48 am
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"234" ... You don't seem to

"234" ... You don't seem to know "jack" bout this stuff. Let's see, if the lawns are full of Obama signs ... it will match all the dog ... well you know ... both will smell up the lawn and do nothing to help the country ... except the signs won't fertilize the lawns.

WHATDIDIDO
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WHATDIDIDO 05/02/08 - 08:23 am
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Where was this letter 6 years

Where was this letter 6 years ago when the Republicans were in charge? The timing alone is why it does not pass the smell test. Christian, when are you going to propose to PT? You are almost taking on the appearance of a stalker. The lady cannot yawn without you amening.

tomgahunter
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tomgahunter 05/02/08 - 08:26 am
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We have the 2 worse Senators

We have the 2 worse Senators in my lifetime. This is the year we can fire that liberal Saxby Chambliss & replace him with 1 who will repesent us rather than the big buck special interest.

ruleoflaw
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ruleoflaw 05/02/08 - 08:29 am
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The demise of the US Congress

The demise of the US Congress can be directly traced to the passage of the 17th Amendment, which provided for the popular election of US Senators. This eliminated the State's representation in DC and is the reason the Federal Gov't has assumed powers beyond which are granted in the Constitution. Ergo we have a huge Federal Gov't and a State Gov't which seems to get weaker and weaker as the years pass.
Repeal the 17th Amendment and we may have a chance to shrink the size of the Federal Gov't and reduce the power of the Washington lobbyists.

Bizarro
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Bizarro 05/02/08 - 08:41 am
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I agree the actions of

I agree the actions of Congress are criminal. The president is not the problem it has always been Congress. Dang Cain you really do hate America and everything in it (George Washington???The man who didn't want to be king). Did you know the federal govt. hires psychiatrist to monitor forums, blogs, etc. looking for terrorism-even the homegrown variety. I bet you are there list-not to make you paranoid or anything. Of course they are not wire tapping your phone but there is no need with the evidence you provide in public forums. Apparently a lot can be garnered from examining the written word-the military also trains people to examine writing for psychological profiles.

johnsmith
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johnsmith 05/02/08 - 08:53 am
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Call me "aggroant", but I

Call me "aggroant", but I don't think Carter really ushered in an era of peace, prosperity and goodwill toward man. I would just point out that I am happy to be in the party that looks back with nostalgia at Reagan's presidency. I know we'll never see another one like him, but at least we had him. Democrats had...JFK, I guess. Can we get HIM to run for Senate? He'd do a better job as majority leader than Reid, surely...

tomgahunter
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tomgahunter 05/02/08 - 08:54 am
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Let's remember this

Let's remember this editorial... When the time comes and the elections get close.. Let's see who they cover & who they endorse..only a fool would bet they don't endorse & slant coverage Saxby. Why? because he carries the water for Billy Morris.

imdstuf
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imdstuf 05/02/08 - 08:56 am
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Cain is right about both

Cain is right about both parties being bought up by big business. Why do we even legally have people called "Lobbyists"? That says it all right there. They lobby for votes (bribe politicians for votes).

JohnCarllStrauss
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JohnCarllStrauss 05/02/08 - 09:16 am
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Cain also said "The belief

Cain also said "The belief that Jesus was immaculately conceived, is the only son of God, is God, was raised from the dead, and will return to earth in physical form is 100% utter and complete myth." Given the fact that Steven Hawking is a born again Christian, that means that Cain must be smarter than the top quantum physicists on the planet, so I guess he must be right about everything.

dashiel
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dashiel 05/02/08 - 09:22 am
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Let's not forget who spayed

Let's not forget who spayed and neutered Congress. Who set the agenda for endlessly debating pointless Constitutional ammendments, kept a female vegaetable alive for purely political reasons, or went on meddling in bedroom issues? Great distractions all. Mission Accomplished. And special thanks to Georgia's senators, both rubber stamps for the shrub. Both with the backbone of a chocolate eclair. It takes a lot of crooked morons working in lockstep to bring us down this low. Congress is a trainwreck but that should not absolve the gang of outlaws that put the boulders on the tracks.

accuracyplease
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accuracyplease 05/02/08 - 09:22 am
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"Heaven forbid they actually

"Heaven forbid they actually go one step further and take a scalpel to the federal budget and trim back spending as most private-sector folks have had to do." I suppose taking a scalpel by cutting SRS and Ft. Gordon would heap praise by the ACES on the Congress. Oh, wait, that's Augusta's ox being gored! "And all their inaction is cast against a backdrop of deficits, a $9 trillion national debt" What a supreme joke! The Republicans took over Congress in 1994, remember? And during the first 6 years of Bush's imperial presidency he did not veto one, not one bill sent to his desk that created the $9 trillion national debt. Please, if you're going to heap blame, do so upon the backs of those who perpetrated an economic scam on the American taxpayer that will weigh heavily on our children and grandchildren and perhaps for generations hence. The cost of the Iraqi occupation has never been part of the Congressional annual budget to hide that it is NOT going to the troops on the ground, nor in the VA hospital system, but to pay no bid contracts to huge private military contractors. President Eisenhower warned in his farewell address about the Military-Industrial Complex. It's here.

JohnCarllStrauss
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JohnCarllStrauss 05/02/08 - 09:26 am
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"the shrub?" Can't even show

"the shrub?" Can't even show respect for the President. Nice character, dashiel.

dani
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dani 05/02/08 - 09:27 am
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You might change the name

You might change the name from "Lobbyists" to something more generic, but they will always be with us. They are, sadly, a necessary evil.

watching
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watching 05/02/08 - 09:47 am
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No, the head line should

No, the head line should read, this Administration is the worst, ever!

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