Rising Approval of Congres

Jeffrey M. Jones at Gallup: Thirty-five percent of Americans currently approve of the way Congress is handling its job, a 10-percentage-point increase since January and the highest Gallup has measured in nearly 12 years.   The current results are from a Feb. 3-18...

Inflation

Many posts have discussed the deficit and the debt.  Policymakers and the general public have tended to ignore these problems in recent years, in part because of low inflation and interest rates. We have not had a double-digit annual increase in the consumer price...

Rejecting a Resolution for Civility

James Wigderson at RightWisconsin: A resolution calling for peace in politics died at the county Republican Party caucus level on Saturday [2/13]. The Oconto County Republican Party decided against approving a resolution that condemns the use of violence to achieve...

Pervasive Polarization

 J.D. Tuccille at Reason: “Political polarization is having far-reaching impacts on American life, harming consumer welfare and creating challenges for people ranging from elected officials and policymakers to corporate executives and marketers,” according...

Congressional Abdication

Nan Swift at R Street: President Biden deserves credit for resisting the calls of others in his party to wipe out $50,000 in student loan debt per borrower “with the flick of a pen,” as Politico reports. So far, it appears the president intends to work with Congress...

Earmarks Return

Tara Golshan and Kevin Robillard at HuffPo report that congressional Democrats are planning to revive earmarks. “Chair DeLauro supports Member-directed funding for community projects,” said Evan Hollander, a spokesperson with the House Appropriations Committee, which...