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The National Mood

Original post made by Stay Cool, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Oct 29, 2009

Interesting survey results from WSJ/NBC poll:
"But a dark national view of how everybody in Washington is conducting the public's business appears to be preventing Republicans from benefiting from concerns about the direction of the country or the Democrat-led government's handling of the economy, as the minority party often does.
In fact, disapproval of the Republican Party actually has ticked upward, along with the public's general pessimism. Asked which political party should control Congress after next year's midterm elections, Democrats now hold a clear edge over the GOP, 46% to 38%, a month after the Republicans were nearly as popular. In September, the Democratic edge was 43% to 40%."
RE: Healthcare Reform:
"His health-care plan continues to face a plurality of opposition -- 42% say it is a bad idea, against 38% who say it is a good idea. But a key flash point in the health-care debate is showing steadily increasing support.
A government-run insurance plan that competes with private insurance plans -- the so-called public option -- is now backed by 48%, compared with 42% who oppose it. In September, 48% opposed it while 46% supported it. In the rough month of August, when noisy town-hall meetings were tarnishing the president's health-care push, 47% opposed the public option and only 43% favored it."
RE: Afghanistan:
"On Afghanistan, the public is signaling it can support a presidential decision to send more troops, but only so far. Some 47% said they would either strongly or somewhat support sending more troops into the eight-year-old fight, with 43% saying they somewhat or strongly opposed such a move. Last month, 51% said they opposed sending more troops, compared with 44% who approved of such a move.
But asked specifically about sending an additional 40,000 troops, which the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, has requested, 49% said that would be unacceptable. Just 43% called that acceptable. A majority of Americans are amenable to a much smaller 10,000-troop increase, but a majority of women don't support even that."
RE: Regulation:
"Indeed, for all the conservative clamor over Mr. Obama's actions on the economy, 63% of respondents said the government has either done the right amount of intervention or needs to do more. Among loosely aligned voters in the middle of the electorate, a clear plurality, 42%, said government has done too little to fix the economy."
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Posted by !
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 29, 2009 at 2:40 pm

Stay Cool...I hear you cheering in the background for any news that is against conservatives' desire to return this country to what the Founding Fathers envisioned, in addition to your cheering for destruction of America as we've known it by the Obama Admin. Period.


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Posted by T.H.
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 29, 2009 at 3:39 pm

The founding fathers also invisioned a country with slavery. They were not perfect and should not be considered the vision of perfect politicians and there vision should not be considered perfect. A republican idolizing bigots. We are in a diffrent world now and I hope even they would think diffrently.


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Posted by Stay Cool
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 29, 2009 at 3:54 pm

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I don't know what you're hearing, but it's not me "cheering in the background for any news that is against conservatives' desire to return this country to what the Founding Fathers envisioned, in addition to your cheering for destruction of America as we've known it by the Obama Admin." Try to get past your anger and assumptions and read what is actually in the article - you'll see your comments don't even make any sense.


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Posted by derek
a resident of Country Fair
on Oct 29, 2009 at 4:21 pm

stay cool, you rock man!


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Posted by Julie
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 29, 2009 at 5:28 pm

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Thank you T.H. you took the words right out of my mouth. We want everything exactly how the Founding Fathers envisioned it over 200 years ago? I don't think so!


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Posted by Dark Corners of Town
a resident of Country Fair
on Oct 29, 2009 at 5:51 pm

Interesting survey results from WSJ/NBC poll:

RE: The Economy

The economy is where real signs of stress are showing. The recent recovery of the stock market has done little to temper the pessimism: 64% said the rise of the Dow Jones Industrial Average didn't have much impact on their views of the economy; 32% said it was an important indication of economic improvement. Just 42% said the economy will get better in the next 12 months, down from 47% in September. In contrast, 22% said things would get worse, up from 20%, and 33% said the economy would stay in the same condition, up from 30%.

That pessimism has fed into what Mr. Hart called "total disgust" with Washington. Just 23% said they trust Washington to do what is right most of the time or just about always, a level not seen since 1997, 1995 and before that 1982, the last time unemployment reached the current level.

That, coupled with the surging "wrong-track" number, should be a red flag to Democrats a year after their 2008 electoral sweep, Mr. McInturff said. But with the economy coloring attitudes across the board, there is time for the party to recover.


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Posted by Judy
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 30, 2009 at 4:23 pm

Each of you enjoy a life & freedoms envied by the world. Every American should thank the Founders daily, for giving the tools for a unique, abundant, and even tho daily new laws written by our legislature and congress remove freedoms daily....we are still enjoy relative freedom compared to the rest of the world.
Shame on your desire to knock the 'founders'. They WISELY PROVIDED the framework for us to create a system previously unknown to the world.
Greedy leaders today, say all or nothing....so often we wind up with nothing....


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Posted by T.H.
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 30, 2009 at 6:46 pm

I don't believe in elevating rich white men that owned slaves and basically rebelled against their government because they didn't want to pay taxes. I love America, yes, do I love it that it was built on land occupied by others that were sent on the trail of tears for example while they restricted the vote to only white men while enslaving others? Nope. My point is not that I hate America, or the founding fathers, I just don't believe in everything they did and thought. They were not gods, they were flawed men with flawed ideas.


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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Oak Hill
on Oct 31, 2009 at 3:04 am

"they were flawed men with flawed ideas"...

Freedom of speech - flawed? Yep...

Freedom of the press - flawed? Of course...

Freedom to peacefully assemble - flawed? You bet...

Freedom of religion - flawed? No doubt...

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness - flawed? Absolutely...

No taxation without representation - flawed? Must be since this is what lead to the Boston Tea Party...

Just to name a few.......

They certainly weren't "gods" and some may have been "flawed" with the practices of their day(owned slaves)but, in my opinion, they had some pretty good ideas that we enjoy to this day...

My dad was also "flawed". He owned five slaves - I was the youngest...:)


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Posted by Mariana
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 31, 2009 at 2:40 pm

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Jerry, all those freedoms you listed-- those were not the brainchild of the Founding Fathers but rather Europeans like Locke and Rousseau...


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Posted by Patti
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 31, 2009 at 4:41 pm

I do not think there are any surprises here. The fact that the publics opinion of politicans being low is quite understandable.


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Posted by DaleG
a resident of Birdland
on Oct 31, 2009 at 11:02 pm

Jerry - thanks!

Our founding fathers were not perfect, but they had an idea. The idea was perfect. We are falling far short of that original idea (which was inspired by many different people in history) which is a major issue in most people's minds in this country.


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