One in ten Americans approve of the job Congress is doing, according to a Gallup poll released last night, indicating that at least 10% of the U.S. population is either suffering from mass delusion about the efficacy of the House and Senate or is employed by a lobbying firm.
The survey results indicate that the delusion is wholly bipartisan: 11 percent of independents, 10 percent of Republicans, and 9 percent of Democrats approved of Congressional performance.
Though such figures might worry political analysts and public health professionals who wonder how any reasonable person could approve of an institution that introduced 3,914 bills just this year, but has only managed to enact 61 bills — mostly renaming post offices after Ronald Reagan — into law, these results match the branch's lowest approval rating in 38 years.
For comparison, after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon BP disaster that released millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, 16 percent approved of BP's "spill, baby, spill" approach to the situation, making Congress less popular than the oil spill. Though, how survey respondents can tell the difference between a slick, oft-leaking thing and a patch of oil is anyone's guess.
In fact, it's getting so bad that some congressmen are resigning rather than waiting for the end of the term to retire.
"In light of the fact that nothing is going to happen for the rest of the year," Rep. Dennis Cardoza, a Blue Dog California Democrat tendered his resignation from Congress yesterday. Hours later, the lobbying firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP announced Cardoza would be joining them as a managing director. Maybe the 10 percent of Americans who approve of Congress are just grateful for the years of dedicated service Dennis Cardoza has provided, and will continue to provide, to Dennis Cardoza and the Cardoza family.
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