“Congress Sucks, Country B4 Politics“was the message that met passersby on Highway 65 north of Mason City, Iowa. The sentiment was written in large block letters on a bright yellow sign propped in the back of a rusty 1953 Dodge military pickup truck owned by Scott E. Usher, owner of Artisan Landscaping. The sign is usually used to advertise sod or other landscaping products.

“You never want to be too political. It can be bad for business, but with 90 percent of the people fed up with Congress I it thought it was a pretty safe bet," Usher said. His answer to the problems in Washington was equally to the point. “Some leadership and compromise — I don’t know when either one is going to happen. We’re a little weak in those areas.”