1. Saxby Chambliss
Tags: House of Representatives, Saxby Chambliss, Senate
Technology enthusiasts often complain that members of Congress regulate industries they know precious little about. You may remember these complaints, most recently, when legislators began meddling with the cat-video-streaming tubes by trying to pass the Stop Online Piracy Act.
Whatever you thought of the ill-fated SOPA, it's simply not true that Congress doesn't know anything about bittorrents and online piracy. They are experts at it.
Tags: House of Representatives, Internet, Senate, SOPA
Enthusiasts of renaming post offices, rejoice! Congress has returned to session, but honoring local heroes is not the only thing they can do. They're also good at filing "message" legislation intended to show their constituents they care about various pet causes.
Whether you're a conspiracy theorist hounded by the UN's black helicopters or just a survivalist goldbug awaiting an economic cataclysm, take comfort in knowing that some member of Congress hears your concerns:
Tags: House of Representatives, Jim Moran, John Conyers, Jose Serrano, Laws, Paul Broun, Rob Woodall, Senate
A recent survey from Public Policy Polling takes a new tact in evaluating the unpopularity of Congress. Rather than simply asking whether people have a favorable or unfavorable view of our national legislature (only 9% view Congress favorably), PPP decided to benchmark the institution against some of the world's most loathed people and things. Our elected legislator did not fare well.
Tags: House of Representatives, Music, Polls, Senate
Barack Obama's second term hasn't even started, but in a single stroke, thousands of Americans have fallen from the ranks of the wealthy. It's just like the dispossession of the Russian nobility under the Bolsheviks, except instead of being exiled to Siberia these former rich people are being reclassified as middle-class and getting an extension of the Bush-era tax rates.
For years, Obama and his fellow Democrats have insisted that couples making more than $250,000 a year should pay taxes at Clinton-era rates. But under the terms of the fiscal cliff deal adopted last night, households will have to earn $450,000 before a single dollar is taxed at the 39.6% rate. Knowing whether or not you're rich can be difficult under Obama's brand of Sharia socialism! Let this handy questionnaire be your guide.
Tags: Fiscal Cliff, House of Representatives, Money, Senate, Taxes