What we have in all this at present is one party rule in America, a break down of the seperation of powers, an unprecedented amount of collusion, and a lesson to the American people – never elect a supermajority in Congress and a white house of the same party!
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Did you know? President Obama has broke 44-year-old record for Congressional support, according to study.
President Obama set a new record for the year 2009 for getting Congress to vote his way, according to an annual study by CQ.
In his first year in office, Obama won 96.7 percent of the votes on which he had clearly staked a position.
That is a bit less than 4% higher than the previous record, set by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965.
CQ has compiled statistics on presidential support since 1953. In all, Congress took 151 votes in which Obama had taken a position ahead of time.
His wins included votes for creating a massive economic stimulus package, bailing out the auto industry, letting the Food and Drug Administration regulate tobacco and confirming Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. This also includes votes on key moves toward overhauling the health care system, regulating financial services and reducing greenhouse gases which have not yet passed both chambers of Congress.
In the House, Obama won 68 votes and lost four.Among the losses: a vote to disapprove further spending on a bank bailout and a July vote to pass a food safety overhaul. Both were temporary setbacks since Congress eventually ended up supporting the president’s position.
In the Senate, Obama won 78 votes and lost one. The Republican win there came on an amendment which would have barred spending money to transfer detainees from the Guantanamo Bay prison camp to the United States. However in the end, the bill allowed the transfer under certain conditions.
To build this record, Obama relied heavily on Democratic majorities with only occasional support from some of the GOP. As in the health care overhaul, he also had to keep the entire Democratic caucus in the Senate in line.
Could Washington be any less popular? Not really, according to recent polling. Public approval for Congress and the political parties are at historic lows, while President Obama’s approval rating has been in decline for the past nine months.
A New York Times-CBS News survey released last night reported a 15 percent approval rating for Congress. “Most Americans are now dissatisfied or even angry with government – and much of that frustration is directed at Congress,” the poll’s press release stated. “Levels of distrust and cynicism about government are at or near 15-year highs.”
In Gallup‘s polling, congressional approval is down to 18 percent — a point reached just twice in the past 36 years. The all-time low, 14 percent, came less than two years ago. The demographics most responsible for the decline in approval have been liberals and Democrats — the party in control of Washington.
The Washington Post-ABC News poll out this week found 26 percent approving of Congress, which — other than a mid-2008 dip — was the lowest it’s been since 1994, when Democrats lost the majority.
In the last three Post-ABC surveys in which the question was asked, at least 17 percent of voters have said they don’t trust either party to cope with the country’s problems over the next few years. Until September, party distrust had only climbed as high as 16 percent once — in February 1994. And in November 1994, just 37 percent said they were inclined to re-elect their representative to Congress — 36 percent say the same now.
Further evidence of the distrust in Washington came in a Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday. Just 28 percent said they approve of the way either party in Congress is handling its job, and two-thirds blamed both parties equally for the legislative gridlock in Washington. Meanwhile, 18 percent said they trust the federal government to do what is right at least most of the time, including only 2 percent who trust government “almost all the time.”
The Post-ABC poll found the GOP leading the congressional generic ballot vote by 3 points, and Republicans lead the RCP Average by the same margin. With unemployment near 10 percent and support for Congress as low as it is, it’s not surprising that Republicans — the party out of power — are expected to have a good electoral year.
With more than 30 incumbents in the House not running for re-election and several open Senate seats, the public were already going to see many fresh faces in Washington next year. The level of distrust for government, though, portends even more new members will be heading to the nation’s capital in 2011.