05/23/2005: John Q....Where ARE You???
Apparently John Q. Public (and his family) are NOT Angry Enough - or yet Economically Depressed Enough - to really force this bAdminstration to respond with policies favorable for the Nation’s interests.
America Wants Security by Paul Krugman (NY Times) considers one possible reason for this:
”…The latest Wall Street Journal/NBC poll showed what the pollsters called an "angry electorate." By huge margins, voters think that politicians are paying too little attention to their concerns, especially health care, jobs and gas prices.
Why, then, is Washington so out of touch?
At a gala dinner in his honor, Tom DeLay cited his party's recent achievements: "bankruptcy reform, class-action reform, energy, border security, repealing the death tax." All of these measures are either irrelevant to or actively hostile to the economic security of working Americans.
Everyone loves historical analogies. Here's my thought: maybe 2004 was 1928. During the 1920's, the national government followed doctrinaire conservative policies, but reformist policies that presaged the New Deal were already bubbling up in the states, especially in New York.
In 1928 Al Smith, the governor of New York, was defeated in an ugly presidential campaign in which Protestant preachers warned their flocks that a vote for the Catholic Smith was a vote for the devil. But four years later F.D.R. took office, and the New Deal began.
Of course, the coming of the New Deal was hastened by a severe national depression. Strange to say, we may be working on that, too.”
Where are these “Silent Majority” of voters? The average people who know what the issues are and can see that the Important Policy items aren’t even on the event horizon of our so-called “Mandate with Political capital to Burn” bAdministration?? How much lower do GW's already historically low poll numbers have to be before our Fearless Leader “Gets It??”
Karen on 05.23.05 @ 06:29 AM CST