The Heritage Foundation today releases its mid-term grading of Congress on issues ranging from earmark reform and spending to Social Security Reform. Let’s just say, if I brought these grades home when I was in high school, I would be sitting at home on the weekends for a couple months.
The House had an overall GPA of 1.6 with a C- average while the Senate earned a 1.0 GPA and a D average. The report notes:
As the 109th Congress draws closer to its conclusion, there is growing disappointment among many Members and voters over how little has been accomplished since the 109th convened in February 2005. Federal budgets for fiscal years 2005 and 2006 were not completed until several months into the next fiscal year, the earmark epidemic has been linked to corruption, the much-maligned highway bill was enacted two years late (and gained nothing in quality from the delay), the new Medicare drug benefit plan will add more than $1 trillion to the federal budget over the next 10 years, and the financially shaky Social Security system remains untouched and unreformed.
With such a disappointing record, incumbents have every reason to be nervous about their prospects for re-election in November.