THE WOES OF CONGRESS
Maybe it’s a good thing that Congress is away for the holidays. Out of a broad range of 22 professions, the nation’s lawmakers are ranked at the very bottom of the list when it comes to bedrock values of honesty and ethics, says a Gallup poll released Monday.
Only 8 percent of the respondents gave members of Congress a positive rating for honesty and ethical standards. Senators did a little better, managing to garner 12 percent, while state governors reached 18 percent. Amazingly, oft-vilified journalists got 23 percent — still earning the approval of less than a quarter of the respondents. Nurses topped the list with 84 percent, with pharmacists in a somewhat distant second place with 67 percent and doctors at 65 percent.