Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The First 435 People Listed in the Telephone Directory

William F. Buckley famously said, "I'd rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University."  Well, now the American people trust that randomly selected group more than they do those currently elected to Congress.  According to Rasmussen:
Forty-four percent (44%) voters also think a group of people selected at random from the phone book would do a better job addressing the nation's problems than the current Congress, but 37% disagree. Twenty percent (20%) are undecided.
Other highlights from the survey:
Americans trust themselves more than Congress.
When it comes to the nation's economic issues, 67% of U.S. voters have more confidence in their own judgment than they do in the average member of Congress.
And the part that is most interesting to me:
Fifty-eight percent (58%) agree, too, that "no matter how bad things are, Congress can always find a way to make them worse."
As Will Rogers said more than 70 years ago, "This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer."  It applies as much today as it did then.

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