Jim Brown: Reduce Gridlock in Washington? Good luck with that!

Thursday, November 6th, 2014
Baton Rouge, Louisiana


Voters sent a strong message on election night that congress needs to work across party lines and begin to get things done. No more gridlock. After all, the popularity of members of congress is at an all time low. Less than 10% of Americans think congress is doing a good job. Herpes and the chicken pox have a higher favorability rating.

New Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called for a fresh wave of cooperation. In his victory speech, he admonished that: “Both sides will have to work to get us back to where we should be. It’s a goal that I truly believe we can all agree on and agree to strive toward together. Because restoring this institution is the only way we’ll ever solve the challenges we face.” Outgoing Leader Harry Reid agreed, congratulating McConnell as his successor and saying: “The message from voters is clear: they want us to work together.”

“Throw the bums out” would seem to be the bywords from the electorate. But were they, and do voters really want an end to gridlock? Yes, most constituents have a low regard for congress. But if this so, why did 90% of both senators and representatives get re-elected? Because most voters feel good about their particular representative even though they despise congress as a whole. Continue Reading…….