Unbroken parade of clowns and thieves or …?
Watching an interview the other day with historian and author David McCullough, we remembered one of his quotes from an earlier speech: “Congress, for all its faults, has not been the unbroken parade of clowns and thieves and posturing windbags so often portrayed.”
He may be right, but Americans certainly have taken a more-than-dim view of the institution of late. It spends too much. It waffles. It does not seem to work very much. It is overpaid. It is the prime turf of gas bags and preening sycophants. It is afraid of it own shadow. Too many in Congress are outright phonies. It members have it backwards and seem to believe we work for them.
Americans’ view of the legislative branch of government is horrible – not baseless, but horrible. Things, however may be improving. Kinda.
Rasmussen Reports says a new national telephone and online survey of 1,000 likely voters found a whopping 25 percent of likely U.S. voters think Congress is doing a good or excellent job. That is up from 11 percent in July, the pollster says, and the highest since 2007.
Just 49 percent now think Congress is doing a poor job, down from 57 percent in July. That is “the lowest level of pessimism since March 2011,” the pollster says.
The respondents seemed to be saying, “Hey, it still stinks, but not as much.”
It made us wonder what Alaskans might say if they were surveyed about the Alaska Legislature. What would they say about the Democrat-led House and the GOP-led Senate? What would they think about changing “income tax” to “school tax” to get the levy through the House? What would they think about losing a chunk of their Permanent Fund dividends? What would they think about the reluctance to cut government’s size – and the lack of reluctance in cutting working Alaskans’ pay and dividends to fund government? What would they think about that body’s endless war on the oil industry?
Would they say lawmakers are just trying to do a tough job, or would they say the Legislature is an “unbroken parade of clowns and thieves and posturing windbags”?
We know which way we would bet.