CONGRESS: COME BACK, GO TO WORK

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Maybe law­mak­ers fig­ure that their fa­vor­a­bil­ity rat­ings are just so low that noth­ing much mat­ters any­more. They are wrong. Vot­ers want them back in the U.S. Capi­tol act­ing like re­spon­si­ble elected of­fi­cials: Four out of five Americans — 78 per­cent — say House and Se­nate mem­bers should re­turn to Wash­ing­ton for a vote to au­tho­rize au­tho­riza­tion the use of mil­i­tary force against Is­lamic State fight­ers in Syria and Iraq. Re­turn now. Please. So says a new Rea­son-Rupe poll which also re­veals a lit­tle some­thing about the vot­ers them­selves.

“When asked why Congress didn’t vote on the au­tho­riza­tion of mil­i­tary force be­fore leav­ing for re­cess, 63 per­cent of Americans say mem­bers of Congress don’t want to put their vote on the of­fi­cial record, 15 per­cent say Congress doesn’t be­lieve Pres­i­dent Obama needs its au­tho­riza­tion for mil­i­tary ac­tion, and 8 per­cent feel Congress sim­ply didn’t have enough time to hold the vote,” the poll says.

Iron­i­cally enough, Americans ap­prove of mil­i­tary mus­cle. Two-thirds of the re­spon­dents, in fact, support airstrikes against the Is­lamic State; and while most don’t ap­prove of the idea, 58 per­cent an­tic­i­pate that ground troops will be nec­es­sary to de­feat the mil­i­tants. In­quir­ing minds won­der, then, why Congress is so re­luc­tant to come back and cast a vote that could ac­tu­ally im­prove their pop­u­lar­ity. How mys­ti­fy­ing. But then, it’s like won­der­ing why Pres­i­dent Obama at­tends glit­ter­ing fundrais­ers no mat­ter what global cri­sis hap­pens to sur­face. Dur­ing a week fraught with alarm over Ebola and rad­i­cal Is­lamic threats, Mr. Obama re­cently ap­peared at six Demo­cratic money mak­ers in New York and on the West Coast, — with Air Force One left idling some­where at $279,000 in op­er­a­tional costs per hour. Again. How mys­ti­fy­ing.

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