My wife and I watched NBC Nightly News July 24. One of the lead stories was the disapproval rating of Congress being about 82%.
Highest ever. We both were pretty taken back with this number because during the last election over 90% of incumbents were re-elected. Shows that we seem to love our own elected officials but hate the others!
Later on in the show, there was a story about the CIA museum. Yes, the CIA has its own museum — complete with all the unclassified James Bond/Maxwell Smart gadgets and gizmos you can imagine. It even has on display Osama Bin Laden's AK47. It appears to be a first rate museum with Plexiglas display cases, carpeted walkways, great lighting, etc. It's not a secret, just not talked about much. Then, we learned that it's not open to the public. "Impossible," we said. A museum bought and paid for with public dollars not open to the public? But, that's true. Not open to the public. It has its own full-time curator. I tried to Google her salary but couldn't find it. Probably classified.
Thinking about these two seemingly unrelated stories, I realized that this type of spending behavior is part of the reason for the high disapproval rating. Congress allocated a huge amount of money and continues to allocate probably a pretty good sum to operate what amounts to a "private" museum.