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Watch Rachel Maddow Explain Why This Is the WORST Congress Ever (Video)

Recent polls have indicated that Americans don’t think very highly of the current congress. A 2013 poll put American’s approval of our legislative body at less than our approval of head lice and cockroaches. A more recent poll says that congress is less popular than the almost universally hated Star Wars character, Jar Jar Binks. But why, exactly, is congress so despised? Rachel Maddow has some ideas.

On the July 25 edition of The Rachel Maddow Show, Maddow gives viewers a glimpse into the workings of the current congress. Maddow’s poster boy for congress is recently elected Florida congressman Curt Clawson, a Tea Party Republican. Clawson, who replaced the cocaine using Trey Radel, actually addressed two American officials of Indian descent as if they were representatives of the Indian government at a recent subcommittee hearing.

Clawson: I am familiar with your country. I love your country. And I am hopeful with the new change in regime that the future in the land of promise and the land of opportunity of India can finally become so. …So just as your capital is welcome here to produce good paying jobs in the U.S., I’d like our capital to be welcome there, and there to be freedom of capital, so that both sides are on the same territory. And I ask cooperation, and commitment, and priority from your government in so doing. Can I have that?

A bemused Nisha Biswal, who works at the U.S. Department of State, replies:

I think your question is to the Indian government, and we certainly share your sentiments, and we certainly will advocate that on behalf of the U.S. government.

Stupid is as stupid does.

Sadly, Clawson is only one of many examples of laziness, ignorance, or downright stupidity in congress. The U.S. House of Representatives is controlled by Republicans that would make the Know Nothing party of the 1800’s seriously consider changing their name. Thanks in part to this vein of willful ignorance, and the hyper-partisanship that accompanies it, things that were once considered routine tasks for congress are now monumental chores.

One of these routine tasks is the approval of ambassadors. Thanks to partisan bickering in the Senate, one quarter of U.S. embassies around the world have no ambassador at the current time. Maddow points out that out of the three Central American countries that are responsible for the current refugee crisis in the southern  U.S., one, Guatemala, has no U.S. ambassador. She also notes that there is currently no U.S. ambassador in Russia; another country where, in light of recent events, most would agree that we need one. McClatchy DC reports that because Senate Republicans are angry that majority leader Harry Reid changed the filibuster rules, they are refusing to grant unanimous consent to proceed on confirmation votes. This means that the simple act of voting to approve an ambassador can take eight hours or more.

On the other side of the Capitol, the House of Representatives works such a light schedule that it appears to simply not have the time to do the business of governing. The House scheduled 126 work days in 2013. In 2014, that number dropped to 113. Soon, the House will be leaving for its August recess, likely leaving unfinished legislation to fix the problems at the Veterans’ Administration. This is a problem that members proclaimed would get fixed, and would not be subject to partisanship.

Will ‘vacay’ trump ‘VA’ in importance to House members?

Both the House and the Senate have passed their own versions of bills to fix problems at the VA. But there has been no progress in the conference committee that is working on reconciling the two bills. Why? According to Maddow, the House doesn’t want to spend the money that the Senate is proposing, and apparently that is the sticking point. So there has been no action on the legislation for some six weeks. Maddow comments:

The work is 95 percent done. But, because it is this congress, apparently they cannot finish it.

She summarizes by saying:

There are four working days between now and when congress pats itself on the back for having done nothing, and takes more than a month off. They have left more undone than any other congress in the history of the United States of America. Including our basic responsibility to have American ambassadors around the world. But even for a congress this failed, and this reviled by the American people for it, the one thing they all say they supposedly care about, and they supposedly want to get done, is take care of our veterans. And fix the outrageous problems they all were complaining about, in which veterans were not getting care. Congress now has four days to do it. All of the major veterans organizations in the country say it looks like it’s not going to happen unless something changes.

…This congress is, quantitatively speaking, the worst congress ever. But if they cannot get this done, if they cannot get it done for veterans, they are not only worse than ever before, they are worse than anyone thought possible.

That’s the bad news. The worse news is that nothing is likely to change, either before or after this year’s election. Historically, going back to 1964, voters have consistently returned over 80 percent of incumbents to the House. In some election cycles almost 100 percent of incumbents have been reelected. The reelection rate to the Senate is somewhat lower, but still around 80 percent. Gallup says that there is a good chance that many incumbents will lose this fall. But will it be enough to make a difference, or will Americans be stuck with two more years of a congress that Americans rate lower than cockroaches or Jar Jar Binks?

Maddow on GOP Congress: Should we get out and push?

Here’s the video, from The Rachel Maddow Show:

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Photo: Screen grab via TRMS.

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  • Susie Sotar

    So it took him a while to get there. “A while” hasn’t come yet to the US but we’re moving closer every day thanks to the Democrat Nazis of America.

    • amandagirl15701

      Want more proof? Go to the American Nazi Party’s webpage and see which party platform they support. Otherwise you’re just as hilariously incoherent as always.

      • Susie Sotar

        The American Nazi Party were participants in OWS. They have never been a part of either the Tea Party or the Republican Party.

        • amandagirl15701

          Did you even visit the site? If you don’t want pesky facts invading you sense of reality, I suggest stocking up on non perishables and hiding in your basment.

          The Nazis were part of Occupy? Where did you get this tidbit of information? I’ve heard of it often but can’t find a reliable source. Please post a unbiased link as I have and don’t tell me to google it, since I have proven that I do know how to use search engines. You, on the other hand haven’t.

          • smb11

            Susie doesn’t do research. About the only skill Susie exhibits is the ability to spell.

          • Robert Kennedy

            And that’s almost certainly because she uses spellcheck, given her level of ignorance.

  • Valk-Orion Yoder

    Boom! Citation Susie, suck it.

  • George M Melby

    You jus’ gotta love those GOTP retards who vote to go to war at every turn, but God help the veterans who return from those wars… they’re on their own! The vets certainly aren’t going to get any help from the GOTP (Gutless Old Toilet Paper) rolls!

  • Valk-Orion Yoder

    The reason the house hasnt moved on the VA issue is because the VA is in the first steps of being privatized. They just have to let the program of the VA sending Vets to corporate hospitals and allowing insuramce companies to buy out and run local clinics to cement itself and then open the flood gates of the gov funds and these entities will finish bleeding the gov dry in overbiding. It the long game of privatization of public works get the subcontractor corporations claws dug in and then when the big distinction comes throw money at it and the next thing you know the gov cant run ot anymore and yhe GOP/Fascists get what they want, NeoFeudalism.

    • George M Melby

      I directed people above in my comments to your comment here. SO VERY IMPORTANT… Thank you!

      • Valk-Orion Yoder

        As a veteran and amature political scientist Ive seen this coming, its not playing out good for either the gov or Veterans.

    • smb11

      It is long past time that someone, a university graduate program or Congress itself, does a study on the effects of privatization. Are we getting better service for less or are we paying more and getting less? Has the privatization of the prison system change arrests, convictions, sentencing and parole?
      You don’t see Republicans performing their duty to insure that the private companies are performing their duties and that our tax dollars are being well spent.

      • J. Fischer

        For-profit prisons NEED a certain percentage of cells filled in order to be profitable. The people running them have a vested interest in passing as many ‘lock them up and toss the key’ laws as possible.

        We taxpayers still foot the bill, since the state pays the prison company (who then underpay and undersupply prison staff).

  • Susie Sotar

    If you like to watch a nose run and hear fingernails on a chalkboard watch Maddow. She’s is an absolutely disgusting human being!

    • Dave

      Can’t be worse than you or your gang of Nazis.

      • Susie Sotar

        You do know that the Nazis were leftwingnuts don’t you? The National Socialist Party. In German it was Nationalsozialismus.
        I’m no socialist.
        I’m sorry to learn that there are some who don’t understand who or what the Nazis were – they were big government people who controlled the people through fear. They believed in national health care. They believed that, in order to control the population they should pit ethnic groups against each other. They were very much like today’s Democrat Party.

        • sfwm.son

          the Nazi part not with standing, Susie, the GOP and the wealthy behind them are the ones who pit ethnic groups against each other.

          • Valk-Orion Yoder

            It was some of those wealthy families here in America and through their corperations that even aided and funded the Reich.

        • Valk-Orion Yoder

          Why do you conflate a Political Party with an economic theory. Logic 101: Logical Fallacy: False Equivalents and Appeal to Nazi

          • Susie Sotar

            Why do you deny that you are following the same path that the Germans followed under Hitler? Guilt? Denial? What is it?

          • smb11

            Simple answer. She is well-educated. She is smart. She is well-read. All things that you are not.
            She knows that you have yet to post anything that reflects reality.

          • Robert Kennedy

            The Republicans are the ones doing that dummy.

        • smb11

          The 14 defining characteristics of facism by Dr. Lawrence Britt.
          1) Powerful and Continuing Nationalism.
          2) Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights.
          3) Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause.
          4) Supremacy of the Military.
          5) Rampant Sexism.
          6) Controlled Mass media
          7) Obsession with National Security.
          8) Religion and Government are intertwined.
          9) Corporate power is protected.
          10) Labor power is suppressed.
          11) Disdain for intellectuals and the Arts. (Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education and academia. (See yourself here, Susie?)
          12) Obsession with crime and punishment.
          13) Rampant cronyism and corruption.
          14) Fraudulent elections (Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist national also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.)
          Dr. Britt studied the fascist regimes of Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, Suharto and several Latin American regimes and found these characteristics common to each.
          Thirteen of the 14 describe the Republican/Right Wing in America today.

          • J. Fischer

            Susie, Hooper, and Brad don’t see themselves in that list.

          • Robert Kennedy

            Which one do you think doesn’t describe the Republicans?

          • smb11

            I am taking the phrase “Controlled Mass Media” literally. We have Corporate Media, not Republican Media. The way I see it, Fox News has more influence over Republican politicians than Republican politicians have over Fox.

          • Joel Hackbart

            Absolutely, The parallels are striking and certainly proves the right has far more similarities with the Nazis then the left. So the fact I’m splitting hairs not withstanding, I would say the question of who has control between Corporate Media, and Republican politicians is superfluous because they work together, hand and hand, without question. Saying Murdoch and Allies control Mass Media is not a vey big stretch. I vote 14 out of 14..

        • Robert Kennedy

          How many times does it have to be rammed through your thick skull that Nazism is a right wing thing. It seems everyone in the world but you is aware of that fact. And the fact that th Republican party has adopted most of their issues should be a tipoff for you. The fact that socialist is in their name does not mean it is in their actions any more that democratic in their name meant East Germany or China were democracies. This is why I call you Susie Stupid. Even when you are shown the facts you continue to spew your vicious, uneducated lies. You are scum and beneath contempt.

          • smb11

            In my reading, I have come across articles on right-wing socialism and left-wing socialism. In these articles, Nazism is considered right-wing socialism.

    • Valk-Orion Yoder

      And that has anything to do with the VA, Ambassador, or Russia situation. Where is the ban button? Some one push it already.

      • George M Melby

        I think burning at the stake is much more suitable for the H/S/B trash bag! I’ll be happy to provide the wood, straw, and matches… no charge!

        • Valk-Orion Yoder

          Sorry to good for them. Being burnt at the stake is a badge of honor in some circles. Ha see that made a funny.

    • George M Melby

      YOU… Hooper/Susie/Brad need to be sent to the front lines with a target on your chest and a GLBT Flag of Colors waving in the wind. Worthless piece of S & M trash!

      • Susie Sotar

        Were you defrocked George?

        • smb11

          What do you know of Christ’s teachings? You have yet to exhibit any behavior that would indicate you have any knowledge of or experience with Jesus’ teachings.
          You need to worry about the forest in your eye and not worry about the speck in George’s.

    • Berlinerkerl87

      No, you nasty far right witch, that title goes to you!

    • Berlinerkerl87

      No, you nasty far right witch, that title goes to you!

    • smb11

      Dr. Maddow is well-educated, well-spoken, well-read, talented, an experienced researcher, thoughtful, tough without being mean, accomplished, good humored, compassionate, thorough, principled. She is everything you are not.

  • J. Fischer

    Cue Brad, Hooper, Susie, and Zoe: it’s Obama’s fault. If he’d just let them have their way, none of this would be happening. (And Hooper will blame liberals.)

    • Martin Pollard

      Only took 30 minutes after you posted. Check Susie Stupid’s quaint little insults regarding Rachel Maddow, which of course are par for the course for teabagger morons like HooperSusieBradEtc. Very sad.

      • Joel Hackbart

        Susie Sotar’s comment shows, that it is SHE that is …” an absolutely disgusting human being!”

        • Berlinerkerl87

          That and her dozens of other nasty comments over the past couple of months.
          And this witch has the nerve to have a cross as her avatar!
          She’s as far from a Christian as you can get, as is most of the hateful, selfish, hypocritical trash that consists the American christian right.

    • George M Melby

      Hooper/Susie/Brad need to be sent to the front lines with a target on their chest and a GLBT Flag of Colors!

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