What Kind Of Mood Are The American People In As We Enter 2011?

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Around the end of the year a ton of polls and surveys get taken.  Media organizations love to get a “snapshot” of how the American people are feeling as the new year begins.  So what kind of mood are the American people in as we enter 2011?  Well, if the polls are to be believed, they are less optimistic, they are a bit scared, they are very frustrated and they are becoming increasingly angry.  A solid majority of Americans believe that the country is moving in the wrong direction and they desperately want someone to fix the economy.  What Americans seem to want most of all are good jobs.  At the end of the day, Americans want to be able to pay the mortgage and put food on the table.  If they can’t do that, then what is going on with other “important issues” really isn’t going to seem very important to most of them.


So is it a good sign that for the week ending December 25th that claims for unemployment benefits fell below 400,000 for the first time in a very, very long time?

Well, it turns out that claims for unemployment benefits decline every year right around the holidays and they decline every time a major winter storm hits much of the country.  Considering the fact that both of those things have happened recently means that we shouldn’t be celebrating too much yet.  Let’s see what happens after the holidays and when the weather gets a bit better.

The truth is that the official unemployment rate has been hovering just under 10 percent for the entire year and people are getting really tired of searching day after day for good jobs that don’t seem to exist.

The following is a compilation of recent poll results that show just how frustrated and angry the American people are becoming as we enter 2011….

The American People Are Dissatisfied With The Economy

A recent Bloomberg National Poll found that two-thirds of Americans believe that the country is headed in the wrong direction.  But most Americans felt we were going in the wrong direction under George W. Bush as well.  The truth is that the American people are going to continue to be frustrated with the “direction of the country” until the economy starts to show some sustained improvement.

So are things going to get better soon?

Well, one thing is for certain.  Americans are becoming less optimistic.

In a recent Pew Research survey only 55 percent of Americans said that the year ahead would be “better”.  That was significantly down from 67 percent who believed that the year ahead would be “better” back last January.

According to that same Pew Research survey, a whopping 89% of Americans rate national economic conditions as “fair” or “poor”, and 79% say that jobs are difficult to get in their local communities.

As noted earlier, that is the main thing that most Americans want.  Most Americans want to be able to work hard and provide for their families.  But for millions of Americans today that has not been a reality for a very long time.

So will more good jobs be created soon?

Well, a majority of new jobs in the United States are created by small businesses, and right now small business owners do not have a very positive view of the coming year at all.

A recent survey of small business owners found that 25 percent believe that the U.S. economy is getting better but 51 percent believe that it is getting worse.

Hopefully the economy will at least stabilize a bit in 2011, because if it doesn’t, the poll numbers are going to look really ugly next year at this time.

The American People Have Very Mixed Feelings About Barack Obama

In case you haven’t noticed, we live in a country that is very polarized politically.  Those on Barack Obama’s “team” love him, while those on “the other team” absolutely hate him.

However, there are signs that even many of those that have been highly supportive of Obama for a long time are starting to have their doubts.

According to the latest Gallup poll, Barack Obama’s approval rating is at 47 percent.  This is way, way down from when he first took office.  In addition, Gallup recently reported that Barack Obama’s approval rating among liberal Democrats had fallen below 80 percent for the first time since he took office.

When Obama was first elected, even most of those who voted against him wanted his presidency to be a success.  But that has been changing.  A CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll released this past week found that 61 percent of Americans hope that Barack Obama’s policies succeed.  This was down substantially from 71 percent just one year earlier.

In particular, health care has been an issue that has caused dissatisfaction with Obama among the voters.  One new poll has discovered that a whopping 61 percent of U.S. voters believe that the new health care law will cause health care costs to increase.

But the truth is that Obama still has a huge base of supporters that love him and will support him no matter what.


Because voting for “the other guys” is unthinkable for millions upon millions of liberal Americans.

Many Americans Will Worship Their Politicians No Matter How Incompetent They Are

The vast majority of Americans are trapped inside the left/right paradigm.  The mainstream media tells them that they have to pick one of two “teams” – either the Republicans or the Democrats.

If you are a Democrat, then the Republicans are the bad guys and you have to hate them no matter what.

If you are a Republican, then the Democrats are the bad guys and you have to hate them no matter what.

But the American people are taught that the leaders of their own “teams” should be treated like rock stars and celebrities.

So millions upon millions of Americans love and worship Obama just like millions upon millions of Americans loved and worshipped Bush.

It doesn’t matter to most Americans that the same very powerful interests control both the Republican and the Democratic establishments.  They are going to cheer for their “team” no matter how incompetent the leaders turn out to be.

Today, top politicians are the most admired people in America.

In a recent USA TODAY/Gallup Poll, Barack Obama was the most admired man in America.

George W. Bush was the second most admired man in America.

It doesn’t matter that both of them are incompetent or that both of them are pursuing very, very similar agendas.  The Democrats love Obama because he is the leader of their “team” and the Republicans love Bush because he was the leader of their “team”.

The same poll found that Hillary Clinton is the most admired woman in America and that Sarah Palin is the second most admired woman in America.

Are Americans really that brain dead?

More Americans Than Ever Have A Negative View Of The Federal Reserve

Perhaps there is some hope for the American people.  More of them than ever before view the Federal Reserve negatively.

A recent Bloomberg National Poll found that a majority of Americans now want the Federal Reserve to either be held more accountable or to be abolished completely.  The following is how Bloomberg described the stunning results of this survey….

Asked if the central bank should be more accountable to Congress, left independent or abolished entirely, 39 percent said it should be held more accountable and 16 percent that it should be abolished. Only 37 percent favor the status quo.

So what is so wrong with the Federal Reserve?  Well, for an in depth look at what is wrong with the Fed, check out the following articles….

*11 Reasons Why The Federal Reserve Is Bad

*Debt = Money, Money = Debt

The American People Are Overwhelmingly Against The War In Afghanistan

The American people don’t understand why it has taken us longer to defeat a bunch of goat herders running around the hills of Afghanistan than it did to fight all of World War II.

We have been over there for nearly a decade now and the American people are getting sick of it.  A recent CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey discovered that 63 percent of Americans are against the war in Afghanistan.

This is not a liberal/conservative thing.  The truth is that each year the “war in Afghanistan” is getting even bloodier and we don’t seem to be accomplishing anything.  We can’t be the police of the world and the American people are tired of sacrificing so much for so little in return.

The American People Are Turning Away From God

With each passing year, it seems as though God becomes even less important to the American people.

According to a new Gallup poll, approximately seven out of every 10 Americans think that religion as a whole is losing its influence on American life.  Gallup has been asking that question for over five decades and the percentage of Americans that believe that religion is losing influence in society has rarely ever been higher.

Another new Gallup poll has found that only 40 percent of Americans believe in creationism.  That is the lowest percentage of Americans that have indicated that they are creationists since Gallup began asking that question back in 1982.

But perhaps we should all reflect on where we would be as a nation without God as we get ready to start a new year.  Perhaps we should remember why we were once the greatest and most prosperous nation on the earth.

So what do all of you readers think about all of these issues?

Feel free to leave a comment with what you are thinking and feeling as we prepare to enter 2011….

  • El Pollo de Oro

    I wish I could be even remotely optimistic about 2011, but the evidence indicates that things are only going to get worse for The Banana Republic of America (formerly the USA) in the new year. The BRA is in a depression, millions are unemployed, the middle class is becoming the neo-poor, the federal deficit is through the roof and getting worse by the minute, the country is becoming more and more of a police state, the prison/industrial complex is out for blood, the health insurance system is an abomination, health care premiums continue to soar, medical bankruptcies are the norm, Wall Street is still playing Russian roulette with the economy, Social Security is in trouble, domestic terrorism is on the rise, Christian reconstructionists (al-Qaeda’s western counterparts) are longing to “kill the infidels,” American politicians are openly calling for the murder of an Australian publisher (Julian Assange) for airing the BRA’s dirty laundry, and the country’s political polarization is so intensely bitter that a civil war is looking like a very good possibility.

    Taking all of that into consideration, how could anyone with a brain be even remotely optimistic about what 2011 has in store for the BRA? This country is a mess on so many levels, and things are only going to get worse—much, much worse. The future looks unbelievably grim in this Third World nightmare that used to be the United States.

    Happy New Year, feliz año nuevo, and buon anno nuovo.

  • Gary

    I am in the mood to have the rich taxed hard for the new year. I am in a mood to tax the hell out of corp that are outsourcing.

    Are Americans really that brain dead? YES.

    We need to expose the real death panels-the for profit health insurance companies. Why are so many on the right too dumb to see this?

    I really believe that when the repubes further wreck the economy people will wake up and move to the left.

    Michael-How many repubes said they wanted Obama to fail/be a one term president? Almost all of them. I disagree with your statement that most of the people who did not vote for him wanted him to succeed. I am assuming you misspoke on this one as you are almost always spot on. Happy New Year and thanks for all your hard work.

  • mondobeyondo

    I’ve never seen America more polarized in my lifetime than it is now.

    Realize that I didn’t live through the Vietnam era, so I don’t have a true comparison point (well I did live through 1968, but I was just a babe then). And from all accounts, 1968 was absolutely horrendous. I didn’t mind though. I was too busy playing with the toys in my crib.

    But anyhoo… there’s an uneasy feeling in my stomach that 2011 will be a Sad New Year. Or just a Sad Year in general.

    Afghanistan – no easy way out of that Mess. Withdrawal would concede defeat for the U.S. We’ll be there until 2016 at the earliest.

    The economy – it’s already on life support. By July it might be over the edge. I hope Dr’s. Obama, Bernanke, Geitner, et. al. are smart enough to know what to do to save the patient. But I have my doubts. Their philosophy seems to be, “in order to save the patient, we have to kill him first”.

    Barack Obama – the most admired man in America according to USA Today? Well, not by December 30th, 2011. For a man who could walk on water in 2008, he can’t even dog paddle 3 years on. He is a one-termer. He’ll share the annals of history alongside that other great American President, Millard Fillmore.

    Lady Gaga – she’ll get engaged to one of the Jonas Brothers in July.

    Terrorist attacks – always a variable, which could change everything overnight. A real X factor (no, not the television show!!)

    Negative view of the Fed – glad others are FINALLY waking up, and paying attention to the men behind the curtain.

    North Korea – they’ll go completely insane, fire a nuke at Sweden, and be annihilated by China.

    Anyhow, we’ll just have to see how 2011 plays out, seriously.

    Cross your fingers. If things fail and don’t work out…the end of the world is only 24 months away (if you believe all that Mayan calendar stuff…)

    Happy 1/1/11 to every1 !!!

  • Gary

    More and more Americans are in the mood to “tax the greedy to help the needy”

  • el jefe

    what does “god” have to do with anything? america is not a “holy” or “ordained” nation. it was founded by secularists, humanists, deists, and materialists. i’ve enjoyed your blog until your post on abortion–and your current, religious, take on american exceptionalism. you will lose many readers.

  • Aurelius 7

    Gary is mixed up like a bowl of nuts. I wonder if he realizes his pal Obama was the one that threw the big bags of money at healthcare companies.

    We need conservative hawks to bring the country back to kick the bums who sit on the computer all day making delusional posts like Gary off welfare. Gary should be looking for a job, not the next internet message board for stupid rants — and definitely not another handout on our dime.

  • William

    The Smirking Chimp Bush is an evil war criminal. That the Chimp is the second most admired person in America should convince even the most optimistic American that we are DOOMED. Bush is pure evil. As for 2011, I have great concern over the inflation rate. The “gubmint” is lying about the rate of inflation BIG TIME. Go to John Williams’ web site (shadow govt stats). The REAL annualized rate of inflation for 2010 is over 8%. The gubmint says a little over 1%. Say you have $100K in a one year CD paying 1%. You LOSE $7,000 a year in real purchasing power BEFORE taxes on your puny gain. America is dying, but you be sure to reelect the same morons to the US Congress; you know, the ones who just extended the Chimp’s tax cuts, adding over $800 BILLION to the national debt.

  • Biep

    Well, a two-party system has this over a one-party system that it is stable: people can vent their frustration by voting for the opposition. But apart from that there is not much to say for it: voters can put exactly one bit of information into their votes: A or B. So all elections must be single-issue elections, and if they aren’t, the positions must be sorted into two heaps.

    And having a politician as head of state means that many people end up being “represented” by a person they just explicitly rejected in the ballot. And that this person cannot be a bridge between the parties.

    If the country were a democracy (which it isn’t, despite what both parties try to tell us – they have a versted interest in keeping the system as it is), there would be apolitical figures at positions that ought to be apolitical, and centrist parties that diluted the extremism.

    With proportional representation there would be no gerrymandering, no lost votes (why vote for party A in a B district?), and no trying to get local advantages in national decisions (because votes would have come from all over the country).

    But as I said, both parties have a vested interest in teaching us that more-party systems are horrible, so change will never happen.

  • de Malfosse

    re: “Are Americans really that brain dead?”

    In a word, Yes.

    Example: X% of Americans drafted during WWI were rejected as too stupid to be soldiers. The number doubled for the WWII draft. The number rose again alarmingly during the Korean War, so much so the DoD hired the Rand Corp to find out why or how draftees were “beating” testing. The Rand report targeted the Public Education School System as being the culprit. No corrections were implemented. The number continued to rise throughout the Viet Nam adventure and now my local paper, just days ago, printed a story about how damn near 25% of volunteers are not learned enough to accept.

    So there exists 100 years of evidence demonstrating the Gov’t-run public school system sucks, evidence provided by Americans favorite charity – The Pentagon – and no one can do anything to stop this tax-consuming beast. It just goes on & on, year after year, warehousing our children, destroying their critical thinking, ever increasing in costs, and turning out dross.

    But it does come with football programs & cheerleaders to camouflage educational failure.

  • Ehud Ben Gera

    I enjoyed reading your article. I agree that this nation is falling further and further away from God.Our tax dollars fund thousands of abortions every year and there is no out cry from the “religious right”. We’re fighting two wars that are unjust and our economy is in the toilet so we’ll try to spend ourselves out. Nope, not looking good for 2011!

  • Sammy

    Well it seems you people are quickly turning away from God.

    Sorry but if that’s the case its already over for you.

    Nice to know ya America, well not really to tell the truth you people really annoyed me.

    You just don’t get it.

  • A Dodgy Bloke

    I don’t think most Americans are as stupid as most pf the elites, and want to be elites think they are. That said I don’t think the elites are nearly as smart as everybody thinks they are. We have a number of issues George Bush as the second most admired person in America illustrates. This is a man who put the Constitution in a shredder while the Right (These people are not conservative) cheered, bungled two wars, and spent money like a San Francisco Liberal. B Obama was clearly not ready for prime rime, he’s pretty much George Bush light.
    If America in General and Americans in particular have one major flaw is that critical thinking is dead. This left right madness is a clear indication of the inability of most people to get their minds around complex subjects, or at lest sees the line of bull being spoon fed to them. This also causes people to leap for the most simplistic answer no matter how easily it falls apart under the slightest scrutiny.
    I’m not optimistic but I don’t think 2011 will be the year things fall apart. 2011 will be like 2010 but worse, more troubles with Sovereign Debt only with new players. More protests only in more places and more violent. More unemployment this time in more places. More Obamavilles, only you may know somebody there. More silliness on the world stage only more people die. More stupidity out of Washington only with worse long term consequences.

    Happy New Year.

  • Centex

    Why are folks turning away from God? Because religion has become a money making for profit organization. Those of the collar are nothing more than child abusers, cheats, liers and theives. We need to get back to the true religion.

  • mondobeyondo

    The American people have forgotten that it was (and still is!) God which provides our bounty, wins our victories, and gives us strength.

    Abraham Lincoln and his generation knew this well. 4 or 5 generations later, we could care less. God has been thrown out of our public schools, government institutions and practically everywhere else. I’m to young to remember personally, but I’ve heard there used to be prayers held before every NFL game and even at the beginning of the Indianapolis 500, as recently as 40 and 50 years ago. How times have changed.

    Joke all you want about “the guy in the sky” and so forth…but when the going gets tough and the tough get weary, or are killed, who are you gonna pray to? Barack Obama?

  • VegasBob

    I think 2011 may well be the year of the black swans. Unexpected things will happen, like the collapse of Ireland or Greece, the collapse of the euro or the collapse of the US stock market.

    You asked if Americans are really that stupid? The answer is yes. Rather than demanding excellence, American educators have been dumbing down the public schools for 40 years. So our whole society has shifted from promoting excellence to cultivating, encouraging and even rewarding stupidity.

    As a result, we managed to replace the criminal Bush the Dumber with the smirking buffoon Obama. Of course, the hateful warmongering McCain/Palin ticket would have been no better, and perhaps arguably worse. Still, except for his positions on a few social issues, Obama might as well be serving Bush the Dumber’s 3rd term.

    Meanwhile, the Nazi police state espoused by both right and left, albeit for different reasons, tightens its grip further on the basic human rights of American citizens. George Orwell got it right, though his timing was off by about 25 years.

  • Michael

    Who are these 47% that support Obama. Can’t they see that the same special interests that controlled Bush Sr,, Clinton, and Dubya also control Obama? Americans just never seem to wake form their stupor.

  • foggytoo

    For starters, the unemployment dip may just have occurred because people were snowed in and couldn’t get to those massive lines even if those “civil servants” showed up to work.

    Whatever is their to be optimistic about? In two years the economic fabric of this nation has been ripped apart to an extent where it is pipe dreaming to think things will return to happier days. For example, our business tax rate stands at 35% while Canada just lowered its from 18% to 16.5. Lincoln freed the slaves and more and more jobs and companies will be the leaving the US because we are now completely ucompetitive and there is no sign of change in sight.

    If we as a people had been permitted to vote on whether or not we wanted to abandon capitalism in favor of socialism and heavy surveillance of the population, that would be one thing. We were not given that opportunity and won’t be because now instead of Pelosi and gang we will be ruled by “Executive Orders” from the White House.

    There isn’t even empathy coming from anyone in Washington as they who live by different rules watch the rest of us lose our jobs, our homes and alas somestimes even our families. We have a President whose Christmas cheer was extended to a man who trained viscous dogs to kill each other and called that sport. Not one word was mentioned about the thousands of children in Haiti who honestly do deserve a second chance. The priorities set at the top are skewed.

    Our recourse is to vote out imcumbants over and over again until those swells in office realize that we are not going to continue to subsidize a higher standard of living for the way, way too many “civil servants” who are bleeding us dry and who as a rule are not very effective in doing what often are unneeded jobs.

    Not a thermos blew. But with all of those “servants,” no air mattresses or food could be found for the thousands stuck in the Molestation Airports of this land.

    It’s again time to say ALL Americans are to be put on the Social Security system, the Obamacare system, and certainly all federal employees including the President should go through this obscene pat down system at airports which they are planning to expand for everyone except themselves. And commercial flights do just as well as expensive military craft when it comes to taking ANYONE from Point A to Point B.

    The squandering of money has to stop. Why are the DEA and the FBI and Homeland Security employees by the thousands stationed all around this planet at our expense when the CIA and black operations are what we used to get by with and did just as well as the hoardes who ruined this Christmas by dreaming of thermos bombs. This while I live near an obsolete and open nuclear power plant that is still a fly over zone. What resevoirs are being protectd? And at what point do we add up all of the costs involved in protecting this unprotectable, huge nation from people who don’t wish us well? That we can’t do but Sharia law is creeping into Michigan!

    We the People are exhausted and we have to maybe turn off the Big Brother tv tube and relax and get outselves healthy and ready to use the only power we have: that of the vote. And yes, we must insist that those votes are honest and accurate and reflect the will of the People – not politicians who thrive on taking money from all sorts of selfish interests who do not give a damn about the big picture that is now showing a nation in decline.

    An an aside to those “civil servants,” when you have finally crushed the rest of US, just who do you think is going to fund your paychecks and outrageous benefits?

  • Ouida Gabriel

    Regardless of what happens, I hope we all are prepared for it. I am hoping for the best but preparing for the worse. God be with us and have mercy on us. We don’t deserve it but I pray for it anyway.

    Ouida Gabriel

  • redgypsy

    My new bumper sticker.
    “Party likes it’s 1859”

  • Stray Cat

    Just WTF is Millard Filmore?

  • Hah!

    @El Pollo de Oro

    Couldn’t have said it better myself!

    Thanks for saving me the calories of typing what you wrote.

    (recovering member/refugee of the BRA (“Banana Republic of America) and current member of the BRC (“Banana Republic of Cambodia).

    Hang in there everyone. My prayers are with you.

    Join the Resistance!

  • RedStater

    Really interesting conversation here about the left right divide and it’s obfuscation of what is good for the people. Our refusal to hold anyone accountable – like Dubya and Cheney, with all the evidence available makes it hard to close the barn door now.
    However, holding people accountable under whatever standard we choose – I prefer our Constitution and civilian court system-warped as it may be by the powerful incarceration industry, is necessary to put us back on track. If our elected representatives or their appointees fail to do their jobs they must be forced out of office-at the time of the incident, not just with the next election cycle. China executes Government employees who fail, we should at least fire them.
    As for Wall St. we should tax the hedge fund managers INCOME and start throwing some of the big players in jail for insider trading during the housing bubble blow out. IF we can do it to Martha Stewart we can do it to Thune and others.
    WE NEED to put Elizabeth Warren in charge of financial reform not just a token position of setting up the agency.
    We need a moratorium on foreclosures again. What is wrong with a picture when an “investor” can buy the house for $20K and the homeowner could not refinance a loan for more to stay in their home? Simple GREED on the part of the ever larger banks. It is easier to stamp foreclosure on a paper than negotiate with the homeowner. Where do the newly homeless go? That should be investigated immediately. A real Media push could make things change if they get off the “fair and balanced” BS that is cover for not investigating at present.
    Firms too big to fail are getting even bigger as they buy out struggling small banks and S&L’s all with taxpayer backing. Freddie and FAnnie did NOT cause the housing bubble they got in last and got burned the most because they didn’t get the bailouts like the Wall St. gamblers. They are still guaranteeing loans while the banks are NOT for the most part.
    Anyway my two cents.

  • mondobeyondo

    @ Stray Cat

    Millard Fillmore was the 13th President of the United States (1850-1853). He didn’t accomplish a whole lot, which is why he is so well remembered today (hah!!)

  • mondobeyondo

    Bread lines and soup kitchens, as far as the eye can see

    So tonight we’re gonna party like it’s 1933…

  • Steve

    We have become drunk on our own success. Somehow we have got the idea that we created the biggest economy in the world all by ourselves. At the end of World War One we found every nation in Europe had financed the war by borrowing from us and we owned all the gold (literally). We had the only functional economy, but we still needed the others to buy our goods. So the whole house of cards collapsed. The federal government stepped in to “fix” the economy. Of course, they had no idea how to do this, but the made a lot of promises that encouraged the people and started a lot of make work projects that created something like jobs. But, it did not create a solid economy. We have never really recovered from the Depression. The government has had to prop up the economy ever since. No system or market works unless the people work and people who produce no product are not working. Then came World War Two. America was the only country left standing. We helped other countries with their recovery, but we did not learn the lesson. We are the biggest economy we are not the only economy. The American way is not the only way. American values are not the only values. China and India have been on the sidelines for centuries. Now they are in the game. Europe is both ally and competitor. Other countries could go either way. We need to get used to the idea that we are one of many and we need to play nice with the other kids. And, we have to get away from the idea that the government is the answer. Usually the government is the problem. The house of cards is falling again. The only way it can be truly fixed is for each of us to gather what resources we can find and cooperate with our friends to create our own barter economy.

  • El Pollo de Oro

    FrankyFreelance: Gracias, jefe! I have both liberal/progressive friends and libertarian/paleoconservative friends who say, “Don’t be so pessimistic. Look for the silver lining, try to find the sunny side of life.” But as someone who has been in 15 different countries and knows a lot about history, all I’m doing is weighing the evidence–and there is a mountain of evidence indicating that The Banana Republic of America (formerly the USA) has entered truly dark and perilous times. I know a lot of American expats living in Europe, and even though Europe has problems galore at this point (some European countries more than others), I advise them to stay put because when the you-know-what hits the fan, things are going to get really UGLY in the BRA.

    Thanks for your prayers; God knows, we’re going to need them in this collapsing empire known as The Banana Republic of America.

  • zack

    What kind of mood should we be in with unemployment nudging up to 10%? I don’t buy the government’s phony numbers for one minute.

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  • PS

    obeisance to any god is incompatible with individual freedom. “I pledge eternal hostility to all forms of tyranny over the minds of men” was Jefferson’s response to establishing this nation as, “Christian.”

  • Gary needs to get out of the basement of the Whitehouse and actually think some original thoughts. Currently he’s just parroting the liberal line that’s fed to him to type.

    And I agree…party like’s it’s 1859.

  • Guido

    Unemployment #s are fake and always have been. Do you really believe they’re only 10%? They only count folks who are looking for work for less than 6 weeks and don’t bother to count the underemployed and the given-ups. In 2003 the LA Times figured out we were past 10% THEN by looking for the real #s.

  • PC

    End transnationalism. End the World Police. End the FDA in other countries. Defund the HSA, TSA and all
    other mamby pamby intrusionist government agencies.
    End the FED. Ron Paul for President.

  • Bobo

    Turn away from god? You can’t be serious? You know that makes you sound full of yourself, just when you get to a point of sounding remotely intelligent, you’re a let down and you fail to criticize the effects of religion and act as if history was PRISTINE which maybe it was for some folks but it wasn’t for everybody. What you need to understand is this: People have no obligation to anything where logic is not required: simply, religion makes people crazier. I also find it interesting how you present yourself as some beacon of free intelligent thought when you fail miserably to separate yourself from the republican belief system. But, of course you’re trying so hard.. (sarcasm, so prove it!) You have no ability to reign yourself in without going off the tracks by failing to fact check and then presenting your thoughts as fact. It’s sad too because you make some real valid points at times but your theories are all over the place. All it takes is a few clicks of a mouse to figure out that you are full of self-righteous indignation (IE: all the candidate video examples are what YOU consider hateful campaign election rhetoric were all directed at Republicans and that’s complete bullshit and you know it… Not to mention, why are you even bothering writing a pointless article about it, smart folks know that TV election adds have been this way FOREVER and nobody dies, so you tell me what’s worse, people really dying in a thoughtless war or some dumb campaign adds where you are worried about your PRECIOUS Michelle Bachman?). Seriously, try telling the truth for once.