Perhaps the people are starting to wake up -- and it's not the Congressional Coffee they've been smelling ...
by Seung Min Kim, politico.com -- 06/11/12
Congrats, Congress -- your approval rating is crawling upward.
Granted, it still registers at a dismal 17 percent, according to a Gallup Poll released Monday. But lawmakers had (almost) nowhere to go but up since they sunk to an all-time low of 10 percent back in February, as Congress was steeped in a contentious battle over extending a popular payroll tax holiday.
In the latest rankings from Gallup, about 79 percent of Americans disapprove of Congress, which is better than their numbers from February and in December 2011, when a whopping 86 percent were not happy with Capitol Hill.
And Democrats, Republicans and independents all agree that they don’t like Congress all too much: About 20 percent of Democrats approved of Congress, while 17 percent of Republicans and 16 percent of independents did.
Meanwhile, even while continuing to get exactly NO HELP from the Tea Party renegades to put the hurting American people back to work -- President Obama is holding steady at that all important 50% approval rating:
by Ryan Witt, Political Buzz Examiner -- June 8, 2012
Despite what was universally regarded as a bad week for the White House, President Obama’s approval rating remains steady, near the crucial 50 percent mark for an incumbent. Congress, on the other hand, continues to suffer from an approval rating below 20 percent.
50% is a heck of lot better than 17% -- especially with a "throw the bums out" election coming up ... wouldn't you think?
If you dig into those latest Gallup numbers, including their handy charts, it's pretty clear the Congressional approval really went into the Dumper, ever since the Tea Party yahoos came to town ...
Congress Approval at 17% in June
Has averaged 14% so far this year
by Frank Newport, Gallup.com -- June 11, 2012
Congressional job approval has generally been low for years, with readings as low as 18% in the summer of 2007 and 14% in July 2008. It did improve in 2009, as Barack Obama entered his initial "honeymoon" phase as president, with his own job approval ratings in the 60% range. In March 2009, Congress' job approval reached 39%, the highest it had been since February 2005. But that period of relative positivity did not last, and in 2010, 2011, and so far this year, Congress' approval ratings have routinely been below 20%. Approval of Congress has averaged 14% so far in 2012.
Perhaps the people are starting to wake up -- and starting to realize who is trying to lend them a hand ... and who is trying to slap the helping hand away?
Heck, even Raider Romney admitted the GOP's obstructionist game, in yet another one of his not-most-brightest moments highlight reel ...
by Dick Polman, Philly.com -- June 10, 2012
The Republicans' 2012 election strategy is perversely brilliant: Sabotage President Obama's job-creation efforts, then blame him for the wreckage.
This strategy was in action the other day, when Mitt Romney assailed Obama on the stump. Romney said that "with America in crisis, with 23 million people out of work or stopped looking for work, he hasn't put forth a plan to get us working again."
Romney conveniently omitted the fact that Obama put forth such a plan last autumn. The American Jobs Act would have put as many as two million construction workers, cops, teachers, and firefighters back to work -- so said economic forecasters -- if only congressional Republicans hadn't dynamited it.
Yes, sabotage was indeed required. Republicans knew their prospects for beating Obama would be damaged if they signed on to a plan that got more Americans working again. They're far too invested in economic misery to let that happen. Working with Obama on job creation is not their top priority; as Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell candidly remarked in 2010,"The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president."[...]
So why it is, the People are suppose to send these Tea Party anti-job plotters back to DC again?
Just because some Koch-paid-for Ad campaign says we should?
I don't think so. Even Joe Six Pack knows when he's being played, by a Congress that takes more Vacations than George W Bush on a brush-clearing mission.
Just ask Gallup. Just ask your neighbor how great a Job they think Congress is doing?
And then ask them if they are gonna help throw the Tea Party bums out? While we still have an Economy left to save ... that is.