Eighty-three percent of Americans, according to last week’s NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, disapprove of Congress. That was the highest level in the history of the poll. The anger is so deep now that 57 percent want the entire Congress thrown out.
Why are people so mad at Congress? The poll produced a simple, concrete answer:
“Offered a list of what makes them least happy about Washington, a plurality of Americans cited the capital’s partisanship and the inability of Congress to get things done,” according to the Journal’s story on the poll. And Republicans get most of the blame for the currently poisonous partisan politics.
“Americans pointed to Republicans far more than to [President] Obama as putting partisanship above efforts to unify the country … 67 percent said Republicans emphasize a partisan approach at the expense of unity, compared with 48 percent who said that of Obama,” the newspaper reported.
The key evidence of congressional partisanship is the GOP’s never-ending effort to repeal, damage or defund the Affordable Healthcare Act, also called ObamaCare.
A majority of Americans agreed, “Republicans in Congress should stop trying to prevent the law from going into effect,” according to the news story on the polling. The Journal noted that Republicans in the House have held nearly 40 votes in an effort to stop the law from taking effect.
But congressional Republicans are no dummies. They read polls, too.
They can see that 17 percent of Republicans in the Journal poll are part of the national majority asking them to quit their futile assault on ObamaCare. “By now they should just leave it alone — it is what it is,” one Republican mother from North Carolina told reporters.
But in Washington, congressional Republicans are not concerned with general public disapproval of their bad behavior. They see a path to winning the 2014 mid-term elections — holding the House and po
Looks to me like the GOP is trying to get it exactly right on the health care law. Exactly right for their corporate bosses that is. The GOP is trying to protect and enrich the corporations involved and screw the average American. That's the way the GOP rolls. Personally I think its beyond disgusting to play politics with peoples health and too bad if they die needlessly.