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1 in 5 measures passed by the current Congress approved post office names. How equipped are lawmakers to deal with our problems?
June 19th, 2012
03:26 PM ET

1 in 5 measures passed by the current Congress approved post office names. How equipped are lawmakers to deal with our problems?

By CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Here's all you need to know about how worthless Congress is:

Of the thousands of measures introduced in the current Congress - only 132 passed.

And about 1 in 5 of those was to approve official names for post offices.

This country is circling the drain when it comes to runaway government spending and deficits - and 20% of the bills that got through Congress were to name post offices.

What's more: a CNN analysis of Congressional records shows that the current Congress has worked just as many days as previous Congresses - they just have a lot less to show for it.

This gridlock means that the important things that need doing are in limbo. We haven't had a budget in forever. There has been no action on the fiscal cliff that is fast approaching at the end of the year. The debt ceiling is going to have to be raised. The national debt and deficits are out of control. And they spend their time naming post offices.

Experts say it hasn't always been this way. They call the 111th Congress "exceedingly productive." That was when the Democrats passed Obamacare.

Of course that was also the spark that started the fire that was the tea party. Republicans swept into power in the house in 2010 - promising to repeal health care reform and crack down on government waste and abuse.

But what they've mostly done is slow the pace of government and turned this Congress into one of the least productive in modern history.

Congress still has 6 months left to redeem themselves. But don't count on it.

Between vacation time and campaigning for re-election, it's unlikely they'll deal with any of the critical issues facing the U.S. today.

Here’s my question to you: One in five measures passed by the current Congress approved post office names. How equipped are lawmakers to deal with our problems?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Ed in Texas:
Relax, Jack. If they do nothing, spending will automatically be reduced by the sequestration deal from the debt ceiling fight and the Bush tax cuts expiring on Dec. 31. Viola! Deficit reduction without them doing anything, which is what they do best, isn't it?

Tom in Rochester, New York:
If we wanted to elect people who were equipped to handle our pressing problems we wouldn't elect politicians.

Pat in Idaho:
At this point, approving names for post offices seems like the safest thing for our country.

Bonnie in New Jersey:
I believe they are equipped, they just refuse to do it. The news media and us (the constituents) have also refused to call them on it, too. We are as much to blame as them.

Brad in Portland, Oregon:
The reason that bills naming post offices represent such a high proportion of bills being passed is because the Republicans block any bill with any substance. They won't let anything through unless it's totally inconsequential. Although if a bill naming a post office after Malcolm X is introduced, see what the Republicans do.

David in Tampa, Florida:
I think the word you are looking for is ain't. Used as an adjective before words like competent, intelligent, responsible. But we are stuck with them until voted out.

Kevin in California:
Apparently very well if you want a post office named after you. The rest, not so much.

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  1. Terry in Virginia

    They are well-equipped to feather their own nests and keep the top 1% fat and happy. If not for avarice the only thing they'd have going for them is incompetence.

    June 19, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  2. Paul From Round Rock, Texas

    I think a group of 3rd graders could do a better then what we have now in the Congress or Senate.

    June 19, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  3. Martha Brooks

    Obviously, woefully ill-equipped. On the bright side, naming Post Offices keeps them occupied so that they don't actually pass draconian legislation that will adversely affect most of us. P.S. what were the other four?
    Martha, Rew, PA

    June 19, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
  4. Russ in PA

    This is why there are anarcho-capitalists that don't believe in a state at all, as governments all become corrupt in some fashion. In any event, the result of so many politicians prattling and pandering, and refusing to adhere to the Constitution have left us with people like Kerry, McCain, Pelosi. Like the British would say: what a bunch of Wankers...

    Ron Paul in 2012...

    June 19, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  5. Riley ODay

    I cannot think of any of our problems they have addressed. None they have helped.

    June 19, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  6. Michael Bindner, Alexandria VA

    It is actually not a dump strategy if you are trying to keep postal officials from closing your local facility, since it says the signal that someone cares. The sad fact is not that private legislation keeps passing, but that it seems to be the only thing that does.

    June 19, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  7. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    This is a do nothing Congress by design. The gridlock is deliberate. When routine matters such as raising the debt ceiling are blocked and filibustered, it is part of the Republican strategy to "Make President Obama a one term president." (Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell)

    Solving America's problems is not what they are about. Gaining power is their priority.

    June 19, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
  8. John from Alabama

    Jack: It proves why Congress has a 12 to 19% approval rating among this nation's citizems. It also proves that the Republican controlled Congress are a group of do nothings. It takes brave risk takers to get things accomplished or fail, but at least go down swinging. The Dream Act, Social Security, and Employment Act have not been acted on by this Congress. The Republicans are controlled by the Tea Party wing, and the Democrats do not have a majority in the House, and the stupid rules in the US Senate which require 60 votes to pass anything in the Senate.

    June 19, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  9. Oliver El Paso, TX

    Jack, get ride of the top heavy management,they have more management then a dog has fleas, and reduce to one union instead of having five unions. They should copy UPS, and FED EX those guy make a profit even when they do subcontract delivery's for the US post office and also look at mail index stores they are making a profit too, where the US post office is running at a lost...

    June 19, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  10. Gary in San Jose, California

    This Congress dealing with our real problems? You're kidding, right? They'd have trouble finding their own butts with both hands, a map, and a GPS so I don't think they're very well equipped to deal with our real problems. Let them continue to name things while we work on replacing them.

    June 19, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  11. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    That's what so frustrating about the state of the U S Congress. Many of the Congressman are not equipped to handle the jobs they were sent to Washington to do. We placed them in Congress with little or no concern about their true qualifications or experience. Our primary focus was on just beating the opponent on the other side of the aisle or in the other party. When American voters begin to place higher priorities on the general and common welfare of the country over partisan politics, then we will return to sending the best equipped trepresentatives to Washington to work in concert to resolve out nations problems. We as voters must take responsibility for who is in Congress and for what they have or have not done. The blames lays at the feet of us voters.

    June 19, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
  12. MYSTERIOUS

    The TeaPartiers psyched the Americans into voting for them on the auspices of creating jobs for Americans. The don't even understand the notion of compromise, let alone legislating.

    They got who they voted for. Where's the jobs? And, if I'm not mistaken, when Speaker Pelosi was in charge, they worked.

    June 19, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  13. allen from Houston

    Nothing can be done with a Democrat President and a Democrat Senate . Obama has been at War with the GOP since being elected and this battle will continue if he is elected for a second term . Everyone knows this , so why try and paint a different Picture . Obama is a open leftist and proud , he is also proud to divide parties and loves to blame others. For 3.5 years he blames others , he is an expert at it , and he will never change and grow up and accept his own failuers as a leader .

    June 19, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  14. Gary H. Boyd

    In today's world the Postal Service is ill-equpped to compete. I would liken it to the Dickens character Bob Cratchet seated on a 3-legged stool at a high desk beneath a bare light bulb and writing with a quill pen. The words obsolete and bankrupt come to mind when discussing the postal service. Congressional legislation to fix it is like putting a Band-Aid on a broken arm.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    June 19, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  15. Mark, Oklahoma City, OK

    Jack, I am a school teacher and I could pick any 5 middle school students who have good grades and good behavior and THEY would be able to sit down and come up with solutions to most of our probelms. The fact that these so called "adults" in Congress can't get squat done working together means they would FAIL most middle school group project assignments. They are a JOKE.

    June 19, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  16. Jenna Roseville CA

    One in five measures passed by the current Congress named post offices. How equipped are they to deal with our problems?

    So the Republican Congress spent 20% of their time working on naming Post Offices instead of I don't know say the ECONOMY or JOBS. Is anyone surprised here? I'm not. This DO NOTHING REPUBLICAN CONGRESS is pathetic.

    Love her or hate her, Nancy Pelosi got over 400 Bills PASSED even with Republican Obstruction.

    Time to vote OUT the Republicans and replace them with REAL Democrats (not Dino's) and Independents.

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    June 19, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  17. Pete in Georgia

    Jack, shouldn't the question be................."How equipped are we as a nation, as a people to elect representatives in our government" ???

    June 19, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  18. Brad, Portland, OR

    You know, of course, the reason that bills naming post offices represent such a high proportion of bills being passed is BECAUSE THE REPUBLICANS BLOCK ANY BILL WITH ANY SUBSTANCE. They won't let anything through unless it's totally inconsequential.

    Although if a bill naming a post office after Malcolm X is introduced, see what the Republicans do... :-).

    June 19, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  19. Mark in Houston

    How equipped to deal with our problems ?

    Based on past and recent results....much better than Congress.

    June 19, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  20. David, in hot and sunny Tampa

    I think the word you are looking for is Ain't. Used as an adjective before words like competent, intelligent, responsible. But we are stuck with them until voted out.

    June 19, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  21. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    It's not whether the Congress is equipped to deal with our problems, instead your question should be why won't they deal with our problems. The answer is, the Republicans are too busy trying to make a president look bad and will not even pass a job bill that would put over 1 million people back to work improving our infrastructure and lowering the unemployment rate.

    June 19, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  22. Pat, Twin Falls, Idaho

    At this point approving names for post office's seems like the safest thing for our country.

    June 19, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  23. Bill of New Mexico

    With Congress turning everything they touch into a mess–the less Congress can function, the better the country is.

    June 19, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  24. Andre R. Newcomb

    How equipped are Americans to deal with REAL equality when they voted for Romney and/or Obama?

    June 19, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  25. Loren, Chicago

    So long as building up campaign funds is the primary goal of our Senators and Representatives, then we can't expect effective legislators. I am not advocating longer terms or public funding, but rather real campaign finance reform to remove the ability of special interest groups from the equation and limits on individual spending. Contrary to the U.S. Supreme Court decision, which is eminently ripe for reconsideration, corporations and similar artificial entities are not persons and should have no right to engage in political spending, that should be solely the province of citizens, people. Remove the crazy money from the campaigns and maybe then politicians will remember who they are elected to represent.

    June 19, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  26. Simon/Orlando

    About as equipped as our current president. In other words...not really.

    June 19, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  27. bonnie from NJ

    I believe they are equipped, they just refuse to do it. The news media and us (the constituents) have also refused to call them on it, too. We are as much to blame as them.

    June 19, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  28. Pat in Michigan

    Congress Has been the Problem all along Jack. It doesn't matter who the President is. Congress writes and passes the laws and they cut the deals and fashion the compromises .The problem is the present Congress is like a deer caught in the headlights of a partisan semi.they want to survive but are too scared to move.

    June 19, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  29. chris

    what these idots deal with real problems for us the overtaxed americans he get real people in thie to do what is best for the averagre american after all why pay them nearly 200,000 just to name post offices i could do that and i will obnly charge a pay of 50,000 per year

    June 19, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  30. DT - Saint Paul, MN

    They're not at all. The national debt is toppling over the sides of what our nation can hold while people stand around posturing.

    I don't get it, how hard is it to add? How are these guys our elected leaders? I don't care if you're "divided", your job is to control the government.

    I wish they would just start cutting programs. Republicans are becoming so annoying with their "no more spending lets cut everything" attitude. They forgot a LONG time ago a teacher is a citizen. An elderly person is a citizen. A sick baby is a citizen.

    Just cut the programs you say you would, and we'll see who votes for you next time. They won't do it though. Instead we fund cuts with debt. A moronic approach. Now the Democrats are demanding a revenue increase and they won't have it. We're ALREADY spending the money guys!! We want to pay for it, and the morons in congress won't let us. We all WANT Soc. Sec. and healthcare. Can you get out of the way already??

    June 19, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  31. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    I believe that CNN should start off each show with this information so maybe the American voters will rise up and send a real message to them; get with the program or move to another country. This will probably continue for several years due to the lack of concern for our country's welfare and only running for re-election. These people are pathetic.

    June 19, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
  32. Carla

    if the names actually reflected some truth, Jack - I might be inclined to think the were equipped for a larger task - like healthcare or homelessness - For example, if they named my own local post office "The Biggest Loser", I'd know they were right on top of things. My local post office has lost around $700 in mail addressed to me in the past two years.

    June 19, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  33. DT - Saint Paul, MN

    Irrelevant. They aren't there for us.

    June 19, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  34. Virginia - Atlanta

    They obviously are not, at least the tea partiers and ultra conservative. Let's give President Obama a good congress of mature men and women and then good things will happen. The group of Republicans who schemed to make certain that Pres. Obama would have only one term should all lose their jobs. No one knows how knows how well Pres. Obama's ideas would have worked, he needs a chance to show us – with a congress to support him.

    June 19, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  35. Cliff Glass - Rego Park, New York

    You answered your own question, Jack: ill-equipped. Until there are laws passed – Constitutional amendments or otherwise, for term limits (12 years and your're out) and public financing of campaigns, Congress is in the pocket of those titans of Democracy like the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelstein. God help us all.

    June 19, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  36. Karl in Flint, MI

    The new, Tea Party, neocons have no idea how to govern or how our government functioned well for over 230 years until they showed up and bought it to a grinding halt. Since the Republican leadership can't or won't take them aside and explain to them that what they want to do can not be accomplished by holding the government hostage to their non-compromising stance. Either the constituents who put them in office need to affect a change in attitude or personnel or the government will succumb to inaction. Two years is long enough. You made your point, now get to work or get out.

    June 19, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  37. David - Georgia

    Welcome to Capital Hill! Home of the world's biggest blame game. Today's contestants, 193 Democrats and 242 Republicans. It is so sad to see our politicians today not focusing on us the people but the people across the aisle and how they react.

    June 19, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  38. Ken in Pinon Hills, California

    These folks act like Robert Redford in the movie "The Candidate". When he is elected president and seated in his hotel room with his campaign staff, Redford asks, "What do we do now?" We are waiting Congress for you to do something now, not just something.

    June 19, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
  39. Paul in NC

    Not at all. You nailed it, Jack. All those Tea Party loons elected in 2010 have created the worst Congress in memory. Following the McConnell mandate they have only one objective; obstruct everything Obama initiates and then blame him for the lack of progress. If the intelligent voters (i.e. non tea party) don't see this and reject evry one of those clowns in the upcoming election the gridlock they've created will put this country on the expressway to hell.

    June 19, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  40. Kevin in CA

    Apparently very well if you want a Post Office named after you ... the rest, not so much.

    June 19, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  41. s.

    I knew it was bad, but not that bad! I'm currently experiencing "Linda Blair Syndrome." (Eyes rolling and head spinning!)

    June 19, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  42. Dave, Orlando, FL

    The question is not how equipped they are, they certainly can do the job, as you will see. The question is how willing they are to deal with our problems. Clearly, they are not willing. They are, however, very capable of addressing their own problems, such as, getting reelected, raking in more graft…I mean compensation…for themselves, getting free rides on private jets, going on free junkets at taxpayer expense, passing all manner of bills that benefit them etc. ad infinitum.

    June 19, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  43. Sandstone

    "I can honestly say: I have no idea what you're getting at? Govenment has to be responsible for security of public mail, like any other delivery service. I guess I'm just a little to involved with myself today, and what is on my own agenda for the next 36hrs. "

    June 19, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  44. Kim, Dodge City, Kansas

    It's obvious Congress respects neither the people, nor the obligations of their elected office. I'm starting to see the wisdom of the Egyptian military to throw out their useless politicians. The worst fate a Congressperson can suffer when they fail to do their job, is to not get re-elected. Maybe a penalty more stringent, and permanent, would get their attention. A lifetime ban from public service – and that includes lobbying or consultation work – a fine of 50% of personal net worth, and forfieture of voting rights or citizenship.

    June 19, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
  45. Larry in Houston

    Worthless Indeed, Jack. That's pretty much who we will be Voting for – (it's like, who is the lesser of the two evils is what they used to say in the old days ) – even though they are both likeable people.

    Now Your Question :
    One in five measures passed by the current Congress approved post office names. How equipped are lawmakers to deal with our problems?

    Answer : IF Romney gets elected as this country's next President, then You don't have to worry too awful Much about Post Office's Names, whether they will be approved, or un-approved.

    Vote Democrat (for the middle class working people) 2012

    June 19, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  46. Dave - Phx

    They are not equipped at all. Ignorance has put a bunch of greedy, self serving, traitorous people in charge of our government. The Tea Party being mostly responsible for wasting our money. Electing people to do nothing isn't keeping with their beliefs

    June 19, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  47. Nancy, Tennessee

    I'm guessing that they didn't have to come up iwth the new names for the Post Offices. If they had, the Post Offices would not have a new name yet. You would think that we could elect someone that cares to represent us, but we keep picking the millionaires that haven't got a clue about everyday Americans.

    June 19, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  48. Nick @ Mammoth Lakes, CA

    Congress is tied up in knots as a result of a floundering Republican Party who can't even agreed among themselves on what to do. As soon as Republicans stop electing brain-dead politicians the nation can get down to business.

    June 19, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  49. Thom Richer

    Jack, if they were equipped at all, they would not have put us in this mess to begin with. It is because of Congress that we are so deep in trouble. Congress was incapable of preventing such a mess, are still incapable and remain incompetent. How in the hell can we expect them to to get us out of the mess they created? We can't because they can't. Bush? Obama? Nope. It ALL comes down to Congress.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    June 19, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  50. Tom from Virginia

    All the current Congress wants to do is whine and cry about the other political parties statements. I haven't heard one legitimate thing come from a Congressman for over two years. Neither party wants to come up with any negotiated solutions to the problems that are afflicting the economy, jobs, social programs or anything else. Naming a post office? I thought the Postal Service was shutting down a large portion of post offices? Just like those idiots to waste time changing the name of something that is no longer going to exist. Now that's what I call effort. Thanks for the laugh Jack

    June 19, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  51. ken, atlantic city, nj

    Congress cares about nothing but getting re-elected and making themselves rich by auctioning themselves off to the rich bankers, lobbyists, wall street firms, and corporations. The u.s.government is totally bankrupt and is being kept on life support by the federal reserve which prints money to create the illusion that this is a functioning republic.

    June 19, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  52. Dan in Aluquerque

    Oh, they are equipped enough Jack, they just choose not to use that equipment for the people. It is strictly partisan, especially the House. They will not pass anything unless it is loaded with right-wing elements to make rich richer and the poor poorer. And in the Senate the GOP loses the votes all the time, but have filibustered more than 500 times, a record, to defeat any progressive legislation to help the economy.

    June 19, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  53. Roxy

    I think we should vote them all out in Nov.
    It's obvious none of them are capable of doing anything.

    June 19, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  54. Johnny C (from Los Angeles)

    Hi Jack -

    Congress is well equipped ... they have the knowledge and they have money ot purchase the resources to get things done. No other government on the planet has their capabilities and potential to effect change. The issue isn't are they equipped, rather are they efficient and effective.

    June 19, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  55. L

    They are a disgrace, and a poor excuse for legislators. They should all be fired and stripped of their salaries, pensions, and healthcare. While many Americans are struggling, these do-nothings are content to sink the entire ship just to make the President look bad, while regular citizens suffer from their actions (or lack thereof). At least half of them are millionaires who are completely out of touch with regular people's needs, and only care about lobbyist money, getting wealthier personally, making their special interests more powerful, and holding their positions of status and power.

    June 19, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  56. Cee.La

    Really Jack..... and they agree on them?

    June 19, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  57. EdfromMd

    They can't not make laws fast enough for me, who needs lots of laws anyway? And aren't they all named "Post Office"? , but hey, whatever keeps them busy...

    June 19, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  58. Ray in Knoxville

    Jack, meet Mr. Gridlock. The fact is, the Congress doesn't want to do anything. The radical right now owns the Republican party and they have all but sworn to take this country down rather than work with the President. It's not that they aren't equipped to handle our problems, they don't want to.

    June 19, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  59. Gigi Oregon

    It's very obvious the Republican Party are the rotten apples in the congress. They made the bold statement on several occasions that their main goal was to make "President Obama a one term President "( THEIR full time job). I think many conservative, older adults will show their disapproval in the next election. We have lived in war all of our lives and now see that President Obama has handled the war on terror in a modern, more efficient and cost effective way. Much different than the years of the Bush administration ( with million of dollars and thousands of our grandchildren). More laws would have been handled in a better way if they had done business as usual rather than this childish behavior of the past 3 years. The republican Congress has made a joke of the USA... which has reached around the world. Examples; credit rating, 17Th place in education, quarrel from the birthers, racial divide, neglect of human rights for the poor, elderly, aliens, and health care for our citizens just to name a few. They should never be paid and brought up on charges. But, Alas! they probably did get around to passing a law they could not be charged, and denied pay because of their bad behavior....What is the approval rating of Congress today?...

    June 19, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  60. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    It would be nice to witness common sense instead of nonsense with these politicians.

    But as long as there is dogma, as long as there is this idiotic worship of absolute ideologies, we may never find and act upon the best solutions for us all.

    Wisdom is finding the truth within knowledge, wouldn't we solve all of our problems if we had just one wise politician, but just the term wise politician make me break out in laughter at the oxymoron.

    June 19, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  61. Roger from Albion PA

    We're better off when they're not doing anything. If they're on vacation that means they're not borrowing money from China to buy another entitlement program that will get them re-elected. We need to mark "return to sender" on them and ship them to a post office they haven't named. Maybe they'll get lost in the mail.

    June 19, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  62. Mycroft Lake Travis Texas

    Jack , This Republican Congress is those most idiotic, defiant, and absurd, I ever seen. You wonder how they sleep at night.

    June 19, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  63. Peter, Tarrytown, N.Y

    They don't have time to legislate but they have time to hold hearings and investigations on sports and steriods,Treyvon Martin, Boxing decisions. and others I don't recall.
    Whichever candidate is elected the other party will ensure nothing gets done. Goose and Gander.

    June 19, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  64. TomInRochNY

    If we wanted to elect people who were equipped to handle our pressing problems we wouldn't elect politicians.

    Tom, Rochester, NY

    June 19, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  65. Rudy Padgett

    They are not equipped to do anything of importance for the American people. Jobs and the economy should be # 1...They can't figure that one out...

    Rudy
    Virginia

    June 19, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  66. Jake in Omaha

    One in five measures passed by the current Congress approved post office names. How equipped are lawmakers to deal with our problems?

    I am suprised congress can even name post offices. The whole lot are worthless and need to be replaced.

    June 19, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  67. Jim Charlotte NC

    People collecting a paycheck. For the most part they are just like so many Americans who claim they care about this country but give nothing in return. All they do is complain about how much all the things they want cost.

    June 19, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  68. curtis in philadelphia

    Jack, I think you and I are better equipped to breastfeed than this congress is to govern. I apologize to the viewers for the mental image I may have invoked.

    June 19, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  69. Joan

    Republican/Tea Party members of Congress are brilliantly equipped to deal with our problems by suppressing our dissent, crushing the already suffering, poor, and sick and progressively degrading women, while proclaiming how religious they are. Their wealth and the wealth and power of their backers and the outrageous criminality of the 'conservative' Supreme Court 'Justices' (ruling that corporations are people, stopping the Fl vote in 2000 etc) means this country will continue to suffer as long as anyone votes Republican/Tea Party or allows the judiciary to be controlled by those who hold their own wealth and power above all things, including country and fellow-men/women.

    June 19, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  70. Frank Poynton from Los Angeles

    I'm for a resolution that would equip this Congress with new luggage and then send them packing. Tell them to take a long walk off a short pier. After they've fallen into the drink and can no longer tread water we'll name the pier in their honor complete with a plaque thusly describing their action as "taken so that the rest of the country didn't go down with them." Hell, if there's enough sentiment following someones departure they'll get a commemorative stamp with the words "I didn't give a lick about this country" beneath their image. Thats my Post.

    June 19, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  71. Mr. D

    I'll mail you an opinion. It's a good thing that Congress isn't running the Post Office, we would never get our mail. Talk about closing postal offices, How about closing Congressional offices. What a country.

    June 19, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  72. Ed from Texas

    Relax, Jack. If they do nothing, spending will automatically be reduced by the sequestration deal from the debt ceiling fight and the Bush tax cuts expire on 12/31/12. Viola! Deficit reduction without them doing anything, which is what they do best, isn't it?

    June 19, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  73. Michael, from Smiths, Alabama

    As you said, Jack, the Tea Party have done nothing but slow Congress down with their determined effort to kill healthcare reform and block President Obama's attempts to get a budget agreed on by both Houses. Hopefully those same Tea party cry-babies that were elected by the mass of idiots who want to blame Obama for the failed Bush policies will be voted OUT of office again.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  74. Ed in Sacramento, Ca

    The Physicians' Creed is "Do No Harm." So a Congress and Senate unable to do anything but name buildings sounds better than them passing a bunch of new laws which only makes their fat cat friends...fatter!!! What would YOU have them do, pass a budget :-)))

    June 19, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  75. June in the windy, smoky west

    And what really ticks us voters off is what they're (Congress) getting paid and
    especially, the wonderful pension they earn after one term!

    June 19, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  76. vicky

    Give Congress a break. They pass bills across party line that meet their personal needs at taxpayers expense.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  77. abbydelabbey

    Congress is too busy pontificating and obstructing legislative action in order to score political points and huge campaign contributions....

    Our current Congress isn't competent enough to find their collective derrieres with both hands....

    June 19, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  78. JusJane

    When the leader of the congress or House says on public TV that their only job
    is to get Obama out of office, you cannot expect them to concentrate on something
    that might accidentally help us. The public. Who elected them.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  79. Pete, NJ

    If the opposite of Pro is con, then the opposite of progress is..... you guessed it...Congress. If they can pass just one law that would redeem Congress before they adjourn, it would be to pass term limits for Congress.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  80. TJ

    get rid of them all... there are plenty of unemployed folks out there that would be more than willing to get America back on track.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  81. redhatrevolution

    I thought the name of post offices were collectively known as US Post Office. What? we got the Quiznos Post of Shaker Heights, OH? Hey.. there's an idea. Give 'em sponsor names to offset their costs.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  82. Andrew in Fargo, ND

    If its current performance is the best Congress can do, it better start naming those post offices after Chinese emperors. Beijing know how to get things done whether we want it to or not.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  83. Dieter Koelmel

    All they do is put on a show. They would give Liberace a run for his money.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  84. Sandstone

    BFPO 10, was really the only post office name that ever meant anything to me, that long ago "

    June 19, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  85. Edward Haton, Chicago

    Congress wants to get rid of waste – better start with themselves. I have never seen a bigger bag of waste.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  86. Ruth, Peshtigo, Wi.

    Their only goal was to make sure Obama was a one term president and we paid their salary and benefits while they were doing it. They should face criminal charges. If it's not against the law, it should be!!!!

    June 19, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  87. Cris in Pennsylvania

    I think you underplay the crisis of unnamed, badly named, and embarrassingly-named post offices, Jack. The talents and intelligence of Congresspersons are perfectly proportioned to this terrible headwind.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  88. Alan in MO

    Have to agree with Ed from Texas...
    And when do we look at the law code for the country and secide that, perhaps, we have enought laws? They have, after all, been at it for over 200 years!

    June 19, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  89. Lawmakers?

    I would rather these guys be out on the golf course or naming post offices then making more rediculus legislation further choking our civil rights. So if they are not making new laws increasing our governements size and control are they bad? We need more local control and less of these so called representitives eating out on our tab.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  90. Peter

    Why is it Congress has no problem naming USPS building, but cannot pass legitimate legislation to save the oldest institution. It's Congress that has put the US Postal Service in this mess and it's only the Congress that can get them out of it by repealing the 2006 PAEA law.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  91. Elizabeth in CA

    I think my two year old granddaughter is better behaved than congress. She at least knows to say please and thank-you and when she throws a temper tantrum we can put her in time out. The only way congress is more mature is that I assume they are all potty trained.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  92. Ian

    Congress has been unproductive yes. But should we continually accept this notion of lesser of two evils through legislation? Let the gridlock continue until the swamp is drained in washington and get the two party system out of there. How about we stop identifying as Democratic or Republican and start identifying ourselves as AMERICAN.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  93. CK in Cedar Falls Iowa

    My Post Office has a name that serves it well...US Government Post Office. It doesn't need another name. If I was this unproductive at my job, I would be out. We are their bosses and we are allowing it. If this job is too hard for them, and they are unable to represent the people who voted them into office they need to be replaced. They are too worried about defeating the sitting President rather than taking care of the business at hand.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  94. Joe

    This is a cheap shot at Congress. The plurality of legislation enacted in most Congresses deals with renaming federal buildings. Extremely small amounts of time are used in dealing with this rather non-controversial legislation. This type of legislation is usually passed under suspension of the rules and/or voice vote. This kind of baiting is rather beneath you.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  95. phil o from Florida

    Naming Post offices? I could have saved congress and the taxpayers millions. Name them all Slow and Inefficient.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  96. TJ

    No I don't think the current ELECTED officials, have any idea or care to help the president to fix our economy. They want to blame him, but gee I haven't seen them do much to assist him in getting things going again. I am a Democratic and I feel this is on both parties in Congress. I know am voting everyone of my ELECTED OFFICIALS out of office in November.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  97. oz lancaster,tx

    Jack I challenge your assertion that obamacare sparked the growth of the tea party movement. In fact obama's very election sparked the growth of the tea party movement. I believe that had john mccain been elected the tea party forces would have wallowed blissfully alongin silence as John Mcain started more wars and ran up the huge deficit that george bush started. It is ironic i think that the election of a president who was supposed to be a uniter has in fact only united and galvanized the forces the very substantial racist forces in this country. that is why congress will do nothing of any consequence as long as obama is president.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  98. The Able Patriot

    Airbags spouting that this congress was NOT as productive as the previous congress should make note of the following: The 2009 and 2010 Democratically controlled Senate and House spent MORE MONEY in those two years than did the previous three congresses. Additionally, with Obamacare, they put the USA on the hook for $62.5 TRILLION dollars in unfunded mandates (through 2040). They were productive okay. They were productive in spending money faster than ANY congress in the history of the USA. What Cafferty and the rest of the "vast left winged lunatic fringe" (to borrow a name) do not realize, this nation was not founded to have a government CONTROL the people. This nation was founded to have a PEOPLE to control the government. I have not and will NEVER give my consent to take the money I put into the tax coffers go for anything that does not benefit EVERYONE. For YOU to have health insurance is not a benefit for ME. I can pay my own way there. What I cannot do is raise my own armed forces. Therefore...that is the governments job to do that for me and I do not have a problem paying for that! So...our current congress naming Post Offices is not a problem. At least they are not out giving my money to people who are too lazy to work!

    June 19, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  99. bill s

    dear jack,

    i believe if obama, the dems, and the republicans, in congress, instead of spending 2 1/2 trillion on stimulus, tarp, and bailouts i general, would have given every legal US citizen 250,000 dollars....

    that would have stimulated the economy immediately....we would have spent the money right back into to the economy. problem solved...

    we got the enomoy going , more jobs created as needed, and we would have purchased items instead of holding off buying these things we really need because money is so tight..

    June 19, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  100. Drew

    It is easy to blame congress, but where do these congressmen come from? I think we ought to take a look at ourselves and our priorities first. This is a stalemate in my opinion because it is us who elects these congressmen. And if we elect different ones, they will do the same thing.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  101. Troy in Austin

    Jack ... we all know who is to blame, the folks who said "We will get him out of office any way we can ....".
    We also know who "him" is. The only way to do this is to constipate the whole process so that "him" always looks as bad as possible. The party of Tea is a very bad thing and G. Norquist needs to be indited for corruption of Congress!

    June 19, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  102. Louis

    Louis – /Louisiana Jack you are wrong, Congress has done something, They've said NO to almost everything the President has asked for Determined to make him a one term President ALL they will do is NAME POST OFFICES those they don't close that is !!!

    June 19, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  103. John Pagakis

    I think the answer to your question is a pretty obvious "No", but I think I have a solution.

    Just add a line item to every bill renaming a Post Office.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  104. John Windham

    Congress in general is disgusting. I highly recommend a maximum term limit of 2 terms, immediately. No complete retirement benefits after one term. Anything they get, all citizens should get, and anything we get, they should get. Medical care and retirement, both. They are nothing special.

    I am sick and tired of the partisan politics and the agendas of extreme factions that are highly funded. The Supreme Court does deserve more respect than Congress, but not much. Maybe they should have term limits as well because they are legislating laws. Declaring PAC/corporations as human is the worst decision ever. How the hell did we let this happen?

    John Amarillo, TX

    June 19, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  105. Jim from Nicholson, PA

    How equipped are they Jack? Not at all. We have in congress, 435 walking talking endorsements for term limits, and anyone who votes for an incumbent this year is part of the problem. Our two party system is a total failure to everyone except itself and the fat cat campaign donators who flagrantly buy influence from members of both parties who just as flagrantly peddle it. And with both parties becoming more extremely partisan there's no one left in the center to come together and get anything accomplished. We need new parties, or new factions to take control of the existing ones.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  106. joe

    The Tea Party has been a cancer since they have taken control of the house. There are millions of people out of a job and the Tea Party chooses to obstruct President Obama (love him or hate him, he is still our president). For 10 years I have been voting Republican, but this year i will be voting for Obama and the Democrats.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  107. Jim

    It seems like the only thing this Congress is equipped to do is try and bolster their own egos. Many Congressmen have taken extreme positions without any underlying intent to compromise on those positions. They are there for the notoriety and their own egos. I wouldn't feel safe if this Congress did act on the IMPORTANT measures our country is facing. They are too wrapped up in egos and getting elected again – as if their positions will help them get re-elected. I say we need to vote out at least 75% of them.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  108. Keith

    Just another example of how corrupt politicians are as a whole. I have a simple way of curing the entire political mess in Washington. What we need for all these bozos is for EVERY politician to take a polygraph test quarterly and make all those results public!!! That would certainly change things!

    June 19, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  109. bigg dogg

    Cogress does not have to deal with our problems because they have plenty to occupy there time chasing down athelets for seroid use even though every athelet that they have went after was a buss and all of these athelets have a governing body that has already delt with them!!

    June 19, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  110. TJ Randell

    The RepubliCON held Congress is the worst group of obstructionists in history. Many are Tea-Party know nothing first time congress-beings. Saying they want to fix government, the tea party has made it worse. They can't even get a childs threat right, they take their ball, but they won't go home.

    TJ Randell, St. Cloud, MN.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  111. John Moore in Petaluma, CA

    Congress as is cannot function, too many entrenched legistlators satisfied with the status quo – for their own good. Look at other countries and see how ther leading politicians change while here in the US we see the same old faces. Maybe we are stuck with the political parties but why cannot they get democratic, forget seniority vote some fresh faces into leadership roles. Here we just go with whose turn it is, the American way is to compete and the political party leaderships should be fought out. Enough of the corrupt process that keeps the current leaders in place.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  112. kenneth

    it has been such a spectacle seen this do nothing congress operate, the hate president obama to such a degree that they would rather have our country go from bad to worse in order to prove their point and make him a one term president that move on to the business of improving life for the american people and get this country back on track, only an idiot would disagree with this statment as the prove is in the pudding, cant wait for the debates to start and for president obama to name legislation after legislation that could have speeded up the economical recovery and put american back to work that was stone walled by congress, they are traitors to their own country as they have obviousely put their personal ideology ahed af the common good of this country.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  113. Rev. M. Perkins in the Mile High City

    When it comes to passing legistration, it would appear we need a modern day version of LBJ and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  114. LEE from Tennessee

    The GOP is missing in action, taken over by extremist. No compromise equals no governing. Tea-party and Norquist letter signers have the GOP hostage to a no action position. Remember 2010, “we’re focused like a laser on job”
    Two points Jack. 1. Even if Obama is re-elected if the Dem’s don’t also win the houses, there will be continued stalemate. 2. Should Romney win, smart Dem’s would build their own letter signers opposing to any cuts in services, this equaling the winning strategy republicans used to win 2012. = more stalemate from the left this time.
    ANSWER? Swearing not to do your elected ‘job’ disqualifies you from your elected post. Make it a law.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  115. Shawn

    Naming post offices seems like hard work for this crowd, maybe it's time to put extreme term limits on Congress and the Senate to make sure they feel the fire at their feet. Thanks again Jack for pointing out the need to name post offices, with the onset of that new technology called E-Mail, I'm sure the names are indelible!

    June 19, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  116. A Glover

    It i so about time Jack you are discussing Congress.. Congress and the Senate need to be called out for their do nothing positions. This country is in a mess and no one talks about the Congress and Senate individuals who are causing this.daily.The individuals get kid treatment with the press and pundents. Term limits need to be imposed on Congressmen and Senators . Call them out loudly,

    June 19, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  117. Sandra from Texas

    They are no longer equipped. In fact, I would feel more hopeful if Congress and our postal workers switched jobs. At least the postal workers go to work everyday and do something. Congress has become an expensive club that serves no purpose but appease their lobbyists and boost their own egos. We are drowning out here and Congress can't even agree to toss us a life preserver!

    June 19, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  118. dan

    What a surprise! This is what I predicted back 3.5 years ago. I new that the currently elected congress would take this country as hostage. There's no way, after loosing this election, going to let this president get anything done. Congress took an oath " do not pass anything as long as this president in in office. Look at what each member did by sing the no tax increase pledge.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  119. Wyatt

    The question shouldn't be how equipped are the lawmakers, it should be how informed are the voters electing the law makers? We are the victims of our own mistakes. Let's stop electing political partisan robots and start electing real congressmen.
    Salt lake city, UT.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  120. Susan From Montana

    We the American people are so fed up with a Congress that is so ineffective. Congress doesn't care about this country. They are like a child who is afraid to cross the street and never makes it to school, thereby becoming a burden to the taxpayers in this country. They had better get off of their 'party line' asses and do something to get this country back on track.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  121. Michael

    Frankly, the less Congress passes the better. Hopefully that will lead them back to passing the laws that will keep the government running and away from the temptation to codify morals, fads, and band aid fixes. What happens when they move in to fix things? Bill Clinton's administration pushed to lower lending standards so more people would buy homes. The Bush administrations went with that theme too. Enter the housing bubble. Obama spent his political capital forcing healthcare down the throats of outnumbered Republicans. Say hello to the days of extreme polarization. It's popular to believe our leaders can and should fix our problems. It's better to understand they should strive to provide an environment where we can solve our own problems.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  122. Ike Nelson

    The fact that Congress has spent 20% of their precious time on naming Postal facilities exposes a deeper issue with our Congress. They are a "do nothing" Congress that poses a threat to our national secuirty by NOT implementing the necessary legislation to assist the "middle class" in America that will help to revive the economy which will have a positive global effect. Stupid is as stupid does!

    June 19, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  123. Kevin

    Not at all.As long as rotten apple elements allow congress to accept money or good and gifts in lieu of from business large or small, nothing will get done .... at least nothing on the behalf of those who really need it.
    If a senator or a house memenber can accept $$$ from exxon, who are they going to represent? Their constituents?
    I would laugh if were not so saddened by what I've watched congress do the last 30 years. Look up Santa Clara vs. Union Pacific 1886. The supreme court voted on the heading of the legislation not the body. And guess who the court clerk was? A former railroad president. Fast forward to 1977 ( I believe it was) a large shoe company (read Nike I'm pretty sure) They win the right to lie to the public. Now corporations are "people" and can buy all of congress.

    Public redress? Certainly. Private payoff? They should be hung on t.v. or draw 30 years. Then we'd have statesmen instead of lifetime politicos like edward kennedy.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  124. Gary T. in Twentynine Palms, Ca.

    Important business naming those P.O.'s. Jack ! I nominate ours to be named Jack's mail & stuff !

    June 19, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
  125. Karl Sells

    Jack,

    If Congress were not eligible for reelection if the national budget deficet went above 3% of the GDP, these problems would be fixed instantly. This is not Karl talking, that is Warren Buffet.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
  126. EdBenson

    Eliminate Congress. Example – A company has a department that sucks resources and doesn't produce results. There's no reason to keep that department. The company eliminates that department. Why should government be any different? I would like to see a choice on my November ballot. "Keep Congress / Eliminate Congress"

    June 19, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  127. Karl Sells

    Put differently – Budget deficit above 3% – Congress no longer eligible for reelection. Problem solved.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  128. TJ Randell

    Just did a little checking, The RepubliCON held Congress named one of the post offices after Osama bin Ladin. Just before the elections they will vote to close it. Then they can say Congress shut down bin Ladin.

    St. Cloud, MN

    June 19, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  129. phil o from Florida

    Grover Norquist, the Tea Party, dominance in the House of Representatives, only a 2 vote advantage in the Senate, a5-4 advantage in the Supreme Court, God help us if the Republicans win the White House. They've shown what their worth and if your not in the top 1%, their not worth much. I truly fear for my childrens,and my Grandchildrens future.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
  130. Teri from Georgia

    Well Jack, how many days and how much money did it cost taxpayers to have Congress name all those post offices? As dysfunctional as they are these days, I can't imagine that any of those names were approved without debate.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:49 pm |