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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Sophisticated technology can't detect a Congressional approval rating - Andy Borowitz

From what Andy Borowitz (of The New Yorker) reports, the US Congress needs urgent cardiac political care, because even modern technology can't detect a public approval rating.

When Americans vote for Senators and the Congress, we seem to fall into a misguided belief that we "own" the  winners of the elections.  In other words, if the candidate we voted for wins the election, it's wrongly assumed they owe us a political debt, regardless of the harm this potentiality causes to other constituents, who happen to have voted against them. This tug of war has created political grid lock in Washington DC.  Obviously, the inability of Congress to collaborate in a bi-partisan way, like political leaders should, has destructively polarized the nation.  

Important national issues that once united Americans by our heritages, like the Emma Lazarus inscription in the Statue of Liberty, "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free", are now contentiously splitting civilized people into arguments about immigration.  

Every  person who is a US Citizen is descended from one or more of the tired, poor and huddled masses.  

Like Lazarus in the New Testament, entrance into the United States as immigrants, really did raise masses of people to new lives, brilliant with the hope of prosperity, heretofore unheard of in the history of the human race.  

Nevertheless, political polarization by anti immigration right wing extremism would, probably, destroy the Lazarus inscription on the Statue of Liberty, rather than support its vision of a better world for the tired, poor and huddled masses. It's likely America's immigration  history, for these selfish people, is romanticized revisionism. They ignore their own heritages.

So, the list of stalemate issues is too long to elaborate in this blog. Of course, there are plenty of other Maine Writer blogs to expound on my overall theme.  Yet, none of the essays, blogs, opinions and rants says it any better than Andy Borowitz, in The New Yorker blog of March 13, 2015

Congress’s Approval Rating No Longer Detectable by Current Technology BY ANDY BOROWITZ

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report) – After a challenging week for the legislative body, the approval rating of the United States Congress has shrunk to a point where it is no longer detectable by the technology currently available, a leading pollster said on Friday.

Davis Logsdon, who heads the highly regarded Opinion Research Institute at the University of Minnesota, said that his polling unit has developed highly sensitive measurement technology in recent years to gauge Congress’s popularity as it fell into the single digits, but added that “as of this week, Congress is basically flatlining.”

“At the beginning of the week, you could still see a slight flicker of approval for Congress,” he said. “Then—bam!—the lights went out.”

Logsdon said, however, that people should resist drawing the conclusion that Congress’s approval rating now stands at zero. “They may have support in the range of .0001 per cent or, say, .0000001 per cent,” he said. “Our equipment just isn’t advanced enough to measure it.”

Logsdon said that the swift descent of Congress’s approval rating below detectable levels has surprised experts in the polling profession. “A couple of years ago, when they shut down the government, I wondered, What could they possibly do to become less popular than this?” the pollster said. “Now we know.”

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