theadanews.com - Ada, Oklahoma

Z_CNHI News Service

October 14, 2013

Increasing numbers of Americans are catching on to Congress

A new NBC-Wall Street Journal poll says 60 percent of Americans would like to fire everyone in Congress.

When I read this, my thought was: Wha'’s wrong with the other 40 percent?

It turns out, however, that the 60 percent figure may represent a watershed of sorts. Never before have pollsters recorded such a high level of discontent with Congress.

Significantly, these same surveys are indicating increasing numbers of Americans also are fed up with their own representatives.

For years now, general disgust with Congress has been commonplace. But for some odd reason, citizens have been reluctant to blame their local lawmakers for the mess.

That appears to be changing. And the gang in Washington is getting the message.

The source of all of this, of course, is the government shutdown, prompted by Congress' inability to reach a basic agreement on federal spending. Considering this is the most fundamental aspect of a lawmaker's job, it’s a pretty disgraceful outcome.

When the shutdown began, the Beltway crowd was busy pointing fingers at folks in the opposing party, trying to pin blame. Fortunately, the polls indicate the public wasn’t buying that nonsense.

So now we are treated to politicians seeking to sound serious and concerned, bemoaning the divisions in Washington and the need for negotiations and resolution.

Citizens aren't swallowing that either, because they're on to these scams. If the politicians really wanted to resolve their differences amicably and responsibly, they would have done it.

Instead, most people can plainly see that Washington has deteriorated into a morass of ideological drivel, where the national good is replaced with partisan pandering and lip service to special interests.

Voters can't escape complete responsibility for all of this, because the electoral process — particularly at the party level — has been taken over by extremists on both sides. The center in America no longer holds.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Z_CNHI News Service
  • Screen Shot 2014-04-22 at 4.42.47 PM.png VIDEO: Leopard attacks crowd in India

    A leopard caused panic in the city of Chandrapur when it sprung from the roof of a house and charged at rescue workers.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • The top 12 government programs ever

    Which federal programs and policies succeed in being cost-effective and targeting those who need them most? These two tests are obvious: After all, why would we spend taxpayers' money on a program that isn't worth what it costs or helps those who do not need help?

    April 22, 2014

  • In cuffs... 'Warlock' in West Virginia accused of sexual assault

    Police in West Virginia say a man claiming to be a “warlock” used promises of magical spells to lure children into committing sexual acts with him.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Basketball stars may linger on campus a while longer

    The NBA seems serious about raising its minimum age, which could signal the end of the one-and-done era in college basketball.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cats outsmart the researchers

    I knew a lot had been written about dogs, and I assumed there must be at least a handful of studies on cats. But after weeks of scouring the scientific world for someone - anyone - who studied how cats think, all I was left with was this statement, laughed over the phone to me by one of the world's top animal cognition experts, a Hungarian scientist named Ádám Miklósi.

    April 22, 2014

  • McCain 1 House Republicans are more active on Twitter than Democrats

    Your representative in the House is almost certainly on Twitter. Your senator definitely is. But how are they using the social network? Are Democrats more active than Republicans, or vice versa? Who has the most followers on the Hill?

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Do your genes make you procrastinate?

    Procrastinators, in my experience, like nothing better than explaining away their procrastination: General busyness, fear of failure, and simple laziness are just a handful of the excuses and theories often tossed around. Now researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder have added another option to the list: genetics.

    April 21, 2014

  • Do White Castle prices tell us anything about the minimum wage?

    The paper looked at how many delicious steamed sliders the minimum wage has been able to purchase over time. The point is that as it notes, in 1981, the $3.35 minimum could buy a whole dozen. Today, at $7.25, it could purchase just 10.

    April 21, 2014

  • VIDEO: Moose charges snowmobile, flees after warning shot

    While snowmobiling in New England, Bob and Janis Powell of Maine were charged by a moose and caught the entire attack on camera.

    April 21, 2014

  • Can Hillary Clinton rock the cradle and the world?

    What's most interesting to contemplate is the effect becoming a grandmother will have on Hillary's ambition. It's one of life's unfairnesses that a woman's peak career years often coincide with her peak childbearing years.

    April 21, 2014

AP Video
Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-income Housing in Philly Pipeline Opponents Protest on National Mall Hagel Gets Preview of New High-tech Projects S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart New Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Named 'Piles' of Bodies in South Sudan Slaughter New Yorkers Celebrate Cherry Blossom Blooms SCOTUS Hears Tv-over-Internet Case Justice Dept. Broadening Criteria for Clemency Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers 'Miss Meadows' Takes Holmes Back to Her Roots Biden: Russia Must Stop Talking, Start Acting David Moyes Out As Manchester United Manager Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India Iowa College Finds Beauty in Bulldogs High Court to Hear Dispute of TV Over Internet Stowaway Teen Forces Review of Airport Security
Stocks
Poll

Do you think Russia President Vladimir Putin will invade Ukraine?

Yes
No
     View Results