The title of this post indicates that it could concern just about anything: Is it war, anti-education, more Bush-isms, healthcare for children, corporate welfare, faith-based funding, or just plain anti-progress on any issue? And, there’s the recent failure to override Bush’s veto against the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
This time, it’s more general. The results of the latest political polls on Bush’s job approval rating. In Voters unhappy with Bush and Congress, Reuters reports:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Deepening unhappiness with President George W. Bush and the U.S. Congress soured the mood of Americans and sent Bush’s approval rating to another record low this month, according to a Reuters/Zogby poll released on Wednesday.
The Reuters/Zogby Index, which measures the mood of the country, also fell from 98.8 to 96 — the second consecutive month it has dropped. The number of Americans who believe the country is on the wrong track jumped four points to 66 percent.
Bush’s job approval rating fell to 24 percent from last month’s record low for a Zogby poll of 29 percent. A paltry 11 percent gave Congress a positive grade, tying last month’s record low.
24%? If my public education serves me correctly, that means that less than 1 out of every 4 Americans thinks he’s doing a good job. While it makes me curious who these people are (I have a good guess), it would take far less for any regular citizens to be fired from a job. Perhaps Dubya has extended the idea of “executive privilege” a bit too far.
This makes me wonder what it will take to convert dissent into action. I can understand Republicans brazenly towing the party line – that has come to be expected. But what about the Democrats? What more will it take before Dubya is faced with criminal charges? Only time will tell, but it has already been far too long. It’s too late to reverse much of the damage to the country, so we should look to contain it.