Bill Murchison

The current Real Clear Politics average for congressional job approval, as reflected in national polls, is 20 percent. Seventy-two percent, by contrast, disapprove of how Congress is functioning. Obama's average job approval rating is 44.4 percent, versus 50.80 percent disapproval.

Everyone knows how complex are the reasons for both disparities, including the country's just plain bad mood in a recession that won't go away. Could not another large reason be the political strategy (if that's not too dignified a word for it) of riling up voters and insulting their intelligence by twisting out of shape interesting and maybe useful ideas?

As with Social Security. It's rank deception to suggest what our choices are, sail right along with a bankrupt system or sell the whole apparatus to Wall Street. No Republican, as Democrats, including the president, certainly know, proposes any such thing. For partial -- partial, if you please -- recourse to private investment of Social Security monies to help at all, government would have to tread carefully. The two political parties would have to put their heads together in good faith, working not for advantage but for -- how odd! -- the people's long-term interests.

Could it be that all those voters turned off by their representative institutions aren't as dumb as their representatives think? What if it's the governing class itself whose reasoning powers have fled? And what if -- here's the really big deal -- we the people know it?


Bill Murchison

Bill Murchison is the former senior columns writer for The Dallas Morning News and author of There's More to Life Than Politics.
 
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