Who the hell are the 22 percent who believe the country is headed in the right direction?

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┬áPutin’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?

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  • Who thinks it's all good? government workers with guaranteed pensions, pensions, even though the stock market has crashed will have the shortfall filled by us, that only go up, by %s every year, workers who can't be fired even if they are incompetent (government is the Peter Principal in action), government run by people who have never had a real budget, never created a job or signed them front of a pay check, also know as Liberal/Statist/ Technocrat/Democrats

  • About 15% of the US population is employed in the public sector. Add their relatives and I think you get a close number to 22%. If they surveyed Illinois alone probably 75% here think Happy Days are Here Again.

  • Where you stand depends on where you sit. The people I'm looking for are the ones who are willing to listen to both views and try to find the compromises we all need.

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    There is no comprising with a small but ruthless segment of our society that is totally committed to the destruction of this republic. The Democratic Party and certain of their GOP allies are part of the "Great Reset" that supposedly will make us one big, happy global family. The economic turmoil we're seeing here at home is part of that plan.

  • In reply to davegorak:

    "The Democratic Party and certain of their GOP allies are part of the "Great Reset" that supposedly will make us one big, happy global family. The economic turmoil we're seeing here at home is part of that plan."
    ----------------------------------
    Time to adjust your tin-foil hat, davegorak. The supply chain issues we've seen -- from any cause, including invasion and pandemic -- show that we're already a global family, happy or not. As for totally committed to the destruction of this republic, people of all parties have accused other parties of being so since forever.

    You're entitled to your political positions, but your economic ones are demonstrably false.

  • In reply to Grundoon:

    Grundoon?

    Stand down.

  • In reply to davegorak:

    Davegorak?

    From what? You? Don't make me laugh. You can't think straight, and your economic arguments prove it.

    By the way -- happy Memorial Day to you, too.

  • Despite the challenges he's facing, Biden has strengthened NATO, restored respect for the United States around the globe, acquitted himself with the dignity and decorum a president should have, and given us a vision of a better tomorrow..

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Mr. Wired:
    Biden's vision of a "better tomorrow" is not the same as that of most Americans, i.e. spending weekends in Delaware basement eating ice cream. The man you say who has "acquitted himself with dignity" has "flipped off" the rule of law and our sovereignty and said in so many words that I and millions of other Americans wore the uniform for nothing. As I said earlier, you have "shorted out." Oh, by the way, Happy Memorial Day.

  • Whoopi Goldberg and her brainless followers on the View think Biden is doing "great things"

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