Worst Congress Ever

November 01, 2006 by susan

by susan

I'm a victim of All Souls day, Dia de los Muertos, Halloween. Too many mini-Hershey bars and scary political ads. So much to write about in this era of Republican rule, but when there are a hundred pigs runnning loose in the pasture, which one do you go after first?
So I'll take a pass today and simply encourage you all to read the
Rolling Stone
cover story by Matt Taibbi -- Time to Go, Inside the Worst Congress Ever.
Below are some excerpts from the introduction, but read the whole piece, including the RStone's picks for the ten worst congressmen. It's a funny, sickening read.
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These past six years were more than just the most shameful, corrupt and incompetent period in the history of the American legislative branch. These were the years when the U.S. parliament became a historical punch line, a political obscenity on par with the court of Nero or Caligula -- a stable of thieves and perverts who committed crimes rolling out of bed in the morning and did their very best to turn the mighty American empire into a debt-laden, despotic backwater, a Burkina Faso with cable.

To be sure, Congress has always been a kind of muddy ideological cemetery, a place where good ideas go to die in a maelstrom of bureaucratic hedging and rank favor-trading. Its whole history is one long love letter to sleaze, idiocy and pigheaded, glacial conservatism.

That Congress exists mainly to misspend our money and snore its way through even the direst political crises is something we Americans understand instinctively. "There is no native criminal class except Congress," Mark Twain said -- a joke that still provokes a laugh of recognition a hundred years later.

But the 109th Congress is no mild departure from the norm, no slight deviation in an already-underwhelming history. No, this is nohing less than a historic shift in how our democracy is run. The Republicans who control this Congress are revolutionaries, and they have brought their revolutionary vision for the House and Senate quite unpleasantly to fruition. In the past six years they have castrated the political minority, abdicated their oversight responsibilities mandated by the Constitution, enacted a conscious policy of massive borrowig and unrestrained spending, and installed a host of semipermanent mechanisms
for transferring legislative power to commercial interests. They aimed far lower than any other Congress has ever aimed, and they nailed their target.

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John Melin (not verified) | November 1, 2006 - 9:11am

The reason why we have the worse Congress ever Lynn is because of the accumulation of power within a party which sells out to special interests. We don't have to have that in Minnesota either. It is very clear that the DFL, also driven by PACS like the 21st Century Democrats, will do the same in Minnesota. I am a Republican who came to the Independence Party. Like your friends you are trying to got to Hatch, I am convincing my friends that as much as I can't stand what Pawlenty did in the first years, that we cannot afford single party rule. I also know polls and the IP- Pawlenty is being hurt by them this year more than Hatch. You will see a very strong letter about divided government in tomorrow's paper.

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Marcia Wood (not verified) | November 1, 2006 - 12:31pm

Why aren't you thinking about who is going to COUNT the votes? What difference does all this excitement make in the long run, when so many have been eliminated from the rolls, so many states have machine voting with no paper trail, and I read recently that 3,000,000 votes were simply NOT COUNTED last time? I have been phoning and contributing dollars, but actually I have very ittle hope.

The most likely outcome seems to me that many states will wind up in litigation, a vast number of charges of voter fraud will not be investigated (Ohio) and the "liberal" press and polls will be blamed. Or the classic Rove manoeuver of charging the DEMOCRATS with election fraud. I hope I'm wrong!

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Susan L. (not verified) | November 1, 2006 - 3:53pm

Good point, Marcia. Who is going to be allowed to vote, on what sort of machine, and so on -- the mechanics of voting -- makes all the difference as we've seen in the last two presidential elections. And yes, Rove certainly will figure out a way to flip the fraud charges against the Dems. I hope we're both wrong!

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Anonymous (not verified) | November 1, 2006 - 8:39pm

You goof balls had the congress for 40 miserable years.....can't we all have a break from your nonsense???

By the way.....I quit forming my opinions from Rolling Stone articles when I was 15 years old. You should do the same.

Yeah......grow up...and...get a job!

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