How much do we dislike our political parties? According to an American Enterprise Institute release today, we dislike Democrats 54% and Republicans more at 69%.
From this, one might conclude that Americans don't like their government representatives that much. Since we voted for Obama at 54%, that means voters liked him as much as they disliked his party.
"And not only that, but a president who is, despite all these attacks, is increasingly popular. Gallup reports that Obama’s current approval rating is 56 percent – or seven points higher than “the average of his monthly approval ratings (49%) for the first 48 months of his administration, between January 2009 and December 2012.”
Now, the people we voted for are in their respective corners doing things we don't like. The GOP is trying to figure out how to impede and control the President we like. What make them believe they will become more likeable doing that?
Bringing spending in line with our economic capacity is a necessity, and no one will like the pain of that. However, there are ways to make it more beneficial to those in need and more painful for those who have the capacity for pain.
Wealthy persons have the capacity for pain. However, they can only stand so much before their pain is felt by others. The debate may turn out to be about the threshold of pain that wealthy persons can withstand.
In the meantime, no one should be impoverished in America so long as their is sufficient wealth to prevent it. That to is a debatable issue. What is the cost of poverty and can the economy eliminate it?
It would be better to see both parties addressing meaningful topics like that instead of worrying about their image. Only timely deeds and accomplishments can repair their images.
The slide show is from information shared by the American Enterprise Institute.
"Four years ago, history was made with the inauguration of America's first African-American president, Barack Obama. On Monday he will be inaugurated for another term, facing a remarkably different political and public opinion environment from just four years ago. In their latest Political Report, the American Enterprise Institute's Political team surveys public opinion in an increasingly polarized political landscape as we head into the President's second term."