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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Results of new poll no surprise

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  •  To the surprise of nobody, a new poll released on Wednesday showed that Americans are fed up with the antics of the leaders in Washington.
    The poll showed 83 percent of Americans disapprove of the way Congress is handling the country — a record high.
    This is about as surprising as Kate Middleton having a baby.
    The out-of-touch nature of national politicians has grown to an all-time high. These people just don't get it.
    They have no concept of what it's like to be an average American because they are not average. They live in a bubble and most simply don't care if people can get health care or if their salaries can't keep up with the rising cost of everything.
    They haven't a clue.
    Yet we Americans continue to put these turkeys back in office year after year.
    The poll claims that 57 percent of those asked said the would vote to replace every member of Congress if given the chance.
    That sounds great on paper, but when the rubber hits the road, most of these fat cats don't have a care in the world because they are going to get reelected.
    They know they are going to have their good salaries year after year and when they do finally decide to leave, they have a great retirement package for life.
    Meanwhile, the average American is struggling just to put gas in the car, let alone thinking about retirement. It is a sad state of affairs in which we must live these days and the blame goes squarely on the politicians.
    The biggest problem seems to be the fact there is no end in sight. Most of these politicians have no incentive to do anything other than continue to procrastinate until the next election.
    Page 2 of 3 - The few who do seem to genuinely care are simply shut out by the majority who want to see nothing happen other than a record number of Congressional recesses. The current Congress has done the least amount of work in generations — and many of them are proud that is the case.
    They say that stopping legislation is more important that passing legislation.
    In some cases, that may be right, but generally it is a ridiculous argument.
    Legislation is supposed to evolve as society evolves. As things change, laws need to change. The same is true for economic changes.
    Believe it or not, the economy in America has been steadily improving. But it's hard for the average guy to understand that because wages have gone nowhere.
    Big business seems to be doing fine and dandy but that doesn't help the normal person struggling to make a living.
    In fact, it slaps square in the face of someone trying to make a living.
    The same is true of our elected leaders, who squabble over the minutia and then turn their backs on the big issues of the day.
    Consider the economy, immigration, student loans, the farm bill and much, much more.
    These are huge issues and there needs to be something done by our elected leaders. They need to deal with all of these matters and it needs to happen now.
    But don't hold your breath.
    It's likely nothing at all is going to happen because there is no will for it to take place — at least among those who we elected.
    Maybe the time has come to simply get term limits into place. Big money seems to be steering elections and that is only good for those who have it all. It is terrible for the general population.
    Page 3 of 3 - The time might be right for the people to rise up and say enough is enough.
    Those in office will tell you term limits won't solve the problem. Of course they will tell you that because they are thinking about their retirement packages.
    What they aren't thinking about is the people who put them in office. This could be the time to toss them out and start over.
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