Congress isn't designed to top the polls

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By Hal Rhodes

At this very minute, hundreds of men and women, working for scores of pollsters, are on the phone pressing whomever is at the other end of the line to reveal his or her opinions about heaven knows what.

Almost everyone has received calls of this sort, and many of us hang up when we realize what they’re about.

Granted, polls can be informative, but the questions they pursue are often as predictable as they are banal.

Take the question about Americans’ assessment of Congress, any Congress–past or present.  The results never vary: Americans aren’t high on Congress.

There has been a spate of such polls lately, including one by Albuquerque-based Research and Polling Inc. for the Albuquerque Journal. Predictably 60 percent of the New Mexicans queried have a dim view of Congress.

Which computes: Only those who like messy decision-making processes can love our Congress?

But that’s how the constitutional framers intended it: Cumbersome, slow, and ponderous.

To get a piece of legislation out of Congress, majorities in the Senate and House of Representatives must approve the measure in exactly the same language.  

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