So, according to Gallup, Congress’ approval rating remains mired in the mid-teens.
“Americans’ Approval Of Congress Is At 15% In February, One Percentage Point Higher Than In January And Exactly Matching The 15% Average For All Of 2012.” (Frank Newport, “Congress Approval Rating Holding Steady At 15%,” Gallup, 2/19/13)
This recent survey by Gallup isn’t surprising. The public has frowned on Congress for some time. But why have things gotten so bad and when did it turn so negative?
What’s going on here? Well, why there are certainly a lot of market factors in play here, there is one glaring reason why we have to endure such high prices for our petrol. The Obama Administration, House and Senate Democrats and their liberal friends at Sierra Club and League of Conservation Voters simply do not care.
I was out running some errands this morning and while I was out and about, I filled up my gas tank. It hurt, costing my wallet $45 and change. The price of the gas? $3.599 for regular unleaded. When I got back to my office, I checked AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report and the national average price of regular unleaded gas is $3.471.
Over the course of the past few years, folks have finally focused on Washington’s inability to rein in out-of-control spending, unsustainable deficits and potentially catastrophic debt. The question has been, and continues to be, who will stand up and lead? Who will shoulder the responsibility of getting our fiscal house in order?
A little more than a year ago, I noted here that it sure as hellfire won’t be Senate Democrats that can be counted on to lead. Why? To truly force Washington to live within its means, not spend more than it takes in, we need a Balanced Budget Amendment. Guess who it was to vote in lockstep against a Balance Budget Amendment in the 1990’s? Yup, Senate Democrats, including the likes of Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Tim Johnson (D-SD), John Kerry (D-MA), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Pat Leahy (D-VT), Carl Levin (D-MI), Barbara Mikulski, Patty Murray (D-WA), Jack Reed (D-RI), Harry Reid (D-NV), Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), and Ron Wyden (D-OR).
The debate over government-run health care took a bizarre turn earlier this week when Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) likened opponents of socialized health care to opponents of the abolition of slavery, among other things.
Yesterday the debate turned whether to make tax payers foot the bill for abortion. As you may have guessed, things went completely off the rails. In arguing against an amendment by Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) to ban the use of tax payer funds for abortion, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) equated abortion to Viagra.