When it comes to addressing the economic crisis, creating jobs, or tackling the deficit, Congress is at a standstill and the American people know it. This morning, a poll from the National Journal shows Americans have little faith that Congress will take on the issues that matter most. For example, 68 percent of respondents said it was "very important" for Congress to spend money in order to create new jobs, but only 27 percent thought it was likely to happen. Another poll, this one by The Washington Post, found that 50 percent of Americans believe Republicans are holding up President Obama's jobs bill for political reasons. The public sentiment expressed in these polls should spell disaster for Republicans who are perceived to be recklessly blocking popular legislation. In elections today and a year from now, these sentiments should play to Democrats' favor. The problem, however, is that in hard economic times, the president takes the blame, even if the other party deserves a hefty share of it.
- Public Doubts Congress Will Aid Economy National Journal
- Why the Super Committee Is Headed for Super Catastrophe Talking Points Memo
- Judgement Day in Ohio The American Prospect
- Senate Acts on Two Pieces of Proposals on Hiring The New York Times
Reason to Get out of Bed in the Morning
A new poll shows support of Occupy Wall Street (35 percent) is more than twice that of support for the actual Wall Street and large corporations (16 percent).
What the Candidates Say
Michele Bachmann: "Our nation needs to stop doing for people what they can and should do for themselves. ... Self reliance means, if anyone will not work, neither should he eat."