According to the latest Gallup Poll, just 14% of Americans have any confidence in the new Democratic led congress that swept into office just 6 months ago.
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. Curiously, the Democrats also controlled congress at that time when another Bush was president.
The Democrats took control of Congress last November running on a campaign promise to end what Speaker Nancy Pelosi called “the culture of corruption” in the Republican Party.
House Democrats are now facing the embarassing indictment of Rep. William “Cold Cash” Jefferson (D-La). They have had to sanction the usurpation of the earmark approval process by House Appropriations Chairman David Obey (D-Wi). They have been unable to appease the wacko surrender wing of their party by ending the war in Iraq. They wasted weeks to pass a strictly symbolic non-binding resolution against the president’s planned “troop surge” in Iraq. Then wasted more time in an attempt to pass a resolution of no confidence against Attorney General Alberto Gonzales; a measure that that failed to even muster the 60 votes needed to pass.
To win the House for the Democrats, Pelosi and company promised to “drain the swamp” after more than a decade of Republican rule. Pelosi promised to “break the link between lobbyists and legislation”; enact all the recommendations made by the September 11 Committee, raise the minimum wage to $7.25, cut the interest rates on student loans in half, roll back the Bush tax cuts, etc, etc, ad nauseam.
Aside from passing the minimum wage law which everyone, Democrat and Republican alike, voted for, the only other laws passed this year have been the naming of several government buildings and the most routine of federal spending.
In today’s Democratic Congress, the War in Iraq and pusillanimous investigations of the Bush adminstartion consume all their time and energy.
The only thing surprising to me about the 14% approval rating for Congress is who are these people. Even President Bush, whose approval ratings have been in the tank for some time now, has a rating 128% higher than Congress. So just where did Mr. Gallup find 14 out of 100 people who confidently believe Congress is doing a good job? Beats me.