Two distinguished scholars from the American Enterprise Institute released a report that describes the current situation in American government. You can see the entire report at the link below, but this article offers more commentary on their analysis in the form of a list.
“The just just-released Political Report from AEI’s Karlyn Bowman and Andrew Rugg highlights these troubling trends. Bowman and Rugg found that, among those polled,
- Trust and confidence in government to handle domestic and international problems are at their lowest levels in 40 years.
- Two-thirds say they are dissatisfied with the way the nation is being governed, the highest response in 40 years.
- The proportion saying government has a negative impact on people's lives is 64 percent, up from 45 percent a decade ago.
- One percent said they were angry toward the federal government in 1992, but 27 percent give that response today.”
List of things to consider from the AEI “Political Report”:
1. Richard M. Nixon was President who was impeached from office 40 years ago.
Remember that Nixon’s first Vice President was convicted of crimes. His replacement was Gerald Ford who then replaced Nixon. Republicans bungled their responsibility and lost the trust of the nation even though Nixon posted foreign policy victories that included shutting down the Vietnam War and opening up an embassy in China.
2. The economy in 1972 was not booming 40 years ago.
President: Richard M. Nixon
Vice President: Spiro T. Agnew
Life expectancy: 71.2 years
Federal spending: $230.68 billion
Federal debt: $435.9 billion
Consumer Price Index: 41.8
Cost of a new home: $30,500.00
Cost of a new car: $
Median Household Income: $9,697.00
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.10
Cost of a gallon of regular gas: $0.36
Cost of a dozen eggs: $0.52
Cost of a gallon of Milk: $1.20”
Then, 10 years later Reagan became President and what happened? Woops.
“The combination of tax cuts and higher military spending overwhelmed more modest reductions in spending on domestic programs. As a result, the federal budget deficit swelled even beyond the levels it had reached during the recession of the early 1980s. From $74,000 million in 1980, the federal budget deficit rose to $221,000 million in 1986. It fell back to $150,000 million in 1987, but then started growing again. Some economists worried that heavy spending and borrowing by the federal government would reignite inflation, but the Federal Reserve remained vigilant about controlling price increases, moving quickly to raise interest rates any time it seemed a threat. Under chairman Paul Volcker and his successor, Alan Greenspan, the Federal Reserve retained the central role of economic traffic cop, eclipsing Congress and the president in guiding the nation's economy.”
3. Ten years ago Bush was doing swell before a steady tumble.
“The approval ratings of George W. Bush have ranged from a record high to a record low. Bush began his presidency with ratings near 50%. In the time of national crisis following the September 11 attacks, polls showed approval ratings of greater than 85%, peaking in at 92%, and a steady 80–90% approval for about four months after the attacks. Afterward, his ratings steadily declined as the economy suffered and the Iraq War initiated by his administration continued. By early 2006, his average rating was near 40%, and in July 2008, a poll indicated a low of 22%.”
4. Today, people are infuriated at Congress while a majority appreciate the President.
The Speaker of the House, John Boehner may have gained status as the most disliked politician, replacing Mitch McConnell who remains second.
Wrong, it is Ted Cruz.
“Ted Cruz on the way to ‘most hated politician’ in DC
By Rich LowrySeptember 27, 2013 | 11:59pm
Long ago, Ted Cruz earned the hatred of every elected Democrat in Washington. Now, he’s on his way to doing the same with nearly every Republican. Soon, it will be almost a clean sweep.
He is, to paraphrase Winston Churchill’s quip about Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, a bull who carries a china shop with him. He had barely begun his 21-hour filibuster — or, to be strictly precise, 21-hour-long speech — when he compared his doubters to appeasers of Adolf Hitler, and he ended it roughly a day later with a prickly exchange with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
The Cruz eye-rollers had plenty of occasions to roll their eyes — perhaps no senator has caused so many colleagues to mutter under their breaths in his first eight months in the world’s greatest deliberative body — but the conservative grass roots cheered. They are desperate for passion and, above all, fight, and Cruz delivered them during his long hours holding forth on C-SPAN2.
We should stipulate upfront that he is not going to defund ObamaCare. As a legislative strategy, the defund effort is far-fetched to the point of absurdity. The theory is that on the cusp of or after a government shutdown, pressure becomes so intense on Democrats that Reid buckles and passes a measure defunding ObamaCare, and President Obama signs it.”