- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 14, 2013

The press has amplified 1 percent, 99 percent and 47 percent in recent days as a succinct measure of political culture and public opinion. Here is a fourth measurement to add to the collection: 9 percent. That is the number of Republicans who approve of Congress, this according to Gallup. Things are pretty tepid elsewhere: 15 percent of Americans overall and 17 percent of Democrats give the lawmakers a thumbs-up.

And while the public is more or less following the debates on gun control and immigration, the anemic economy, unemployment and the federal debt still rivet Americans’ attention.

“A substantial boost in Congress‘ approval may ultimately depend on whether the overall economy improves and whether Congress passes legislation to help reduce the federal debt,” observes Gallup analyst Alyssa Brown.

BUMPER PATROL 1

“If babies had guns, they wouldn’t be aborted. Vote Pro-Life!”

New campaign bumper sticker from Rep. Steve Stockman, Texas Republican.

TAXING EXPERIENCE

April 15 is an occasion of note for tea partyers and fiscal conservatives, who have staged noisy anti-tax day rallies since 2009 to mark the day. Monday is no exception. About 1,000 people are expected to gather near the U.S. Capitol in the name of “New Fair Deal Action Day,” promoting a legislative package that ends corporate handouts, crafts a flatter tax code, downplays the entitlement mindset and passes authentic spending reform. FreedomWorks is organizing the event, which has attracted the likes of Republicans Sen. Mike Lee and Reps. Justin Amash, Mick Mulvaney, Mike Pompeo and Tom Price, among multiple speakers.

“It is an effort to work with Congress to write reform legislation, and to build an engaged constituency of citizens outside the beltway,” says Matt Kibbe, president of the 4 million-member grass-roots group. The big doings will be “live tweeted at the hashtag #NFD,” an organizer advises.

RAISING CAIN

Former presidential hopeful and “9-9-9” guy Herman Cain isn’t done yet. He’ll be in the nation’s capital Monday “to discuss how to collectively expose the damaging effects of the current administration on the black community, the effects of which are worse than the national negative impact of bad policy,” a source says.

Among those who will meet with Mr. Cain at a historic hotel a block from the White House: neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson, talk radio host Armstrong Williams, National Black Chamber of Commerce president Harry Alford, former Cincinnati Mayor Ken Blackwell, Christian Cultural Center founder A.R. Bernard, Congress of Racial Equality spokesman Niger Innis, pro-life activist Alveda King and conservative analyst Star Parker.

BUMPER PATROL 2

“Gun control is hitting your target repeatedly.”

Bumper sticker spotted in McLean

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