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October 17, 2013

Think About It: D.C. Auwe

You might have missed it with all of the mass confusion, posturing, and bantering in Washington, D.C. over the past few weeks, but here's something that just might not surprise you. What do potholes, hemorrhoids, and dog poop have in common? Well, according to a recent poll done by Public Policy Polling, these items are all more popular than Congress. And lest you think that this unpopularity is a new phenomenon brought on by the government shutdown, Congress' current 8% approval rating is not far off of the 10% approval rating from last year. Ebola, heroin, Honey Boo-Boo, and Vladmir Putin do rank lower on the popularity scale, thank goodness.

People in the poll said they had a higher opinion of cockroaches and toenail fungus than they do of our elected Washington, D.C., officials. But perhaps what's saddest about the debacle that is Washington, D.C., these days is that the people who have made this mess seem not to care. They remain obvious to what real people think or go through- yes, the very people who elect them in the first place. To prove a point, to cater to special interest groups and powerful lobbying entities, our democratically elected officials have sold their souls and, perhaps, their brains.

Power and control, that's what one D.C. lobbyist told me is all that really matters and is fought for in the halls of our Congress- and that sentiment was shared with me 25-years ago. The rancor and discordant tone that comes from decisions and lack thereof in our nation's capital is embarrassing and on-going, and it affects real people right here in Hawaii and elsewhere every single day. Alas, there may not be a better system by which to govern, but the people in charge really do need to set their egos and career aspirations aside to do what they were elected to do, or else… we'll just re-elect them again. Hmmmm. Think about it…

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