On a Time to Thank Congress

Everyone knows that the US Congress has unprecedented low approval ratings. With that in mind, I admit that the recent Thanksgiving holiday caused me to reflect about Congress in a different way, so here are a few thoughts in the spirit of the season.

Thank you Congress for encouraging agencies to lower the country’s bond rating.

Thank you Congress for letting the financial industry run wild and artificially stimulating the housing market at the expense of lowering our property values.

Thank you Congress for doing what it takes to limit the growth in my total assets.

Thank you Congress for allowing the justice system to send Martha Stewart to jail for doing what you can do legally.

Thank you Congress for demonstrating that Congressional Ethics is an oxymoron.

Thank you Congress for wanting a worthless Balanced Budget Amendment to force you to do want you cannot do on your own and still get re-elected.

Thank you Congress for mismanaging income and expenses for so many years. Yes, doing good times and during bad times, we can count on your consistency.

Thank you Congress for demonstrating that it’s not what a citizen can do for the country, it’s want the citizen can do for the party.

Since there is so much more for which to thank Congress, I encourage others to add more thanks in the comments below.

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19 thoughts on “On a Time to Thank Congress

  1. Oh my where to start. There is so much to be thankful for. I think the most significant (non)act of Congress has been it’s avoidance of campaign finance reform which now allows politics to be solely about re election and money and not about governance. This allows pharmaceutical and insurance companies to drive healthcare reform, banks and financial institutions to drive financial reform and so on.

    Thanks for my morning dose of sarcasm. (really, I mean that sincerely)

  2. I read somewhere that citizens in a democracy (democratic republic) get the government they deserve.
    I shudder for what that says about us, though I’m cautiously optimistic for what it means in 2012.

    • El Guapo,
      I know what you mean … and I have commented on many an occasion that we are getting what we deserve. Ouch. After all, everyone loves to complain about everyone else’s senator and representative – but NOT THEIRS – thus leading to continual re-election. BTW – incumbents generally win about 90% of the time. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

  3. Your list is pretty inclusive! I guess I appreciate the fodder they provide for late night talk show hosts, but I could do without that. Thanks, as usual, for your perspective and sarcasm.

    • Patti,
      Love the addition of providing material to late show hosts – which very much crack me up – of course addition in Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart – nothing like being able to laugh at ourselves. Thanks for visiting and adding … but wait, no sarcasm in the post, just honest, heart-felt thanks. :)

  4. I’d have to say “thanks” for either wanting to raise taxes, or cut so-called “entitlements” spending, neither of which will EVER apply to themselves. (Since when did it become “Government To The People (as in doing to), Government Over The People (as in screwing over), and Government Besides The People (not standing next to, but standing in defiance of)”?

  5. It would be interesting to see a state by state comparison of the approval ratings people give their STATE LEGISLATURES vs. the U.S. Congress. You correctly point out that people complain about everyone else’s (U.S.) senators and representatives. I observe this to hold true of people’s generally good opinions of their district’s state legislators (leading to their continuous re-election).
    What I’m curious to know is whether people feel just as negative toward their state legislative bodies and as they continuously poll concerning the U.S. Congress? If they do it would suggest an across-the-board dissatisfaction with our country’s present form of representational democracy. Or, it could suggest that people today are more involved in the messiness of democracy due to their access to the internet and the 24 hour media news cycle, and that they greatly enjoy their elevated power!

    • Tim,
      Good question about the correlation between state and national opinions. I have NOT seen anything on that before, then again, it would be good research for somebody who has a staff to pass the grunt work on to someone else. Thanks for commenting and stimulating the thought.

    • Texas June,
      Welcome first-time commenter. Sometimes I wonder if Congress has always had a low bar on character, ethics, and honesty – thus the difference today is the level of awareness of the bystanders. Thanks for visiting and hope you return …. and so you know, I’m one of those independent moderates that each side wants and works to push me away.

  6. I would like to thank Congress for demonstrating that there is no such thing as objective reality and for doing physicists’ work for them by proving that we live in a multiverse of non-overlapping worlds, each governed by its own set of laws.

    Also, thank you senators and representatives for redefining the word “colleague” to mean “hated enemy who is out to destroy America” when convenient.

    Good post :)

    • Atoms,
      A special welcome to first-time commenter. Did you also notice that I linked your post in my Opinions in the Shorts? Besides an excellent physics analogy, these are simple awesome additions. Hope you return again.

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