Wednesday, October 3, 2007

It Is Nice To Know That 7 Out Of 10 Americans Agree With You

It is really nice to know that 7 out of 10 Americans agree with you on any issue. It is sad to realize that the other three call themselves "leaders" and live in gated communities behind the DC beltway.

According to an eye popping new Washington Post-ABC News poll

About a quarter of adults want Congress to fund fully the administration's $190 billion request; seven in 10 want the proposed allocation reduced, with 46 percent wanting it cut sharply or entirely. About seven in 10 independents want Congress to cut back funds allocated for the war effort, as do nearly nine in 10 Democrats; 46 percent of Republicans agree.
Yet recently the supine Senate voted to authorize 150 billion of the 190 billion by an overwhelming 92/3 vote. Apparently the Senate leadership considers the vote a strategic withdrawal. According to the AP
While the Senate policy bill authorizes the money to be spent, it does not guarantee it; Bush will have to wait until Congress passes a separate appropriations bill before war funds are transferred to military coffers.
Of course, the Senate voted on the bill before the most recent poll. Maybe it will give the Senatorial leadership the courage to stop their long march to surrender. We can dream can't we.

On other matters the same Washington Post ABC News poll showed that as to SCHIP funding
More than seven in 10 in the poll support the planned $35 billion spending increase, and 25 percent are opposed. About half of all Americans "strongly" support the increased spending; 17 percent are firmly against the additional funds. Eighty-one percent of Democrats, 69 percent of independents and 61 percent of Republicans are in favor.
Those numbers ought to give Sam Graves and the others standing behind the President something to think about. Have you written your Red State congressman yet? Here is a list of Republican loyalists in need of a not so gentle SCHIP nudge.