Monday, May 23, 2005
Mudslinging doesn't help anyone
|More often than not lately I run across posts in blogs about "What are they doing in D.C.?" Does anyone remember that there is a whole country out here? The debates in the Congress are so far away from what is important here in the west. How about our lack of health care, education issues, wage and labor issues?|
“First Victim in Judicial Fight: Congress's Image
. . . . “But she shares the view that, at the moment, the general public does not like what it sees from either side.
"Voters have been fed a steady diet of Terri Schiavo, judicial wrangling and basic bickering," Ms. Walter said. "It is a pox on both of them."
Backing her view, a poll conducted May 11-15 for the Pew center found that 64 percent of those surveyed believed that Congress was bickering more than usual, a level approaching public sentiment found in similar surveys during the budget battle that led to the government shutdown. Federal services were cut off for a total of about four weeks when a Republican-controlled Congress forced a stalemate with President Bill Clinton. And a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released this week found that 51 percent of those surveyed disapproved of Congress's performance, the highest level since 1994, when voters swept Democrats out of power.
. . . . Another factor in the public perception, according to some current and former lawmakers, is that Americans have little personal stake in a rules fight and can reach the conclusion that Congress is not looking out for them on pocketbook issues but is instead caught up in self-serving power struggles.”