Monday, March 30, 2015

Ungovernable III

The nation, state and city all are gridlocked. It's a pattern that started years ago and that shows no end in sight.

Ungovernable III

Almost four years ago, in November 2009, I wrote a column suggesting the city of Philadelphia, the state of Pennsylvania and the United States of America were mired in a immovable feast of political ineptitude preventing progress and crushing democracy.

I asked if we were becoming an "ungovernable" nation.

In June 2012, I re-raised the question because, well, little changed.

And today? What do you think?

Four years ago, I wrote about a "barely functioning, bitterly partisan Congress" unable to get anything done.

I wrote that in Harrisburg an "inert" Legislature refused to move any progressive programs.

And I wrote that Philadelphia was stuck in the "same old school/union/budget woes."

Sound familiar?

Well, today it seems worse.

A New York Times/CBS News poll last week (scroll down) shows Congress' approval rating at 14%.

Gallup daily tracking has President Obama at 43%.

A recent Pew poll puts Mayor Nutter's approval at 39%.

The latest Franklin & Marshall College poll says Gov. Corbett's in the tank but the PA Legislature's worse --11% approval.

And a Bloomberg poll last week says 68% of Americans see the country on the "wrong track," the highest percentage since, you guessed it, four years ago.

And what we the taxpayers and voters of our nation, state and city do is continue to elect and reelect the people providing barely functioning, inert governance and the same old woes.

We might as well wear "kick me" signs and thank our "leaders" for a nation, state and city that they have made ungovernable.

 

 

 

 

n `09, I wrote about a "barely functioning, bitterly partisan Congress" unable to get anything done. Sound familiar?
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/growls/Ungovernable.html#0hfjqY6Y7tiQYvxe.99
n `09, I wrote about a "barely functioning, bitterly partisan Congress" unable to get anything done. Sound familiar?
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/growls/Ungovernable.html#0hfjqY6Y7tiQYvxe.99
n `09, I wrote about a "barely functioning, bitterly partisan Congress" unable to get anything done. Sound familiar?
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/growls/Ungovernable.html#0hfjqY6Y7tiQYvxe.99
John Baer Daily News Political Columnist
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John Baer has been covering politics and government for the Daily News since 1987. The National Journal in 2002 called Baer one of the country's top 10 political journalists outside Washington, saying Baer has, "the ability to take the skin off a politician without making it hurt too much." E-mail John at baerj@phillynews.com.

John is the author of the book "On The Front Lines of Pennsylvania Politics: Twenty-Five Years of Keystone Reporting" (The History Press, 2012). Reach John at baerj@phillynews.com.

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