Time to clean house in Congress?

I’m sticking to my belief that the GOP is going to pay a price in 2012 for how they mishandled the recent debt negotiations and insisted on not letting the Bush tax cuts expire. Further, the policy push by House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor (R) to fight increasing taxes on the wealthy is going to hurt the economy further. One would think this showing of a 59% disapproval rating of the GOP would indicate a change in GOP direction. But that’s not going to happen. The GOP is too beholden to the extremists and large campaign donating corporations.

As for all members of Congress, the poll indicates only a quarter of the public says most members of Congress deserve to be re-elected.

A lot of that anger seems directed toward the GOP.  According to the survey, favorable views of the Republican party dropped eight points over the past month, to 33 percent. Fifty-nine percent say they have an unfavorable view of the Republican party, an all-time high dating back to 1992 when the question was first asked.

via CNN Poll: Time to clean house in Congress? – CNN Political Ticker – Blogs.

August 9, 2011 Link

  • sugarleg

    this is a glimmer of hope for me, thanks for posting. 

    wondered if you had read Drew Weston’s op-ed from the Sunday NYT about Obama’s lack of passion.  like all great therapists, he articulated EXACTLY how I have been feeling since the Inauguration.  now comes the hard part, deciding what I can DO to feel better since I have been let down over and over again by the prez. 

    • blurb

      Yeah, I read that piece. I have to put this in context with Clinton. All the progressives hated him. Only in retrospect is he lauded; the Lewinsky scandal a blip despite the impeachment. The years that followed the Clinton presidency left a nation desperate for a leader. I wanted Obama to be that leader. He could campaign with rhetoric and still speak common sense. The “Joe the Plumber” episode comes to mind; conservatives looked ignorant and dishonest.

      For me, it’s only since December of 2010 that I’ve grown wary. He got Bin Laden. He got healthcare passed. 

      I do not understand why the White House isn’t talking every day about the future of the country in these terms (from the Weston piece): “we cut the fixed incomes of our parents and grandparents so hedge fund managers can keep their 15 percent tax rates”. 

      Time to up the ante. I think the country wants this President to succeed in moving forward and moving toward prosperity for all, not just the 1%.

      But I’m an idealist that way. Maybe the country really does want constant manufactured crisis, cronyism and incompetence to rule them. I don’t really think the U.S. people want that. But I could be wrong. 

      • sugarleg

        Thanks for the thoughtful response.

        I do agree on the success of getting bin Laden and the healthcare he did get passed is better than nothing of course. All hail Pelosi for grinding that sausage!

        Yes, progressives hated Clinton and the prism of time reduces a lot of glare. Really still pissed about NAFTA and dismantling Glass-Steagall but I digress.

        I am an idealist too and cannot think that Americans really believe that corporations should run our schools, military, police and fire, parks etc.

        Yearning for this administration to lead the charge starting with the taxes.

        Brain mush, not so articulate tonight! Thanks again. I always appreciate and enjoy your use of facts when you talk politics.

      • Michael Mathews

        Hi Jon and Sugarleg,  I do want to be optimistic. I think Obama gets it, but I have been disappointed during the debacle over the debt ceiling and tax/financial policy in general.

        Frankly, Bush put two huge wars on the credit card, and now that the bills are due, they are turning to those least able to pay the bill. Just watching the way teachers and governments workers have been cast as evil because they belong to unions is sickening.

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