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Opinion: The less this Congress does, the better

There is a lot of handwringing going on today about the lack of production in Congress before they go off to recess. With only 22 bills passed before the recess, this Congress marks a new low in a history of lows.

Not since the Republican Revolution, after Newt Gingrich and his upstart stable of young conservative ideologues won him fifty-four seats in the House and eight seats in the Senate, has Congress been so preoccupied with establishing their ideological bona fides with their constituents rather than actual governing.

Back then it was the Clinton Whitewater scandal and the Kenneth Starr investigation that sucked all the air out of Congress.  This time around, Republicans have been obsessed with equally fruitless extracurricular activities, such as their fanatical preoccupation with Benghazi-gate, the IRS scandal, and Obamacare.

But there is a reason Americans have so little regard for Congress.  With an approval rating somewhere just above single digits, Americans have about the same favorability of Congress as they do about Syria, North Korea, and Pakistan. That’s not very good company to keep when you’re supposed to be doing the people’s business, but perhaps if you think twice about it, it may not be so bad after all that Congress is so unproductive.

Do you really want production of anything from these folks? After the election, it was clear that something had to be done about immigration. Rather than coming up with something sensible, or at the very least limited, Congress is now tossing around ideas that would make our southern border resemble the 38th Parallel that separates North Korea from South Korea in order to enrich a military-industrial complex concerned about our waning investments in waging war against Iraq and Afghanistan.

The bill is so bad, not a few immigrant rights activists would rather go two more years of living in the shadows evading ICE raids than support turning the border into a our own version of Iraq’s no-fly zone. Despite the hardships, they know these families will endure, and militarizing the border would be a permanent fixture that could potentially degrade their communities for generations. That’s a raw deal only the lobbyists in Washington could love.

The Republicans are somehow convinced that failing to repeal Obamacare the 38th time somehow leaves them no other option but to try a 39th time.

Congress left with much more business left to be done, but is anyone really in a rush to witness yet another threat to shut down the government? Are we really in a hurry to listen to more misdirected arguments over the debt ceiling?

My guess is the country can wait.  The less this Congress does, the better.

Opinion: The less this Congress does, the better stephen nuno nbc final e1370610376199 politics NBC Latino News

Stephen A. Nuño, Ph.D., NBC Latino contributor and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics and International Affairs at Northern Arizona University. He is currently writing a book on Republican outreach into the Latino Community.

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