Here’s How Treasury Secretary Jack Lew Lit a Fire Under Congress



The partial shutdown of the United States government may have ended, but the blame game is still in full swing. Pundits, politicians, and the public, temporarily freed from the burden of impending catastrophe (perceived or otherwise), can focus on not losing the eternal game of “pin the fault on the other party.”

Congress, as the political body primarily responsible for the entire snafu, has emerged from the battle bloodied. America’s legislators have earned themselves a near-record low approval rating of 11 percent during their most recent fit of fiscal brinksmanship, according to Gallup. This year to date, Congress has averaged an approval rating of just 15 percent, less than half the overall historical average approval rating of 33 percent.

What’s more, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, a full 60 percent of Americans would vote every single member of Congress out of office right this moment, if they were given the opportunity. A clean slate, the public argues, has got to be better than the Charlie Foxtrot in Washington right now.