Going over the cliff is a good thing?
It’s hard to believe, but some people actually believe that the country is headed in the right direction. Are they locked in a cellar somewhere? The one that President Joe Biden campaigned from?
The Economist/YouGov Poll of 1500 American adult citizens taken from May 15 to 17, 2022 found that 22 percent believed that the country is “generally headed in the right direction.”
Where? Point me to it.
It must be a world that has no inflation. One that’s Covid-free. A record-high stock market. Abundant energy. Reasonable gas prices. No crime, no violence. No racism, sexism. No illegal immigration. No bulging government debt. Peace in the valley. Everything’s just ducky. Don’t worry, be happy.
The same poll found that an astonishing 5 percent believe the economy to be “excellent.” Another 17 percent believe it is “good.” Hard to imagine what they think is bad.
Whoever they are, you’ll find a gaggle of them in the White House. Where just about every decision they’ve made has been wrong or disastrous. Where they are, like the last to abandon the sinking Titanic, clinging to the ship of state’s stern as everything forward is heading to the bottom.
Despite the evidence before their very eyes, they refuse to alter course. To give a high sign to oil and gas production by, for example, restoring work on the Keystone pipeline. Stubborn and arrogant hardly describes them.
The 22 (and 5) percent are mostly self-described Democrats (40 percent), liberal (33 percent) and voted for Biden (35 percent), according to the poll. They aren’t just the very wealthy; every income level has its share of the pollyannish. They also tend to be younger. Obviously, Republicans, conservatives, etc have a share–albeit smaller–of the blind.
What’s clear is that their view of the country’s condition is colored by their politics, as conservatives tend to be more gloomy, or shall I say, realistic. And that spells trouble for the United States.
There’s little chance that Biden and the ideologues who control him will change course. Even as the Dow Jones today plunged 1165. That’s a 3.57 percent free fall, meaning retirees depending on their 401Ks for pension got whaled. All those government pension funds invested in stocks became less secure. Corporations have fewer resources to develop their businesses and hire more people.
Instead, Biden and his flacks will infuriatingly stick to their laughable excuses: It’s Russian president Vladimir Putin’s fault. Or, those Ulta MAGA Republicans.
As America descends ever further toward disaster, the Biden administration sticks to idiotic explanations and policies. As if raising the income tax will beat inflation. Where do they find this nonsense?
Apparently, there’s little or no way to get past the White House battlements to free a troubled nation of those destructive ideology-based policies. Can we survive months more of this until the 2022 midterm elections? Or until 2024 when we can find rid ourselves of Biden?
To subscribe to The Barbershop, type your email address in the box and click the “create subscription” button. My list is completely spam free, and you can opt out at any time.