Just when it seemed almost mathematically impossible for Congress to get any more unpopular, it manages to sink again to an incredible new low. Congress’s job approval rating is the lowest it has ever been since Gallup started asking the question back in 1974. From Gallup:

Congressional Job Approval -- 2011 Trend

Congress is really unpopular, but this is historically terrible. It is just another sign that we are a society in need of serious political and economic reforms. Our economy is bad, income inequality is appalling, our infrastructure is deteriorating, our institutions are failing. Yet this Congress does little besides working on corporate welfare legislation, while stumbling from one bad last second deal to another.

We need to reduce the incentives and ability for small groups in Congress to prevent our legislature from doing its most basic duties. Winning elections with big mandates should mean the platform the party runs on gets implemented, and the party held accountable. Instead our politics consists of two sides running on absurd empty promises they know will never become law, and no one is held accountable.

We also need public financing of election so members of Congress are more concerned about the needs of the majority of Americans instead of just worrying about what a small group of wealthy donors want.


Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at http://pendinghorizon.com