Washington Then, Washington Now by Ralph R. Reiland

Reflecting the rising level of anger, an opinion survey released in January by Public Policy Polling reported that Americans have a higher opinion of cockroaches and colonoscopies than Congress.

We’ve dropped a long way in 224 years, from Washington then to Washington now, from George Washington to Washington, D.C.

Born into a Virginia farming family, Commander in Chief of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, and the first President of the United States, George Washington is consistently ranked as one of the greatest American Presidents.

Washington, D.C., in contrast, a city named after George Washington, is consistently ranked as one of the greatest manifestations of incompetence, corruption, and waste.

A CBS News poll released in March reported that 80 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with Washington politicians — including 30 percent who are outright angry, the highest level of anger recorded since CBS polling on that question began in February 2010.

Additionally, 61 percent of Americans said the country is headed in the wrong direction, President Obama’s approval rating is rapidly slipping, and the approval rating of the job that Congress is doing has dropped to 11 percent.


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