Responses from our readers:
"That our representatives all recognize that special interest money dominates the decision process, yet to not have the courage to change this"
"I am angered by the total disregard for basic courtesy - the lack of civility - the "my way or the highway" by foes of Obama - the failure to remember the struggle for Civil Rights and the willingness to take us back to a time when they didn't exist at all - I could go on but I think that is enough!"
"Unwillingness to find common ground and solutions to our countries problems"
"the political mess is because of the financial mess. we need to get big money out of politics. we need to get big money out of politics"
"The democratic system has been corrupted by money and greed. The corruption has gotten so intense that a "science" of gerrymandering has evolved which allows representatives to pick and choose the electorate that they represent, thereby ensuring constant re-election. I'm also annoyed by two other issues: Congress did not attempt to slash its own salaries and benefits when balancing the budget, causing other federal workers to bear the brunt of Congress's fiscal ineptitude; and, that the representatives most heard from are the extremists. The democratic system has been corrupted by money and greed. The corruption has gotten so intense that a "science" of gerrymandering has evolved which allows representatives to pick and choose the electorate that they represent, thereby ensuring constant re-election. I'm also annoyed by two other issues: Congress did not attempt to slash its own salaries and benefits when balancing the budget, causing other federal workers to bear the brunt of Congress's fiscal ineptitude; and, that the representatives most heard from are the extremists.
In short, I am angered by gerrymandering, fiscal irresponsibility, and the lack of voice of the moderates."
"The Congress just seems out of touch with real people -- with me. I know that's a generality, but it's come to the place that I sometimes even wonder if it matters whether I vote (and I remind myself that it does matter!). Bottom line: Because I don't have access to the kind of money it takes to "grease the wheels" and garner the ears and attention of Washington power players (like a lobbyist or other deep-pocket entity does), I don't think anyone in Congress cares about what I think or want."
"-There should be a prison full of people culpable for the last financial crisis, instead we get corporate paid fines essentially with the public’s own money?
-No regulations and break-ups have happened for remedies for future financial crisis
-Rather than moving forward to on outcome based fixes to our healthcare system, we are tied up debating repealing the first step
-Corporations are not people, nor should the opinion of a rich man have more weight in our political process than anyone else
-Take money out of politics in is it is possible
-Focus on infrastructure, education at all levels including trades
-Create living wage and promote it globally
-Work on global tax code and pollution regulations on multi-national companies
-Stop policing world in as possible"
"-What angers me most about the United States Congress is it's utter disregard of basic, non-Keynesian economics!!!"
"Deceptive Bill Titles. Wonderful sound bite; devil in the details"
"Hard to put to words. Certainly the wealth barrier for individual members of congress is frustrating. I hate the fact that Congressmen campaign on an emotional level even in off years. I'll give it some more thought"
"Perhaps what needs to change most is the toxic flood of lies which seems to have overwhelmed the nation, making the wrong people angry for the wrong reasons - wrong because false. Yet, convincing people that they have been duped is one of the most difficult objectives to accomplish"
"The power Wall Street and Insurance industry to sell us the idea that 401-K were a wonderful way to save for retirement and that mandatory insurance would help us all.
Wrong wrong wrong on all accounts. We have to buy insurance that is over costly and then loss it when you actually use it. How pathetic when they pay their CEO’s millions and billions of dollars but find ways to actually screw the policy holders. There should be a law that 80 to 90 percent of all premiums have to remain for claims with 10 to 20 percent only allowed for administrative oversight.
Same with Wall Street and 401-k funds – never ever should people have to lose money due to excessive executive pay and bonuses. People should invest locally not wal street as too many take away from the average citizen. Enron should have been a wake up call as well as the bailouts.
I am sick sick sick of partisan politics and sound bites of passing laws like Obama Care that have huge unintended consequences on the average Jo and sold on a few sound bites. And the few good stories that rarely make up for the millions of those harmed by the unintended consequences.
We give Wal-Mart huge tax breaks instead of making them pay their fair share of taxes and provided loop holes and then cannot afford to help college Kids with cheap loans. Instead we allow Discover and Wells Fargo and other big banks to lobby for them to do loans to students and they charge a small fortune for the loans.
Too many politicians rely of the wrong people for advise and control who testify to make the record they want not the real record on what is going on."
"The influence of money in our political system has grown steadily in my lifetime. Clearly, the trend should be in the other direction. Most of our politicians are basically bought and paid for by corporate interests. They spend most of their time fundraising to stay in office, rather than working through the vital interests of the public, which is obscene! Democracy? One Citizen- One Vote?: Both dead. Rich corporations have a huge megaphone to peddle their agenda to the misinformed (through a politically oriented media system that is also bought and paid for).
One example is the fracking issue; which is touted as a means to create jobs while increasing our energy security; a true "Win-Win" if you believe their messages. What's not reported are: It will ruin ground water supplies forever in most places where it is practised; it will pump more carbon into the atmosphere, exacerbating climate change; and it further puts off the day when we move to renewable energy sources. Many innovators in the U.S. are working to create renewable energy sources, and foster energy conservation, but we don't have the money to buy lobbyists in order to drown the public airwaves with our alternative message.
This is just one issue where money in politics skewers the truth; there are many, many other issues that are being obfuscated by those who have bought and paid for our current political system."
"That so many are unwilling to work at compromise to get things done. That they are only concerned about getting re-elected and not governing for the best for the country. It's amazing to me that people are so short sighted and selfish.
That "liberal" has become a bad word!"
"Congress pretends to be democratic despite the gerrymandering of its districts"
"What angers me most about the current U.S. Congress is the dysfunction and lack of priority. The main functions of the United States Congress is to provide for the Common Defense and the General Welfare of the American people first and foremost, and I feel that Congress has its priorities wrong at this time"
"Religious dogma and self righteousness"
"Remember the bumper sticker seen in the nineties-"Vote Republican-it's easier than thinking"? I think this sums it up very well"
"My top concern is that there seems to no longer be any shame on the part of freshmen Congress members (as well as some long-term Congress members too) about their lack of accomplishment. It's as if they take pride in slowing down, obstructing and/or completely dismantling any attempt at rational government. To me this indicates a criminal attitude that is in direct opposition to the very role of Congress as defined by the Constitution -- in short, they should be impeached for malfeasance of office"
"It angers me that Congress cannot get ANYTHING done. Even if they did something that I disagreed with, at least it would be something. I'm hesitantly hopeful that the newest budget work is a step toward movement. But crossing their arms across their chests, stomping their feet and pouting screaming, "No no no!" is just ridiculous"
"They have not repealed lying Obamacare"
"They don't work in my best interest. The big money does the talking"
"Their complete lack of gravitas"
"Their inability to work together. This stems from excessive ideological positions which cause ideologues to become demagogues in practice"
"My concern is that the Republican party allows a small but vocal minority to control Congress and jeopardize the nation's economy. Mainstream Republicans need to step up and show some moral courage or they will send the party the way of Whigs and No-Nothings.
Democrats need to show support for the President and speak out for the ACA rather than allow its critics to dominate the media"
"What angers me most is related to the inability to compromise in Congress over tax and spend issues. To refuse to compromise, repeatedly and over broad issues, is inherently undemocratic. It presumes that one idea can be the only one to be advanced, regardless of the stance of others, a thought antithetical to democracy. Its single-mindedness is a close cousin of tyranny"
"My vote is the failure to rein in and regulate financial industry after 2008-2009 fiasco. Should have nationalized rating agency functions. Restored Glass Steagall in full. Backed out commodity futures modernization act. Eliminated all derivative betting with possible exception for limited hedging when proven interest in the hedge can be documented such as currency exchange rates. Not paid AIG claims on contracts without proven financial interest except possible partial return of premium. Regulation of bonuses paid. And criminal prosecution of many as was done for S&L fraud"
"It's largely controlled by angry, old, rich white men who
want to control the lives of everyone else who is not
an angry, old, rich white man"
"1. This is the most unproductive congress in United States history. The majority party (GOP) was hijacked by a group of ultra-right conservative nut jobs whose only goal was to completely obstruct the government. Congratulations, they succeeded.
2. The house of representatives does not accurately represent the population from the states they were elected. Through the process of gerrymandering, the republican state governments have seen to it that there is an over-representation of republicans.
3. The unwillingness to bring to the house floor, bills that are widely popular among the people, house representatives and were passed by the senate by a wide majority (including republicans).
What needs to be fixed?
1. Districts should be drawn using simple geometric shapes, not tailor-made to over represent any given party. The ratio of democrats to republicans in the house of representatives from a given state should approximate the numbers from their state.
2. Members of congress need not agree on all topics, but they should be willing to negotiate with opposing views to come together to form agreements, govern and do the job they were elected by the people they are supposed to represent.
3. Members of congress are elected by people, the people from the states they represent. They are not supposed to represent corporations, billionaires, or political organizations. They should try to find out how the majority of people from the districts they represent feel about issues, and vote accordingly, even if that means voting against their own personal views."
"They don’t get their work done"
"1. Republican scorched-earth obstructionism; at the expense of millions of Americans.
2. The control over congress by big money. Lobbying; revolving door politicians/lobbyists.
3. Making rules for the country, then exempting themselves. (“Some pigs are more equal than others.” Animal House)"
"What angers me the most is the lack of representation I have in Congress. Congressional members represent themselves. They represent the special interest groups that buy them and finance their re-election. They don’t represent the people who voted them into office."
"What angers me most is that the Tea Party is the Tail that Wags the Dog for the Republicans and they have only one goal, to try to ruin our President because he is black. They will do anything to try to hurt him while they are hurting our whole Country. They have no concern for the poor or homeless or elderly or children, and care only about their wealthy contributors and the big corporations. It is SO sad to think of what they have prevented for all of us. If only more Democrats would be less apathetic and get out and vote. Thanks for all you do. We need a lot more Ken Gordon's and Bernie Sanders', and Elizabeth Warren's and Alan Grayson's in Congress"
"Greed…the greed of the bazillionaire right wingers and "centrists" in Congress and the shadowy, soul-less hulks for whom they toil"
"Inability to compromise"
"I am most angry that our elected representatives in Congress (both houses) won't govern. Senators use filibusters and holds to stop the legislative process. And the House of Representatives rarely even attempts to legislate. It is a travesty of a legislative body.
Too many members of Congress would rather shut down the government than run the government. Making political points with their support groups is more important to them than representing the people who live in their districts. I intend to vote against each of the incumbents whose names will appear on the ballot in my area"
"lawmakers care much more about getting re-elected than they care about doing good things for their constituents. They puts politics before people. I think we should senate and house of rep terms both six years with a one-term limit"
"In general, they are clearly part of the elite & don't represent the people. Elections have become a sham & it is a myth that we the people have influenced their behavior in any major way. They are controlled by their desire for money & power (i.e. ego). They are able to legalize bribery when it is them receiving the bribes, determine their own incomes & give themselves the best healthcare & retirement package"
"They are criminals - and get a free pass or a slap on the wrist when they get caught. If I were arrested for possession of cocaine, or misappropriated company funds not only would I serve time, I would also lose my professional license. Yet the people who are supposed to be governing us get a pass. They should be held to the highest standard, not use their position as a get-out-of-jail-free card"
"The Tea Party and John Boehner. Both are cruel and arrogant in their obstruction of immigration reform, the ACA, and women’s rights"
"Out of touch with the real world"
"The leftist Democrats"
"From the beginning of his administration, in my opinion the Republican s have exhibited racism"
"The political gamesmanship. The Tea party folks taking a position of "NO" on almost everything. That and the inability to come up with meaningful Immigration Reform. Everyone says we need it, but no one seems to get anything done about it. In the mean time thousands of families are torn apart every year"
"obstructionists and lack of civility and communication just saying no if it comes from the other party
lack of any real compromise due to lack of exploring any shared values which leads to laws/regulations that everyone hates sense of non accomplishment and kicking can down the road
but then the corporations are the ones who actually are in charge due to their ability to influence the legislators with money"
"Thank you for asking.
1. I am angry that Congress doesn't seem to act in the best interests of the people.
2. I am angry that Congress is filled with millionaires who don't seem to understand the problems of those of us who are just making it.
3. I am angry that Congress allows jobs to be outsourced.
4. I am angry that Congress is bought off by special and moneyed interests.
5. I am angry that Congress allows privatization of government services -- allowing corporations to make a gazillion dollars at the expense of American taxpayers. I think we should not be asked to pay millions in private corporate CEO salaries.
6. I am really angry that Congress and the government have allowed corporations so much leeway that even those that are making billions don't have to pay any taxes.
I could go on, but you get my drift.
Our two U.S. senators, Mark Udall and Michael Bennett, are the two biggest wimps on the face of the planet. They need to be replaced by fighters who will go to bat for the people of the state."
"It is the fact that money, not voters, provides the access to and meaningful communication with the members of Congress. And that gives us the Patriot Act, Homeland Security, …"
"What angers me most is that they are more concerned with getting re-elected than in governing the country. They all seem to forget that although they were elected to represent a district or state, they also represent the people of that state and the nation. They appear to lack the will to sit down and solve the important problems facing our nation. They seem to only hear the loud fringe and the big corporations - not the people"
"The lack of getting things done, and even having a vote on bills"
"What angers me most is the liberals efforts to destroy not only the traditions of this country but the Constitution that has made this the greatest country in the history of man. The second is that the Republicans talk about small govt. and limited spending etc and then don't have the balls or the conviction to stand up against Obama and defund Obamacare completely. It appears the Republicans are just putting up a smoke screen and secretly are in favor of the same un/anti American agenda as the commie libs"
"If they are determined to sell their souls, why not sell them for good education, free healthcare, jobs for all, food for the hungry, and for Peace? Instead they sell out for more war machines, more drone killings, more money for the 1%, for free stuff for themselves (most are 1% ers themselves), more pollution, more chemicals, more GMO's, more excuses for doing nothing for the 98% of Americans.
I'm sick to death of them all!"
"Their giving corporations tax breaks, loopholes. These corporations have huge profits and don't need the money. The 98% of Americans do--for jobs, benefits, infrastructure, good schools for all, etc."
"1. Ideology trumps good sense and what is good for the country. This is primarily a Tea Party affliction, where making the entire country fail so that Obama will be blamed is the priority over desperately needed legislation.
2. Money trumps everything. Since money is now not just property but also has the ability to speak, a rich person’s dollar has a megaphone; dollars from the rest of us have laryngitis."
"What angers me most is that we no longer have a truly representative congress. They do not answer to their voters but respond to their biggest donors. Instead of spending their time working for the good of the country, they spend most of their time trying to get re-elected, talking with donors and campaign people."
"The fact that Democrats can't stick together like the R's. The fact that Dems aren't creative enough. For example, they should be focusing on getting 4 or 5 families out of each of the Tea Party districts who have benefited from the ACA and make their Representative eat crow. They should be hounding the districts of every R who voted to shut down the government by finding people in their districts who suffered as a result. Shame! Shame!. They should be making their constituents aware of the impact of the "Stand your Ground" laws and how ALEC is responsible. Most of all they should get some gump and stand tall against the R's games."
"They are the "do nothing useful" Congress, especially the House, run by a
dictator who answers only to the Koch brothers.
The house has votes over 40 times to undo a VERY popular law, giving
millions of Americans health care for the first time in their lives in some
No matter what the President wants, they are against it, even if it was
their idea in the first place.
They refuse to pass immigration reform.
They are against a lot, but "for" nothing"
"Just finished reading Mark Twain's first novel, "The Gilded Age." Not a very
good novel--but an excellent expose of graft, corruption, vote buying....
So what's changed now? The methods may be a little more sophisticated but
the result is the same: Money rules politics, one's voice is as loud as the
designated amount on the check. Yes! This is infuriating"
"Several things anger me about the U.S. Congress: Their inability to get anything done, the number of days they're actually in session, and their excessive salaries. It's no wonder they want to make a career out of being a Congress person or a Senator. It's time for Congress to have term limits! We're certainly not getting what we're paying for and I feel like they don't have our best interests at heart"
"What upsets me most about the congress is the people wailing about a 'do-nothing' congress. The Republicans who won the majority in the House in 2012 were put in place precisely for the purpose of blocking the far-left agenda of many Democrats.
Second, while the House has consistently fulfilled its legal obligation to produce a budget every year, in the Senate, Harry Reid has refused to allow these budgets even the courtesy of open debate! And then he blames the House for being 'uncooperative'!
Ken, if you ever hope for my support, put a stop to these "you have to pass the bill to see what's in it." votes. I don't like gun control measures that only control honest citizens and I think the ACA was VERY badly written. You guys need to do your job better."
"The commitment of Republicans in both chambers to obstruct every legislative action President Obama supports--particularly when the President's agenda conflicts with the interests of their major donors"
"Our representatives are supposed to be our voice in Congress and act in our interest, but then—on issues that have strong majorities either supporting or opposing them—they will still vote or act in a contrary manner. This is what angers me most about Congress"
"Where to begin?
Their corruption, obviously being in the pockets of corporations and doing their bidding, their complete lack of regard for the struggles of the common man, their willful ignorance of the pressing economic and environmental challenges we face, and these are just THE DEMOCRATS I'm talking about here.
The Republicans for their snide and cynical treatment of the poor, breast-beating about abortion and gay rights while claiming to love SMALL GOVERNMENT, etc., etc., ad nauseum.
I could go on, but I think you get the picture.
Never in my life have I been as disillusioned with our political process, and as depressed and disheartened about our future. We are well and truly screwed, even if the Democrats make gains in the House and manage to hang on to the Senate and the White House, because those Democrats will be spineless cowards, answerable only to their corporate masters."
"Forgetfulness...and lack of respect for their constituents...they have
forgotten how to compromise to be effective leaders...with few exceptions
their concern for re-election trumps all other possibilities for
problem-solving and taking action that does not merely reflect the corporate
interests who have "bought" them"
"Congress is focused on what is best for him or her, the Congressperson. The idea of service isn't present anymore, and certainly isn't acted upon. They don't try to solve problems, but try to position their response so that they personally will be safe. If that hurts the country, so be it.
I suppose there was some rationale there, "If I can't keep my seat, I can't do anything for the country." But it's become _only_ about keeping the seat. The country always takes low priority compared to the so-called public servant's personal priority. It's a club and they want to stay in it as long as they can, without doing the job they were hired to do. "
"The fact that our liberties are slowly eroding while the filthy rich continue to prosper on the backs of the rest of the working poor"
"Congress does NOT serve the American Public, only self interest corporations and groups. Congress does NOT earn their pay. They leave town, refusing to pass bills that are essential to creating jobs and improving the economy. Congress members ONLY serve their base, rather than compromising and serving the American public. Congress votes themselves pay raises, more vacation time, more retirement and health benefits. Congress only looks out for themselves, rather than the American public.
Citizens United MUST be repealed or our democracy is dead."
"Would it be a ridiculous oversimplification to say REBULICANS? Okay, I'll be more specific: Obsessed, dogmatic, insane (not in touch with reality), obstructionist, greedy, selfish, cruel, racist, inhumane, extreme right-wing-Christian-conservative-Republican-anti-intellectual nuts. That's a start"
"I am most angry at the system of electing members that means candidates are involved in a contest of who can raise the most money. This is not fair to voters or the candidates. I am asked to donate to state house and senate candidates, the county, state and national democratic party, and school board candidates in addition to congressional candidates. I can't begin to donate significant amounts to everyone I would like to see elected. The candidates should not have to participate in a system that they have to raise enormous amounts of money to get elected"
"Lies, that are rarely if ever called out, let alone prosecuted; politicians make statements that are patently false and rarely are they challenged, let alone reprimanded or censured, but when someone like Congressman Joe Wilson calls out such a lie he is the one reprimanded; Congress condemns truth and rewards liars. Bill Clinton perjured himself in his testimony before the US Senate; any body else would have been arrested, indicted and imprisoned for it, but Willie is free.
Nuance, which is nothing more than lies dressed up to cast doubt on the obvious and make the ridiculous seem plausible.
“Jobs created or saved” -- There is NO such metric for Jobs Saved, hence another damned lie told by damned liars.
“We have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it” – How incredibly stupid must one be to believe this is reasonable?
“Tax & spending cuts” that do nothing to actually reduce taxes or spending, only to slow the rate of their increases.
Hypocrisy, on all levels and in all matters, such as providing waivers to “universal health care” – if there are waivers, then it is not universal, but it is crony capitalism. And instead of increasing the ranks of the insured, the Orwellian named “ACA” has actually caused millions of people to lose their insurance, and forced many others to pay for coverage they do not need or want! And in the deceitful attempt to justify this mandatory insanity, those politicians who support the ACA now refer to those lost policies as “sub-standard” when in fact they suited their clients needs perfectly; such politicians are despicable scum.
Why should a post-menopausal woman and a man with a vasectomy have to pay for maternity coverage? Failure to compel such couples to pay for maternity coverage is the ACA fans’ idea of a “sub-standard” policy, and it is asinine.
Who are these arrogant SOBs to tell consumers what products are acceptable and which are not, and WHY is government involved in insurance at all? Furthermore, anyone who has paid a modicum of attention to this whole debacle knows damned-well that the liars’ goal is a Single Payer system, with government in control of the whole mess. The English language lacks the polite words needed to describe what I think of those politicians & justices guilty of passing & defending this trash law.
Corruption, crony capitalism, squandering taxpayers’ money on chronic green energy failures – Solyndra, Evergreen Solar, SpectraWatt, Beacon Power, Ener1, the foreign-owned Fisker automotive, wind farms, ad nauseam, and then equating the return on conventional energy subsidies to green energy subsidies while concealing green energy’s carbon footprint, actual pollution/toxins, and true costs that green energy imposes on consumers and taxpayers. Lies of omission are still lies.
"Crony capitalism" -- it is a form of corporatism, AKA: Corporate Fascism, or simply Fascism. This is not just an opinion. Take it from the father of Fascism, Benito Mussolini: "Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power."
Spending money we do not have. Everyone should be angered by Harry Reid’s refusal to even debate annual budget proposals and bring them to the floor for a vote, let alone actually pass a budget bill. Reid should be dragged away in chains, along with all of his enablers.
Stupidity, and arrogant, narrow-minded zealotry of insisting on spending trillions of taxpayer dollars in the absurd attempt to combat the specter of “global warming” (global cooling or climate change, or whatever the duplicitous hucksters are calling it this week) only to maybe affect the climate by about half of one degree over the next two decades. For this some Congressmen are eager to destroy our economy. Never mind that countries including China and Poland reject the IPCC’s claims and will continue to to what they deem is in the best interests of their people, even if it means growing their so-called “carbon footprint” larger than that of Al.Gore. (See: Hypocrisy, above.)
Failures, that are funded forever. Congress never eliminates bad ideas, programs, departments or agencies, even when the government’s own auditors assign them a failing grade. If you need sources and a list of failures just let me know.
Rights, such as the second amendment have been the law of the land for 224 years, yet as Congress constantly revisits and passes ever more legislation infringing on that explicit Right, some politicians also make absurd claims arguing that things such as health care and free condoms are also rights – they absolutely and unequivocally are NOT. None of the rights explicitly guaranteed in the Bill of Rights imposes a cost on anyone. Those so-called "rights" proposed by the Left amount to the advocacy of slavery; a “right” to housing, minimum wages, health insurance, health care, birth control, food, ad nauseam, all cost something and impose obligations on the life, liberty and property of someone else to provide them. (Bastiat called it “Plunder.”)
Disregard for the Constitution and oath of office. Both Houses of Congress constantly meddle in matters far beyond the Constitutional duties of the federal government while neglecting the very things to which that very Constitution obligates them. Politicians are NOT elected to office to act as our bankers and lenders, nor as doctors and surgeons, or insurance brokers, venture capitalists or investment advisers, and not even as educators! Why does anyone think these things are the role of politicians or government in the first place? The Constitution indeed is an imperfect document, it lacks an Article declaring such excesses, failures, abridgements and infringements to be treated as capitol crimes.
Gross Criminal Negligence and wanton disregard for human life demonstrated by Fast & Furious and Benghazi at the hands of this administration, and the sheer insanity of giving military aid and weaponry to Mid-East regimes whose stated goal is the destruction of the West and Israel, policies Obama and his administration still support and defend. The idiot POTUS and the traitorous “Hanoi John” Kerry still insist polite conversation will dissuade Iran from developing nuclear weapons – “naïve” does not begin to describe their level of suicidal stupidity. Additionally, no one died as a result of Watergate yet president Nixon was forced to resign for eavesdropping on one hotel, but today we still have a cabinet of lying murderers and incompetent fools running the country who eavesdrop on the entire nation with impunity.
Those reasons are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.
You know I’m no advocate for anarchy, but I do find it harder and harder to argue against it."
"That none of the elected officials are doing the job that they took an oath to do. We need to dump them all and start all over again. It can be done if the people stand together"
"Following the party line without thinking about what's best for the country; thinking of their own political and monetary careers before 'the people'; not getting out here and truly understanding what people are going through (think Undercover Boss)."
"No one is doing anything and everyone is making their own rules and regulations!"
"Actually many are working hard, and many are obstructing progress. Know the difference, the throw them all out crowd is actually a front for the very one's doing the least.... Politically it is there only chance and they know it."
"That they no longer care about or serve the best interest of their citizens or country. Instead they serve the wealthy and corporate interests who have purchased them."
"None of them are performing the checks and balances. There was a reason the Senate was chosen by the states. Changing that rule has isolated too much power in Washington."
"they have sold our us, the environment and our future to greed. they don't give a damn about the wild horses and burros, or public land. They are simply put, evil greedy pawns of the wealthy and huge business. Sold out to big oil, Monsanto, pharmaceutical industry, and GMO crap. I have nothing but contempt for congress and the President. Both parties suckl"
"Money has purchased 80% percent of the congressmen. Rich people have too much money and want to control our country. Rich should be taxed to 70%"
"We are asked to write our congressmen and women about the things we think are important. What I get back is a form letter telling me all the wonderful things they are doing for the state and country. After passing only 55 bills this year, do they really think I'm stupid enough to believe that??"
"they haven't done anything about jobs -- they haven't stopped jobs from going overseas either"
"their support of weapons production, unending war, being cop of the world, more that one term..."
"Their blatant bigotry and misogyny - - pure evilness on the right!"
"that American jobs are still going overseas... while so many Americans are unemployed / under-employed"
"No honor among them"
"What angers me is that people with lots of money can give so much money to buy or influence politicians. Politicians should get just so much money in a salary and no more. They become detached from the people they are supposed to serve."
"The way that Big Corporations and Big Money in general have been able to buy control of our government. The fact that they have likely bribed they way onto the Board which are supposed to be regulating them. Being retired physician, I am particularly angry with the total dysfunctionality of the Fed. Drug Admin. They are completely sold out to the drug companies and there is no meaningful regulation. They not only stacked the Agency with "their" boys, but totally underfund it The same is true with the Environmental Protection and on and on"
"There are so many things that anger me, it would have been almost impossible to keep the answer short and sweet"
"Politicians who put their personal ambition and career above policymaking.
Machinations of political parties. Greed."