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“Tidal Wave of Anger” May Be a Mirage

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Conventional wisdom claims that current campaigns reflect the seething anger of the electorate and the misery of the populace. Yet polling data actually shows an overwhelming majority expressing satisfaction with their personal lives, even if they do worry over the nation’s direction.

In 2015, Gallup showed 85% saying they felt “satisfied with the way things were going in their personal lives” – close to the all-time record of 88% in 2003. How, then, could the same poll show disapproval of America’s direction by a two-to-one margin?

The contradiction stems from the media’s bad news obsession: focusing on crimes, disasters, and scandals of all kinds; when things go well, it’s seldom newsworthy. People know the truth about their own lives, but they judge the nation’s welfare based on reports from TV, newspapers, radio and the internet.

The purported tidal wave of anger and indignation may be just another example of media looking for something extraordinary and menacing to report and discuss.

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  1. Nani  •  Jan 11, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    I am hoping that when the primary happens, TRUE Republicans will deny Trump and Cruz and pick someone serious. They would have in effect spanked the 60s type tantrum throwers and told them where to stick their finger.

    But I know the Dems are hoping that the mob will have their way because let’s face it: Hillary is a terrible candidate and the only way she can be elected is for Trump or Cruz to be the GOP nominee. Then Hispanics and other minorities will come out in grooves to vote for Hillary to STOP the bullies known as Trump and Cruz.

    • Ralph DeVane  •  Jan 15, 2016 at 5:18 pm

      Yo Nani

      Cruz is what a Republican is supposed to be. The Constitution hasn’t changed and Cruz correctly holds fast to it, because it is the firewall between the govt. and the citizens that Dems,and apparently you want to break down. If you don’t like the Constitution, maybe you should register as a Democrat, because the Republican party is not for you.

      • Nani  •  Jan 18, 2016 at 2:15 pm

        I “hear” the talking points of the talk show mafia. Fact is you cannot be the base of the Republican party but hate and have no respect for it. If you are for destroying the party, then it is YOU that need to ask yourself why on earth would you want to be part of a party that you cannot honestly support.

        Cruz has no love for the party; has made no bones about his dislike and disrespect for those who give of their time and money to the party. He knows and so do his supporters that he has zip chance of garnering the votes needed to win. But as he admitted when he shut down the government, it’s all for show not results. The funny thing about his “love for the constitution” is that some people’s interpretation of the 14th amendment may prohibit him from ever actually becoming POTUS because he was born in Canada. But again, maybe that’s what’s he’s counting on. He’s like the adolescent that says he wants to run the household but wouldn’t have the slightest idea how to do it if the responsibility was actually turned over to him.

        As for joining the Dems; it’s not me who insist on all or nothing.

  2. Rizzo  •  Jan 12, 2016 at 12:19 am

    The ONLY way Hillary or any Democrat wins is because RINOS, like YOU, ONLY support SPINELESS JELLYFISH candidates.

    Us TRUE REPUBLICANS vote for your CRAP CANDIDATES, and then you turn your back on ours.

    TYPICAL RINO BS!

    • becky  •  Jan 15, 2016 at 4:50 pm

      Exactly the way I feek

  3. Jim Bird  •  Jan 12, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    Nani,
    Does Soros pay more than minimum wage?

  4. Nani  •  Jan 12, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    How can one tell if someone is a true Republican? Well, for one thing, Republicans tend to be honest. They would never join a party they hate and have no respect for. If a party is so terrible that it must be destroyed, a Republican would LEAVE and join/create a party they can HONESTLY support. Republicans tend to be practical, calm, patient. Republicans will call themselves Republicans instead of “conservatives”, “constitutionist”, “reaganist”, “libertarian” or “loyalist”. Republicans believe that an intricate part of a person’s good character is “loyalty”; they understand that the core and first name of this nation IS “United”.

    Democrats tend to throw tantrums, wanting the world to be as THEY think it should be. They lack character and will often run with the crowd because it is easier than standing up to a bully. Democrats do not appreciate free speech. They think that anyone that doesn’t believe what they believe is bad and often times they will demand that the person recant their thoughts or face being called a traitor to their ideology. Democrats will lie and cheat and tell voters what they think they want to hear. They will make promises they know they cannot keep. They believe that division allows one part to gain power, and to Liberals, power IS the main thing. They do not care who they have to destroy, what has to burn, as long as THEY gain power.

    • Rizzo  •  Jan 12, 2016 at 9:56 pm

      Nani…

      Your alternate reality is scary. Republicans are NOTHING, if not conservatives. You talk about loyalty, but you are unwilling to be loyal yourself. You expect all of us to vote for your losers, which we have, but you are unwilling to do the same.
      Republicans were conservative long before you ever pretended to be a Republican…. If you can’t accept that HISTORICAL FACT, YOU can leave and start your Demcratic-light party.

  5. Jim Bird  •  Jan 13, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    Finally Michael explained the 75% cut in the deficit or debt (this if very difficult to follow, the complexities of the “Boehner Doctrine”) on his show today. It is a 75% cut in the “increased spending of Obama” so it’s no wonder Michael is the only one who knows this and why Boehner and no one else in the Party has ever talked about it. And obviously there will be the “emergency” clause in the regulation that states “……..we can exceed the limit on spending any goddamn time we want for any reason we want to….” because …….we are doing the people’s business…. No wonder no Republican ever speaks about it. Sad but the Party is over and done with Michael – another lost election, another band of cowards, the radicals win, civil war, my grandsons will NEVER fight for this country if I have any thing to do with their decision making. There has to be another place in the world to start over where cowards and crony capitalist Marxists are considered enemies of the State.

  6. Dan  •  Jan 14, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    @Jim Bird a large portion of the 2009 budget included spending that had been put in motion before Obama even came into office, ie. the bailout. Since then, the budget deficit has been slashed.

    It’s funny how conservatives are so worried about spending right now, but didn’t have the same concerns when Bush went out and spent $1.7 TRILLION on a failed Iraq war based on bad information, costing us thousands of lives, not to mention hundreds of thousands of Iraqi lives.

    • Jim Bird  •  Jan 14, 2016 at 6:33 pm

      Dan,
      What are you talking about!!!!!??? America’s yearly debt is nearly $20 trillion and our GDP – you know the total dollar output, 100% gross earnings. Right? Yes – No ???? So Dan, if we TAX ALL OF AMERICA’S EARNINGS, 100%, WHICH EQUALS LESS THAN $18 TRILLION, I SAY WE HAVE A PROBLEM. UNFUNDED LIABILITIES ARE FAR MORE THAN $200 TRILLION. I CALL THAT A PROBLEM TOO OF ENORMOUS PROPORTIONS. So saying something isn’t so doesn’t make it go away or untrue. George Soros’s 50 companies all funded with 100% tax dollars come out every election cycle to spew their moronic propaganda and filth that only Obama voters are dumb enough to believe. This Looney Tune probably believes it too.

      • Renee Byron  •  Jan 15, 2016 at 10:41 am

        Jim, our total national debt is $20 trillion, not $20 trillion per year. Also numbers can be easily manipulated to show what you want to show. See how each President has increased the national debt (Factcheck.org)

        Roosevelt – 1000%
        Reagan – 190%
        GW Bush – 86%
        Obama – 70%
        Clinton – 37%
        HW Bush – 52%

    • Caleb S  •  Feb 29, 2016 at 9:59 pm

      The only thing "failed" about the Iraq war is that Obama pissed it all away.

  7. Jim Bird  •  Jan 15, 2016 at 11:31 am

    No wonder millenials are considered the dumbest generation. WTF do you not understand?!?!? We are over $240 trillion in unfunded liabilities and the debt, America’s yearly budget, cannot be covered YEARLY IF AMERICA TAXES 100% OF OUR YEARLY PRODUCTION. How do you manipulate those numbers of Obama who has increased the debt more than all Presidents before him combined? Go figure.

  8. Jim Bird  •  Jan 15, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    PS – Your numbers are ludicrous as well as meaningless manifestations of maniacal minds at Media Matters, G. Soros’s flagship non-profit propaganda machine and of course 100% funded by Obama federal tax dollars. Here’s a few other facts to fact check: On average healthcare costs have increased 40% under Obamacare. The average family of four income is now $29,000 per year, down about $4500 in past 7 years. Poverty and food stamp rates are up 50%. Literally no place on Earth is better than it was seven years ago when Obama took office. His own Secretary of Defence declared war on Islamic jihad after San Bernadino but not Obama. It is a never ending story of poverty and destruction for his regime but you will vote for him again if he declares himself Supreme-Leader-for-Life.

    • Rizzo  •  Jan 16, 2016 at 12:52 pm

      Well said Jim. But alas, Renee is a drone… as such, she will have no ability to learn and face reality.

      • Jim Bird  •  Jan 18, 2016 at 3:18 am

        Thank you, Rizzo. I will never understand how an American President 1) gets the authority to give nukes to the worst of the worst terrorist countries and 2) gives them hundreds of billions of dollars yearly to build and maintain their military and delivery systems with. How do you tell you kids and grandkids that millions of innocent people will die because one person wants to, because he thinks it’s cool or boosts his legacy. One psychopath and 330 million of the rest of us cannot stop this genocidal maniac for some reason that seemingly no one has an answer for, by what authority grants him this power?
        Ironically Obama would have anyone arrested and thrown in prison if someone mentioned to a friend that it would be nice to build a nuclear power plant in America again though.

  9. Hektor  •  Jan 17, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    In 2013 during the looming shutdown Michael Medved was predicting gloom and doom and implying that because of Ted Cruz, the 2014 election cycle was in jeopardy. We know how that prediction worked out. After the elections, Medved said the victories were about sending a message to congress that the voters wanted something done and an end to gridlock (which would have required the Republicans to cave in to the Democrats because most of us know that the Democrats are not likely to give anything) – think Harry Reid. I believe the 2014 elections’ big wins were because Conservatives were indeed angry. Just my opinions, of course

  10. American  •  Jan 22, 2016 at 2:42 am

    No mirage. Trump 2016!

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