The approval rating of Congress seems to be at or near an all time low. Americans are disgusted with the policies, the procedures and the apparent aloofness displayed by our elected officials on a daily basis.
In fact, according to a recent poll,
…if such an option existed, half of those surveyed would gladly check a box on a ballot replacing every member of Congress at once.
So, it should come as no surprise that more and more candidates are throwing their hats into the ring and deciding to take on incumbents in the upcoming primaries and the November elections. This utter frustration has apparently led to some interesting campaign promises.
In Texas, Nicholas Nix, a Socialist running as an independent argues that Congress should be paid no more than $7.25 per hour, the minimum wage.
If it is good for us, then why not them…
Independent House candidate, Jerry Odom of Omaha, Nebraska believes that congressmen should be required to account for their time by punching a time clock. And, Jaynee Germond, an Oregon Republican, believes that all bills passed by Congress should have only one purpose.
That’s to ensure there are no more student-loan plans tucked into health-insurance bills, as was the case in the legislation enacted earlier this year.
Brian Miller, a Republican primary candidate in Arizona, wants each and every bill read aloud, and in full on the House floor.
Only congressmen who sit through the entire reading would be allowed to vote…[t]here won’t be any more 2,500-page bills,” predicts the 34-year-old Maj. Miller.
In Louisiana, Tony Gentile, running for the Senate as a Libertarian, is supporting rules that would require all members of Congress to spend 75% of their time in their home state.
They’d be safer from terror attacks, the theory goes, yet more vulnerable to the fury of their constituents.
And, finally, Andy Gross, a Republican running in an Arizona primary, and former member of the United States Army, wants all 535 members of Congress to live in a “to be built” barracks near the Capitol building.
If our military has to live in such a fashion, I think we congressmen should also…
Personally, I think each idea is worth considering. But, does anyone think Congress will do so?