But no visualization puts that in such stark relief as the chart below, from the Pew Research Center, which tracks how many laws were enacted by each of the last 10 Congresses in their first 19 months — i.e., where we are today.
The first thing you'll notice is that the 113th Congress has passed only 108 "substantive" bills. That's the lowest that number has been in the [ast two decades (and probably for much longer than that, if not in history).
But look at the left side of the chart. These are the bills that Pew labels "ceremonial" — a.k.a. naming post offices, commemorations, anniversaries, etc. And that number is the lowest since the late 1990s.
In other words, Congress is so intransigent that it isn't even naming post offices at the rate it used to.
Then again, that's probably what some folks would call progress.