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(Washington Post)   Meet Rep. Robert E. Andrews (D-NJ), the least successful legislator ever, with 646 pieces of legislation submitted over 23 years and exactly 0 passed. He's resigning, but don't worry - in true liberal fashion, he's still getting a reward   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 107
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2014-02-04 06:14:45 PM
Right, Subby. Republicans who resign from Congress never, ever get a cushy job given to them.

You blind partisan jackass.
 
2014-02-04 06:16:54 PM
How many times are Republicans up to on that ObamaCare repeal?

But I digress, that's clearly noble work.
 
2014-02-04 06:20:24 PM
Right.  Because the way it works is, you introduce a bill and if it's got merit then it will inevitably become law.

You've been watching too much House of Cards, subs.
 
2014-02-04 07:34:01 PM
 
2014-02-04 08:27:24 PM
What does this headline even mean? Besides just regular old whining
 
2014-02-04 08:29:14 PM
Michele Bachmann has submitted less than 10 bills per year, and 0 have passed.
 
2014-02-04 08:35:31 PM

impaler: Michele Bachmann has submitted less than 10 bills per year, and 0 have passed.


Yes, but she's only been in office since 2007. So that's really only 6 full years, and even we assume the full 10 bills per year, that's still only 60 bills. I think any reasonable person would have to admit that 0 out of 60 is a much better success ratio than 0 out of 263.
 
2014-02-04 08:36:24 PM
 
2014-02-04 08:36:54 PM
Plus she's still in office for at least one more year, and Andrews has resigned. I think we can all agree that the hope of even one bill passing is worth at least 30 or 40 bills that were never passed at all.
 
2014-02-04 09:13:41 PM
Are legislators supposed to be paid based on the number of bills passed?
 
2014-02-04 09:13:57 PM
Boehner nods...lifts glass.
 
2014-02-04 09:22:24 PM

stpauler: Of the 620 measures that RON PAUL has sponsored, just four have made it to a vote on the House floor. Only that one has been signed into law.

And he ran for President.


RON PAUL just preferred to stick projects he wanted into bills that were going to pass overwhelmingly, so that he could vote against them and say "Look!  I voted against pork for my own district!  That's how much I hate the gubbmit!"

It's amazing anyone ever fell for that total conman, or his equally scummy son RAND.
 
2014-02-04 10:52:19 PM

jake_lex:  That's how much I hate the gubbmit!".


That's one of the issues with this. People hate when the government does anything and yet hate it when government doesn't do anything.

Pick one!
 
2014-02-04 11:13:53 PM
upload.wikimedia.org
hey guys!  Guess how many bills of mine have never made it out of committee for even a vote?

for a hint, go here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_legislation_sponsored_by_Ron_Pa ul

Then click on any number under the "all sponsored bills"

then look at "status"
 
2014-02-05 12:02:41 AM

Aar1012: jake_lex:  That's how much I hate the gubbmit!".

That's one of the issues with this. People hate when the government does anything and yet hate it when government doesn't do anything.

Pick one!


"Conservatives cannot govern well for the same reason that vegetarians cannot prepare a world-class boeuf bourguignon: If you believe that what you are called upon to do is wrong, you are not likely to do it very well."

~ Alan Wolfe
 
2014-02-05 12:22:28 AM
congrats, subby. You submitted this shiatty headline and it passed.
 
2014-02-05 12:23:47 AM
No, he's still a more successful person than Steve King. Because even if his bills never became law, he still appears to be a far far far more decent human being. And that counts for something.
 
2014-02-05 12:27:28 AM
Instead, lawmaking is now done with massive pieces of legislation crammed full of ideas that might have little to do with one another. What looks like failure, Andrews said, is actually his success at working the new system.
"You should ask yourself how many of the ideas that were a seed planted in the bill that germinated in a larger bill. That's the way this really works," he said. In all, he estimated, about 110 of his ideas have become law after being stuck into somebody else's bill.


 Not such a bad record after all, actually.
 
2014-02-05 12:30:12 AM
That's 646 pieces of busybody regulation not passed.
 
2014-02-05 12:32:18 AM
Democratic legislator is clearly bad at his job, and Farkers rush in wish "B...BUT REPUBLICANS". Never change, politics tab.
 
2014-02-05 12:34:33 AM

bingethinker: Right, Subby. Republicans who resign from Congress never, ever get a cushy job given to them.

You blind partisan jackass.


Wait, that's subby's "reward"? The fact that he got another job from another agency?

I'll have to remember that when I start working full-time again: it's a "reward" for being out of work for so long.

As opposed, to, you know, a job.
 
2014-02-05 12:38:50 AM

Frank N Stein: Democratic legislator is clearly bad at his job


Apparently he managed to work in his pieces into other legislation.
 
2014-02-05 12:42:15 AM

Fart_Machine: Frank N Stein: Democratic legislator is clearly bad at his job

Apparently he managed to work in his pieces into other legislation.


He's got that going for him, which is nice.
 
2014-02-05 12:43:31 AM

Frank N Stein: Fart_Machine: Frank N Stein: Democratic legislator is clearly bad at his job

Apparently he managed to work in his pieces into other legislation.

He's got that going for him, which is nice.


So he wasn't that bad at his job.
 
2014-02-05 12:55:13 AM

Fart_Machine: Frank N Stein: Fart_Machine: Frank N Stein: Democratic legislator is clearly bad at his job

Apparently he managed to work in his pieces into other legislation.

He's got that going for him, which is nice.

So he wasn't that bad at his job.


While I refuse to read anything on WaPo I will go out on a limb and guess would-be Progressive lambasted by WaPo.
 
2014-02-05 12:55:29 AM

Frank N Stein: Democratic legislator is clearly bad at his job, and Farkers rush in wish "B...BUT REPUBLICANS". Never change, politics tab.


Republican scum rushes in with superficial observation, spouts "both sides are bad" bullshat directly contradicted by easily verifiable facts, Never change, politics tab.
 
2014-02-05 01:04:52 AM
His pension will be about 55k a year, so he also got a sweet retirement that is more than the average American makes.

He must have been doing something right if his consituents kept electing him election after election though.
 
2014-02-05 01:09:06 AM

impaler: Frank N Stein: Democratic legislator is clearly bad at his job, and Farkers rush in wish "B...BUT REPUBLICANS". Never change, politics tab.

Republican scum rushes in with superficial observation, spouts "both sides are bad" bullshat directly contradicted by easily verifiable facts, Never change, politics tab.


shill harder
 
2014-02-05 01:09:44 AM
fusillade762:

"Conservatives cannot govern well for the same reason that vegetarians cannot prepare a world-class boeuf bourguignon: If you believe that what you are called upon to do is wrong, you are not likely to do it very well."

~ Rand Paul
 
2014-02-05 01:20:36 AM

Gway: Fart_Machine: Frank N Stein: Fart_Machine: Frank N Stein: Democratic legislator is clearly bad at his job

Apparently he managed to work in his pieces into other legislation.

He's got that going for him, which is nice.

So he wasn't that bad at his job.

While I refuse to read anything on WaPo I will go out on a limb and guess would-be Progressive lambasted by WaPo.


What is your objection to the Washington Post?
 
2014-02-05 01:20:57 AM
Typical Fark submitter?
 
2014-02-05 01:41:29 AM
Is his seat replaced in November, or vacant until then?  Or what?
 
2014-02-05 01:56:51 AM

Pocket Ninja: Plus she's still in office for at least one more year, and Andrews has resigned. I think we can all agree that the hope of even one bill passing is worth at least 30 or 40 bills that were never passed at all.


I (well no one) should never respond to you but the one bill that she may someday pass more than likely will be less useful, or intelligent, than the 600+ that this guy got shot down.

But you know she is a dumbass...
 
2014-02-05 02:05:54 AM
Oh, Republicans, never stop potato. Your whining and pearl clutching is a joy to behold.
 
2014-02-05 02:06:22 AM
Is his reward coming from the Republican party, ya know, for not advancing the liberal agenda?

/rimshot
 
2014-02-05 02:06:29 AM

Fart_Machine: Frank N Stein: Fart_Machine: Frank N Stein: Democratic legislator is clearly bad at his job

Apparently he managed to work in his pieces into other legislation.

He's got that going for him, which is nice.

So he wasn't that bad at his job.


Eh, twenty years in and no senior committee/party posts---sounds like a permanent second fiddle sort of guy. Maybe it was effective for his district in sliding bennies towards his constituents, but I'd hope for better with that many years on the card.
 
2014-02-05 02:06:58 AM

Pocket Ninja: impaler: Michele Bachmann has submitted less than 10 bills per year, and 0 have passed.

Yes, but she's only been in office since 2007. So that's really only 6 full years, and even we assume the full 10 bills per year, that's still only 60 bills. I think any reasonable person would have to admit that 0 out of 60 is a much better success ratio than 0 out of 263.


During her time in the Minnesota Senate - she would repeatably introduce bills banning same sex marriage while they were trying to hammer out more important issues - like a budget.
 
2014-02-05 02:14:52 AM

Frank N Stein: Democratic legislator is clearly bad at his job, and Farkers rush in wish "B...BUT REPUBLICANS". Never change, politics tab.


I think it was the "in true liberal fashion" line that got people going.
 
2014-02-05 02:17:19 AM
A reward from the conservatives consists of trying to shut down the government and the global economy, and then no one physically murders you for it.
 
2014-02-05 02:19:47 AM
With his record I wonder if he'll be able to resign successfully.
 
2014-02-05 02:25:42 AM

fusillade762: Aar1012: jake_lex:  That's how much I hate the gubbmit!".

That's one of the issues with this. People hate when the government does anything and yet hate it when government doesn't do anything.

Pick one!

"Conservatives cannot govern well for the same reason that vegetarians cannot prepare a world-class boeuf bourguignon: If you believe that what you are called upon to do is wrong, you are not likely to do it very well."

~ Alan Wolfe


The Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work and then they get elected and prove it.
-PJ O'Rourke
 
2014-02-05 02:26:46 AM

fusillade762: Are legislators supposed to be paid based on the number of bills passed?


They should be paid on commission.
 
2014-02-05 02:29:05 AM

Bucky Katt: fusillade762: Are legislators supposed to be paid based on the number of bills passed?

They should be paid on commission.


congressional bailout, 2016 if that were to fly
 
2014-02-05 02:30:51 AM

Piizzadude: Pocket Ninja: Plus she's still in office for at least one more year, and Andrews has resigned. I think we can all agree that the hope of even one bill passing is worth at least 30 or 40 bills that were never passed at all.

I (well no one) should never respond to you but the one bill that she may someday pass more than likely will be less useful, or intelligent, than the 600+ that this guy got shot down.

But you know she is a dumbass...


Don't hold your breath
 
2014-02-05 02:32:09 AM
This is a republic and speaks, once again, to the hilarity of New Jersey.
 
2014-02-05 02:34:44 AM
When most major bills have a ton of amendments before getting to a floor vote, the number of bills introduced that passed into law is a very poor metric for one's influence on the legislative process.

Now, if it was zero bills introduced and zero amendments, he probably sucked at his job.  But according to the article, 110 ideas he originated became law after being inserted into a bill with someone else's name on it.  That's not failing.
 
2014-02-05 02:39:04 AM

impaler: Michele Bachmann has submitted less than 10 bills per year, and 0 have passed.


She is the champion of the standard light-bulb. When no one else would stand up for the light-bulb, Michelle Bachmann was there. As crazy as a loon on fire, but she was there when the light-bulb needed her. She failed as she has failed so very many times, but she. was. there. We will never see her like again.
 
2014-02-05 02:39:46 AM

Bucky Katt: Piizzadude: Pocket Ninja: Plus she's still in office for at least one more year, and Andrews has resigned. I think we can all agree that the hope of even one bill passing is worth at least 30 or 40 bills that were never passed at all.

I (well no one) should never respond to you but the one bill that she may someday pass more than likely will be less useful, or intelligent, than the 600+ that this guy got shot down.

But you know she is a dumbass...

Don't hold your breath


I am surprised that she has not gone the Palin route and quit long ago for a Fox job...
 
2014-02-05 02:41:43 AM

Frank N Stein: Democratic legislator is clearly bad at his job


impaler: Republican scum rushes in with superficial observation, spouts "both sides are bad" bullshat directly contradicted by easily verifiable facts, Never change, politics tab.


Lol, burn.
"Clearly bad at his job" is a pretty partisan evaluation of things.  Many legislators have had very few things passed; this guy looks worse only because he was more busy than most.  I'm impressed he's actually working on things as opposed to just collecting a paycheck for showing up and voting along party lines.
 
2014-02-05 02:43:14 AM

Piizzadude: Bucky Katt: Piizzadude: Pocket Ninja: Plus she's still in office for at least one more year, and Andrews has resigned. I think we can all agree that the hope of even one bill passing is worth at least 30 or 40 bills that were never passed at all.

I (well no one) should never respond to you but the one bill that she may someday pass more than likely will be less useful, or intelligent, than the 600+ that this guy got shot down.

But you know she is a dumbass...

Don't hold your breath

I am surprised that she has not gone the Palin route and quit long ago for a Fox job...


She's stepping down at the end of her current term. You can bet she'll have a Fox show lickety split.
 
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