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October 9, 2013

Congress’s Problem: A Lack of Intellectual Horsepower

Filed under: Politics — Steve Ruis @ 8:28 am
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In my past, if you will allow me an automotive analogy, Congress was like the mythical “your grandfather’s Oldsmobile,” it was big, it was heavy, and due to modest horsepower it accelerated slowly. Once moving it was hard to change its direction. As time has passed our needs from the Congress have grown. We need it to address more complex problems and move a bit quicker, so we need Congress to be a nimble crossover or a small SUV with a V-6, something lighter with more power. Instead, we have a Congress more like a beaten up and overloaded old farm vehicle with a four cylinder engine, one of which isn’t working.

How is it that as our country has advanced, our Congress has attracted so many stupid and incapable members? People who can barely spell economics now proclaim themselves experts on the debt limit. Think about this. There is a job available. It is immensely boring, is held in very low esteem, but if you play your cards right, it will pay off with a lot of money down the road. To earn that payoff, though, you have to spend over half your time panhandling people for money and the other half of your time working with colleagues who would make posts seem bright by comparison. Plus you will have to at least feign interest in the ideas of those giving you larger sums of money. You will have to lie with a straight face and never, ever tell the truth about how your job works. Plus, nobody on your team will do the obvious thing: change the rules to make your job more interesting, more effective, and more helpful to the people you serve. You would be in it just for the money. Would you want that job? No? What kind of person would?

Exactly my point.



  1. How is it that as our country has advanced, our Congress has attracted so many stupid and incapable members?

    You know the answer, but i’ll say it anyway because my hand is up: Gerrymandering.


    Comment by john zande — October 9, 2013 @ 12:32 pm | Reply

    • Gerrymandering is not that fine of a tool. It only clusters Democratic and Republican households. But inside of those districts, the goober candidates are pandering like crazy and the billionaire boys are funding them. Having dumber Congressfolks is acceptable to the Plutocrats as they are easier to manipulate and if they fuck up, it just brings government into ill repute which suits the rich bastard’s ends quite well also. But if those idiots blow off the debt ceiling and the billionaire boys lose 42% of their net worth in the aftermath, they may think differently in the future.


      Comment by stephenpruis — October 9, 2013 @ 12:42 pm | Reply

      • Monsters are hard to cage after released. Someone, however, will have to force a vote if Boehner doesn’t. The madness really can’t be permitted to continue.


        Comment by john zande — October 9, 2013 @ 12:57 pm | Reply

        • On a number of occassions a President has been “forced” to break a law (Lincoln suspended Habeas Corpus during the Civil War), and my hope is that Obama will ignore the Debt Limit which will require the Supreme Court to judge the legitimacy of that law (with total chaos the result if they uphold it).


          Comment by stephenpruis — October 9, 2013 @ 2:06 pm | Reply

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