Poll: This Is the Worst Congress Ever

The majority of respondents agree it's a 'do-nothing' Congress

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A majority of Americans agree: this is the worst Congress ever.

That’s according to a new CNN poll out Thursday, which found two-thirds of Americans surveyed agreeing that the current Congress is the worst in their lifetime. Nearly three-quarters of respondents — rich and poor, young and old, Democrats and Republicans — agreed this is a “do-nothing” Congress.

Fewer than 60 bills have been signed into law this year, the first year of the 113th Congress ahead of what’s likely to be an even slower 2014, with lawmakers focused on the midterm elections. At that pace, this Congress is on track to be the least productive in at least 40 years.

[CNN]

468 comments
mary.waterton
mary.waterton

Worst congress ever ...... We knew all this back in 2008 when Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi took over.

FreeSpeech76
FreeSpeech76

Congress is currently incompetent because of the laws they HAVE made. Now, imagine if this congress had been more 'productive' and shoved more ridiculous laws down our throats? We should be celebrating the fact that they have not made as many laws as past congresses!


Why do Americans constantly need laws thrown at them to regulate their own lives? Regulate your own lives and stop expecting the government to do it for you. LESS GOVERNMENT IS BETTER- as seen through the disastrous effects of the Obama administration.

jdhcon
jdhcon

I am sure the next congress can do worse. Lets give them a chance to show what they can do.

JeremiahP
JeremiahP

54% of Americans think that Republican leaders will run country in the wrong direction (vs 52% for Democratic leaders), yet this poll is lauded as a good sign for Republicans in 2014?

RB1
RB1

NO DOUBT ABOUT IT, THE WORST!!!  These clowns have no business representing America!  Why are people choosing these clowns to represent America when all they think about is their own "Hood?" Aren't they suppose to be looking at the bigger picture (The USA and its position in the world) instead of being bull-headed and small thinking idiots? These idiots seem to think that they can do whatever they want and the rest of USA and the world are going to accept these actions. Someday these idiots are going to jeopardize this country, because they think that they are bigger than the world.

coloradobob1976
coloradobob1976

The fact is no one likes/trusts/admires the people running this country. Until the American people shut off  "Idol" (or whatever the trash of the day is…)  and put down the dang game controllers and pay attention to more than  the common info feed it will not change. Not sure what that will take.

MC
MC

More signs of unrest

cantabman
cantabman

Well, the worst congress complements the worst president quite nicely.

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

I wouldn't tag this congress as a do nothing. They certainly did something.  I would tag is as Most Damaging to the U.S. in our History.

roknsteve
roknsteve

Bring Out Your Hate !!!  C'mon Tea Billies, Tell us what you really think. 

reubenr
reubenr

As bad as the Congress may be, and it seems to be bad, the American people are worse. The government is a total reflection of their stupidity. Surely, the Fondling Fathers took in to account that the West would open up and that each of the new states would have two Senators and that any hope of one man, one vote, would vanish forever. Perhaps, they did

Khazar
Khazar

Congress does have an agenda which may not necessarily be aligned with the interests of the American people. They do not seem to agree on Government budget, unemployment benefits, etc. Yet every year, Congress unanimously votes to ship billions of American taxpayer dollars as foreign aid to countries such as Israel. In fact, Open Congress .org shows no less than 53 bills concerning this country. Congress is working hard signing a check for Israel for $3B a year (almost $115B total given them so far), gifting them FREE weapons, FREE missiles, giving them access to our restricted technologies, and so on and so on. Which begs the question as to why a foreign country can get so much attention compared to American citizens and taxpayers. Who are the representatives elected by and working for?

KariannHart
KariannHart

I believe Obama had the potential to be a GOOD president.  Devoting so much time and effort to the health care plan may have sidetracked his success.  Having a do nothing Congress has guaranteed failure.  Why can't there be cooperation?  Sad, indeed...

reallife
reallife

@RB1 nope, the president is the one who has to think of the "whole country" - he's the one who's supposed to "unite" - and since you idiots elected an ideologue who only cares about getting "his way" by any means, this is what happens - enjoy m0rons!



Bacchus63
Bacchus63

@cantabman You can try to drag the President down & into this but the American people know what the repubteaparty stands for & that is obstruction, do nothing & the polling shows that.

wonderYrednow
wonderYrednow

I dunno, there were some real dousys in the 1840's and 1850's..

tom.litton
tom.litton

@reubenragreed.  It's a well known fact where they get the money for those ads, and what what they had to sell for it. 

wonderYrednow
wonderYrednow

Umm, TOTAL Foriegn Aid spending is less than 0.35 percent of the Annual Budget.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@Khazar 

Its worse than that. Israel also has full access to the data gathered by the NSA.

tom.litton
tom.litton

@KariannHartTo be fair, it has been something Democrats have spent decades trying to get passed and was sorely needed.  


Having said that, in my opinion he didn't spend enough time on it's implementation. 

cantabman
cantabman

@Bacchus63 -- I really don't care about either party as both parties 'dumb down' their most ardent supporters to mindless megaphones. I would highly recommend going Independent so no one owns your mind.

It appears to me that some posters think politics is something akin to a football game where their side/party MUST win, even when they are in the wrong. I first thought it was a deficiency with the Republican party via Iraq...but I see that it is exactly the same with the Democratic party via healthcare. Must drive the car off the cliff....

Khazar
Khazar

@Diecash1 @cantabman All the wars that Dumbo W started sure did not help the American people. But they did help his buddy's company, Halliburton.

Khazar
Khazar

@wonderYrednow  You miss the point. Even 0.0001% of the budget (American taxpayer money) needs to be spent on Americans - healthcare, education, unemployment money, food stamps, etc. for Americans. It is American taxpayer money that MUST be spent on Americans, not on subsidizing foreign countries. The American politicians have on master - the American voter - not foreign countries' lobbies, agendas and interests. American Congressmen need to spend their time on American matters, not on laws for foreign countries or trying to lobby the President to free convicted spies such as the Israeli super-spy Jonathan Pollard.

Khazar
Khazar

@mantisdragon91 @Khazar To add insult to injury, using the $3B American taxpayer handout money, every year many of our Congressmen get flown to Israel on all-expense-paid trip to "learn" (get instructions?) about Israel. Judging by the 53 pro-Israel Bills they have created, they must be "learning" a lot during the trip. 

A few years ago, 39 Congressmen petitioned the President to pardon the super-spy, Jonathan Pollard, an Israeli citizen. Pollard is the worst spy in American history and has inflicted the worst damage ever on American intelligence. Makes me wonder why American congressmen would worst against American national security interests and would lobby to free a foreign national super-spy??

Diecash1
Diecash1

Excellent use of reason and logic -- or perhaps not. Things are dramatically better now than in 2008 when the economy was in free fall. We've had 45 straight months of job growth versus month after month of 700k+ jobs lost in the final year of W's presidency. Substantially more jobs have been created under Obama (~3.2M in 5 years) than in 8 years of W (1.1M). The deficit is falling at the fastest rate in many decades and it is less than half the size that it was in W's final year ($680B in 2013 versus $1.3T in W's final budget).

By any objective measure, things have improved markedly under Obama. You're simply another idiot right - winger who is blinded by your hate for all things Obama and it makes you unable to acknowledge the basic facts.

manlyman
manlyman

@Diecash1 @cantabman We are worse off now than we have ever been. To substantiate that claim I went outside and looked around. The evidence was clearly visible from all directions. Obama is the president, things are bad, end of discussion. There is your mountain to climb diecash. Nobody cares what happened five years ago, or 20 years ago! When things are bad it's the main man's fault.

tom.litton
tom.litton

@cantabmanAgain, just because it's unpopular doesn't mean its bad.


The same system is working quite well in Massachusetts.

tom.litton
tom.litton

@cantabmanPolls only prove he is unpopular, not bad. 


I think he was a fairly good president.  Yet he also accomplished quite a bit:  overseeing the great recession without falling into the austerity trap that Europe has and republicans want.  Negotiating with a very stubborn republican party when it was absolutely necessary.  Obamacare. 


However, he has made some very bad mistakes, most of which mostly effect his popularity ("If you can like your insurance you can keep it").   The only thing of real significance that i can think of is the NSA scandal, which could lead to some significant abuses by future governments down the road.

barneydidit
barneydidit

@cantabman One nice thing about being Independent is you don't have to take any responsibility for the actions of ANY elected official. You still haven't told us WHY Obama is as bad as W. was. Did he start two unfunded wars that killed nearly 5,000 Americans?  Did he pass a health care bill that gave already insured Americans another benefit...again...unfunded?  Did he botch the response to a national weather disaster?  Did he assign the building of an energy policy to his Vice President and the heads of the major oil corporations?  I can go on and on and on....

cantabman
cantabman

@Bacchus63 -- the funniest (and saddest) thing is I remember hearing the same thing from the Bush supporters when Iraq was going south with no discovery of WMD. I thought they were fools for not reassessing their positions. The same holds true for die-hard Obama supporters now. I guess it makes sense: When your guy (or gal) is 'in', then you're all in, regardless of facts or logic. Human behavior 101.

Bacchus63
Bacchus63

@cantabman you mean you hope it is a failure.  Your projection, not reality.

cantabman
cantabman

Notice how @Diecash1 will not addesss the topic of healthcare that I raised in my previous post as a failure of Obama (per his request). Perhaps he realizes it's an untenable position.

Here's another 'ringing success' for you to look up: Syria. Care to defend? But, first, defend healthcare.

Diecash1
Diecash1

@cantabmanSo, still no supporting evidence?  I'm not surprised.  Since you're unable to make even an attempt at an argument, I'm done with you, troll.  Just so you don't misunderstand, calling you a troll is based upon the evidence shown in this thread; it's an observable fact.

cantabman
cantabman

@Diedash1 -- Sorry to disappoint again; I've been independent for 20 years (never been a member of either party). I can understand your personal attacks though, it helps quell the cognitive dissonance that you may be experiencing. Also, googling the news can help you out. To get you started on your search for news, I will say that healthcare is a mess since you apparently haven't heard about it from your party sources. But, hey, they may tell you it's a ringing success, no matter what the majority of Americans say!

Diecash1
Diecash1

@cantabmanYeah, you've confirmed your status as a troll by your complete and total failure to substantiate your assertions while attempting to deflect from the weakness of your position.  I question your claim as an "independent" as well.


Your reading comprehension hasn't fared much better as I've made no mention, pro or con, regarding the poll cited in the posting.


Let me know when you're ready to move into the adult world of debate.  Bring your evidence.

cantabman
cantabman

@Shanen0 -- ad hominem abuse (look it up); the use of which suggests you don't have much to add to the debate.

cantabman
cantabman

@Discash1 --practicing ad hominem abuse (id est, calling me a troll) when logic fails you?

Still making excuses and calling it 'reality'? Check the polls (which you seem to praise in this article) to find out how people think about the President's effectiveness. Also, you seriously seem to be out of the loop. I'd suggest reading the news (foreign and domestic) if you haven't heard any distressing news regarding the President.

Again, I would suggest getting out of the echo chamber of party news souces.

shanen0
shanen0

@cantabman Pitiful so-called logic. Why don't you tell us the truth who you're trolling for? My guess is you're a FAUX news producer.

Diecash1
Diecash1

@cantabmanObserving reality is not making excuses.  I have yet to see  you put forth any evidence to support your assertion.  I suppose you're just another fact-challenged troll.  No surprise there.

cantabman
cantabman

@Diecash1 Yeah, poor Obama. Why is life so rough for him, the poor guy. Bad things just seem to happen to him day after day! It must be hard, even tragic, to have the mantle of President shoved on -- oh, what's that? That's right -- he actively ran for the office.

The fact that you're making silly excuses for the President of the United States (ongoing for 5 years) says it all.

One nice thing about being Independent is that I'm not part of your world of party sycophants.

Diecash1
Diecash1

@cantabmanI'd say you've failed to examine the evidence.  Obama has done a decent job, considering the hand he was dealt while W squandered a surplus and basically trashed the country.


Feel free to make your case that Obama is the worst president.  I'm sure it will be interesting.

cantabman
cantabman

Sorry, I'm independent so no dog in this fight. W was awful too. I wouldn't have thought 5 years ago that Obama would achieve the dubious honor of being be a peer of W in the worst presidents club.

wonderYrednow
wonderYrednow

Your math challenge of the day is to finger out how much of that 0.35 percent in Annual spending is going to US based Defenselessness contractors.