Thursday, June 21, 2007

Congressional Approval

The Press has been telling us for some time about how unpopular President Bush is, with somewhere around 30 percent approval ratings. But what about that wonderful Democratic Congress that they helpd foist upon us back in November? How are the Democrats doing in succeeding the pork-happy Republican Congress that frustrated voters threw out in 2006?

It turns out there is good reason why reporters have been silent of late on Congress. According to a new Gallup poll out today, Congress' approval has hit a record low- only 14 percent of Americans approve of the job they are doing. As a matter of honesty, I must note that this definitely surpasses the numbers of the Republican Congress the Democrats succeeded. In fact, according to Gallup,
This 14% Congressional confidence rating is the all-time low for this measure, which Gallup initiated in 1973. The previous low point for Congress was 18% at several points in the period of time 1991 to 1994.

So, members of the Press. You have been vigilant in keeping the President's depressing approval numbers in the news, though they have barely wavered over the last couple of years. However, when the new Congress came in, their numbers were trumpeted all over the front pages as a mark of their ability to fix things in Washington. Why the sudden silence?

Interestingly, the group of organization that received the highest marks of confidence from the American public in the latest poll? The United States military, which came in at a whopping 69 percent approval. One would think that military-bashers like Harry Reid (D- Nevada) and Nancy Pelosi (D- California) might want to take that into consideration the next time they open their defeatist mouths. After all, the US military in the last four years has overthrown two dictatorships and freed millions of people while being led in a resolute manner by their Commander in Chief. What have Pelosi and Reid accomplished, other than giving aid and comfort to the enemies of the United States?

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