'I don't know if they need to be fired, but it's really bad'

'I don't know if they need to be fired, but it's really bad'

EUGENE, Ore. - If you and your co-workers got in a dispute that shut the whole operation down, how long would you keep your job?

Now: What if you're the U.S. Congress?

Your boss is the American people.

Your annual review: Every 2 years for Congress, every 6 years for the Senate.

Citizens are chiming in on our survey and on Facebook.

 

"They work for us, so let's fire them for not showing up for work," Terry Dean Taylor said on the KMTR NewsSource 16 Facebook page.

"We need to put a hold on their paychecks until their work is completed," suggested Susan Vincent Murphy.

A reporter took the question to the streets Monday: After a 2 week shutdown, are you in the market to hire a new representative in D.C.?

"I'd probably just fire 'em," said Pete Strawbridge. "They're not doing anything for us. It's kind of embarrassment to the government."

"I don't know if they need to be fired," said Sally Lonman, "but it's really bad."

The employment metaphor didn't quite work for Richard Clark.

"I don't think they should be fired, they should be elected," he said, "but I think they should be replaced by the process we have in place."

Jim Merkner has the back of Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Springfield. He thinks the problem lies with management - the voters themselves.

"Not our Representative DeFazio," he said. "The American people have themselves to blame for this by electing divided government back in 2010. The public wants to point fingers, but it's the public that voted on divided government."

Eric Kissell thinks a mass layoff in D.C. would be the way to go.

"They need to be fired. All of them," he said. "Start over - every single one of them."

Tim Kahl held on to patience in his perspective.

"I think that there's a lot of controversy in the government," he said, "and that hopefully within the next few weeks it's all resolved."