November 28 – A number of members in the United States House of Representatives are opting out of running for re-election.
As of right now, almost 40 members have said thanks, but no thanks.
Experts are speculating it could hit a record number of people getting out.
Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “Many of them are now very publicly going on the record saying it’s the most dysfunctional Congress they’ve ever been in. They’re getting nothing done.”
The members not running for reelection are an equal number of Republicans and Democrats.
Barkdoll continued, “A lot of these Congressional observers are pointing out turnover is good, but too much turnover could start to be a problem because some of these people leaving are what are known as the workhorses, the ones that are truly in there trying to get the work done.”
Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM added, “It’s the workhorses who seem to be leaving Congress. Atlas Shrugged. That’s all that went through my head. That is a book about the crumbling society because everyone’s just coasting. No one’s working hard. Productive people, merit is not rewarded. So what happens? The people who are doing that hard work, they say come on, I’m done. I’m done. I can’t carry all this for everybody else. That’s what leads us to chaos in society when people think they don’t need to work hard. Then those that do work hard feel like they’re being put upon and then give up. I mean, we don’t want that. We don’t want it in Congress. We don’t want it in any of our institutions. We don’t want it in our society. We don’t want it in our schools. We don’t want that anywhere. But sadly, that seems to be the way we’re going.”
Barkdoll said, “That seems to be exactly the consensus. If you look at the statements now of these nearly 40 Reps, and again, it’s Republicans, Democrats, people from the right, left and the middle, they want to be there doing the work, but they’re saying more and more there’s these people getting into Congress that are just there building a brand. They don’t really want to get stuff done. You can imagine how frustrating that must be if you are one of these workhorses that truly wants to be there doing what you need to be doing. I could see where they reached a point saying I’m out of here. Why would I want to keep subjecting myself to this? So it is a real problem and I think it’s a sad reflection on where we are in the government.”