Well, I guess you might say I've been asleep at the wheel, but I stumbled across this article from August 3rd at Rassmussen Reports and, at least to me, it tells us exactly what is wrong with this nation and our government.
It seems that our political class, those who reside in the bubble of government and the traditional news media, have absolutely no idea what is going on throughout the rest of the nation except in the vaguest of hints. Check this out and then pick your jaw up off the ground.
67% of Political Class Say U.S. Heading in Right Direction, 84% of Mainstream DisagreesTalk about being out of touch with the electorate. It's no wonder why America is in as bad a shape as it is. We have ventured so far from what our Founding Fathers intended that it is embarrassing and worse, our elected "representatives" not only don't care what we think, but believe they don't need to care except at election time.
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
"Recent polling has shown huge gaps between the Political Class and Mainstream Americans on issues ranging from immigration to health care to the virtues of free markets.
The gap is just as big when it comes to the traditional right direction/wrong track polling question.
A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 67% of Political Class voters believe the United States is generally heading in the right direction. However, things look a lot different to Mainstream Americans. Among these voters, 84% say the country has gotten off on the wrong track.
Twenty-four percent (24%) of Mainstream voters consider fiscal policy issues such as taxes and government spending to be the most important issue facing the nation today. Just two percent (2%) of Political Class voters agree.
With a gap that wide, it’s not surprising that 68% of voters believe the Political Class doesn’t care what most Americans think. Fifty-nine percent (59%) are embarrassed by the behavior of the Political Class . . ."[Much more at the link]
I don't know about you, but I was shocked, not at the existing disparity--I think all of us know Washington is out of step to one degree or another--but at the extent of that disconnect. I mean really, 84% of us--the citizens--the voters--think America is headed in the wrong direction and 67% of those whom we elect to represent us (and those who are supposed to keep us informed on them) think we are just fine--headed exactly in the direction we should be?
How can any sane person believe America is headed in the right direction? What possible source of information can they be using that would, even remotely, lead them to believe that America--with 9+% unemployment, a national debt equal to our entire annual gross domestic product, a government that spends 50% more than it takes in, and a gathering momentum towards inflation--is even close to being on the right track?
Are they smoking crack? These numbers prove that our government and the MSM are completely out of touch with, not just the voters, but with reality. They live in a bubble, a fantasy world in which their imaginings and academic theories are reality and to confirm it, they are isolated in a world in which everyone they know believes the same thing,
That explains why the words "unexpected" and "unexpectedly" have become the most common adjectives in ever financial/employment/housing report we see.
These folks need to be replaced. We have created a professional political--ruling--class who have about as much in common with the voters as did King George the colonists back in 1776.
This disparity of view explains much of why America is in the increasingly dire state it is in. Those folks in Washington believe they are the only folks in the nation who understand what is needed and they have each other's opinions to confirm it.
Did I mention that this disparity of opinion is even greater than that between Democrats and Republicans on the issues?
Time to clean house, folks. Time to sweep the garbage out of D.C.
Long Live Our American Republic!!!