Poll: Sizable U.S. Majorities Want Congress to Cut War Funds
A new poll by the Washington Post shows that a sizable majority of the U.S. public wants Congress to cut funding for the war/occupation of Iraq. Only 27% favor giving the president the full $190 billion he has requested. I guess Congress isn’t listening. The power of the purse is the way to stop this war and that is why the Framers gave Congress that power.
The same poll showed that most Americans favor the S-CHIP expansion that Congress just passed and Bush has threatened to veto. Well, we already knew the president wasn’t listening to the people. He has said repeatedly that his reelection in ’04 was his only “accountability moment.” But maybe Congress should try to override this veto. We have the votes in the Senate. So far, the House falls 2 dozen short of the needed 2/3 majority–but maybe those Representatives (ALL of whom must stand for reelection next year) will read the polls–or listen to floods of phone calls. As Oscar Wilde said, “the prospect of a hanging in the morning wonderfully concentrates the mind.”
The Washington Post poll showed Bush at new lows in approval ratings, but Congress even lower. The public is rates Congressional Republicans lower than Democrats, but not by much. Much of the disatisfaction with Congress is over a failure to end the war. That should tell Congress something. It should also tell presidential candidates something–the refusal of Clinton, Obama, or Edwards to commit to having all troops home by 2013(!!!) is likely to anger their base. If discouraged, that base could stay home or not work hard to “get out the vote” in the general election–and if the general election is close, that will spell defeat. Didn’t the Democrats find out with Kerry that if the two candidates sound nearly as hawkish in foreign policy, the public will vote Republican?
It’s hard to end an unpopular war. About 70% of the public now want this war over–which is about the same as had turned against the Vietnam War by ’68–and yet that monstrosity dragged on for 7 more years!! God help us.
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