12/8: How do you rate Congress?

Moderated by Rick Badie

Congress’ approval ratings are in the tank. Last year, a Gallup poll that tracks congressional job performance found an 83 percent disapproval rating, the worst results in 30 years. Likewise, this month’s Rasmussen Report found that 68 percent deem Congress’ job performance as poor.

U.S. representatives David Scott and Tom Graves offer their takes on the assessments.

What do you think of Congress?

17 comments Add your comment

lkjasfd

December 8th, 2011
11:29 am

how to fix congress:
1 – cut the number of reps in half
2 – make the job part time
3 – take all those running for office from each state, put their names in a hat and let each state governor pick a state from the hat. this will allow people from one state to vote for the reps for another state. this will eliminate the need for term limits and the old saying that all reps are bums except for the ones from my state.

meno

December 8th, 2011
11:02 am

It’s interesting that the repub does nothing more than rehash the partisan talking points that creates the gridlock. Why does he think putting Americans in charge is the answer when the public, itself, disagrees, on what to do? How can he assume Americans all think like he does?

zeke

December 8th, 2011
10:40 am

If we could get rid of all the democraps, the so called independents, and the New England RINOS, I would rate them pretty good! We have to fix the deficit/debt problem ASAP, and, tax increases are not the answer! SPENDING, ESPECIALLY ON FEEL GOOD SOCIALIST REDISTRIBUTION GIVE-A-WAYS IS KILLING US! ALL THE LEFTIST TALK OF CORPORATIONS AND HIGH INCOME INDIVIDUALS NOT PAYING THEIR FAIR SHARE IS A SCARY REMINDER THAT THE COMMIES MARE AMONGST US! KRUSCHEV SAID THAT RUSSIA WILL DEFEAT US FROM INSIDE OUR BORDERS. THAT MY FRIENDS IS HAPPENING TODAY WITH ALL THE REDISTRIBUTION CLASS WARFARE POLICIES AND RHETORIC! First of all, almost 50% pay no income tax, but, are allowed to vote on raising that tax for the other 50%! ABSURD! IN FACT, THE TOP EARNERS PAY MORE THAN THEIR FAIR SHARE, THEY ACTUALLY PAY THE SHARE OF THE 50% WHO PAY NO INCOME TAX! AND THERE SHOULD BE NO BUSINESS OR CORPORATE INCOME TAX! THAT IS A DOUBLE TAXATION WHICH SHOULD CONSTITUTIONALLY BE ILLEGAL! SAME FOR THE DEATH TAX, WHICH TAXES FOR THE SECOND, THIRD OR MORE TIMES THE ASSETS OF THE PERSON WHO DIES! THAT IS NOT THE USA! THAT IS SOVIET RUSSIA! THAT IS PITIFUL!

Laurie

December 8th, 2011
10:11 am

The problem with Congress is that they no longer represent the people voting them into office, but now favor corporate and special interest lobbyist groups that fill their pockets with money and job prospects if they are ever ousted out of office. Limit lobbyist influence, implement term limits, and curb the health benefits and pension plans for these folks. I bet we’d have a better Congress, one that does the job intended for them to do.

Bill

December 8th, 2011
9:24 am

doing nothing is better than passing crap bills like Obamacare. Sorry Mary E. you are a delusional socialist.

SAWB

December 8th, 2011
9:22 am

The problem is everyone disapproves of Congress as a whole, but approves of their individual Senators and Representatives. At some point we have to realize we cannot keep electing the same people and expect different results. We really need major campaign finance reform and term limits, but it is difficult to imagine Congress will implement any genuine reforms.

Mary Elizabeth

December 8th, 2011
12:17 am

I do not think that citizens can rate Congress as a total group because Democrats in Congress have performed quite differently than Republicans. Democrats were able to pass a national health insurance bill into law without Republican support. Although passing a national health insurance law had been attempted for 50 years, its success had never before been accomplished. Now, those with pre-existing conditions will not be penalized. Millions who had not been able to purchase health insurance previously will be able to do so. Now, adult children will be able to remain on their parents’ health insurance plans until the age of 26. So, I would rate the Democrats in Congress with high marks.

However, I would rate the Republicans in Congress quite low. Most have signed a pledge designed by Grover Norquist to never raise taxes, which is irresponsible in that that pledge does not allow for changing times or circumstances. Furthermore, most Republicans in Congress have been unreasonably intransigent in working with President Obama to accomplish positive results for our nation. They seem to vote according to those who direct them, instead of voting their own consciences.

Thus, I would give a thumbs up to the Democrats in Congress, and a strong thumbs down to the Republicans in Congress.

mountain man

December 7th, 2011
9:58 pm

I would think their disapproval rating would be around 110%.

MrLiberty

December 7th, 2011
8:50 pm

I would rate all but 2 congressman an F. Ron Paul however gets an A+ as does his son Rand. Dr. Paul will make a great president once elected. Ron Paul 2012. It will be a great loss when he leaves congress. Nobody else actually stands up for the constitution, liberty, freedom, or rights the way he has for the past 30 years. Hopefully his Campaign for Liberty group will be able to propel many others into congress as they did with his son. It would be nice to actually have members of congress who treat their oath to the constitution with some integrity.

Hillbilly D

December 7th, 2011
8:05 pm

What do you think of Congress?

I’d tell you but this is a family newspaper.