Oregon’s at it again. In the rush by Democrats to raise taxes, when their bill didn’t get the required 60% majority in the Legislature they decide to attempt a constitutional amendment to ram it through (referring it to voters). How many times have we heard the state Constitution is no place for such things? But when Democrats want a tax increase, all those ideals are gone with the wind.
Have a look at journalists who’ve written checks for political purposes. The media always claims to be unbiased, but looking at the list shows a whole lot more going to Democrats than Republicans. Of course, no one gives up their right to support their causes when they become a journalist, but when the majority goes to Democrats, where is the balance?
A new Gallup Poll has the public’s confidence in Congress at a new all-time low at 14%, below even HMO’s.
The percentage of Americans with a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in Congress is at 14%, the lowest in Gallup’s history of this measure — and the lowest of any of the 16 institutions tested in this year’s Confidence in Institutions survey. It is also one of the lowest confidence ratings for any institution tested over the last three decades.
Congress is at a 14% confidence level (the lowest in the survey) behind HMO’s (15%), The Presidency (25%), public schools (33%), and the medical system (31%). The winner? The military at 69%.
The question is, will the mainstream media pick up on this story? How many stories have you heard about President Bush’s low approval ratings? Isn’t a historically low confidence level for Congress newsworthy? Perhaps not if it’s the Democrats who the public have low confidence in.
What we’ve been saying all along proves to be true — people who thought they voted for change in the last election are surprised when nothing changed. Democrats campaigned on change, rooting out corruption and pork, and ending involvement in Iraq. But corruption, earmarks and pork continue, only the party in leadership has changed. Perhaps that’s why public confidence in Congress is at a historic low point. Even the President fares better (and that doesn’t say much).
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.
We recently wrote about the hiring binge in Lane County, wondering if County Leadership found a big pile of money as certainly they wouldn’t condone hiring in one area while laying off public safety workers. Of course not, we wrote, to do so would be irresponsible and negligent as citizens continue to tell the county public safety is priority number one. But it appears we were wrong; now we see the plan really is to continue hiring in non public safety areas, while laying off employees in public safety. But let the Register-Guard tell the story.
On the lighter side of politics, imagine if Chuck Norris was president (or at least a candidate). Consider the polices he could implement (in his own words):
Require members of Congress to work out on the Total Gym 15 minutes each day – or else they can’t vote on anything.
Resurrect Bruce Lee and appoint him head of homeland security (OK, the CIA and FBI too).
Turn the Rose Garden into a new fighting ring for the World Combat League, in which liberals and conservatives will fight for legislative leadership and priority. (For fun, Saturday night fights will feature a recurring bout between Hannity and Colmes). “American Idol” already told me they will provide the entertainment.
Require Bill Gates and Warren Buffet to personally pay for national, comprehensive medical coverage for every American (or meet me in the Rose Garden).
Convey my plan for world peace to the United Nations: taking the governor of California with me on our “kick butt and ask questions later” USO world tour.
Ask producer Mark Barnett to film “Survivor – Camp David,” where world leaders will meet annually, for an all-out cage-fighting championship. The winner will take home $1,000,000 in Disney Dollars, good in Europe or America.
Replace Letterman, Leno or Conan once monthly, since stand-up comedy is what most governmental officials do anyway.
Ask Al Gore to provide me with a special governmental study on the connection between spotted owl extinction and global warming. (I’m pretty sure Michael Moore will film the docudrama).
Help Rosie transition from “The View” to the pew – it might help her get over that anger problem. If the pew doesn’t work, she can spar Trump in the Rose Garden.
With all the silliness in Washington, could the results be worse?
And that’s the lighter side of politics.
Normally, what pop-tarts do isn’t very interesting, but in this case we’ll make an exception as Hilton was released from jail early because she developed a rash. Now ask yourself, would you get that kind of consideration? If you were in jail for a minor offense, would you get released early for a minor medical issue? Money talks, even in the justice system.