Tuesday Commentary: The Top Problem is…

Christmas is a time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell the government what they want – and their kids pay for it. – Richard Lamm

Every December we see a lot of “year-end” lists. I’ve been known to publish a few here at The Western Word. Today I found one from Gallup.

According to Gallup polling, the nation’s top problem for 2017 is…wait for it…

…the government!

Congratulations to all those working in the government for making it the top problem for 2017.

According to Gallup:

Americans named dissatisfaction with government as the most important problem facing the nation in 2017, the third time in the past four years that government has been at the top of the list. The second most frequently mentioned problem in 2017 was healthcare, followed by race relations, immigration, the need to unify the country, and the economy.

By the way, taxes (a tax bill is being voted on today) is way down the list of problems. Thanks to the Republicans for fixing something we don’t really care about.

The average approval rating for Congress in 2017 was 19%. You may like your senator or representative just a little more than that.

President Trump’s weekly approval rating as of this morning was 36% and his disapproval rating was 59%.

If we saw Democrats and Republicans work together more, we might have a different view. The recent tax bill and the healthcare bill from a few years ago are examples of where they could have worked together, but they did not.

These days, there is no separation between governing and campaigning. That must stop.

One of the key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace, good people don’t go into government. – Donald Trump