Does Congress Care What Americans Think?

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From bailouts to boatloads of spending, there's no denying that Americans are mad at Washington.

"The government is imposing, overreaching, it's like a power grab and it's got to stop," one Tea Party protester recently said.
 
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich points to the economy and President Obama's policies as major factors.

"I think there's a general sense that the system is out of control and how do I as a citizen make enough noise to get the attention of the people who currently have power," Gingrich said.

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The signs at last year's Tea Party protests said it all. "Throw all the bums out" and "Stop wastin' my money" are a few of the tamer ones.

"What we are seeing now is the rise of big government," Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., said. "And so now big government is oppressing the American people with too much spending, too much taxes, too much regulatory burden."

"Americans are very practical people in the end," Michael Kazin, a historian at Georgetown University, said. "We tend to want the government to work. We rail at big government most when it's not working for us, when it doesn't seem to be following through on its promises."

Like many political observiers, Bachman said the 2010 midterm elections could "see a sweep of government officials out of office,"

"I think we will see a tremendous sweep because the American people don't want to go down this road," Bachmann said.

Janet Parshall, who hosts her own talk show program on the Moody Radio Network, appeared on "The 700 Club" on Friday, March 19 to discuss what the Democrats are attempting to do to get President Obama's health care bill through Congress.

 

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