All worked up and no place to go

September 29, 2008

I don’t believe this for a single instant:

As Congress prepares to vote on a proposed economic rescue plan, opposition to the measure has declined significantly. A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey conducted Sunday found that 33% of Likely Voters now favor the plan while 32% are opposed and 35% are not sure.

For proponents of the legislation, that’s a significant improvement. On Friday, just 24% of voters had supported the plan while 50% were opposed. Supporters of the legislation argue the plan to buy up bad mortgage debt from private firms is the surest way to free up credit for all Americans.

Most improvement in the “acceptance” of the bailout plan probably comes from a feeling of resignation. More and more people I talk to have come to the conclusion that the government is going to do exactly what it wants to no matter what people think or say, so what’s the point of getting all worked up about it? This is a dangerous attitude for a republic.

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5 Responses to “All worked up and no place to go”

  1. Larry Morris Says:

    “More and more people I talk to have come to the conclusion that the government is going to do exactly what it wants to no matter what people think or say” – yes that is a dangerous thing for a republic, I agree, but it is the reality. We are simply not listened to. I have 2 words for you – TERM LIMITS.

  2. tim zank Says:

    Larry, that is now my new mantra “TERM LIMITS”. I didn’t used to think it was that big of a deal and if we had term limits the elected wouldn’t be able to “finish” what they had started.

    Boy was I wrong. I firmly believe now term limits is synonymous with checks & balances.

  3. Larry Morris Says:

    Yes, politicians were originally only supposed to do the Washington thing for a few years and then go back to their “regular” jobs and lives – we (and I say “we” because we’re as much to blame for allowing this to happen) went wrong somewhere along the way by allowing this to be a life’s work, …

  4. Jim Wetzel Says:

    Wake up and smell the Taser™ ozone. It doesn’t matter whether “this is a dangerous attitude for a republic.” Because this isn’t a republic.

    People hardly ever do themselves, or anyone else, any long-term favors by failing to call things by their right names.

  5. Leo Morris Says:

    We were given a republic “for as long as we can keep it,” as Franklin said. I’d like to think there is enough of one left to deserve the name and to keep holding on to.


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