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59% Would Replace Entire Congress And Start Again—How Many Would Replace All The People They Know?

The polling service Rasmussen Reports says that 59% of the public would replace all members of Congress and start again with an entirely new Congress.

This got me wondering about how many would, if they had the chance, get rid of all the people in their lives and start with a whole new bunch?

New spouse. Nicer neighbors. Better boss. Less disappointing kids. More loyal friends. Maybe even a more obedient and well-trained dog.

I’m not sure this solution would work either for Congress or in our personal lives. You’d start off hopeful because the new people would be on best behavior at first, but soon enough you’d find that they are just as human and flawed as the people you ditched.

I think even the new dog might not change your life in the way you hoped.

While I think we could do with fewer Republicans in Congress, a hope that may come true, for the most part we will have to move ahead with the people we’ve already got.

Maybe the issue is that we fail to ask enough of the people in Congress and the people in our lives.

October 7, 2008 - Posted by | Campaign 2008, Politics | , , , , , ,


  1. I’d be interested to know whether you think term limits has worked where it’s in place. I have mixed feelings about it politically. I guess divorce provides term limits on some of our personal relationships or so we thought at the time.

    Comment by Newton | October 7, 2008

  2. At core I feel it is to to voters to elect or defeat someone holding public office. I feel term limits expresses a lack of confidence in our democracy. I also think that rotating elected officials around and around makes them focus on employement after holding office and voting in a way to impress potential future employers.

    Government and policy today can require more than 6 or 8 years to be fully up to speed in advocating for people.

    I oppose term limits.

    Thank you for your question.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | October 8, 2008

  3. Not me i got rid of the ones i did not like along time ago.

    Comment by bill brady | October 9, 2008

  4. Bill—You less wholesale approach may be the wisest course.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | October 9, 2008

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