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by Tom Durian

Did anyone feel like yesterday's prime-time addresses from both President Obama and Speaker Boehner really didn't tell us much?

This probably isn't a surprise... the debate over the debt ceiling has turned into a political fight like none other we've seen since well, the health care debate.

I felt like they both came on to tell us that they couldn't agree and were digging in their heels on both sides. Well we can see that, we are less than a week away from the deadline and no deal has been made.

"Face the Nation" anchor Bob Schieffer agrees with me apparently... he said " It seemed to me what was underlined last night is just how far apart the two sides are. There is a divide in the country over what to do about spending and what we want from government, and you are seeing that in the congress."

The president asked Americans to call their representatives, he said " If you want a balanced approach to reducing the deficit, let your member of Congress know.  If you believe we can solve this problem through compromise, send that message."

Well it looks like they already have... The latest polls aren't good for the guys in Washington.

The latest Gallup poll shows President Obama's approval rating is down. 48% disapprove of the President's job... and 45% approve. Not horrible, but not great. Congress fares even worse. A Real Clear Politics average of several polls puts congress' disapproval rating at 73.4%.

So now we wait and see. The networks don't like to give up the expensive prime-time airtime... I mean they interrupted "The Bachelorette"... I can only imagine the angry women in the CST and EST time zones. So how long will Americans put up with all these prime-time addresses that tell us nothing?

Maybe we should take a poll on that.

Tom

Here's a link to some of the web articles I referenced:

www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/congressional_job_approval-903.html

www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/07/25/address-president-nation

www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/07/26/politics/main20083339.shtml

 

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