Mendte: U.S. Congress Approval Rating

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NEW YORK, NY. (KPLR) -People hate congress.  In a recent poll the approval rating for congress was 15 percent the disapproval rating was 79 percent.  That`s about the same numbers the Taliban get.

Because of those numbers you will hear bold cry of electoral bravado.

Throw the bums out!

And election after election the bums stay.

Going all the way back to 1964 we keep sending the same congress back to office anywhere from 83 percent to 98 percent are reelected in any given year.

Here is the problem people hate congress but not their congressman.

Throw the rest of the bums out but not my congressman he`s okay.

The best example of that is Charlie Rangel, the long time congressman from New York  you`ll remember him from a couple of years ago when they tried to force him out of congress for 13 ethics violations for a number of offenses including not paying his taxes.

The same thing other people like Wesley Snipes go to prison for.

Charlie Rangel was censured by congress I’d call that a slap on the wrist but it’s not even that being censured by congress is basically having to stand there while they say we are censuring you and that`s it  punishment over.

Charlie Rangel won his primary election in New York this week and is expected to be re-elected easily and go back to congress for his 22nd term.

Somewhere Wesley Snipes is saying what the.

The lesson here is we keep complaining about a broken government but the truth is we get the government we deserve.