To ‘Govern like Grown Folks’ seem to be the missing piece amongst today’s Congress
It was almost 16-years ago to the day when the Gingrich-led House assumed a position of political posturing that left American government shut down for the Christmas holiday season. Boy how things have changed – or not?
In the recent 2011 political wrangling, the Boehner-led House almost saw a disastrous and daring childish game of gotcha blow up in the Republicans face – yet again! However, while the Contract for America crew of 1994-95 ended up with a heavy dose of egg on their face which eventually led to the 1996 re-election efforts of Democratic President William ‘Bill’ Clinton, don’t expect this monumental Republican gaffe to ultimately seal the deal for an Obama re-election? In fact, we’ve had quiet a few moments in history when partisan politics seemed laminated in a ‘My way or the highway’ sense of righteousness, only to see that Party and its leader looking quiet embarrassed weeks, or even months later. Yet none has had to steer their proverbial political ship a full 180-degrees in only days, such as this new Republican dominated House has?
“We know that politicians make public commitments, yet we also know that our American governmental system demands compromise,” says political observer and IMPAC Chairwoman Catalina Byrd, in a recent interview. Yet, the question still remains that while the Independent ‘Professor of Politics’ (as I like to call her) seems to get it, does the men and women in Congress have a grasp on that philosophy? Most Americans answer would be ‘NO’; as the approval ratings for today’s Congress have hit such a low that it wouldn’t surprise many if someone the likes of Bobby and Whitney could win election these days? “Congress cannot expect to have these continued stand-still, I can one up you on issues so vitally crucial to American everyday life, and expect not to be disliked by the majority of the electorate,” said Shaun Louis, political analyst for GCOMM Media Co., who assisted on the company’s recent poll showing that America’s approval of Congress as a whole is down to 14% amongst the general electorate.
However, it gets even worst then that when you break it down in particular demographics, such as African Americans – who have certainly felt the economic recession harder than any other racial group in the country – say that as a whole, they approve of Congress only 9%, while their approval of the leadership shown by President Barack Obama hovers at roughly 62%. That is a big gap between the two, yet not the only one we’ve seen. When broken down, Americans seem to approve more of the job performed by the United States Senate (32%) then that of the House of Representatives (19%). The White House’s numbers went up since our last August poll that had President Obama’s administration at a mere 21%, as they now see the country’s Commander-in-Chief at a cool 48%; more popular amongst blacks, Hispanics, college level voters and women.
Those who admit to having a ‘Facebook’ account and actively use it to relay and gain certain information, see the President favorably at 73% with only 26% of them thinking Congress has done anything for them. Facebook users also don’t seem to be blaming one particular party on much of this mess, though 87% of participants combined felt that the Republicans were to blame in this latest pay-roll tax debacle; outside of that they felt each party had accumulated similar blame in the disasters they continue to see come from Washington – either from zero compromise in anything or not effectively presenting a working budget for the American public to feel secure in. Democrats were blamed for their lack of cohesiveness and leadership, while showing an overall approval of 31%, while Republicans flourished in foreign affairs and sticking by one another and to an overall message, yet only received a 29% favorability rating based on their #1 problem – wishing to do harm to the American way of life, simply to see President Obama fail.
Therefore, whether it be President 41, George H.W. Bush’s caving in by raising taxes in 1990, after just rejecting tax raises in his 1988 Republican nomination by saying; ‘Read my lips: No new taxes’; or it being President Obama’s debt ceiling deal with Republicans that never included the new revenue he had insisted on prior – Democrats and Republicans both, must come to some sort of understanding that Americans are tired of the poll-driven partisan divide that has led to these campaign-styled childish antics! They must be ready to believe that the word ‘Compromise’ is not a dirty word, in fact they need to realize its practicality in governing; for they are no longer campaigning for elective office, you have made it past that stage – now act like it and begin to govern like grown folks!
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