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    57% Of Americans Favor Complete Overhaul Of Congress

    If they could vote to keep or replace the entire Congress, just 25% of voters nationwide would keep the current batch of legislators.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 57% would vote to replace the entire Congress and start all over again. Eighteen percent (18%) are not sure how they would vote.

    Overall, these numbers are little changed since last October. When Congress was passing the unpopular $700-billion bailout plan in the heat of a presidential campaign and a seeming financial industry meltdown, 59% wanted to throw them all out. At that time, just 17% wanted to keep them.

    There has been a bit of a partisan shift since last fall. With Democrats controlling both chambers of Congress, it's not surprising to find that the number of Democrats who would vote to keep the entire Congress has grown from 25% last fall to 43% today. In fact, a modest plurality of Democrats would now vote to keep the legislators. Last fall, a plurality of Democrats were ready to throw them all out.

    While Democrats have become more supportive of the legislators, voters not affiliated with either major party have moved in the opposite direction. Today, 70% of those not affiliated with either major party would vote to replace all of the elected politicians in the House and Senate. That's up from 62% last year.
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    I'm not sure what could be done to improve things here. I'm not so sure the traditional governmental structure is at the core of the problem. I'm thinking about Caesar Augustus's famous statement when he was asked what it was like governing Rome. He said "it was like having the wolf by the ears". The United States has to continually feed the special needs of all the wolves it has by the ears to keep it's own self from being eaten. Therefore an overhaul of congress would not solve the problem as long as these hungry wolves continue to form into their various packs and undermine the Republic. The real problem is demographic.
    I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grand children's time - when the United States is a service and information economy; when all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority

    Carl Sagan

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