Come on! “Do you feel the country is headed in the wrong direction?” What kind of question is that if not over-the-top sensationalism? It assumes that the country IS headed in the wrong direction, so when 75% of Americans answered yes, anyone with a shred of common sense should conclude the answer is subjective. An unemployed person’s vision of where the country is headed has to be different than an investment banker on Wall Street. A housewife, a single mom, a homeless drunk, a retiree, a factory worker, and an entrepreneur would all have different expectations from our government. Thus anything that works against those expectations would garnish a ‘yes’ answer and completely ignore the facts.
If you don’t want to buy health insurance and the government is going to force you to buy it, the country is headed in the wrong direction. If you are an investment banker and Congress is about to stick you with tougher regulations, the country is headed in the wrong direction. If you are a general in the army and you’re about to be pulled out of a combat zone, the country is headed in the wrong direction. If you’re a senior citizen listening to talk about cutting entitlements, the country is headed in the wrong direction.
The list of examples is endless, I’m sure, so this CBS Poll is actually meaningless. However, it gets one’s blood pressure up and the blame finger wagging. Never mind that seniors just got a 3.7% raise. Never mind that our troops are finally pulling out of Iraq. Never mind that Federal, State, and City governments are being forced to trim their budgets to operate within their means. Never mind that health insurance companies can’t deny you coverage anymore. Never mind that retail businesses are booming and consumers are spending more than ever. Never mind that the stock market has recovered more of its losses than experts predicted. This list of examples is endless, as well.
I’m fed up with Obama being blamed for everything that’s wrong in the eyes of the 75%. Fifty four percent of those polled said he doesn’t deserve to be President for another term. Never mind that he’s the only President who succeeded in any kind of health care reform. Never mind that he bailed out the banks and the auto industry and saved hundreds of thousands of jobs (and last I heard over 90% of that money has been paid back). Never mind that he got Osama bin Laden, Never mind that he’s ended the war in Iraq. And for everything the 54%ers say he’s failed to do, don’t forget he’s up against a Republican congress determined to undermine him at every turn in hopes of pissing off enough voters and regaining the White House in the next election.
So CBS, your poll is a joke. But worse, it’s a sham perpetrated on us for the sake of journalistic sensationalism. I’m sick and tired of all the whining. And for those doing all the whining (Occupy Wall Streeters included) move to another country so the rest of us don’t have to listen to it.
Oink Oink. And that’s American Pork.