Sunday, February 28, 2010

Voter Unhappiness w/Congress Hits Record Level

Voter unhappiness with Congress has reached the highest level ever recorded by Rasmussen Reports as 71% now say the legislature is doing a poor job (see chart). That’s up ten points from the previous high of 61% reached a month ago. Only 10% of voters say Congress is doing a good or excellent job.

17 Comments:

At 2/28/2010 10:27 AM, Anonymous ListenEllipse said...

How many people are upset because they still haven't passed single payer health care? Anyway, there will still be a 90%+ reelection rate in November.

 
At 2/28/2010 10:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, well, it's easy to get pissed off at a Congress that can't get anything done, especially with Republicans who stonewall every goddamn procedure. Who obstinate are these guys? They say they want "pay as you go," and when the President pushes for it, they vote against it!

Wow... look at the record filibusters the GOP has pulled off so far. (href="http://www.americablog.com/2007/12/gop-senators-break-record-for.html)

Oh wait, that's from 2007! Here we go.

Well, fair is fair. Just wait until you guys get everything back down the road and we'll hit with some payback. Funny... the Repubs whine about the immorality of a former prez getting a blow job, yet they stick up for a child pedophile like Mark Foley: here's Ann Coulter sticking up for the guy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XukNaP7H87o)

 
At 2/28/2010 10:39 AM, Blogger sethstorm said...


Yeah, well, it's easy to get pissed off at a Congress that can't get anything done, especially with Republicans who stonewall every goddamn procedure.

They only have to introduce nominal measures to answer their opposition's questions. When they can steamroll their legislation, then they act.

Then you have some who think the gridlock that's happening is an optimal situation.

 
At 2/28/2010 10:59 AM, Blogger Colin said...

Yeah, well, it's easy to get pissed off at a Congress that can't get anything done, especially with Republicans who stonewall every goddamn procedure.

Can't get anything done? GOP Stonewalling? Yeah, except for all of this:

* January 29, 2009: Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, Pub.L. 111-2
* February 4, 2009: Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act, Pub.L. 111-3
* February 17, 2009: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Pub.L. 111-5
* March 11, 2009: Omnibus Appropriations Act, Pub.L. 111-8
* March 30, 2009: Omnibus Public Land Management Act, Pub.L. 111-11
* April 21, 2009: Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, Pub.L. 111-13
* May 20, 2009: Helping Families Save Their Homes Act, Pub.L. 111-22
* May 22, 2009: Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act, Pub.L. 111-23
* May 22, 2009: Credit CARD Act, Pub.L. 111-24
* June 22, 2009: Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, as Division A of Pub.L. 111-31
* June 24, 2009: Supplemental Appropriations Act, including the Car Allowance Rebate System (Cash for Clunkers) Pub.L. 111-32
* October 28, 2009: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010, including the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, Pub.L. 111-84
* November 6, 2009: Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act, Pub.L. 111-92
* February 12, 2010: Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act, as Title I of Pub.L. 111-139, H.J.Res. 45

Only if it were so that Congress couldn't pass anything, I'd feel a lot safer.

In any case, voters are so angry with those gosh-darn Republicans that they could well hand them control of both the House and Senate this fall.

 
At 2/28/2010 12:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Congressional district has about 640,000 residents of whom about 250,000 will come out to vote in an election. Suppose you want to run in opposition to your Congressman. You do not know the voters and they do not know you. If you are smart enough to identify which people will vote and write a position paper that cost you 50 cents a piece to make and mail you are looking at $125,000. Add in some radio and/or TV spots and other expenses and the threshold to run easily is $500,000.

Who is going to give you that much money? Most of the positions you might take are going to be a threat to someone who will be pushed to contribute to your opponent.

If you take a position against bailouts it may be popular but banks, both in your district and outside, will view you as a threat and act against you.

If you take a position against illegal aliens count on the farmers and a lot of small businessmen to act against you.

You want to do something about the Chinese Yuan then watch out for Walmart’s opposition.

You are going to find that the opposition is well organized, well funded, and experienced in defeating you. With such large Congressional districts special interest money is often more important than the approval of the people. As Lenin put it “a lie told often enough becomes the truth.” If your reason to be elected is that you are with the people count of your opponent to have the resources to tell their story and you not being able to respond.

The end result is a Congress with a low approval rating as they respond to the special interest that put them in office and ignore the people.

 
At 2/28/2010 12:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many people are upset because they still haven't passed single payer health care?

Judging by the polls, not many.

 
At 2/28/2010 12:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny... the Repubs whine about the immorality of a former prez getting a blow job, yet they stick up for a child pedophile like Mark Foley ...

The page that Foley sent messages to was an adult, unlike the page that Gerry Studds, a Mass. Democrat, molested in the '70's. Further, Foley was forced by his own party to resign, while the Democrats cheered Studds for his acts of pedophilia.

Of course, leftists who constantly pose as the champions of "women's rights" had no problem supporting a man accused of using his position to intimidate, grope and even rape women. In fact, they led the charge to discredit any woman who dare challenge his behavior. How pathetic.

 
At 2/28/2010 1:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The page that Foley sent messages to was an adult, unlike the page that Gerry Studds, a Mass. Democrat, molested in the '70's. Further, Foley was forced by his own party to resign, while the Democrats cheered Studds for his acts of pedophilia."

Which state considers a 16-year-old to be an adult!? The rebubs stood up for Foley - even going as far as attacking the 16-year-old page - until it became blatantly evident they were sticking up for a losing case.

"Of course, leftists who constantly pose as the champions of "women's rights" had no problem supporting a man accused of using his position to intimidate, grope and even rape women."

Ummm... the impeachment was about a horny prez who was getting some action on the side with a ditzy intern - an adult who obliged under her own free will. While I didn't approve of the prez's behavior either, it was no reason to blow hundreds of millions of dollars on, and bring in FBI agents to deal with. There's far more important matters to deal with.

Of course, it's good to know the GOP has good, moralistic individuals who spear-headed the impeachment effort, but aren't hypocrites themselves. John Ensign anyone?

 
At 2/28/2010 2:23 PM, Blogger OA said...

ListenEllipse said...
How many people are upset because they still haven't passed single payer health care?...



Do you know something we don't? A single payer health bill exists only in fantasy land. Unless there's some impending martial law that I'm unaware of.

 
At 2/28/2010 2:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, yeah, it was all about a BJ. Of course, there us THIS

Funny, we missed all the leftist outrage over these stories:

Congressman Mel Reynolds, the Democrat convicted of 12 charges, including sex with 16-year-old Beverly Heard and asking her to take pornographic photographs of a 15-year old, was indicted on August 21, 1994.

Johnson, who was third vice-chair of the Durham County Democratic Party and vice-chair for the Young Democrats ...

 
At 2/28/2010 5:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, wow, wow... look at all those GOP pedophiles. (http://www.scribd.com/doc/4264706/gop-pedophiles). They're like a bunch of Catholic priests! Family values - you know it;)

 
At 2/28/2010 6:24 PM, Anonymous Lyle said...

On CNN they are discussing this issue right now and one of the big things is supposedly in 344 out of 435 house districts are safe for one party or the other. The solution is to add a requirement that districts be compact, and as (to use the math term convex as possible). Perhaps we need to replace politicians in making districts with computers.

 
At 2/28/2010 6:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A former director of Gov. Ted Strickland's Faith-Based and Community Initiative pleaded guilty this morning to two felony counts after police said he tried to pimp a 17-year-old prostitute ... McFadden was head of the Catholic outreach of the Clinton campaign...

A federal judge decreed a prison term of more than seven years Thursday for Bernie Ward, whose 15-year career as a leading liberal voice on Bay Area talk radio disintegrated when he admitted downloading graphic images of child sex and distributing them on the Internet.

Federal agents arrested Charles Rust-Tierney, the former president of the Virginia chapter of the ACLU, Friday in Arlington for allegedly possessing child pornography.

His accusation that Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) knew that Gobie had operated a prostitution service out of Frank's Capitol Hill apartment became national news after it was first reported Friday by the Washington Times.

The list of leftist degeneracy goes on and on, for far too long.

 
At 2/28/2010 6:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They're like a bunch of Catholic priests! Family values - you know it

Think Catholic priests are bad? Your kid is far safer with a Catholic priest than a lefist school teacher:

Consider the statistics: In accordance with a requirement of President Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act, in 2002 the Department of Education carried out a study of sexual abuse in the school system.

Hofstra University researcher Charol Shakeshaft looked into the problem, and the first thing that came to her mind when Education Week reported on the study were the daily headlines about the Catholic Church.

“Think the Catholic Church has a problem?” she said. “The physical sexual abuse of students in schools is likely more than 100 times the abuse by priests.”

So, in order to better protect children, did media outlets start hounding the worse menace of the school systems, with headlines about a “Nationwide Teacher Molestation Cover-up” and by asking “Are Ed Schools Producing Pedophiles?”

No, they didn’t. That treatment was reserved for the Catholic Church, while the greater problem in the schools was ignored altogether.

CBS News

Why has the media tried to bury this story? Because the teachers unions support every leftist cause and give millions to the Democrat party.

 
At 2/28/2010 6:56 PM, Blogger misterjosh said...

The Dems & the Gops posting on this page don't seem to get it. It's not the party, it's the politicians stupid!

 
At 2/28/2010 11:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Think Catholic priests are bad? Your kid is far safer with a Catholic priest than a lefist school teacher:"

Hmmm... touched a nerve, huh? That was just a figure of speech - molestation of children crosses many boundaries: cops, parents, and their friends, pornography... you get the picture.

However, I'd dispute the part of schools being 100% worse. Was there any mention of a survey that contrasts the two? I didn't see one. Now granted, since there are more students who attend public schools than Catholic church, you are going to have more molestation cases; however, I doubt on a per capita basis, its 100% worse - especially without a study to compare the two.

Personally, if you ask me, I think much of the Catholic church's problem could be abolished by merely allowing priests to marry. Celibacy is a bitch; besides, many centuries ago, Catholic priests were allowed to marry (I don't have the exact reason why this changed, but it obviously was started by the church's big wigs who made some decisions that obviously impacted the foot solders).

Anyway, what burned me up in the nineties (along with a lot of other people) was how the Republican party over reached in its power, and impeached a president for getting a little action. $200 million was blown; a number of FBI agents were taken from probably more important matters, and were placed on the case; and in the end, what did it accomplish? But that was pittance compared to what happened last decade. Who truly deserved to be impeached more: one prez who lied about his sex life, or another who lied about WMDs, and led a nation into a costly and unnecessary war - one that has costed many lives among American and innocent lives (and no, none of the 9/11 operatives came from Iraq, nor did Saddam play any part in it. The majority of operatives came from Saudi Arabia; much of the funding came from there as well).

 
At 2/28/2010 11:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The list of leftist degeneracy goes on and on, for far too long."

Yep, it's always the demoncrats, they're the party of immorality while the GOP stands for "God's Own Party." Interesting, I was looking at the article posted by anon 5:17 PM, and here's the list:

Republican County Commissioner David Swartz pleaded guilty to molesting two girls under the age of 11 and was sentenced to 8 years in prison.

Republican judge Mark Pazuhanich pleaded no contest to fondling a 10-year old girl and was sentenced to 10 years probation.

Republican anti-abortion activist Nicholas Morency pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography on his computer and offering a bounty to anybody who murders an abortion doctor.

Republican legislator Edison Misla Aldarondo was sentenced to 10 years in prison for attempted rape of an underage girl.

Republican Mayor Philip Giordano is serving a 37-year sentence in federal prison for sexually abusing 8- and 10-year old girls.

Republican campaign consultant Tom Shortridge was sentenced to three year’s probation for taking nude photographs of a 15-year old girl.

Republican racist pedophile and United States Senator Strom Thurmond had sex with a 15-year old black girl which produced a child.

Republican pastor Mike Hintz, whom George W. Bush commended during the 2004 presidential campaign, surrendered to police after admitting to a sexual affair with a juvenile.

Republican legislator Peter Dibble pleaded no contest to having an inappropriate relationship with a 13-year-old girl.

Republican activist Lawrence E. King, Jr. organized child sex parties at the White House during the 1980s.

Republican lobbyist Craig J. Spence organized child sex parties at the White House during the 1980s.

Republican Congressman Donald "Buz" Lukens was found guilty of having sex with a minor and sentenced to one month in jail.

Republican fundraiser Richard A. Delgaudio was found guilty of child porn charges.

Republican activist Mark A. Grethen convicted on six counts of sex crimes involving children.

Republican activist Randal David Ankeney pleaded guilty to attempted sexual assault on a child.

Republican Congressman Dan Crane had sex with a minor working as a congressional page.

Republican activist and Christian Coalition leader Beverly Russell admitted to an incestuous relationship with his step daughter.


Actually, that's not even half the list. Well, what do you expect from a group of pro-lifers who can't comprehend beyond three words when reading the seventh commandment, and jubilantly support the death penalty or the bombing of innocent lives elsewhere?

I once heard a story on the radio that sums this up. A person saw a truck with two bumper stickers: one showed a picture of a fetus with the words "All life is precious"; the other said, "Is there life after death? Take this truck and find out."

 

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