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Rep. Mike Rogers: Politics Today Like Worst Divorce Ever

By    |   Tuesday, 06 Jan 2015 04:55 PM

Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers has some parting words for his fellow lawmakers as he leaves office — spend more time governing and less time bickering.

"I've gotten into trouble with my fellow conservatives for saying this — after all, our party believes, often justifiably, that Washington is usually the problem — but I do think elected officials need to devote more time here on Capitol Hill engaging in governance," Rogers wrote in an opinion piece for Politico

"I believe in this chamber and this institution more than when I started," said the seven-term Republican congressman.

"And yet being in politics today often seems like being in the middle of the worst divorce you’ve ever seen, every day," he added.

"The level of pettiness and small-minded meanness in political discourse is disheartening at best," he contends.

Rogers says that lawmakers "used to hope for a 15-second clip in a news story," but "now it's 140 characters in a tweet."

He contends that with "today's social media and the sheer volume of misinformation and speed at which it travels. It is amazing any congressional office gets anything done."

As a result of trying to keep up with today's fast-paced media cycle, "it takes an enormous amount of time trying to correct the record," Rogers wrote.

"It all takes away from the time a member needs to spend getting smart on issues that matter," the Michigan Republican explained.

"The only way to do that is read, question and dive deep into all of the often un-sexy issues of legislating," he said. "It won't get you on the 11 o'clock news, but it will make for a better-functioning legislature."

According to Rogers, "in Congress, each member is given the chance to achieve great things.

"And just like in the broader America, succeeding in Congress does not depend on status or title; it merely requires hard work and discipline to focus on what’s important," he explained.

"It’s time we once again focus on the hard work at hand, and not the small and petty politics that keep us from tackling our challenges," he concluded.

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