We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
If Stockman is right - and he is no fool - the O Admin and the Dems have, wittingly or unwittingly, set an ugly trap for America for the next decade at least. Nobody is amused by the O's glib pronouncements anymore.
i m 1 happy camper. with all due respect to our current president of whom i m damn happy, is african american, and his family, of whom is comparative to any that has come before such, in class & style and in regal prerogative, rick perry is going to be the next president of the united states; and that's good for all of us, world over.
The problem will so many polls like this one---and there are tons of them that claim Americans are fed up---is that the Left and the Right are "angry" for very different reasons. The Left thinks the country is on the wrong track because Obama is not radically transforming the country fast enough to suit them. The Right thinks the country is on the wrong track because the Democratic Socialists in Washington are forsaking the values and principles on which this great country of ours was founded. The politicians and the press are very adept at diffusing the blame for fights like the one we just went through over raising the debt ceiling, and so the average John Q. and Jane Q. Citizen is likely to say "a pox on both political parties." A poll that finds most Americans are unhappy with the performance of public officials, but doesn't make it clear WHY that's so, is therefore hardly worth mentioning. Our elected officials will continue to do nothing different from what they have always done because they know how to keep from being called to account by a very polarized and often confused, uninformed public.
The '16 things' article is close to the most depressing thing i can remember ever having read.
The most shocking fact of all is that a criminal conspiracy 20 years in execution has triggered the auto destruction that may or may not be reversable. And the perps are holding the offices of the system's defenders.
That's why there are no prosecutions other than a few low-level scapegoats for purposes of form.
Since 2008 neither we nor our neighbors ever go long between thoughts of how to manage in a serious collapse. People are stockpiling food, raising chickens, and giving consideration to defense. It's been a long time since I had a good feeling about our retirement savings. Seething barely begins to describe our mood.
I wouldn't put a whole lot of credence into what David Stockman says. This is the guy who wanted to classify ketchup and pickle relish as vegetables, orange juice as fresh fruit, soy patties as hamburgers and substitute doughnuts for bread.
He was also indicted, although the Eastern District DA declined to prosecute, for defrauding investors in an auto parts company in 2008 I believe. He should have been prosecuted because it was his mismanagement that created the problems. Something like twelve thousand employees lost most of their retirement because the pension and retirement funds were linked to the company stock which made up a large part of the company funded plan.
Maybe I'm misremembering, but I think these days the Feds DO classify ketchup as a vegetable (where do you think the farmers' overripe tomatoes go?), IMHO I don't see why juice made from fresh squeezed oranges should NOT be classified as fresh fruit, and although I like a good steak every once in awhile, I also like veggie patties and all sorts of variants on the same idea. After all, there ain't no HAM in HAMburgers, so why not soy? If these ideas were indeed Stockman's, then a lot of nutritionists these days would probably agree with him. That's the kind of forward thinking we need in government.
I thought the 36% of Americans who no linger have faith in U.S. Banks to be an interesting figure.
Given that banks are paying virtually nothing for interest on deposits anymore, why keep money in them at all?
I suppose if it weren't for federal deposit insurance and that cash at home may be at higher risk of loss due to fire or theft, there is no good reason to let the banks use your money. Does anyone really understand the investment risks the banks are taking with our money?
P.S. home safe sales are skyrocketing!
16 Stats that prove Americans are angry overlooks the 1 stat that personally matters to me: the stadiums at NFL football games continue to be jam packed with fans---as usual---which shows that a lot of Americans still put their pleasure and immediate gratification before their long term financial security. Until the day comes that the stands at professional sports games are nearly empty, I will shed no tear for people who say they are "struggling" but have never demonstrated the will power to save for the future. You want my sympathy? Show me that year after year you didn't blow your dough on pop concerts, ball games, unlimited cell phone service, designer jeans, exotic wheel covers for your car, or private schools for your kids. The key to riding out troublesome times like now is to be frugal when times are good, always preparing for when they are bad. My parents taught me that. That's what my wife and I have done. Self-discipline....it means everything.