Congress will return from its summer recess next week to another record low in approval ratings. Blaming Congress for the dysfunction in Washington, however, lets off the hook another culprit: us.
According to the most recent Gallup poll, just 14 percent of Americans hold a favorable rating of Congress. Eighty-one percent disapprove. If it were a product, Congress would be discontinued. But Congress is a product of the people. We chose the lawmakers we claim to despise for their unwillingness to compromise and preference for making speeches in empty chambers rather than passing legislation.
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