“Gallup: Americans Who Think We’ll Be Worse Off in 4 Yrs Doubled in 4 Yrs”
Then they turn around a re-elect Obama. This must be some of that “fuzzy math”:
The percentage of Americans who think America will be worse off in four years has more than doubled in the four years since Barack Obama was first inaugurated as president, according to the Gallup poll.
In a survey conducted Jan. 9-11, 2009–concluding just nine days before Barack Obama’s first inauguration as president–Gallup asked American adults: “Do you think the country will be better off or worse off four years from now?”
At that time, 72 percent said the country would be better off, 20 percent said it would be worse off, 4 percent said it would be the same, and 4 percent said they had no opinion.
Despite the deep recession America was in at that time (GDP declined by 5.3 percent in the first quarter of 2009), a super-majority of Americans were optimistic about the nation’s future.
From Nov. 9-12 of this year–just after President Obama was reelected–Gallup asked American adults the same question it had just before Obama’s inauguration four years ago.
This time, only 54 percent said they believed the country would be better off in four years, while 41 percent said they believed it would be worse off, 3 percent said it would be the same, and 2 percent said they had no opinion.
The 41 percent who said just after the Nov. 6 election that they believe the country will be worse off four years from now is more than twice the 20 percent who said that four years ago–just before Obama’s inauguration.
Actually, the quip in my opening aside, I think what we’re seeing here is a tangible sign of the enormous rift between those who believe in the government-centric trajectory of the democratic socialist welfare state (and this includes far too many in the GOP and within the Republican leadership specifically), and those who recognize that the cultural and academic elite, along with the low-information and client voters they control, have pushed the US past the tipping point, and that “fundamental transformation” is inevitable — as is the outcome of such a tranformation: egalitarian misery, a permanent ruling class, heavy regulation, a declining standard of living, more government dependency (and an ever-expanding federal government to manage it), and — eventually — a collapse of the economy and the dollar and the Constitution, followed by a transnational progressive attempt at re-ordering of the global landscape through hysterical (and bogus) climate science and a treaty matrix that will effectively neuter ostensible sovereignty.
The time for compromise has passed, because what we’re being asked to compromise is all the principles that make our Constitution a bulwark against tyranny, and all the things that keep us from being subjects of the state rather than the governed who control the government by way of our consent. Majoritarianism without Constitutional protections is rank democracy. It’s banana republic stuff — and it allows cobbled together voting coalitions to win slim majorities that vote themselves the “right” to strip you of your liberty and your property by way of controlling your stake in your own labor.
Something wicked this way comes. A “megastorm,” perhaps. But it will have nothing to do with the physical climate and everything to do with the political one.