by Stacey Selleck
The headline of the latest Gallup poll, dated January 6, 2020, reads innocuously enough, “Nurses Continue to Rate Highest in Honesty, Ethics.” But what the headline doesn’t say is, if nurses rank the highest, who ranks the lowest?
Well, we at U.S. Term Limits are not surprised in the least! Literally just above the ranking of the dreaded used car salesman, and just below insurance salesperson, resides the perpetual bottom dwellers of Congress members and Senators. We can’t make this stuff up!
The poll asked respondents to state how they rated the honesty and ethical standards of people in different fields. While nurses rated at 85% for being the most honest and ethical, Members of Congress ranked at a mere 12% and their counterparts in the Senate just 13%.
Last summer, when USTL executive director Nick Tomboulides testified in front of a U.S. Senate subcommittee, he was urged by professional Congress critters to remove from his prepared speech any discussion of a survey that ranked Congress lower than head lice. Did that deter him? Heck no!
Afterwards, Sen. Ted Cruz privately called Nick’s disparaging remarks out to politely tell him (and I paraphrase) the comparison to an ectoparasite infestation was being too kind. (At least that’s somewhat tamer than when Rep. Beto O’Rourke compared his profession at the time to gonorrhea, yes another infliction that consistently ranks barely lower than Congress). And who would know better than two men who have had front row seats inside the belly of the Washington DC swamp beast?
The good news, I guess, is that they’re up slightly since last year, by four whole points! If you had a consistent job approval rating of below 25% for 30 years, do you think you’d still be around collecting $174,000 starting salary with Cadillac benefits? Then why do we accept that of our consistently low ranking Congress members? If we can’t trust them to be honest and ethical, why do we want them to be in charge of our country for life? We truly need to reach critical mass in our outrage. It’s time for a term limit amendment!
Shouldn’t we make room for more nurses in Congress?!?!