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Newsflash: 112th Congress is four times less popular than the IRS!

July 13, 2012

Check out this post by Ezra Klein in the Washington Post: 14 reasons why this is the worst Congress ever. Among the highlights: The IRS has an approval rating of 40%, while the 112th Congress scores only 9%. And among the 14 reasons Klein cites is the GOP’s signature accomplishment of torpedoing job growth in the US:

In 2011, congressional Republicans came closer than ever before to breaching the debt ceiling and setting off a global financial crisis. In the end, they pulled back moments before we toppled into the abyss. But by then, they had already done serious damage to the recovery.

Early in the year, the economy seemed to be gathering momentum. In February, it added 220,000 jobs. In March, it added 246,000 jobs. In April, 251,000 jobs. But as markets began to take the Republican threats on the debt ceiling more seriously, the economy sputtered. Between May and August, the nation never added more than 100,000 jobs a month. And then, in September, the month after the debt ceiling was resolved, the economy sped back up and added more than 200,000 jobs.

He presents this graph:

Job Growth During Debt Ceiling Food-Fight

This raises the question: how does one characterize a party which works against the interest of the nation? How does one characterize its members?

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