Polls and Politics

I just saw the following in this CNN article.  I think it would be great if his polls slipped two more points.

"Bush has now tied Richard Nixon's worst rating ever, taken in a poll just before he resigned in 1975, and is only 2 points higher than the worst presidential approval rating in history, Harry Truman's 22 percent mark in February 1952," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

With the financial madness and $200,000,000,000 pork needed to get republicans to vote for the $700,000,000,000 bail out, I don't have a whole lot of respect for all those people in DC.  I really don't like the idea that our government needs to go around and bail out airlines, insurance companies, and banks.  I can understand it when they need to pump money into Amtrak, USPS, or even Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac as they are companies controlled by the federal government.  If people and small businesses need to declare bankrupcy, why not large companies too?  Why have these banks become so large?  That seems problematic in of itself.  However, I do think that raising the FDIC insurance limits was a good move.  If all these banks really needed so much capital, why haven't they raised interest rates?

I saw an awesome quote last week in the NY Times (unfortunately, they require an account after so many days).  It pretty much sums up how I feel about all our representatives.

I've always believed that America's government was a unique political system - one designed by geniuses so that it could be run by idiots. I was wrong. No system can be smart enough to survive this level of incompetence and recklessness by the people charged to run it.

Hopefully things will change for the better.  We need some change.

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