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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Re-electing congressional ‘insanity’

- - Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Given all the rancor and turmoil in Washington these days, it's no surprise that according to a Sept. 30 CNN/ORC poll, just 10 percent of Americans say they approve of the job Congress is doing. As if that weren't bad enough, 87 percent say they disapprove of the job federal lawmakers are doing.

Ironically, nine out of every 10 House members who ran for re-election last year were returned to office. When you ask voters if they approve of their district lawmaker, an overwhelming majority say yes. Clearly, this is where the disconnect exists.

As long as the same people keep returning to Washington, the public's dissatisfaction with Congress will remain high. It's like the observation attributed to Albert Einstein: "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results." How much longer do we have to wait until voters do something really different?

DENNY FREIDENRICH

Laguna Beach, Calif.