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Public anger may force Congress to reach a budget/debt deal the Dems and GOP aren't inclined to make

  Will Congress reach at least a short-term deal on the budget and borrowing power in time to end a partial government shutdown and avoid a financial default?
  The odds are that they will, if for no other reason than their collective popularity can't get much lower and the election cycle for next year is starting to gear up.

  Two different polls last week by The Associated Press and The Economist showed congressional approval ratings at 5 percent and 10 percent.
  Nowhere is the public ire so notable as on social media platforms like Facebook, where people have routinely posted blistering memes directed at both parties and both chambers in Congress since the shutdown began Oct. 1.






Some are scolding....






...some are poetic .... 






.... some are satirical ..... 






....some express outrage .....





.... some are comical ....



 .....and some reflect the grim reality of the partial shutdown in the country's national forests....




.... and at Washington's closed national monuments.

  Another question looms for members of Congress once some kind of deal is reached.
  And that is whether the public will remember today's anger and take it out on incumbents up for election from either party.

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