FES­TER­ING FED­ERAL ANGER

The Washington Times Weekly - - Pol­i­tics -

Confusion over Oba­macare, shut­down hys­te­ria and con­tin­ued par­ti­san dis­cord have yielded re­sults: Public anger at the fed­eral govern­ment is at the high­est point on record. So says a Pew Re­search Cen­ter sur­vey gaug­ing the ire and frus­tra­tion of Amer­i­cans. Some are an­grier than oth­ers: “Anger is most pal­pa­ble among con­ser­va­tive Repub­li­cans — 41 per­cent say they are an­gry at the fed­eral govern­ment, the high­est among any par­ti­san group,” the re­search says.

The num­ber is 26 per­cent among the gen­eral public and 18 per­cent among lib­eral Democrats, and 50 per­cent among Repub­li­cans who sup­port the tea party.

No one should be sur­prised by this re­ac­tion, since a con­certed effort by the White House, Demo­cratic lead­er­ship and a sym­pa­thetic lib­eral me­dia has vil­i­fied Repub­li­cans. The phrase “reck­less and ir­re­spon­si­ble” has been re­peat­edly em­ployed by Pres­i­dent Obama and his staff to de­scribe the GOP.

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