Congressional disapproval ratings
are around 90% - but reelection rates
are also around 90%.
How can this be? How can they keep getting reelected when "the public" overwhelmingly disapproves of "Congress"?
Because "the public" doesn't vote for "Congress" - individuals vote for individuals.
And regarding individuals:
We have to do this because the only thing that will work is to vote them out of office if they continue to sell us -
and this country - out.
And they have to know we will vote them out of office - or they will never, ever change.
This resolves the following issues (i.e. the problem):
Members receive a daily email or text-message SellOut for one of their representatives.
SellOuts are rated, and the ratings are stored in a database.
Ratings are displayed for each politician. Since ratings can come only from others in the same state or district,
you will know you are not alone.
This means they will have spent small chunks of time over months and even years keeping track of their representatives.
If they don't vote, then all of that will have been for nothing - which doesn't sit well with human nature.
Before, they were mad at "Congress"; now they will be mad at their representative. BIG DIFFERENCE.
They will know they are not alone.
They will know that the anger is emanating from their constituents, not "the public."
And that it is directed at them, not "Congress."
They will know their constituents will vote. And that their vote will reflect this anger.
Can you spend that much of your time not doing your job? Can anyone?
We need representatives whose prime concern is not raising money for their reelection.
Can you expect that kind of raise when you leave your job? Can anyone?
We need representatives who will not "play ball" with lobbyists in order to ensure a huge salary when they leave office.
They write: The preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.
We need representatives who represent the vast majority of us, not just the rich who enable them to keep their jobs for decades.
Their staff need only scour the Web and submit SellOuts which illustrate how the incumbent has been selling
him- or herself out to the highest bidder.
And that makes sense. This Beltway cancer is so far away and so rich and so powerful and so complex
and so massive and so firmly entrenched that you feel there is nothing you can do about it.
That also makes sense - because the scope of the problem you are trying to address is too big.
But if you ratchet it down to something that is easy, quick, and doable - like rating one SellOut a day -
and millions of us do it...
Submit SellOuts. Due to time and money constraints we could only add data from a couple of sources.
There is a TON of money-in-politics information out there.
See our Submissions page for details.