The AP is pumping a story out about how Congress' approval numbers have gone up to 40%.
Public approval for Congress is at its highest level in a year as Democrats mark 100 days in power and step up their confrontation with President Bush over his handling of the Iraq War, the issue that overshadows all others.
Bad news for the AP- they are not the only folks conducting polling right now. Gallup also released a poll yesterday showing Congress' appoval rating at 33%.
I couldn't help but giggle when I checked out the poll averages for both Congress and the President.
Poll averages show Congress at 35%
Poll averages show the President at 36.5%
Of course, I nearly fell off my chair when I read that Nancy Pelosi has the gall to say this before leaving for her road trip-
"In the first 100 hours, as you know, we passed legislation to make our economy fairer, to make our country safer, to make college more accessible, health care more affordable, promoted energy independence, and to do so in a fiscally sound way, upholding the highest ethical standard with great openness and transparency in government."
Uh? Hello? They still have not passed a minimum wage bill or any of their other promised legislation.
In fact, the only thing the Democrats have managed to pass is a war bill, packed with their favorite pork spending, that breaks the promises made during last year's election cycle.
Wisconsin Congressman David Obey promised a "moritorium" on pork projects. He broke that promise when he personally packed the emergency bill that would finance our troops with more than $22 BILLION in pork spending.
Democrats promised reform and instituted "a moratorium" on all earmarks until the system was cleaned up. Now the appropriations committees are privately accepting pork-barrel requests again. But curiously, the scorekeeper on earmarks, the Library of Congress's Congressional Research Service (CRS)--a publicly funded, nonpartisan federal agency--has suddenly announced it will no longer respond to requests from members of Congress on the size, number or background of earmarks. "They claim it'll be transparent, but they're taking away the very data that lets us know what's really happening," says Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn. "I'm convinced the appropriations committees are flexing their muscles with CRS."
The media and the Democrats may be patting themselves on the back, however the rest of us know the truth.
All the Democrats have succeeded in doing, as of this moment, is to break their promises to the American people.