Via Katherine Mangu-Ward, word count by Pew Research when Americans are asked about Congress

This would make a great piece of modern art to put on the walls of the Rotunda.


  1. Greg:

    Heh. Thanks, I needed that. :)

  2. randomscrub:

    It says "lazy," "do-nothing," "divided," and "disorganized" like they're bad things. I prefer my Congress gridlocked and ineffective, thank you much!

  3. gep:

    I would prefer it on jumbo screens in DC, so we could update them from time to time.

  4. ilovebenefits:

    Remember the words of Thomas Jefferson, "The government that governs least, governs best." If only these words were true!

  5. IgotBupkis:

    Reason should sell it as a poster.

  6. methinks:

    I disagree. They are not "ineffective".

    They just effected all over us pretty effectively. We only wish they were ineffective. Did y'all catch the human prop at the signing of all that effectiveness?

  7. Jess:

    "Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one." - Thomas Paine

  8. Elliot:

    My favorite five words of the constitution:

    "Congress shall pass no law..."

    Shame they couldn't leave it at that.


  9. IgotBupkis:

    > They just effected all over us pretty effectively.

    I think the bolded word you're actually looking for there is "excreted".

    And I think somewhere they got the mistaken idea that "effluent*" was synonymous with "affluent", and that effluence for the people was a good thing.

    ...but I could be wrong there.


    *Esp. sense "4"