March 6th, 2013

The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.” Will Rogers

“There are some great politicians out there, dedicated and devoted to the public good… But, as a group, hired by us to work together …they would earn a great big “dysfunctional” label and earn it easily.”  Me, Huffington Post, October 24, 2012

“Sequester” means they are taking a machete to the budget instead of a scalpel”.  My husband in the kitchen about a week ago.

“We elected these people, shouldn’t we hate ourselves?  My son, 30 seconds ago

Remember the 99%? Of course you do.  Did all of that work? I don’t know, but it was a conversation starter, as well as a conversation ender, depending on who you talked to.  The “Occupy” movement that started September 17, 2011 in Zuccotti Park  got a lot of media time and  space, fired up a lot of people,  made a lot of good points, and had some seriously strong brand recognition.

Lots of cottage industries going on here...for Occupy

and against


In any case, a lot of people were pissed off and they took to the streets.  Some movements that make sense and have a groundswell of support, take to the streets to not only demonstrate that support but to gain more.  For the most part, that’s a good thing.  It’s the American way.  So as “sequestration” is upon us as of March, 2013, and as Chris Good commented on the ABC news site “nobody likes it”, I got to wondering why more people aren’t taking that to the streets.  I checked today and actually, some of them are.

Here’s one from the Washington Post…”Protesters with a 20-foot tall inflatable pink pig are set to demonstrate in downtown Washington Wednesday against wasteful Pentagon spending, but appearances aside, the group sponsoring the event says it opposes automatic defense budget cuts threatened by sequestration.”   A pink pig, kind of fun.  Here’s another one from Worker’s World,Washington, D.C. — “Some 1,500 federal employees protested near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., demanding that Congress stop the federal budget cuts that would severely curtail their ability to serve the public.  Sequestration is going to hurt. There are a range of cuts happening and all sorts of complaints about all of those cuts, and from a lot of different groups.  Quite probably these protesters are, for the most part, having issues not only with the cuts, but the body that is now responsible for those cuts- The United States Congress.  The congressional disapproval numbers are out there and they aren’t pretty.  Here’s just some of what I looked at today…

  1. Congress Approval Holding Steady at 15%
  2. Congress approval rating hovering at its record low, Gallup poll finds
  3. Poll: 8 of 10 Americans disapprove of Congress 
  4. Congress’s Approval Rating Nears Record Low  
  5. My personal favorite here from the Public Policy Polling group…Congress Approval Rating Lower Than Cockroaches, Genghis Khan And Nickelback, Poll Finds :) :)
It’s not looking good for Congress these days.  I feel bad about that because I’ve met some people in Congress and I like a lot of them.  So, this may not be about individuals.  A lot of people on the Hill don’t like this whole thing either, and why would they?   Here’s a chart that looks at just how much our citizens have fallen off in their opinion of our governing body over the past 40 years:

Uh, oh.  The number above looks like about 13-14%.  The numbers change with each poll and almost every day, so I decided to pick one number that sounded close. So, as of today, for me, 14% currently approve of how our group on the Hill is operating at this moment in time.  This means, for me then, that a whopping 86% is feeling pretty bad about the collective identity of those we ourselves put into office.  As the “Occupy’ bunch made history with their number of 99%, perhaps if these groups coalesced, the slogan “WE ARE THE 86%” could work.  I kind of liked landing on that number, and it has an interesting “double entendre” urban dictionary feeling to it.

On the other hand, there could be a ‘WE ARE THE 14%” group.  But, I don’t know any of those people, do you?  If you do, let me know, and I’m happy have them to dinner.  My table seats 8.

2 Comments on “WE ARE THE 86%”

  1. Jeremy said at 7:01 am on March 6th, 2013:

    You know it’s bad when people like freakin’ Nickelback more than Congress. And another thing, you don’t want that 14% anywhere near your kitchen table. – The Pigg, mere seconds ago.

  2. cindy said at 7:23 am on March 6th, 2013:

    I thought about that dinner party, Jeremy! Might be an interesting mix. Husband thinks mostly friends and family of Congress….:)

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