Worst Congress Ever

Worst Congress Ever

The 113th Congress is not producing legislation. It’s on track to be the least productive in history. They took 239 days off this year. Among their few accomplishments are the economic setbacks caused by public sector job cuts, the threat of defaulting on the National Debt, the sequester, and the government shutdown last October.

Boehner drunk

This is the least popular Congress in the history of polling. According to a new CNN/ORC poll, two-thirds of Americans say the current Congress is the worst in their lifetime.

Jon Walker on FDL:

Amazingly despite these terrible poll numbers well over 90 percent of the current members of Congress are expected to be re-elected in 2014. There is something wrong with the design of an election system when the connection between job performance and election outcome can be so weak.

More info:
14 reasons why this is the worst Congress ever

  1. #1 by Nathan Erkkila on December 26, 2013 - 2:23 pm

    Last I checked, those 10% of seats in danger are republican. That stunt they pulled may cost them the election regardless. However gerrymandering is not new. It’s just that districts are now gerrymandered to amplify the voice of the tea party which was a mistake on the rich.

  2. #2 by Anonymous on December 26, 2013 - 8:07 pm

    The less they do, the less they want to do.

    It’s all good news for the American Public. I am sensing that personal responsibility will soon be on its way.

  3. #3 by Brady Williams on December 28, 2013 - 10:19 pm

    Do you really measure the congress on the quantity of laws passed? Seriously? I will assume you are joking and are hiding something intelligent to say.

    • #4 by Nathan Erkkila on December 29, 2013 - 2:17 am

      If there is no management of this country, then it falls into disarray. Now 1 million are without support.

    • #5 by Richard Warnick on December 29, 2013 - 10:54 am

      There are many ways to measure the 113th Congress so far.

      Government shutdowns = 1
      Threats to default on National Debt = 2
      Bills passed = 66
      Vacation days = 239

      They have parlayed malfeasance and nonfeasance into “worst ever” status – and they are only halfway done!

      The 113th Congress passed only 66 laws in its first year, according to GovTrack. That was the lowest tally in four decades, or as far back as GovTrack has reliable data. Worse, only 58 of those bills became law, and many of them did nothing more than name post offices.

      Meanwhile, many enormously popular bills fizzled. Nine in ten Americans supported tougher background checks for gun purchases, though Congress spiked gun control legislation. Two-thirds of Americans supported the Senate’s bipartisan immigration bill, but the House refused to take it up this year.

    • #6 by Cliff Lyon on December 29, 2013 - 12:57 pm


      I reject the premise of your question. Governing the country is more similar to running a huge corporation.

      Except, the US government is by far, the largest “corporation” in the world.

      Think of legislation as corporate planning and setting policy. No corporation I’m aware of takes a year or two hiatus from managing itself.

  4. #7 by brewski on December 30, 2013 - 1:03 am

    Cliff, read again. It was Richard’s premise, not Brady’s. Try to keep up.

  5. #8 by Richard Warnick on December 30, 2013 - 12:28 pm

    An end-of-year message from Robert Reich (YouTube): “Even though Congress is powerless, America isn’t!”

    • #9 by brewski on December 30, 2013 - 6:19 pm

      Thank you Mrs. Wasserman Schultz

    • #10 by Richard Warnick on December 30, 2013 - 8:42 pm

      Even you must admit that when perfectly reasonable and constitutional legislation enjoys widespread public support and the support of a majority of our representatives in Congress, then it’s a symptom of legislative branch dysfunction when it doesn’t get enacted.

      • #11 by brewski on December 31, 2013 - 7:55 am

        It isn’t constitutional.

        • #12 by cav on December 31, 2013 - 8:30 am

          Why isn’t somebody censoring this mofo?

        • #13 by Richard Warnick on December 31, 2013 - 10:59 am

          What “isn’t constitutional”? Gun safety? Immigration?

          • #14 by brewski on December 31, 2013 - 4:37 pm

            I thought you were referring to a Federal minimum wage. Clearly a violation of the interstate commerce clause.

          • #15 by Richard Warnick on December 31, 2013 - 4:49 pm

            In 1941 the Supreme Court, in a unanimous opinion in the case US v Darby Lumber Company, upheld the constitutionality of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the law that established the Federal minimum wage. The Commerce Clause is what gives Congress the power to set labor standards- what are you talking about?

          • #16 by brewski on December 31, 2013 - 10:58 pm

            They were wrong in 1941. The Commerce Clause clearly states “To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes.”

            “among the several States” does not mean “within any one particular State”. I understand that you don’t speak English very well, but even to you this should be obvious. That is what I am talking about.

            Since you are such a fan of 1940’s Supreme Court decisions, you must also love Korematsu v. United States, 323 U.S. 214 (1944).

          • #17 by Richard Warnick on January 1, 2014 - 12:05 pm

            Whether or not you realize it, your position amounts to tentherism. Really want to go there?

          • #18 by brewski on January 1, 2014 - 6:58 pm

            Your link is too funny to be taken seriously. But thanks for the laugh.

            You still haven’t explained how how much I pay someone to mow my lawn constitutes “interstate commerce”.

          • #19 by Richard Warnick on January 2, 2014 - 10:38 am

            Referring to the summary of the Supreme Court opinion in United States v. Darby:

            Congress, having by the present Act adopted the policy of excluding from interstate commerce all goods produced for that commerce which do not conform to the specified labor standards, it may choose the means reasonably adapted to the attainment of the permitted end, even though they involve control of intrastate activities. P. 312 U. S. 121.

          • #20 by brewski on January 2, 2014 - 4:32 pm

            Again, the same clowns in 1941 that you quote so confidently are also the same clowns who ruled in Korematsu. They are wrong.

          • #21 by Richard Warnick on January 2, 2014 - 5:35 pm

            The national minimum wage is settled law, and has been for 72 years. Maybe today’s clownish right-wing Supreme Court could overturn it, but it would be a stretch even for them.

            Meanwhile, the right-wing GOP clowns who control the House of Representatives are trying to make the Obama administration the first one to not raise the minimum wage since FDR.

          • #22 by brewski on January 2, 2014 - 6:51 pm

            C’mon, give me something marginally intelligent.

            Slavery was “settled law”. Prohibition was “settled law”. Separate but equal was “settled law”. Your point is a joke.

            This president already has raised the minimum wage. It’s called the ACA.

          • #23 by Richard Warnick on January 3, 2014 - 9:50 am

            The federal minimum wage is constitutional. So are state and municipal minimum wage laws. These laws are good for the economy because they help the REAL job creators – American consumers.

            This is also good for the rich because their investments make money. Can you say “trickle-up”?

  6. #24 by brewski on January 3, 2014 - 11:13 am

    Slavery was constitutional. Slavery helped the rich due to trickle up.

    Your argument is a joke.

    • #25 by me on January 3, 2014 - 11:47 am

      i think you should support slavery. it might get you a “job”

    • #26 by Richard Warnick on January 3, 2014 - 12:19 pm

      brewski– I can only answer absurdity in kind. At least Groucho was funny.

  7. #27 by brewski on January 3, 2014 - 6:16 pm

    Your argument, your absurdity.

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