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February 28, 2014

Our View: Congress changes, but to what?

Why it matters: Change is being driven by limited special interests determined to achieve only their agenda -- not yours

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It used to be that serving your country was considered an honor and a privilege. Now opinion polls note that Americans have extremely low regard for Congress, compromise is considered almost treasonous in some political quarters and tearing down an idea is considered sport while conversely offering alternatives can be politically dangerous.

“This Congress has been a great disappointment to everyone — members, media, citizens and our country,” he said. “Little has been done in this Congress, with 57 bills passed into law. That is not Heinz packaged varieties, it is the laws passed by the Congress.”

Do we as a nation really want this method of governance? Maybe so. But “Is it fixable?” Dingell asked in an interview with the Post. “There’s only one person that can fix it, and there’s only one group of people that can answer that question, and that’s the voters. If they want it to change, it will change.”

Until we collectively remember that we are ultimately responsible for the way our nation is governed and get involved, change will be driven by limited special interests determined to achieve only their agenda — not yours.

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