Posted by: maboulette | June 3, 2015



A new Pew Research Center poll shows Americans are unhappy with the GOP led Congress. In fact, Americans are disgusted as Republican congressional leaders only registered a 22% approval rating.

What is noteworthy is that the poll shows this anger is bi-partisan. Only 41% of Republicans approve the GOP congressional leadership. This is much lower than the 60% approval rating GOP leaders had in 2011 and the 78% approval rating they received from Republicans in 1995, which was only months after the party took control of both the House and the Senate for the first time in 40 years.

There is a major difference between the congressional leaders of today and those in 1995. During that era, Newt Gingrich was Speaker of the House. In the November 1994 elections, Americans sent Republicans to Congress with a mission, enact the Contract with America. Led by Gingrich, the Congress was actually able to get some aims accomplished by moving President Bill Clinton to the right. Clinton signed into law bills that lowered capital gain tax and established welfare reform. Plus a substantial budget surplus was generated.

Gingrich was a bold conservative, who believed in the theory of lower taxes and less government. Unfortunately, today, the GOP leadership in Congress, specifically Senate Majority Leader McConnell and House Speaker Boehner, are typical old establishment Republicans who have been on Capitol Hill far too long. They are opposed to the Tea Party as well as true conservatives and have no interest in real reform or in following the demands of grassroots Republicans.

Just four months after the Republicans took control of the Senate and House, most of the GOP voters has lost faith in congressional leadership. It is no surprise since nothing has been accomplished except the Keystone Pipeline bill, which President Obama vetoed, and the House passed bill ending abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy. On almost everything else, there have been more words but no action.

Despite the fact that nearly every Republican congressional candidate campaigned against Obamacare and the President’s executive amnesty of 5 million illegal aliens, Congress voted to fund both programs. The Senate approved the radical nomination of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General and gave President Obama a major victory by the approval of legislation giving him more power to enact trade deals.


  1. Count me in that group. i am a life long Thomas Jefferson Republican and the current leadership certainly doesn’t represent MY preferences as a citizen. The only thing lower than my approval rating of the current Republican leadership would be the current Democratic Party leadership. I can’t think of even ONE that I would consider trustworthy.Isn’t it amazing that in a country with over 3 million people these are the best we can come up with? Where are all the statesmen that put their country first? Politicians disgust me

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