But while there may have been times in the past where the public might not have been able to put its collective finger on specifically why it held Congress in such ill repute, this time the reasons are clear. It could be Capitol Hill’s support of the massive, trillion dollar “stimulus” package earlier this year, which has stimulated nothing but anger among the citizenry. Or it could be the waste, fraud and abuse the money has engendered.
Recently Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) on Fox News Channel's "Your World with Neil Cavuto" demanded an audit of the so-called stimulus funds. Rep. Wilson revealed that Mark Penn, Hillary Clinton’s pollster, received $6 million in stimulus money to preserve three jobs.
In addition, Rep. Wilson pointed out that the Obama Administration continues to fail to thoroughly address the major discrepancies and inaccuracies of reporting on Recovery.gov. A recent report by the non-partisan Government Accountability Office stated that one out of every ten jobs created by the stimulus are fake and that it’s high time for Congress to act.
Or, it could be that some members of Congress have made it all too obvious that they hold those they purportedly represent in low regard, whether by voting like lemmings on spending, cap and tax or health care “reform” bills, or simply referring to those willing to criticize them as “extremists,” "teabaggers," or terms that are far worse.
I think it’s fair to say that a number of Republicans should not escape the public’s ire, not the least because in so many fights of late, it appeared political expediency trumped principled opposition. Some have chalked these failings up to Republicans and conservative leaders inability to create a “Contract with America 2.0” that in simple terms lays out a list of things Republicans in Congress will do.