Gallup: Most Americans unsatisfied with country’s direction, think best days are behind us

posted at 11:31 am on January 2, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

Happy New Year!

A USA Today/Gallup poll takes the temperature of the American people and finds it, to put it generously, tepid:

Now, 23% express satisfaction with the country’s course — still significantly lower than when previous recent presidents took office for their second terms. For Bush in 2005, 45% were satisfied; for Bill Clinton in 1997, 43%; for Ronald Reagan in 1985, 52%…

In the poll, more than a third say either they or one of their closest family members have suffered a “major financial setback” in the past year; just one in five report a major financial gain in their family. While the economy, in fact, is growing again — the recession officially ended in June 2009 — just a third of Americans see it that way. They’re outnumbered by the 44% who say it’s in a recession or a depression.

Four years ago, that 23 percent number was 13, with the U.S. reeling in the immediate aftermath of the financial meltdown. The unemployment rate in January 2009? 7.8 percent with 65.7 percent labor force participation, and a U-6 of about 12 percent. November of 2012? 7.7 with 63.6 percent participation, and a U-6 of 14.1. Behold, the new normal and our lowered expectations. Predictions for 2013, when The Healer is to begin his next four years of triumph?

Still, predictions for the nation in 2013 are almost all downbeat.

By 2-1, those surveyed expect this year to be one of economic difficulty, not one of prosperity. A majority say employment will improve and inflation will be under control. But more than eight in 10 also say taxes and the crime rate will rise. Three of four predict a “troubled year” of international discord, not a peaceful one. Most believe American power around the globe will decline.

The Gallup write-up adds: “The 65% of Americans who predict 2013 will be a year of economic difficulty is one of the more negative responses to this question since Gallup first asked it in 1965.”

And, what about beyond 2013, and our hopes for our children?

Behind us

As you might imagine, Democrats are more optimistic, but the numbers for Republicans and Independents are dismal. As usual, the American people think everything’s bad, but none of that really matters for Obama. He’s still floating a bit over 50 percent approval after his decisive call to action, which saved us from the fiscal cliff and responsibly dealt with our long-term debt expensive flight from Hawaii to D.C. to do nothing but give an antagonistic speech while others brokered a deal that doesn’t deal with any of our long-term problems.

With the federal government approaching the so-called “fiscal cliff,” when federal income tax rates will increase across-the-board back to the level they were under President Bill Clinton, President Barack Obama’s disapproval has climbed 5 points in the Gallup poll since Christmas.

In Gallup’s three-day tracking period that ended on Dec. 23, the poll’s last day before Christmas, 37 percent said they disapproved of the job Obama was doing as president and 57 percent said they approved. That was the lowest disapproval Obama had enjoyed since Gallup’s three-day tracking period that ended on Aug. 1, 2009.

Over the four days that Gallup polled after Christmas, however, Obama’s approval dropped 4 points to 53 percent and his disapproval climbed five points to 42 percent. That is where it stood on Dec. 29, the most recent day of polling Gallup has reported in its presidential approval survey.

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So they voted to reelect Obama and hasten the slide. Makes sense to me. /s

totherightofthem on January 2, 2013 at 11:33 AM

They voted for this idiot
No whining

cmsinaz on January 2, 2013 at 11:33 AM

No argument here.

Red Cloud on January 2, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Most Americans are unsatisfied with the country’s direction, which is why they re-elected Obama to keep going in that direction?

Oh, right, I forgot. It’s not the votes that count, it’s the people who count the votes.

The Rogue Tomato on January 2, 2013 at 11:34 AM

I remember being so excited for the/my future when I started university in August 1999.

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Jeddite on January 2, 2013 at 11:34 AM

“We may be goin’ to Hell in a Bucket,
But at least we’re enjoyin’ the Ride!….”

Paraphrased Grateful Dead lyric.

williamg on January 2, 2013 at 11:35 AM

and yet they chose horrible excuse for leaders, but at least Boehner told Reid to go f–k himself, now I feel better.

gsherin on January 2, 2013 at 11:35 AM

So why in Hell did people vote to reelect Dear Liar?

rbj on January 2, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Boomers reaping the fruits of their apathy over the last four decades. Sweet sweet schadenfreude. I’m starting to like this Obamacare® and take the pill thing.

Mr. Arrogant on January 2, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Gallup: Most Americans unsatisfied with country’s direction

Yet these same IDIOTS reelected Obama or didn’t get off their duffs to vote for Romney…

Let it burn…

Khun Joe on January 2, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Oh, right, I forgot. It’s not the votes that count, it’s the people who count the votes.

The Rogue Tomato on January 2, 2013 at 11:34 AM

As long as computers owned by private entity and running unverified, unpublicized software are used to summarize the vote, the elections will be won by whoever owns the media. Hint: it’s not us.

Archivarix on January 2, 2013 at 11:40 AM

I am simply curious what percentage of people responding to this poll voted for government representatives who support many of the efforts leading to our “best days being behind us”?

How many of these folks are taking checks from programs we can’t afford?

How many have supported efforts which have led to the family disintegration?

How many support efforts that have attempted to diminish religious freedom?

How many support a government that runs irresponsible deficits which will ruin the future for our children?

If you’re melancholy or nostalgic for the past- look in the mirror.

Marcus Traianus on January 2, 2013 at 11:40 AM

As long as we elect dirt bags for President we will continue to decline. I can’t watch this guy on TV, everytime he comes on, the channel is changed. Nothing he says can be believed and his lying makes me angry.

bopbottle on January 2, 2013 at 11:41 AM

What did they expect voting big ears back in?

tyketto on January 2, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Yes, I miss pre-socialist America. Now it’s Amerika.

Oil Can on January 2, 2013 at 11:43 AM

You majority moochers voted for free stuff without a way to pay for it all, enjoy the new normal you have created.

Bishop on January 2, 2013 at 11:43 AM

On the bright side, the majority of Americans are usually wrong these days.

DarkCurrent on January 2, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Media spin on this: Mere 23% of Americans support Republican efforts to obstruct Obama.

Liam on January 2, 2013 at 11:44 AM

They’re right. I’m not expecting a comeback in my lifetime, and given the indoctronation my nephews and nieces got in public schools, they’re not going to fix it either.

Steve Eggleston on January 2, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Because they didn’t want to be told they were racist. They didn’t want the “first” black president to be a failure because it would show they were racist. They wanted to be liked and electing a black president shows they are not racist and will be liked.

I really think it comes down to the simple fact that a very large amount of people across the political spectrum voted for him just because he was black.

Also the media called the shots by covering for BO and telling everyone they were racist if they din’t vote for BO.

Dr. Frank Enstine on January 2, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Gallup: Most Americans unsatisfied with country’s direction, think best days are behind us

…..yet many of them turned around and voted for more of the same failure.
Elections have consequences….
………embrace the suck idiots.

Baxter Greene on January 2, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Hey, I participated in this poll and I’m with the Is on this one!

I am so disappointed and ashamed that my generation squandered and and stole the legacy that my parent’s generation secured for us, from my children, grandchildren and their children yet unborn.

Thanks dad and mom for what you did, but we screwed the pooch and couldn’t pass on what you gave us.

belad on January 2, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Disappointed?
Why should We be disappointed? We got rose bushes didn’t we? We got a used car, didn’t we?

He got $3,000,000, but he didn’t get the rose bushes. We got the rose bushes. We definitely got the rose bushes. Those are rose bushes!

This other guy, what’d you call him?

“A Marxist.”

FlaMurph on January 2, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Average American: ‘I think the country is going to hell and since I hate to be wrong I will vote accordingly.’

DaveDief on January 2, 2013 at 11:50 AM

23% ? Like the actual number of progressive/socialists/liberals in the country.

LoganSix on January 2, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Most Americans unsatisfied with country’s direction, think best days are behind us

They’re absolutely correct.
We’ve polluted the rest of the world for decades with our Hollywood crappola.
Now the ideas of rest of the world are sinking our government.

itsnotaboutme on January 2, 2013 at 11:51 AM

By hook or by crook, a majority of idiots voted for the Won to take from the productive and give to the unproductive aka low info Obama voters. Poll that! Elections are the only polls that U
(used) too matter. This is a waste of time Mary K

skanter on January 2, 2013 at 11:51 AM

They’re right. I’m not expecting a comeback in my lifetime, and given the indoctronation my nephews and nieces got in public schools, they’re not going to fix it either.

Steve Eggleston on January 2, 2013 at 11:45 AM

We consider ourselves fairly conservative in my house but both my children have views that I would consider liberal to very liberal. They got these views from public schools and university. The interesting thing is that they both consider themselves quite conservative and my daughter says my head would explode if I ever got into a debate with any of her friends. Many of which are way to liberal for her. I think children post 70s are lost and it’s our fault. It our fault for sitting back and allowing terrorists and communist take over the education system. It’s our fault for allowing them to set the narrative and not fighting back. Now it’s too late to stop the slide.

Dr. Frank Enstine on January 2, 2013 at 11:55 AM

The future’s so bright, we gotta wear………………blinders!

pilamaye on January 2, 2013 at 11:57 AM

I just watch the stupid world, with lots of Schadenfreude.

This situation is all self-inflicted, by the moronic populace, which doesn’t realize its demise, while Obama is back to HI, laughing his charlatanic head off at the fools.

Schadenfreude on January 2, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Dr. Frank Enstine on January 2, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Do you think school vouchers could have prevented this?

Oil Can on January 2, 2013 at 11:58 AM

The once freest land of all is now the most stupid.

The people deserve all this.

Schadenfreude on January 2, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Khun Joe on January 2, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Baxter Greene on January 2, 2013 at 11:47 AM

I was going to post a short, snide remark. But as I was reading through the posts here, these two pretty much summed it up quite well I thought.

Oh and to all those that think the country is on the wrong track and DIDN’T vote against the Usurper in Chief two months ago…in the words of hopefully soon-to-be EX-Speaker Boehner, “Go !@$% yourself.”

Meople on January 2, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Obama “Michelle, we has overcome – let’s celebrate”

Schadenfreude on January 2, 2013 at 11:59 AM

As you might imagine, Democrats are more optimistic

Plankton, the brainless, also have no clue that sharks will consume them, in banks.

Schadenfreude on January 2, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Yeah? Elections have consequences or so we’re told. Those are the same people who voted to keep us going that way too.

NTropy on January 2, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Do you think school vouchers could have prevented this?

Oil Can on January 2, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Can’t speak for Frank, but doubtful. Not only are there not enough private schools, but many of those, even “religious” schools, are just as bad as public schools.

Steve Eggleston on January 2, 2013 at 12:06 PM

God damn all who brung Obama, from the left to the right, and all yours too. YOU deserve his royal scrooming.

He’s back in HI, on your dole, celebrating your stupidity.

Schadenfreude on January 2, 2013 at 12:07 PM

On the radio right now there are a bunch of angry Congressmen from NY and NJ apparently upset that we taxpayers haven’t given them a blank check and pay whatever the hell they want in terms of hurricane recovery. They too can go (&*(&(*& themselves. I’m tired of greedy people “getting theirs” and not caring who pays for it. Both NY and NJ wants the feds to foot 100% of their recovery bill because they’ve already taxed their citizens to death and still need more money. Well, Coumo and Christie can figure out what to cut and learn to live within their means instead of trying to stick the American taxpayer with the bill.

Happy Nomad on January 2, 2013 at 12:07 PM

The average voter is an unmitigated mush-head. They doubled-down on suck by voting this Maoist back in, and now sigh and ride the slide into the abyss.

They know who won Idol, what their city’s sports team’s records are, and which Kardashian is doing God-knows-what at any given time. But they don’t know who their congress-critter is, and will not do any self inquiry beyond parroting what Jon Stewart or their locan news tell them.

We need someone brilliant who can speak the language of the dullard, and a messaging medium that will actually hold these ‘low information’ voter’s attention long enough for them to realize that this stuff matters.

CaptFlood on January 2, 2013 at 12:08 PM

We consider ourselves fairly conservative in my house but both my children have views that I would consider liberal to very liberal. They got these views from public schools and university. The interesting thing is that they both consider themselves quite conservative and my daughter says my head would explode if I ever got into a debate with any of her friends. Many of which are way to liberal for her. I think children post 70s are lost and it’s our fault. It our fault for sitting back and allowing terrorists and communist take over the education system. It’s our fault for allowing them to set the narrative and not fighting back. Now it’s too late to stop the slide.

Dr. Frank Enstine on January 2, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Chilling . . . but I must agree.

rplat on January 2, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Dr. Frank Enstine on January 2, 2013 at 11:55 AM

We’re pretty much reduced to yelling, “Get off my lawn!” Explains the new crop of fiscally-somewhat-conservative/socially-very-liberal types who don’t realize that they’re in an extreme minority, even among their peers.

Steve Eggleston on January 2, 2013 at 12:09 PM

…expensive flight from Hawaii to D.C. to do nothing but give an antagonistic speech while others brokered a deal that doesn’t deal with any of our long-term problems.

lol.

aloha baby!

Tim_CA on January 2, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Do you think school vouchers could have prevented this?

Oil Can on January 2, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Couldn’t hurt. The deal cut in Congress last night costs the average family somewhere around $1600/year. That’s another $1600 that government gets to hand out to the parasite class instead of allowing you to figure out how to spend it. There is something wrong with that.

Happy Nomad on January 2, 2013 at 12:10 PM

The oaf in chief flew to the US, to hold a stupid speech. He could have done that from HI.

He now flew back, when that money could have fed a few hungry families.

The bill he never signed.

Suffer, fools, suffer!!!

Schadenfreude on January 2, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Schadenfreude on January 2, 2013 at 12:13 PM

I bet Obama is waiting for his top media supporters to arrive in Hawaii for a big ‘breaking news’ moment on CNN and MSNBC, to tell the world how he saved America from financial ruin. He didn’t have to lift a finger; just his presence was enough to make the Republicans see reason. But it is telling how he didn’t get right to signing the damned thing before rushing back to his vacation.

Liam on January 2, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Happy Nomad on January 2, 2013 at 12:07 PM

I live in NJ and don’t think that the rest of the taxpayers of this country have any obligation to pay for Acts of Nature that happen outside their own states or cities! Unless, of course, you have an overwhelming sense of empathy or guilt to voluntarily donate money and effort to help. If it isn’t voluntary, it is not given cheerfully and charitably.

The problem with politicians is that the money they spend isn’t theirs and they have no sense of the amount of effort involved to create the money the steal from our pockets. It doesn’t matter whether they are Ds or rs, they are all intoxicated and corrupted by POWER.

Term limits is the only cure.

belad on January 2, 2013 at 12:23 PM

We need someone brilliant who can speak the language of the dullard, and a messaging medium that will actually hold these ‘low information’ voter’s attention long enough for them to realize that this stuff matters.

CaptFlood on January 2, 2013 at 12:08 PM

We have someone who can speak the language of the dullards. And, for that she is called stupid, idiot, phony, self-aggrandizing, you name it. Sorry, but we’re done for.

totherightofthem on January 2, 2013 at 12:24 PM

If this Rasmussen poll reflected reality, our politics would be entirely rearranged.

62% Favor Across-the-Board Spending Cuts, But 57% Think They’re Unlikely

That’s the headline. Here’s some of the write-up.

Even as official Washington signs off on a “fiscal cliff” deal with $1 in spending cuts to every $41 in new taxes, most voters continue to favor across-the-board spending cuts but doubt they are likely to happen. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 39% of Likely U.S. Voters think it is even somewhat likely that government spending will be significantly reduced over the next few years. Fifty-seven percent (57%) see significant spending cuts as unlikely. This includes 11% who believe such cuts are Very Likely in the near future and 20% who say they are Not At All Likely.

Put me in the 20%, because a large number, maybe a majority, of the 62% in the headline are lying.

If 62% really favored spending cuts, we would not have the miserable class of politicians that we have in Washington. Surely some in that 62% live in Sander Levin’s and Nancy Pelosi’s districts. Surely some of them even live in Charlie Rangel’s district.

Let’s ask that 62% if they favor cutting from some program that they like. Or some program that they depend on. Oh, they’ll say yes to sound responsible, but most of them will keep voting for the pol who brings home the pork. Look at the fight over Sandy storm relief. The Democrat Senate larded it up with billions in irrelevant pork. The House is trying to trim that nonsense out. Guess who will get blamed for any delays. Not the bunch that created a poisonous and irresponsible bill, but the people who are trying to clean it up. Rep. Peter King, I’m looking at you.

We’ll see what happens in the next big fiscal fight. Boehner is framing it as a fight over spending cuts now that taxes have been dealt with. The Obama Democrats will frame the last fight as a “first step” and will demand more taxes, while trying to take the debt ceiling off the table. A reasonable response to that would be, if you don’t want to run into the debt ceiling, stop spending so much. That response would poll well. But it won’t drive policy.

Put me in the 20%, too.

Resist We Much on January 2, 2013 at 12:25 PM

The new land

Schadenfreude on January 2, 2013 at 12:27 PM

After the end of WWII, it took about a decade for the rest of the world to realize that what Britain wanted no longer mattered. It took another decade for Britain to realize it for themselves. I wonder where the USA is now on that scale?

yubley on January 2, 2013 at 12:28 PM

…expensive flight from Hawaii to D.C. to do nothing but give an antagonistic speech while others brokered a deal that doesn’t deal with any of our long-term problems.

.
Antagonistic is being generous.
The Marxist occupying the WH was very clear during his Victory lap to point out that he WILL NOT negotiate on Debt Ceiling issue and that -

“While I will negotiate over many things, I will not have another debate with this Congress over whether they should pay the bills for what they’ve racked up

Sounds like Ocommie is giving Congress all the credit for creating Trillion Dollar deficits. How shocking.

Alinsky smiles.

FlaMurph on January 2, 2013 at 12:28 PM

After the end of WWII, it took about a decade for the rest of the world to realize that what Britain wanted no longer mattered. It took another decade for Britain to realize it for themselves. I wonder where the USA is now on that scale?

yubley on January 2, 2013 at 12:28 PM

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Resist We Much on January 2, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Schadenfreude on January 2, 2013 at 12:27 PM

.
I think I would prefer the smoke, over the alternative.

FlaMurph on January 2, 2013 at 12:31 PM

I’ve been a registered Republican for as long as I’ve been old enough to vote.

The week after this past election, when I could finally fight back the depression caused by the thought of a second term of this sh!t sandwich, I changed my registration to unaffiliated.

I will never again vote for someone that is not Conservative enough to earn my vote. From now on, as far as I’m concerned, if the Republican party continues to be nothing but a Dimocrat Lite, the party can burn in the fire of minority status as far as the eye can see, for all I care.

Not that our votes actually mean anything any more, because they don’t.

Meople on January 2, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Term limits is the only cure.

belad on January 2, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Because they worked soooo well in Jersey (cheap shot, I know, but in politics, only the shots are cheap).

Steve Eggleston on January 2, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Makes you wonder about those vote counts don’t it?

Wagthatdog on January 2, 2013 at 12:35 PM

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scrubjay on January 2, 2013 at 12:35 PM

On the bright side, the majority of Americans are usually wrong these days.

DarkCurrent on January 2, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Isn’t that the truth! Even after the past few months of awful election results and daily depressing developments, I would still have said our best days are ahead of us, if I were polled. I refuse to believe that this moron is going to be able to bring this country to its knees, but that’s just me. Speaking of Hobbits, I’m off to see it with my daughter on her last day of Christmas vacation.

Night Owl on January 2, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Now, 23% express satisfaction with the country’s course

So this would mean that about 52% of the people who voted for free stuff know there is no free stuff. Obama got 51% of the vote and half of those are happy. Just getting while the getting is good. If I used pot I would want what they are smoking. I mean the 52% they are the true idiots.

BullShooterAsInElk on January 2, 2013 at 12:36 PM

The basic problem with this article – and the people who don’t like the direction we’re going, is which direction would they prefer?
Of course 77% don’t like the direction we’re going. The libtards who voted for Obumble think we should tax the rich MORE, spend MORE, and get MORE government control. The true conservatives don’t like the direction we’re going because we should be doing LESS of the things the libtards like. So of course most people want a course change, but we’ll never get a majority who want the same new course.

dentarthurdent on January 2, 2013 at 12:36 PM

The Idiocracy is here.

dentarthurdent on January 2, 2013 at 12:37 PM

I live in NJ and don’t think that the rest of the taxpayers of this country have any obligation to pay for Acts of Nature that happen outside their own states or cities! Unless, of course, you have an overwhelming sense of empathy or guilt to voluntarily donate money and effort to help. If it isn’t voluntary, it is not given cheerfully and charitably.

The problem with politicians is that the money they spend isn’t theirs and they have no sense of the amount of effort involved to create the money the steal from our pockets. It doesn’t matter whether they are Ds or rs, they are all intoxicated and corrupted by POWER….

belad on January 2, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Now that the cheap shot is out of the way, you nailed the problem. Unfortunately, without starving the beast, there is no solution.

Thus, the problem – one can’t starve the beast until there’s politicians willing to starve the beast, and as long as there’s money flowing into the beast, no politician will starve it.

Steve Eggleston on January 2, 2013 at 12:38 PM

nice picket fence pic btw.

(is that my neighbor’s house?)

Tim_CA on January 2, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Steve Eggleston on January 2, 2013 at 12:34 PM

I’m stuck here and I do have a better alternative, but that involves dealing with lead poisoning.

belad on January 2, 2013 at 12:38 PM

who cares, I think most of them voted for the wrong direction. Elections have consequences, deal with it…

RedInMD on January 2, 2013 at 12:41 PM

The week after this past election, when I could finally fight back the depression caused by the thought of a second term of this sh!t sandwich, I changed my registration to unaffiliated.
Meople on January 2, 2013 at 12:32 PM

I was tempted to do that because of the non-stop robo calls I was getting for months from Romney campaign, RNC, state level Repub party, etc.
However, I’ve since heard from people who were already “unaffilitated” and they got twice as many calls from both sides.
At least with a Repub registration I never got any robo calls from the Dims.

dentarthurdent on January 2, 2013 at 12:43 PM

I’m stuck here and I do have a better alternative, but that involves dealing with lead poisoning.

belad on January 2, 2013 at 12:38 PM

That’s not a better alternative. Serial overeating is a better alternative :-)

Steve Eggleston on January 2, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Speaking of Hobbits, I’m off to see it with my daughter on her last day of Christmas vacation.

Night Owl on January 2, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Have fun. It won’t be released here until next month, my son is looking forward to it.

DarkCurrent on January 2, 2013 at 12:46 PM

I was tempted to do that because of the non-stop robo calls I was getting for months from Romney campaign, RNC, state level Repub party, etc.
However, I’ve since heard from people who were already “unaffilitated” and they got twice as many calls from both sides.
At least with a Repub registration I never got any robo calls from the Dims.

dentarthurdent on January 2, 2013 at 12:43 PM

LOL, that’s a good point. I have a cure for that though, my land line phone, I use for outgoing calls only, ringer is off and I don’t answer it. My cell phone, sorry, but if I don’t recognize the number, I don’t answer it. Leave a message or get bent.

Meople on January 2, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Speaking of Hobbits, I’m off to see it with my daughter on her last day of Christmas vacation.

Night Owl on January 2, 2013 at 12:36 PM

One of my carpool buddies saw it over the weekend. He said it was not even close to being as good as any of the Lord of the Rings.

dentarthurdent on January 2, 2013 at 12:49 PM

I don’t get it.

Why all the doom and gloom?

The DOW is up over 200 points!!

Life could not be better . . .

/s

RedPepper on January 2, 2013 at 12:53 PM

LOL, that’s a good point. I have a cure for that though, my land line phone, I use for outgoing calls only, ringer is off and I don’t answer it. My cell phone, sorry, but if I don’t recognize the number, I don’t answer it. Leave a message or get bent.

Meople on January 2, 2013 at 12:48 PM

I’d like to get rid of the land line entirely – but my wife insists on having it even though we all have cells. We made heavy use of caller ID in deciding whether to answer the phone, answer and immediately hang up (just to stop it from ringing), or let it go to voicemail. But any way around, by the 5th or 6th call of the day it was getting old – every day for months. I eventually called the local Repub party office and b!tched at them about their robo calls just p!ss!ng people off.

dentarthurdent on January 2, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Speaking of Hobbits, I’m off to see it with my daughter on her last day of Christmas vacation.

Night Owl on January 2, 2013 at 12:36 PM

One of my carpool buddies saw it over the weekend. He said it was not even close to being as good as any of the Lord of the Rings.

dentarthurdent on January 2, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Saw it New Year’s Eve.

Overwrought and boring. And it’s part 1 of a 3 part series.

LOTR, like the US of A, is moving forward looking in the rear view window.

Bruno Strozek on January 2, 2013 at 12:54 PM

The DOW is up over 200 points!!
Life could not be better . . .
/s

RedPepper on January 2, 2013 at 12:53 PM

I sold all my stock holdings last week at about a $1300 total loss.
That will actually help cut my tax bill in April from what I made earlier in the year.
At this point, I’ll do anything I can to cut my tax bill – not a penny more than necessary to those scum.

dentarthurdent on January 2, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Serial overeating is a better alternative :-)

Steve Eggleston on January 2, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Agreed, better alternative!

belad on January 2, 2013 at 12:59 PM

“Gallup: Most Americans unsatisfied with country’s direction, think best days are behind us”

Well they sure have an interesting way of showing it.

jaydee_007 on January 2, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Yep. 52% of Democrats would rather pass on trillions of dollars of debt to their own children and grandchildren than make ANY changes whatsoever to Medicare or Social Security. Half of Democrats also believe that America’s fiscal problems can be solved by just taxing the ‘evil rich.’

Resist We Much on January 2, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Of course – that’s the libtard mindset – live for today, no concern about the future, no planning for retirement, no saving for a rainy day – just get all you can can handed to you now for free and expect someone else to bail you out when you need it.

dentarthurdent on January 2, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Serial overeating is a better alternative :-)

Steve Eggleston on January 2, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Is that serial or cereal??
Depends on milk prices I guess…./

dentarthurdent on January 2, 2013 at 1:01 PM

On the radio right now there are a bunch of angry Congressmen from NY and NJ apparently upset that we taxpayers haven’t given them a blank check and pay whatever the hell they want in terms of hurricane recovery. They too can go (&*(&(*& themselves.

Happy Nomad on January 2, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Peter King (R-NY) was on FOX News this morning giving hell to the Republicans who voted against handing a blank check for NY and NJ. He was upset that they voted against it because they thought it was loaded with pork and demands that the people in those states never give another penny in campaign donations to Republicans.

I wholeheartedly applaud those who voted against hurricane aid for that reason. Although I agree with those who say that the US Taxpayers in other regions should not have to pay for Acts of Nature in NJ and NY, a clean funding bill would have probably passed unanimously.

Billions in pork had no place in such a relief bill, and those who wrote it in should be ashamed of themselves.

And Peter King is a loudmouthed, obnoxious RINO jerk.

UltimateBob on January 2, 2013 at 1:04 PM

The DOW is up over 200 points!!

Life could not be better . . .

/s

RedPepper on January 2, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Exactly as Stuart Varney predicted this morning before the markets opened. The “fiscal cliff deal” only removed some of the uncertainty, and only temporarily.

He also predicted that within 8 months, those gains will be erased and we’ll see another tumble. Jobs will not be created, people will have less money to spend, and things will only get worse in the coming months.

Varney thinks we’re more like Greece today than we were 3 days ago. And I agree.

UltimateBob on January 2, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Do you think school vouchers could have prevented this?

Oil Can on January 2, 2013 at 11:58 AM

I don’t really know. I have friends that have sent their kids to private schools and except for a demand for more parent participation I don’t really see much difference between the views of their kids and mine.

The other day I got into a big discussion with my son over the free birth control and he is solidly for it. Why? Well according to him his friend has to spend over 100 dollars a month for birth control to control her cycle and it is not covered under her healthcare plan. Her mother and grandmother had the same problem. He said my problem is that I see contraception as only birth control and it’s not so it should be handled the same as other prescriptions. I asked how he felt about all the other forms of birth control that are not used in the manner that his friend uses it. He had no answer which lead me to believe he was only toeing the liberal line after being influenced by his very liberal friend.

Dr. Frank Enstine on January 2, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Is that serial or cereal??
Depends on milk prices I guess…./

dentarthurdent on January 2, 2013 at 1:01 PM

It does, especially if one fills the bowl with as much milk as it can hold.

Steve Eggleston on January 2, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Conservatives nowdays are way too pesimistic but it is the natural results of being out of power… We are going through a tough phase in our history but we have been through worse, much worse. The Civil War, WW I, The Great Depression, WW II, Vietnam…

mnjg on January 2, 2013 at 1:18 PM

People sense that their is NO OPPOSITION to the President so the 1/2 of the country that didn’t vote for Obama has only one hope.

CHANGE ON JANUARY 20, 2017.

The Senate deal to avoid the “fiscal cliff” will add roughly $4 trillion to the deficit when compared to current law, according to new numbers from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

The CBO determined Tuesday that the package, hammered out late Monday evening by Vice President Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), would — over the next decade — come with a $3.9 trillion price tag.

The agreement, which is pending before the House after passing in an 89-8 Senate vote early Tuesday, would extend lower tax rates on annual household income under $450,000 and postpone automatic spending cuts for two months.

http://conservativebyte.com/2013/01/cbo-adds-3-9-trillion-more-to-deficit/#ixzz2GqLy8iXH

PappyD61 on January 2, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Gallup: Most Americans unsatisfied with country’s direction, think best days are behind u

Yet, they continue to vote for corrupt/liberal politicians or they don’t bother to vote at all. Never underestimate the stupidity of the American people.

We have the government we deserve.

cajunpatriot on January 2, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Yep. 52% of Democrats would rather pass on trillions of dollars of debt to their own children and grandchildren than make ANY changes whatsoever to Medicare or Social Security. Half of Democrats also believe that America’s fiscal problems can be solved by just taxing the ‘evil rich.’

Resist We Much on January 2, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Of course – that’s the libtard mindset – live for today, no concern about the future, no planning for retirement, no saving for a rainy day – just get all you can can handed to you now for free and expect someone else to bail you out when you need it.

dentarthurdent on January 2, 2013 at 1:01 PM

“If your children ever find out how lame you really are, they’ll murder you in your sleep.”

~~ Frank Zappa at the Whisky-a-Go-Go, December 1965

RedPepper on January 2, 2013 at 1:37 PM

On the radio right now there are a bunch of angry Congressmen from NY and NJ apparently upset that we taxpayers haven’t given them a blank check and pay whatever the hell they want in terms of hurricane recovery.
–snip–
Happy Nomad on January 2, 2013 at 12:07 PM

My understanding is that there was a lot of added pork that had nothing to do with Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy relief. I think that is what killed the bill–over-reach. (The tight time line didn’t help either.)

I do agree with you in that they should pay most of the bill themselves. (Some of the expenses probably can reasonably be covered under limited-government federal responsibilities.)

Kevin K. on January 2, 2013 at 1:57 PM

$150 million in funding for Alaskan fisheries
$336 million in Amtrak expenses
$2 million in taxpayer funds to repair a room on one of the Smithsonian buildings in Washington D.C.
$8 million to purchase new vehicles for federal agencies.
$4 million for repairs to the Kennedy Space Center

Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/464823/hurricane-sandy-relief-pork-spending-stalls-passage/#hfJ55RIVCGjZzChM.99

dentarthurdent on January 2, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Gallup: Most Americans unsatisfied with country’s direction, think best days are behind us

….OH!…well then who voted to have the door close and hit them in the a$$ ?

KOOLAID2 on January 2, 2013 at 3:15 PM

I wonder how many of these people are part of that huge hunk of people eligible to vote who don’t vote.

Of those, I wonder how many dont vote because they figure no matter who wins, we’re screwed.

avgjo on January 2, 2013 at 3:42 PM

And yet they voted for Obama.

Dasher on January 3, 2013 at 7:10 AM