Friday, April 4, 2008

On the Wrong Track?

A new poll claims that 81% of Americans think we are on the "wrong track." 78% said the country is worse off than 5 years ago while only 4% said it was better off. The war in Iraq is going well so this view seems to stem from the idea that we just maybe, possibly, could be almost in a recession. Of course, people's individual finances are actually doing quite well. Over 70% of respondents said their financial situation was either "fairly good " or "very good." What?

How does this number jive with the other numbers? This situation has resulted from the drive-by media's constant drumbeat against the economy. Presidential candidates (all three of them) may also share in the blame--perhaps even the current president. From the extremely-bloated home mortgage crisis to all the fuss over a "stimulus" package, the American public has few voices of sanity and reality at their disposal.

We are absolutely the richest nation on the face of the earth and throughout all history. Even the poorest of our citizens has two cars and a big-screen TV. I suppose it would be technically possible for us to have even more, but really, how about a little perspective? But it's often just easier to blame someone else for the difficulties in your life. Why not quit whining and waiting for the government to swoop down and give you even more of other people's money and do something productive? America is a place where poor people can prosper--cut up your credit cards, quit buying stuff you can't afford and GET WITH IT.


Stephen said...

It's actually 'jibe'.

Philip said...

It may not be that simple.

Maybe you need to do more "shuckin' and jivin'" as the Duke boys say...

Stephen said...

The Oxford English Dictionary gives citations of the verb jibe with primary definition "To chime in (with); to be in harmony or accord; to agree" as early as 1813.

Its entry for the verb jive has definition 1.b. "To make sense; to fit in", and the earliest citation is 1943.

The word is jibe.

Karen said...

The word is pedantic.

Oh, wait, we weren't talking about Stephen... ;)

Stephen said...

Being pedantic is such a small price to pay for being correct. :-)