How Congress has changed


“Most people I talk to have adapted the attitude that our national Congress has become almost useless.

I spent most of my career there. Over the years, many people have scoffed at what I have been telling them about how much Congress has changed for the worse.

Elections have changed, too. For example, during the current campaign for U.S. Senate, where Michigan is going to replace Senator Carl Levin and Senators will be running in five other states, Charles and Mike Koch, Kansas oil billionaires, have personally spent more than $30 million already to make Democrat candidates and our president look bad (you have probably seen the adds on TV) in an attempt to win the up-coming elections this year.

Retiring John Dingell, a great 60-year Congressman from downriver Detroit, who has been an advocate for people’s rights since signing on the Civil Rights Act in 1964, including much of the leadership on the Affordable Care Act, said something on TV Sunday that brings the status of our Congress into focus. When asked if Congress could pass the Civil Rights Act today, John responded, “Are you kidding? They couldn’t even pass the Ten Commandments.”

Voters in Michigan and across the nation have to do much more during the upcoming elections to rescue us from the money people who are hell-bent on taking every last advantage of people who just sit by, don’t vote and couldn’t care less.”

Bill Finlan