The impasse that shut down much of the federal government for 16 days has left Americans in the sort of throw-the-bums-out mood that presaged two recent tumultuous elections in which control of the House of Representatives shifted from one party to the other.
In a nationwide USA TODAY/Princeton Survey Research Poll, just 4% of those surveyed — equal to the margin of error — say Congress would be changed for the worse if nearly every member was replaced next year. Nearly half say it would work better. About four in 10 say a wholesale overhaul wouldn't make much difference.
Those findings are similar to the public's views in previous years when voter dismay cost one side or the other control of the House. In 1994, when Democrats lost their majority, 40% said Congress would be better off if most members were replaced. In 2006, when Republicans lost control, 42% held that view.
Negative argument- People don’t approve of congress http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2013/10/22/shutdown-republicans-washington-politics-column/3153585/ USA TODAY- October 22, 2013
OK, it has been nearly a week since Congress took us to the brink of disaster, and many critiques have been written, most of them in disgust over Republican tactics that in the end netted no gains for Tea Party conservatives and forced a needless shutdown of government. And with the last-minute deal, we get to do it all over again early next year.
Instead of that, it's time for some radical changes to break the crazy cycle of living from one manufactured crisis to another.
Every time I read a poll about the low opinion people have of Congress, I think of Albert Einstein's definition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. By that definition, a sizable majority of the American electorate must be insane. A recent Associated Press…