http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/19/us/politics/congress-nears...Congress Nearing End of Session Where Partisan Input Impeded OutputWASHINGTON — Members of Congress feel mighty proud of themselves this week, mainly because they appear to be avoiding a government shutdown — an outcome taken as an actual accomplishment in this turbulent and acrimonious legislature. But by the end of this week, lawmakers plan to leave town and not return until after the election, leaving behind a staggering pile of bills, many of pressing importance to voters across the nation.The 112th Congress is set to enter the Congressional record books as the least productive body in a generation, passing a mere 173 public laws as of last month. That was well below the 906 enacted from January 1947 through December 1948 by the body President Harry S. Truman referred to as the “do-nothing” Congress, and far fewer than even a single session of many prior Congresses.. . .Teabaggers seem determined to attack teachers as incompetent and undeserving of raises. They press for quantification of their job performance based on student performance metrics, and fight to tie their pay to such metrics.I'm not sure whether that's a good idea or not, but if it is, shouldn't we attach the same metric based performance evaluation to Congress' pay? This teabagger Congress would go home broke if we did.
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