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Our out of touch politicians

Three stories I've just come across that I believe to be related.

First, Harry Reid is suggesting that the Big 3 American auto manufacturers all benefited from government bailouts... however, anyone with half a brain would know that there's a problem with Mr. Reid's assertion... which makes the man the idiot people with whole brains fully know and understand.

Then we go to the Michigan state house:

The debate in Ann Arbor, where firefighters are being laid off due to a multimillion dollar budget deficit, is over an $850,000 piece of art.

That's how much the city has agreed to pay German artist Herbert Dreiseitl for a three-piece water sculpture that would go in front of the new police and courts building right by the City Hall.

The city has the money to do it because in 2007, it agreed to set aside for public art 1 percent of money that went into capital improvement projects that were $100,000 or larger. Most capital projects involve streets, sewers and water.

Ann Arbor City Council member Stephen Kunselman, a Democrat, opposed the art deal.

"I think it is incredibly insensitive," Kunselman said. "It is insensitive to the staff and their morale. It is insensitive to the community. There are people out there struggling financially, and here we are spending a large amount of money on a piece of art."

Kunselman said the city is also eliminating the solid waste coordinator from the budget, which oversees trash pickup, and hiring an art coordinator.

...

Michael LaFaive, the director of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy's Morey Fiscal Policy Initiative said nonessential services are being funded throughout the state.

"Administrators cry poverty while lavishing money on the beautiful people," LaFaive said. "The threat to dismiss firefighters often comes while officials protect golf courses, wave pools and art. No city can cry poverty while it defends recreation and aesthetics such as art."

The last two pieces lead nicely into the third:

Gallup's 2010 Confidence in Institutions poll finds Congress ranking dead last out of the 16 institutions rated this year. Eleven percent of Americans say they have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in Congress, down from 17% in 2009 and a percentage point lower than the previous low for Congress, recorded in 2008.

...

Underscoring Congress' image problem, half of Americans now say they have "very little" or no confidence in Congress, up from 38% in 2009 -- and the highest for any institution since Gallup first asked this question in 1973. Previous near-50% readings include 48% found for the presidency in 2008, and 49% for the criminal justice system in 1994.

This year's poll also finds a 15-point drop in high confidence in the presidency, to 36% from 51% in June 2009. Over the same period, President Barack Obama's approval rating fell by 11 points, from 58% to 47%.

What jumped out at me when reading that poll are the 11% who have a great deal of confidence in Congress.  That I find amazing.  Where have these people been?  They are a walking argument for having the electorate take a test of some sort before being allowed to vote.

Unbelievable.  But predictable. 

Anyone want to bet that the same 11% are each and everyone Obama supporters?

Anyone?


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Liberal Democrats for years... (Below threshold)
Casear Augustus:

Liberal Democrats for years have been chipping away at the public's intelligence, while simultaneously creating and fostering urban underclasses which are entirely dependent upon government largesse. In a sick sense it's actually surprising that 11% figure isn't higher.

11%? Hmmmm? Say that about ... (Below threshold)
914:

11%? Hmmmm? Say that about coinicide's with the Afro American demographic.

Must be a coincidence.


"I think it is incredibly insensitive," Kunselman said. "It is insensitive to the staff and their morale. It is insensitive to the community. There are people out there struggling financially, and here we are spending a large amount of money on a piece of art."


Well Kunselman, look at all the money spent and cost/lost just to get a black president. Same damn thing. They are both a waste.

Even worse, that 1... (Below threshold)
irongrampa:


Even worse, that 11% likely breeds.

Does this translate to 89% ... (Below threshold)
bostinks2:

Does this translate to 89% effectively becoming conservative voters. Hope so!!!!!

What percent of the populat... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

What percent of the population owes their livelihoods in an obviously direct fashion to Congress? Beltway bandits, govt consultants, people on the dole indefinitely etc, all together? I wonder how close that number is to 11%...

I expect the 11% with high ... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

I expect the 11% with high confidence in Congress is composed of those whose petitions have been received, whose lobbyists have spent efficiently and effectively, and whose coffers have swollen at public expense.

For instance, union thugs.

Remember the most basic reason our Founders opted for the most limited government they could construct: the understanding that power is always abused, and the only defense is limiting the power.

Or, as Ambrose Bierce (I think) first defined an "honest politician": "one who, once bought, stays bought."

many polls have loaded ques... (Below threshold)
dunce:

many polls have loaded questions that are not closely examined by the readers, but the one part that is common to both the good and biased poll is what you pointed out that around 10% are idiots,detached from reality or deranged.no opinion is an opinion,and those who refuse to respond are not counted unless as "no opinion".

"Harry Reid is suggesting t... (Below threshold)
Marc:

"Harry Reid is suggesting that the Big 3 American auto manufacturers all benefited from government bailouts..."

Setting aside for the moment apparently dingy harry thinks billlion given to GM and Chrysler "helped Ford" is the larger picture.

A report released this week by the special inspector general for the government's bailout program raised questions about whether the Obama administration's auto task force considered the job losses from the closings [of dealerships] while pressuring the companies to reduce costs.

"Treasury made a series of decisions that may have substantially contributed to the accelerated shuttering of thousands of small businesses," investigators said.

Those decisions resulted in "potentially adding tens of thousands of workers to the already lengthy unemployment rolls - all based on a theory and without sufficient consideration of the decisions' broader economic impact," the report said.

Fuck dingy harry

Much as I hate to disagree ... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

Much as I hate to disagree with Marc, the Government's Auto Bailout definitely did help Ford Motor Company. The publics' reaction to the bail-out was quite strong and was expressed in the showrooms. Fords sales went up. Government Motors and Chrysler, the two that accepted bail-out funds, fell.

True, those were short term results. But also, I'm pretty sure that's not what Hopeless Harry was talking about (personally I think he's senile, perpetually confused and about a dozen fries short of a Happy Meal). It appears the delusional bastard believes that since Ford's sales went up it must be because of something the government did for them.

I read the news stories on the IG's report this morning and Marc's right. Not only did the Administration screw it up, they did it on purpose to make things conform to their ideology.

UPG - "The publics' r... (Below threshold)
Marc:

UPG - "The publics' reaction to the bail-out was quite strong and was expressed in the showrooms."

I don't disagree with that, in fact would second it.

My ref was purely meant as a snark at Dingy Harry. That moron wasn't thinking blowback helped Ford, the mental midget was clearly thinking billions of misspent dollars on GM and the Pentastar helped then directly.

The guy is a partisan hack of the First Order and needs to get the ole heave-ho out of office.

UPG.... sorry didn't see yo... (Below threshold)
Marc:

UPG.... sorry didn't see your last para.

It's far worse than that, once again social justice and "shared sacrifice" dictates policy in this admin.

The IG report says (page 33) that "no one from Treasury, the manufacturers or from anywhere else indicated that implementing a smaller or more gradual dealership termination plan would have resulted in the cataclysmic scenario spelled out in Treasury's response; indeed, when asked explicitly whether the Auto Team could have left the dealerships out of the restructurings, Mr. Bloom, the current head of the Auto Team, confirmed that the Auto Team 'could have left any one component (of the restructuring plan) alone,' but that doing so would have been inconsistent with the President's mandate for 'shared sacrifice.'"


I think you should have to ... (Below threshold)
retired military:

I think you should have to go in and have to write (print) the name of the candidates you are voting for beside the office that they are running for and name one thing in their political agenda. They dont even have to spell it right just get it to something recongizable or their votes dont count.


Most liberals in 2004 only knew they werent voting for Bush. They had no clue who was running.

Most liberas in 2008 had no clue what Obama stood for (in partial thanks to the MSM ) other than hope and change.

RM - "Most liberals i... (Below threshold)
Marc:

RM - "Most liberals in 2004 only knew they werent voting for Bush. They had no clue who was running."AMEN brother.

I lost count of the doe-eyed fools interviewed before and after the election who couldn't name a single thing Obama stood for.

I was born in Ann Arbor, gr... (Below threshold)
Mark L:

I was born in Ann Arbor, grew up there, and went to school there. Booked out to Texas the moment I had my degree. The only reason I have ever gone back is to visit my parents, and two weeks is about as long as I will put up with my home town, despite my great love and admiration for my parents.

It is not that A2 has an unpleasant environment -- except politically. That's enough, though.




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