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    If they could vote to keep or replace the entire Congress, just 25% of voters nationwide would keep the current batch of legislators.
    57% Would Like to Replace Entire Congress - Rasmussen Reports
    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 57% would vote to replace the entire Congress and start all over again. Eighteen percent (18%) are not sure how they would vote.

    Overall, these numbers are little changed since last October. When Congress was passing the unpopular $700-billion bailout plan in the heat of a presidential campaign and a seeming financial industry meltdown, 59% wanted to throw them all out. At that time, just 17% wanted to keep them.

    There has been a bit of a partisan shift since last fall. With Democrats controlling both chambers of Congress, it's not surprising to find that the number of Democrats who would vote to keep the entire Congress has grown from 25% last fall to 43% today. In fact, a modest plurality of Democrats would now vote to keep the legislators. Last fall, a plurality of Democrats were ready to throw them all out.

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    While Democrats have become more supportive of the legislators, voters not affiliated with either major party have moved in the opposite direction. Today, 70% of those not affiliated with either major party would vote to replace all of the elected politicians in the House and Senate. Thatís up from 62% last year.

    Republicans, not surprisingly, overwhelmingly support replacing everyone in the Congress. Their views have not changed. But Republican voters are disenchanted with their team as much as the Congress itself: 69% of GOP Voters say Republicans in Congress are out of touch with the party base.

    Fifty-nine percent (59%) now believe that members of Congress are overpaid. Thatís up 10 percentage points from last October. Just five percent (5%) think their Congress member is paid too little. Thirty percent (30%) think the pay is about right.

    One reason for this attitude may be that most voters say they understand the health care legislation better than Congress. Just 22% think the legislature has a good understanding of the issue. Three-out-of-four (74%) trust their own economic judgment more than Congressí.

    Just 14% give Congress good or excellent review for their overall performance, while only 16% believe itís Very Likely that Congress will address the most important problems facing our nation. Seventy-five percent (75%) say members of Congress are more interested in their own careers than they are in helping people. On the brighter side, just 37% say most in Congress have extramarital affairs.

    Fifty-nine percent (59%) of Americans believe that when members of Congress meet with regulators and other government officials, they do so to help their friends and hurt their political opponents. Most believe thatís why politicians are able to solicit contributions from business leaders. Most, however, say itís generally a good investment because political donors get more than their moneyís worth. Fifty-seven percent (57%) of American adults say political donors get more than their money back in terms of favors from members of Congress.

    Despite these reviews, more than 90% of Congress routinely gets reelected every two years. Itís a shock when any incumbent loses. One explanation for this phenomenon frequently heard in Washington, D.C. is that ďpeople hate Congress but love their own congressman.Ē

    Voters have a different perspective, and 50% say 'rigged' election rules explain high reelection rate for Congress.

    When the Constitution was written, the nationís founders expected that there would be a 50% turnover in the House of Representatives every election cycle. That was the experience they witnessed in state legislatures at the time (and most of the state legislatures offered just one-year terms). For well over 100 years after the Constitution was adopted, the turnover averaged in the 50% range as expected.

    In the 20th century, turnover began to decline. As power and prestige flowed to Washington during the New Deal era, fewer and fewer members of Congress wanted to leave. In 1968, congressional turnover fell to single digits for the first time ever, and it has remained very low ever since.

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    Now that it's probably too late, Republicans and Democrats claim they're ready to reign in government.

    Oh well...human nature and all that.

    I only hope these same people will actually vote the bastatds out for once rather than the usual "(S)He may be a bastard but I'll vote for him (her) because (s)he's MY bastard..."
    People don't like to be meddled with. We tell them what to do, what to think, don't run, don't walk. We're in their homes and in their heads and we haven't the right. We're meddlesome.--River Tam

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    Its never to late to clean up the mess. I just hope we can start putting our house in order during 2010.

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    Trouble is once the puppets get in office they begin dancing to the pulling of their strings by the puppet masters.

    "Today the path of total dictatorship in the United States can be laid by strictly legal means, unseen and unheard by the Congress, the President, or the people. Outwardly we have a Constitutional government. We have operating within our government and political system, another body representing another form of government - a bureaucratic elite."
    Senator William Jenner, 1954

    "The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the larger centers has owned the Government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson."
    A letter written by FDR to Colonel House, November 21st, l933

    "The world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes."
    Benjamin Disraeli, first Prime Minister of England, in a novel he published in 1844 called Coningsby, the New Generation

    "The real menace of our republic is this invisible government which like a giant octopus sprawls its slimy length over city, state and nation. Like the octopus of real life, it operates under cover of a self created screen....At the head of this octopus are the Rockefeller Standard Oil interests and a small group of powerful banking houses generally referred to as international bankers. The little coterie of powerful international bankers virtually run the United States government for their own selfish purposes. They practically control both political parties."
    New York City Mayor John F. Hylan, 1922
    By faith Noah,being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear,prepared an ark to the saving of his house;by the which he condemned the world,and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith Heb.11:7

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    People think that they can't do anything, and that its to late. Its not to late, we need to keep voicing our opinion. The Gov't needs to know that they have over stepped their boundaries to far, and we have had enough. If we just sit back and keep letting things happen yes it will be to late to do anything. I think we need Gov't reform more than anything. Im sick of being lied to, all the manipulation, and all the deceitfulness that comes out of our Gov't. When will we get some men in office who have some balls to stand up for whats right, and not be a puppet. When the Gov't fears the people, there is libery. When the people fear the Gov't there is tranny. - Benjammin Franklin

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