Members of congress spend more than a quarter of their time taunting each other

If you were wondering why very little ever gets done in congress then consider this: the members (from both sides of the political fence) spend around 27% of their time taunting each other. In any other job such inefficiency would most likely result in a well-deserved firing.

Professor Gary King of Harvard University decided to look into exactly how sitting politicians spent their time and came to the 27% figure after using a computer program to analyze congress members’ writings.

Prof. King shared his thoughts with the Washington Post:

It’s jarring and surprising and probably counterproductive if we want Congress’s members to trust one another enough to make deals.

[Washington Post via Neatorama]


C.S. Magor is the editor-in-chief and a reporter at large for We Interrupt and Uberreview. He currently resides in the Japanese countryside approximately two hours from Tokyo - where he has spent the better part of a decade testing his hypothesis that Japan is neither as quirky nor as interesting as others would have you believe.
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