Congress approval ratings
The turmoil in Washington the past couple weeks has resulted in approval ratings dropping for President Obama. But Congress … and specifically Republicans in Congress … have taken a beating.
Frankly, this is nothing new … congressional approval ratings have been abysmal for years. This last round simply plumbs new depths of disapproval. Americans are annoyed with the legislative branch of their federal government, which seems to be totally dysfunctional.
And yet … we don’t seem to be that upset with our own representatives. Republican incumbents have a permanent lock on the two U-S Senate seats from Kansas. There don’t seem to be any serious challengers to our four Republican U-S Representatives.
Kansas voters don’t seem to be hell-bent on throwing the bums out. Looks like Kansans like the bums we have. And that seems to be the case across the U-S.
In the last election, 91% of House members and 90% of Senate incumbents won re-election. We talk disapproval, and vote approval.
Our thought for today is from Henry Kissinger:
“Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation.”