By John W. Lillpop
Although the government shutdown is bringing major PR problems to the GOP, the American people appear to be recovering nicely from the idiotic notion that Barack Obama is the source of all light and hope in the universe.
After five years of blatant lies by the least transparent administration in history, declining US prestige throughout the world, economic malpractice at home, decimation of the best health care in the world in favor of forced Marxist medicine, and general contempt for American citizens by the ego-maniacal Obama, we the people seem to be FINALLY wising up to the fact that our government is in the hands of a petulant mobster who does not understand, or give a hoot, about American rule of law, tradition, capitalism, religion, or religion.
Obama’s fall in the opinion polls has dragged The One below 40 percent approval as reported at the reference:
Most Americans disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job, the poll suggests, with 53 percent unhappy with his performance and 37 percent approving of it. Congress is scraping rock bottom, with a ghastly approval rating of 5 percent.
Indeed, anyone making headlines in the dispute has earned poor marks for his or her trouble, whether it's Democrat Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, or Republican John Boehner, the House speaker, both with a favorability rating of 18 percent.
Among the survey's findings:
— Sixty-eight percent said the shutdown is a major problem for the country, including majorities of Republicans (58 percent), Democrats (82 percent) and independents (57 percent).
— Fifty-two percent said Obama is not doing enough to cooperate with Republicans to end the shutdown; 63 percent say Republicans aren't doing enough to cooperate with him.
— Republicans are split on just how much cooperation they want. Among those who do not back the tea party, fully 48 percent say their party should be doing more with Obama to find a solution. But only 15 percent of tea-party Republicans want that outreach. The vast majority of them say GOP leaders are doing what they should with the president, or should do even less with him.
— People seem conflicted or confused about the showdown over the debt limit. Six in 10 predict an economic crisis if the government's ability to borrow isn't renewed later this month with an increase in the debt limit — an expectation widely shared by economists. Yet only 30 percent say they support raising the limit; 46 percent were neutral on the question.
— More than 4 in 5 respondents felt no personal impact from the shutdown. For those who did, thwarted vacations to national parks, difficulty getting work done without federal contacts at their desks and hitches in government benefits were among the complaints.”
The BIG question: Can America survive three more years of a lame-duck community organizer without disintegrating into oblivion?