There's a lot that is wrong with Congress. There is gridlock and deadlock and all the other kinds of lock that you can think of. Perhaps you've never experienced the singular joy that is CSPAN. Many of us take the free cable programming of our democratically elected congress persons for granted, but it provides us with an invaluable source for finding what just how bad Congress is at its job.
One of the things that members of Congress do the worst is make graphs. You may have come across these graphs during a nightly-news segment. Some person in a suit is standing next to a graph on an easel like it's their third grade science fair project, because even though we now live in the 21st century, we still can't seem to advance beyond poster board.
Thanks to the best C-SPAN employee ever, we can now present you with a compilation of the worst charts ever produced. A Tumblr called "Floor Charts" was created by Bill Gray. Gray has over 800 posts on his Tumblr of the worst pieces of visual representation this country has ever seen. From some of the worst graphic design ever recorded, to just being plain old unreadable, these posters have been a mainstay on the Congressional floor for decades. They will amaze and astound you in their terribleness.
Democratic Representative Tim Ryan of Ohio shows us this totally unusable graph.
Republican senator from Alaska Lisa Murkowski bestowed the universe with this gem.
This explains everything, thank you Democratic Rep. John Garamendi of California.
Looks like somebody raided the Congressional marker closet. I hope they put the caps back on.
Republican Rep. Mark Foley of Florida puts someone on the worst-dressed list.
Rep. Christopher Cox (R-Calif.) tries to sell everyone in America this freedom calendar.
Democratic Rep. Sherrod Brown of Ohio lays it all out in layman's terms for us.
Somewhere, a pregnant women in Texas is squinting to see if she can read this. All because you had to use the default Word Art font, thanks a lot Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.).
Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) strikes again. Get it together Phil.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is telling us something here, what it is, we don't know.
Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) depicts the danger to seniors of seeing a doctor whom does not possess a face or eyes. Let this be a lesson to us all.
Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee (D-Texas) gives us a valuable lesson in understanding exactly how cloud computing works. Everything should be crystal clear to you all now.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) believes, like most Americans, that serif fonts send the strongest messages about our nations climate change denial.
Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) is a master of lyrics that sound vaguely reminiscent of Bob Marley songs.
Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) is not happy about this, not happy about thisssss at all. (See what I did there?)
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island holds up a sign, with the word sign, as he attempted to explain the movie Inception to members of Congress.
This flashcard cost the American taxpayers $22 billion dollars.
Bidding starts at $26.00 do I hear $26.00?
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) is shilling for 5-hour ENERGY now.
Someone didn't read the Congressional handbook on "How to Govern."
Rep. Jerry Weller (R-Ill.) is either really curious about who gave this to him or about to make the most obtuse political statement ever.
How are we supposed to make our government solvent if we can't even audit this fake book?
Is too little ever enough? Can too much be too little? What is the purpose of life? Has anyone ever read any Alexander Solzhenitsyn? These are the ponderings of Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-Ariz.).
Rep. Rob Woodall (R-Ga.) wants us to imagine a world where members of Congress imagine charts that are well conceived and easily readable.
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) asks us a question none of us want the answer to.
What is happening here? No one knows.
Those blue arrows should be bigger, bigger I say!
Coming this summer to a Kindle near you. The Democrats have been bad, very bad.
"I bought the drone dinner and it wouldn't even let me get to first base."
You will have to provide your own spy gear and brown trench coat.
Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) offers us some startling advice about the nation's deplorable sofa quality assurance situation.
Don't say that Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) didn't warn you.