Nixon’s Approval Ratings After Watergate were up to 4 Times Better than our Current Congress

John-Boehner-CryingIt’s no secret that Congress is extremely unpopular these days. They’re so unpopular that they’ve hit an all-time low approval rating of 10% — or even 6% according to Townhall.com. In fact, Richard Nixon was up to four times more popular after Watergate than our 113th Congress is right now. Not content to stop at that, while they’ve tried to pass doomed bills repealing the Affordable Care Act and banning abortion, they’ve also snuck in something else while we weren’t paying attention. Last week, while everyone was talking about Snowden and the NSA, or Paula Deen’s exit from the Food Network, the House Financial Services Committee voted to repeal the section of the Dodd-Frank Act which requires companies to disclose the ratio of pay for their executives versus hourly workers.

Some people will say, “Why is it any of our business what a CEO of a company is paid? That should be between them and the stockholders only.” I might agree, but when so many large corporations are receiving subsidies and demanding more tax breaks, it’s only fair that we should be able to see what those dollars are being used for. If we are being forced to pay as much as $1.6 million per year, per Wal-Mart, to provide food stamps, housing assistance and Medicaid to their employees, while the company makes billions in profits –– then it is absolutely our business how much the CEOs make. If states can mandate the employees of these companies to take drug tests in order to get the assistance their employers aren’t giving them, then why shouldn’t the CEOs at least disclose their compensation? In fact, the argument could be made that these CEOs should be forced to take those same drug tests as well.

When we bailed out the financial sector, only to have the banks we saved make every attempt to not renegotiate mortgages, then we absolutely have every right to know what the CEOs took home. So why has Congress been slowly and quietly working to disassemble Dodd-Frank piece by piece? While it wasn’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination, it did create some accountability and transparency that Wall Street is unwilling to live with.

So while we as a public are waiting to see what country gives Snowden asylum or what the next turn of events is in the Paula Deen scandal, Republicans in Congress (with the help of some Wall Street friendly Democrats) are working to undo the good that was done just a few years back, and take us back to the less regulated days before the last economic collapse. As unpopular as they are right now, why are they doing this at the risk of being found out and voted out next year? With our attention diverted, they’re trying to push this through and counting on us not to notice. It’s time to take that disdain for Congress that a vast majority have and use it in a productive manner — find out exactly what your elected officials are and aren’t voting for, and decide if they truly deserve your vote come next year. Because, quite frankly, it’s obvious we need to clean House (and Senate).

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  • Christine Akers

    And EVERY SINGLE REPUBLICAN would blame this on the president.

    • Charles Vincent

      And democrats, and politicians in general blame every one but themselves.

      • Ryan Christopher DuBois

        Considering it’s the Republicans who stop progress. The Republicans who have stopped job and housing bills. The Republicans who made the student loans go up. And the Republicans who do all that they can to shift the view onto non-important issues. I’d say that it’s the Republicans who are to blame. Well at least the Tea Party members.

      • Charles Vincent

        Again the democrats want to blame everyone but themselves, grow up they do just as much wrong as the republicans.

      • Vera Donato

        How can we prove that?

      • Charles Vincent

        Take a look at history, it becomes clear that both parties do just as many things as the republicans when it comes to wrong doing. But if you need an example look up the depression that started in 1837. Yes it’s a long time ago but if you look at the history of the parties both have done a lot of bad things not just the republican or just the democrats.

      • Kyle Jay

        You realize that back then the democrats were the conservative party (like the republicans of today). After that the parties changed positions, democrats becoming liberal and republicans becoming conservative. You can’t associate today’s democratic party with the one of 1837. Also, they are entirely different people anyways, so I don’t see why you ever would.

      • Charles Vincent

        Hello it was one example and no the democrats were not conservative cause if that had been they would not have went off the deep end on a spending spree. And you missed my point as obtuse as it was.

      • steveorevo

        It’s actually considerably more recent than 1837. It was really the migration of Strom Thurmond from Democrat to Republican and the ushering in of Newt, Trent Lott, Ashcroft, Cochran, Alexander, etc. Not to mention that Nixon’s advisor was quite happy to point out that the new Republican vote wouldn’t include blacks. Yeah, if the Republicans of old were the Republicans of today, why don’t they get the “Republican, Lincoln supporting” vote today? Simple: because Lincoln wouldn’t be considered a Republican today nor would Strom and he be “pals”.

      • Charles Vincent

        Still can’t see the big picture. Over time since this country was founded both parties be they Whig, republican-democrat, federalist etcetera have made just as many mistakes to bump a phrase stupid doesn’t discriminate it encompasses both parties.

      • Charles Vincent

        This is in regard to your post below the mods will delete it because they don’t allow links, so I will repost what you said and answer.
        “You make a very bold statement claiming that there are many examples and then give one of the worst possible ones. That would be like if I made a bold statement about YOUR behavior and then cited your great great grandfather’s behavioral record. I am more than happy to listen to any of your points, but please pick supporting examples relevant to today. For example, what have they done in the past 20 years or so? I am not as educated on politics as you, so I’m happy to listen. However, I am almost 99% sure that the democrats did indeed used to be a conservative party and that the republicans were more liberal and that a switch occurred in the past (post 1830’s).

        not the best source ever, but well stated…

        “It is true that the Democratic party had a stronghold in the deeply conservative South for the majority of its existence. What is not true is that the party’s composition is the same as it was 150 years ago. Despite the highly racist viewpoints of most southern individuals, the southern Democrats had extremely right-wing leanings regarding governmental power and personal liberty – so much that when Lincoln was elected to office, the perception that he could use governmental power to force the end of slavery prompted Virginia, then ten others, to secede from the Union, following setbacks and conflicts in new territories and laws (see Bleeding Kansas – this is often credited as the event that resulted in the formation of the “new” Republican party) and the fear that the rights of the states would be infringed upon and ultimately destroyed. At this point in time, the Republican party was still as a whole liberally-slanted, primarily on it’s advocation of abolitionism.”

      • Charles Vincent

        They are just examples not comparisons. I used that example to show that it isn’t all the fault of republicans. Are republicans doing things wrong? Absolutely, but contrary to the current liberal position it’s isn’t all the republicans fault, in fact they are all(both parties) doing a great deal of harm to this country at present. Here and now we are seeing the rise of the nanny state being promoted and pushed by the liberal democrats on the left. I already have parents and the liberals have no business legislating how big of a soft drink I can buy or whether I take the stairs or an elevator. And if you think they are not spending money to push that agenda your are mistaken. Democrats and republicans originated from the democratic-republican party.

      • Kyle Jay

        Firstly, I agree with you that the soda/stairs legislation is a joke. Though I think we should all stop harping on history and concern ourselves with modern times. And yes, i also agree with you that the republican as well as democratic parties are mutually to blame for the low points we now find ourselves in. I suppose I am simply a liberal who reads liberal biased news about all the bad things republicans do and was asking a (i assume) republican what their views were on the recent mistakes of the democratic party. And i mean on a bigger scale than soda size restrictions. And certainly lets not bring up the health care thing as many states have reported reduced health care costs and socialized health care has been shown to work in many other countries already.

      • Charles Vincent

        “Though I think we should all stop harping on history and concern ourselves with modern times.”
        This would be a mistake we should all be aware of the history of this country as it shows us what mistakes we made and how they were fixed.

        “And certainly lets not bring up the health care thing as many states have reported reduced health care costs and socialized health care has been shown to work in many other countries already.”
        Socialized medicine is on track to bankrupt countries that use it. Just look at Canada, the Canadians love their system, but the government can no longer carry the financial burden of rising medical costs and people living longer is a part of those rising costs. Similarly our country has an issue with the unfunded liability with programs like social security, Medicaid, and Medicare which is what the Canadian government is now facing with their form of Medicare/Medicaid. And if you looked you would probably find this a common thread with systems like this world wide.

        I am a middle of the road person for the most part and I see little efficacy with being at the far end of the spectrum either way(left or right).

      • Kyle Jay

        I wasn’t saying we should ignore history. You brought up history as an inappropriate example of what modern democrats have been doing wrong. I corrected you that back then democrats were a completely different party with almost reversed ideologies. I asked to stop “harping on history” because it was taking us off on a tangent that is completely unrelated to the questions at hand. Learn from it, yes… Let it distract you from the present, no…

        Also, as far as healthcare, I have read that Americans spend more on healthcare than any other country and yet we are not anywhere near being ranked #1 for the effectiveness of that health care. Generally speaking, preventative healthcare is much cheaper than having uninsured people come to the ER with ailments that could have been easily stopped with preventative care long before. I also know that the costs of the new healthcare system were grossly exaggerated in Ca (where i live). I won’t comment on Canada’s healthcare system and its benefits/detriments because I simply do not know enough about it. Though from what I have read, it seems to, like any other system, have many benefits as well as a few downsides. Saying that our healthcare system isn’t broken is foolish. As far as if socialized healthcare is the best way to go, I’m not sure.

      • Charles Vincent

        Our health care system has problems yes but we didn’t need to reinvent the wheel we needed instead to do some serious system analysis and fix things that could be fixed and replace the things that couldn’t be fixed and leave the things that are working well alone. But what we got was a new version of what we already had complete with some of the problems we had in the current system as well as new ones. All at a cost to us of ~2 trillion dollars according to the new numbers I read from the CBO yesterday I think they were current to February 2013. In 2011 the government collected ~2.3 trillion dollars from all sources, just entitlements, which are Social Security, medicaid and medicare, and the interest payment on the debt spent ~2.2 trillion dollars, this doesn’t count the smaller portion that is other mandatory spending which includes things like federal employee pensions food stamps and disability and unemployment benefits or defense spending and other traditional government things that totaled another ~1.6 trillion dollars for a total of ~3.8 trillion dollars in total spending which left us with ~1.5 trillion dollars in deficit for the 2011 fiscal year this doesn’t count the block grants to states that the government has promised to states for the ACA which will further exacerbate the current problem we have with the unfunded liabilities associated with the entitlements we currently have. If you want to see a scaled down version look at the looming bankruptcy of Detroit and you can see clear parallels to the unfunded liabilities Detroit has and those that the us government now carries and are growing each year.
        Apologies if the numbers are a bit off I am quoting from memory.

      • Charles Vincent

        Here is a link to the cbo stuff I was referencing.

        http://www dot cbo dot gov/publication/42636

      • Randell Cinnamon

        There is a SMALL handful of Dems that act like the GOP. However, the WHOLE of the problem lies squarely on the GOP.

      • Charles Vincent

        Wrong the democrats do just as many things wrong the blame lies squarely on the whole of congress.

      • Randell Cinnamon

        There is a fallacy in your statement. Congress at the moment is ruled by the GOP. Therefore, the GOP IS the heart of the problem. Evidence shows this to be correct. If you choose to deny this, then it is on you. You can correct your fallacy by doing your research. Come back when you have done just that. Ciao!

      • Charles Vincent

        The dems have a slight minority atm in the senate. The GOP controls the house by a similar small margin. So it is you that is spreading fallacies.

      • Randell Cinnamon

        If I am spreading fallacies, then why is it that the GOP block everything that the Democrats bring to the table? Kind of reinforces my position, does it not? Again, evidence proves this. So, want to try again?

      • Charles Vincent

        What are they blocking please provide that information. As far as the ACA they are trying to get rid of a colossal mistake. The debt ceiling is being blocked for a couple reasons one is it will force congress in general to out themselves on the fact the have taken almost every dime in the Social Security fund, roughly ~2.5 trillion dollars. And there have been recent articles on this and the general theme is that this is why Obama stated that the SS checks won’t go out unless the debt ceiling is raised. Attempts at gun control violate the second amendment especially if you look at the heller decision from SCOTUS. If your referring to filibusters you might want to check your information as that is a traditional way to block legislation and has been don for a long time by both republicans and democrats.

      • Randell Cinnamon

        If you have to ask, then you are not informed. Since you are not informed, then you are myopic. I suggest you heed your own advice before further devolving this debate.

      • Charles Vincent

        I don’t have to as I already looked apparently you haven’t, stop evading the question and please dispense with the ad hominem attacks they add no value to this debate and actually make you look immature.

      • Randell Cinnamon

        Again, I suggest you heed your own advice. Must you devolve this debate? If you only seek to say you know and show that you don’t, then YOU are the one that is adding nothing to the debate. Unfortunately, I have no more time to waste on you.

        Take this as you want, I don’t really care. There are those that think and those that know. You have shown yourself to be the former. Good day.

      • Charles Vincent

        Nice argument good day to you and your feeble personal attacks typical liberal…. See what I did there.

      • Guest

        I think the biggest problem we have is that the government is so polarized and divided. The two parties would rather bicker than work together to help the country, each demonizing the other. Sort of like how you two are acting. Denouncing eachother’s intelligence isn’t going to get anything done other than upset everyone involved, make them defensive, and even more sure that they are right and you are wrong.

      • Charles Vincent

        I concur with the first portion of your statement, as to the second I wasn’t calling him names nor was I insulting his intelligence. The fact is both parties do things wrong and that was my original comment.

      • Randell Cinnamon

        Oh, wow. You got me there. Pfft. Nice try, yet you fail once again.

      • Charles Vincent

        Ad hominem attacks don’t make your argument and they certainly don’t discredit mine, nor do false assumptions of what I do or don’t know. So far all you have really done is act like an elementary school child and hurl insults and name calling, not a real good way to elevate the debate to a higher intellectual level at any rate. But I digress if it helps you feel better about yourself to do so, so be it.

      • Randell Cinnamon

        Whatever helps you sleep at night. Enjoy your delusions.

      • JamesKelso

        It took both Democrats and Republicans to pass the Monsanto Act. The Democrats also said they wouldn’t allow the attacks on the legal Marijuana Dispensaries, yet the attacks continue.

      • anthony fries

        I think you should watch the documentary ‘Park Avenue: Money, Power, and the American Dream.’ Then let me know if you still believe in the GOP

      • Charles Vincent

        I am an independent voter I do not have a party affiliation. That documentary most likely addresses crony capitalism and both parties are complicit in abetting corporations in this sort of distortion of free market capitalism.

      • anthony fries

        Actually it talks about The richest block in the world vs. one of the poorest in the city of New York. The only thing that divides the two is a river. It also mentions the republican party and how they get a lot of money from those who live there. It really is all about money

      • Charles Vincent

        The democrats get just as much money as the republicans from the corporate money your talking about.

  • Dave Pavlatos

    They are ALL crooks!