Among the chattering classes these days, it is a popular lament that the 112th Congress has passed fewer bills than any in the last 60 years. But not everyone is joining in the breast-beating. When CBS newsman Bob Schieffer asked House Speaker John Boehner last week how he feels about presiding “over what is perhaps the least productive and certainly one of the least popular congresses in history,” Boehner rejected the planted axiom that making laws makes lawmakers productive.
“We should not be judged on how many new laws we create,” he said. “We ought to be judged on how many laws that we repeal.”