Contempt for Congress is nothing new

January 1, 2013

Mark Twain (AP Photo)

As many Americans watch in disbelief as their elected leaders decide whether to pass legislation to blunt the impact of the fiscal cliff, Buzzfeed reporter McKay Coppins reminds us via Twitter that some of the nation's forefathers and literary giants viewed the U.S. Congress with utter disdain.

Here are some contemptuous quotes about Congress from famous Americans throughout history:







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