Congressional Calibration


(Congress's approval rating is worse than President Bush's)


Yes in the motion up for debate "Congress's approval rating is worse than President Bush's" the Yeas have carried the motion.  


To paraphrase the noted author Samuel Clemens, better known by his pseudonym Mark Twain, "the opposite of Progress is Congress" and this aligns with public perception of Congress.


Unfortunately, with money being an overriding factor in the political process, rich lobbies have the poor politicians at their beck and call. Some political candidates have resorted to soliciting campaign funds from well-funded special interest groups to bankroll the mounting cost of political campaigns. These candidates have at times gone beyond the usual pandering to overtly voicing their support for extreme measures to protect special interests in the case of unlikely hypothetical situations. Unfortunately, these instances of blatant pandering serve to strengthen the entrenched special interests and further delay the overdue reform that is required for the people to regain their power over the democratic process. Some other establishment candidates, who have benefited to the tune of millions of dollars of funding, declare that they represent the agents of reform. It is difficult for these political candidates to position themselves as reformers when their campaigns are financed by large scale donations from the powers that be.


Reform is only possible if the candidates are either independent or independently wealthy and do not succumb to the insidious influence of the special interest groups and lobbies.  In the last election, several qualified candidates dropped out due to insufficient funds.


The public needs to participate in the political process and press their elected officials to pass legislation remove the role of lobbies and special interest groups in politics.