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EDITORIAL: Congressional approval ratings

WTOL Vice President and General Manager Bob Chirdon WTOL Vice President and General Manager Bob Chirdon

The approval rating for Congress is wallowing around 10 percent. 

That means nine out of every 10 people disapprove of the job Congress is doing. 

Here's an example of the kind of Congressional chicanery that earns 10 percent approval ratings:

Hurricane Sandy does $30-50 billion dollars worth of damage to the Northeast coastline. Clearly federal relief is needed, so a Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill is created. 

You would think the money in the bill would be directed to provide help to the victims. Well, yes and no. 

For many of the Congressional members this, was a golden opportunity to procure millions for pet projects. So we find money earmarked for road repairs anywhere in the United States, $17 billion for a Community Development Fund, $150 million for Alaskan fisheries, $8 million for new cars for Homeland Security, and on and on! 

The pork is piled on so high that the true purpose of the bill, providing clean-up and insurance relief for actual hurricane victims, becomes a ruse instead of a reality.

Given this dazzling example of Congressional arrogance, a 10 percent approval rating just might be too high. 

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