Okay. I’ve been a very bad blogger over the weekend, missing key developments in the stimulus debate.
Here’s the thing: I am so sick of the stimulus debate that I don’t really mind. I feel defeated by the centrists, annoyed at Ben Nelson and Susan Collins, mad as hell at Senate Republicans (and Michael Steele, whose idiocy is so great I’m tempted to never, ever let his name grace this blog again), sad for the millions of people who have lost their jobs since December 2007…the list could go on.
There was a bit of good news today, lest you think Republicans have co-opted the entire stimulus issue for their own purposes:
A new Gallup poll shows that, when it comes to the stimulus, it’s Democrats who are faring best with the public. 67 percent of respondents said they approve of the way Obama’s been handling the debate over the issue; only 25 percent disapprove. Congressional Democrats aren’t doing that well, but a plurality — 48 percent — still approves of their actions overall, compared to 42 percent who said they disapprove.
Meanwhile, according to Gallup, the congressional GOP is slightly more popular than food poisoning. Only 31 percent of Americans approve of their handling of the stimulus, while 58 percent disapprove.
I’m not surprised to read this, considering, as Obama has said over and over again, the American people voted for the Democrats in 2008, not least of all because Obama’s economic message was more persuasive than McCain’s. This shows you how out of touch the Republicans (and centrist Democrats) are in Washington: despite the fact that the American public approves of government spending and reinvestment in infrastructure, healthcare, education, and the like, politicians are completely ignoring them in favor of their own game of “this stimulus is much too big! What can we do to make it completely worthless?”