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14 Reasons Why My Kids Are Smarter Than Congress


In a Huffington Post article, it was reported that Congress’s approval rating was now lower than porn, polygamy, and the BP oil spill. This shouldn’t come as any surprise, given our elected official’s track record. You think that that Senators and House Representatives would be a smart, savvy bunch given what’s been entrusted to them, but sadly, that’s not the case. In fact, if Congress and my kids were to engage in an intelligence contest, my kids would have to take out their brains to make sure it was a fair fight. Here’s 14 reasons why:

 

 

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  • My Kids Know How to Pick Good Friends 1 of 14
    My Kids Know How to Pick Good Friends
    A federal grand jury in Arizona indicted three-term Republican Congressman Rick Renzi and two of his business associates on charges that include wire fraud, money laundering, insurance fraud and extortion. Hey Rick, didn't your parents ever tell you not to hang with the wrong crowd?
  • My Kids Know Stealing is Wrong 2 of 14
    My Kids Know Stealing is Wrong
    Congressman and one-time House Majority Speaker Tom Delay, apparently had a problem taking money intended for other things after a grand jury indicted DeLay in 2005 on a felony conspiracy charge to move $190,000 in corporate donations to Republican candidates in the Texas State Legislature in 2002.
  • My Kids Know it’s Wrong to Lie 3 of 14
    My Kids Know it's Wrong to Lie
    Alaska Senator Ted Stevens was convicted on seven charges of corruption in October 2008 after receiving gifts from an oil company and lying about it. After 40 years as a senator he then lost his bid for reelection the following month. Guess now he should be able to smell his pants are on fire with the long nose of his.
  • My Kids Know You’re Not Supposed to Cheat 4 of 14
    My Kids Know You're Not Supposed to Cheat
    Rep. Spencer Bachus is in the hot seat over allegations of insider trading for buying stock option funds that would profit if the market crashed just before the financial meltdown of 2008. (Coincidence?) Also up for scrutiny over making big money off of well-timed stocked moves--Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH).
  • My Kids Can Tell Fact From Fiction 5 of 14
    My Kids Can Tell Fact From Fiction
    Rep. Michele Bachmann got herself some attention following a September Presidential debate when she tried to link the HPV vaccine to mental retardation. FICTION. When asked about the remark later, Bachmann said, "I didn't make any statements that would indicate I'm a doctor." FACT.
  • My Kids Know How to Show Compassion to Others 6 of 14
    My Kids Know How to Show Compassion to Others
    Last December, Republicans showed what hard-asses they could be using a strong-arm tactic to ensure Bush tax cuts are extended to the wealthy by refusing to pass a measure that would provide health assistance to 9-11 responders. The bill did eventually pass. Ahhh, what a bunch of softies.
  • My Kids Have Common Sense 7 of 14
    My Kids Have Common Sense
    School shootings happen every week? Companies are cross-breeding humans and animals? These are just a few of the things that have come out of Tea Party darling, Christine O'Donnell's mouth. Checking facts before speaking would seem like common sense.
  • My Kids Are Courteous to Others 8 of 14
    My Kids Are Courteous to Others
    Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) seemed to have a problem with manners during a 2009 speech to Congress by President Barack Obama. After the President made a statement concerning immigration reform, Wilson shouted "You lie!" His colleagues quickly condemned the outburst as well as Wilson's tendency to talk with his mouth full.
  • My Kids Know Family is Important 9 of 14
    My Kids Know Family is Important
    Ask Tea Party Congressman Joe Walsh (IL) to make a list of what's important to him and you'll probably get a whole bunch items, but what you won't see is, "taking care of your family." Walsh, who ran on a platform of fiscal responsibility owes over $100,000 in back-child support. Oh, and did I mention that Family Research Council gave Walsh an awarded last month for his support of families?
  • My Kids Obey the Rules 10 of 14
    My Kids Obey the Rules
    In October 2010, Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), once one of the most powerful members of the House, was convicted 11 counts of violating ethics rules and, boy, did the investigating committee stick it to him too by censuring him. Censure? Putting the kids in time-out is way worse than that.
  • My Kids Can do Simple Math 11 of 14
    My Kids Can do Simple Math
    The government spends more money than it makes. No kidding, I explained this concept to my 7 year-old stepdaughter, and she was able to grasp the mathematical impossibilities; so why can't Congress? Apparently even knowing the difference between "billions" and "trillions" is a problem for them.
  • My Kids Know Tomato Sauce isn’t a Vegetable 12 of 14
    My Kids Know Tomato Sauce isn't a Vegetable
    Pizza sauce is a vegetable? Sure it comes from a tomato, but all the lobbyist groups representing the other ingredients in the sauce pretty much keep it from being a vegetable. My kids love pizza, but even they can tell the difference.
  • My Kids Know Not to Show People their Naughty Parts 13 of 14
    My Kids Know Not to Show People their Naughty Parts
    This past June, then New York Representative Anthony Weiner (D) passed John Wayne Bobbit's for jokes concerning one's Johnson. His last name alone incited a 24-hour laugh-a-thon for my kids after my son asked,"Why would Weiner show is weiner to other people?" Good question.
  • My Kids Know How to Get Along with Each Other 14 of 14
    My Kids Know How to Get Along with Each Other
    Sure my kids get into disagreements, but they know how to work things out too, which is more than anyone can say about Congress, which once again has failed at compromise with theSuper Committee. In a joint statement Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA.) and Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) said, "We have come to the conclusion today that it will not be possible to make any bipartisan agreement available to the public before the committee's deadline."

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