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12 Numbers Which Prove That Americans Are Sick And Tired Of Politics As Usual

Barack_Obama_and_John_Boehner_enjoying_Saint_Patrick's_Day_2014The American people are increasingly waking up to the fact that nothing ever seems to change in Washington D.C. no matter which political party is in power.  In fact, as you will see later on in this article, an all-time high 53 percent of all Americans believe that neither party "represents the American people".  Over the past several decades, we have sent a Bush, a Clinton, another Bush and an Obama to the White House, but the policies coming out of Washington have remained pretty much the same the entire time.  The mainstream media would have us believe that the Republicans and the Democrats are constantly fighting like cats and dogs, but the truth is that the Republicans want to take us to the same place that the Democrats want to take us - just a little more slowly perhaps.  And behind the scenes, Republicans and Democrats have a good time with one another and they are ultimately controlled by the same set of oligarchs.  The Americans people are really starting to recognize what a sham our system has become, and the numbers show that they are quite fed up with it.

I truly wish that things were different.  When I was much younger, I was actively involved in politics and I enthusiastically campaigned for certain candidates.  But then when they got to Washington D.C., they never did most of the things that they promised to do during their campaigns.

I was quite bewildered by this.  At the time, I concluded that we just needed to send even more "good politicians" to D.C. and then things would finally turn around.

But things never did turn around.  No matter which party had the upper hand, the same garbage continued to spew forth from Washington.

Ultimately, like millions of other Americans, I have come to see that there is not really much of a difference between Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi on one side, and John Boehner, John McCain, Mitch McConnell and Jeb Bush on the other side.

Sure, if you listen to their campaign speeches you might be tempted to think that they were polar opposites, but when you watch what they actually do there is not that much that really separates them.

Fortunately, large numbers of Americans are starting to see through this disgusting charade.  Most of our politicians are con men that tell us what we want to hear during their campaigns, and then after they are elected they forget all about us.  Dissatisfaction with these politicians has risen to unprecedented levels in recent years, and that could be a good thing.  The following are 12 numbers which prove that Americans are sick and tired of politics as usual...

#1 A national Rasmussen Reports survey has found that an all-time high 53 percent of all Americans believe that neither major political party "represents the American people".

#2 According to a Real Clear Politics average of national polls, only 29 percent of Americans believe that the country is heading in the right direction.

#3 According to a Real Clear Politics average of national polls, Americans disapprove of the job that Barack Obama is doing by a 52.2 to 43.7 percent margin.

#4 According to a Real Clear Politics average of national polls, Americans disapprove of the job that Congress is doing by a 77.6 percent to 14.2 percent margin.

#5 52 percent of Americans "do not think the economy is fair to those willing to work hard".

#6 65 percent of Americans are dissatisfied "with the U.S. system of government and its effectiveness".  That is the highest level of dissatisfaction that Gallup has ever recorded.

#7 Only 4 percent of Americans believe that it would "change Congress for the worse" if every member was voted out during the next election.

#8 An all-time low 31 percent of Americans identify themselves as Democrats.

#9 An all-time low 25 percent of Americans identify themselves as Republicans.

#10 An all-time high 42 percent of Americans identify themselves as Independents.

#11 60 percent of Americans report feeling "angry or irritable".  Two years ago that number was at 50 percent.

#12 70 percent of Americans do not have confidence that the federal government will "make progress on the important problems and issues facing the country in 2014".

Of course at the heart of much of this dissatisfaction is the continuing problems in our economy.  For example, check out the Gallup daily employment tracking survey that you can find right here.  As you can see, the payroll to population number (those Americans working 30 hours a week or more) has been flatlining in the low forties for more than four years now.  The truth is that there never has been an employment recovery in this nation since the last recession. For much more on all this, please see my previous article entitled "This Is What Employment In America Really Looks Like…"

The last wave of the economic crisis really devastated the middle class, and as a result record numbers of Americans have become dependent on the government.  As I mentioned in one recent article, ten years ago the number of women working outnumbered the number of women on food stamps by more than a 2 to 1 margin. But now the number of women on food stamps actually exceeds the number of women that have jobs.

No wonder so many Americans are so angry.  Things are not nearly as good as they used to be.

Unfortunately, even though so many people are angry and frustrated, there is very little consensus on the solutions to our problems.

Many Americans even want to throw out the principles that this country was founded upon entirely.  For example, one recent survey discovered that 59 percent of all Americans believe that the U.S. Constitution is "outdated".

That is a very chilling number.  We live at a time when Americans are becoming increasingly ignorant about who we are, where we came from and how we get here.

And a lot of our fellow citizens do not even know how our system of government works.  One survey actually found that only 25 percent of all Americans knew how long U.S. Senators are elected for (6 years), and only 20 percent of all Americans knew how many U.S. senators there are (100).

In the final analysis, it is hard to be optimistic about a political solution to any of our major problems in the near future.  Most of our politicians are deeply corrupt, the American people are incredibly angry and are deeply divided, and the vast majority of campaigns for federal office are won by the candidate that raises the most money.

But perhaps there is something that I am missing.  So what do you think?  Do you believe that there is hope that we can get Washington D.C. turned around in the near future?  Please feel free to share your thoughts by posting a comment below...

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  • Randy Townsend

    All true, and yet the reelection rate for sitting members of Congress is over 92%. It’s no wonder an increasing number of eligible voters are simply saying “What’s the point?” and skipping it altogether. I am. Keep voting for more of the same and expect things to be different….

  • DJohn1

    “I accurately predicted the 2008 collapse within one month, from 2 years prior.”

    If it is not too impolite, what do you predict now will happen?

    • PotHead69

      Sure for $19.99

  • Gay Veteran

    tired of the right/left BS

  • Gay Veteran

    “…Try to rid the nation of the evil gay marriage…..”
    do you believe in freedom or not? pharisee

  • Gay Veteran

    LOL, the two parties are 2 sides of the same coin

    • Bubba Johnson

      Union folks and blacks would lol at ever voting republican.

      • Gay Veteran

        who cares? why would anyone vote for either party?

  • Albert8184

    It’s untrue because the Republicans supported all of it – even though they PRETENDED to oppose it.

    There is no litmus test on Leftists in DC, Bubba. THE GOP is LOADED with Left Wingers and Progressives at the top eschelons.

  • kenfrombayside

    Keep the pressure on your reps in congress. Giving 11 – 30 million (nobody knows for sure) criminal lawbreakers legalization pure insanity. Plus, they could sponsor their relatives; that would bring the total up to about 50 million aliens in our midst. Of course, these new citizens will vote for the vile democrats and their socialist giveaways. Most of them will be unskilled, uneducated, low IQ etc. Stop this outrageous bill now. Don’t sit on the sidelines.You are not wasting your time. The American people don’t want this bill. You have to do all you can do to stem the third world assault:
    - Contact your 2 US Senators and rep in congress.
    - after biz hours, leave a message on your DC rep’s voicemail. All US Senators have multiple offices so it would be a good idea to hit all of the. Remember, be civil and don’t threaten
    - go to NUMBERSUSA then go to the take action button. You will be able to send faxes to your 2 US Senators and congressional for free. (I also gave a $50 donation).
    - use Business Reply envelopes to state your opposition to America’s insane immigration policies and the proposed amnesty. Don’t give the parties any money.
    - join an immigration group like FAIR. Strength thru numbers!
    - go to the RNC & DNC sites to email them.
    - Use the media: call a talk radio program; write a letter to your local paper. If the media outlet is liberal, then talk about economic impact of massive third world immigration.
    - text everybody in your cell phone queue now.
    IF YOU DO OR SAY NOTHING, YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM….

  • Hammerstrike

    Actually, the only working solution is the exact opposite to theirs.

    • Albert8184

      Let’s hope most people see it that way.

  • Tom_F

    Really? Getting pulled over and not knowing your rights is the problem? The LEO is pulling YOU over, not the other way around. Asks for license and registration and proof of insurance. What rights do you want to assert that are being violated?
    “Standing up for your rights?” What rights? Specifically? Do you think you are going to discourage an LEO by acting like a jack..h0le? They are just like everybody else, they are pulling you over for a reason and you DO know the reason. Disrespect them, and they will let you know real quick that THEY control the situation, not you. Just answer their questions, be respectful, and if you get a ticket and you deserve it, then act accordingly. Nothing more boring that somebody “victimized” by a speed-trap or just going 5 miles over the limit. But that is what it always comes down to.

    • Gay Veteran

      rights? like the right not to have the government spying on every person in America?

      • Tom_F

        Hahahaaa! Good one! Next time you get pulled over by the Highway Patrol, assert your right not to be “spied on.” Let us all know how that works out. Any other rights that you need to be educated on when you are pulled over? Specifically?
        And keep repeating!:-)

        • Gay Veteran

          so junior, you think the Highway Patrol is spying on us? great strawman to distract us from the NSA (National Stasi Agency).

          and I note no objection from you regarding such spying.
          yep, as Tiberius said about the Roman Senate: men fit to be slaves

          • Tom_F

            Gay, once again you reveal yourself for an imbecile. Read the thread, you responded to the claim that one need to be educated on their Constitutional rights when pulled over. A lesson for you, read before you think and then think before you type.

          • Gay Veteran

            hey NSA boot licker, try reading what I actually wrote:

            “rights? like the right not to have the government spying on every person in America?”
            AND AGAIN, I note no objection from you regarding the NSA (National Stasi Agency) spying on us

          • Tom_F

            I did, what you wrote makes no sense. NSA “spying” is right up there with issues like raising the minimum wage, stopping global warming, student loan reform, and immigration reform. Keep doing what you’re doing, Gay! It is working so well!:-)

          • Gay Veteran

            you just proved you’re a government troll, probably NSA (National Stasi Agency)

          • Tom_F

            Yes. How did you know? Now that you have established this as a scientific fact, do you find the government omnipotent and to be feared because of everything I see and know and the pinpoint power I wield? Or do you find the government impotent a ridiculous joke that cannot even operate a website while requiring 1/6 of the economy to comply with 120 linear feet of print containing indecipherable regulations, cannot enforce laws, cannot handle cash, and cannot keep its citizens safe?

          • Gay Veteran

            who ever said government was competent?
            I suggest you read Karl Denninger. The government isn’t recording everything for our benefit.

          • Tom_F

            Really? You make it sound so ominous and threatening! I notice a lot of narcissists seem overly concerned about this NSA “spying on us all!” issue, just like they are concerned with “global warming, change, disruption!” and “increase the minimum wage!” and “student loans must be forgiven!” It is a weird strain of narcissism that can’t stand up to facts, or be argued effectively, so the narcissists instead claim to be “concerned on behalf of others.” So selfless, and enlightened and perceptive to things regular people “just don’t get!” Meanwhile, people are using the phone and e-mail and tweets and texts to order pizzas, make dentist appointments, break up with their boyfriends (Gay? Right? Hmmm?) and various other mundane things nobody cares about. But that truth doesn’t hold up, so instead it must be some kind of dramatic “NSA is spying on us all!” rhetoric. Well, keep on alerting everybody in the comment section of blogs. Maybe we will all clue in someday to your wisdom. Or not.

          • Gay Veteran

            “…Meanwhile, people are using the phone and e-mail and tweets and texts to order pizzas, make dentist appointments, break up with their boyfriends (Gay? Right? Hmmm?) and various other mundane things nobody cares about….”

            so we have established that you think American do not have a right to privacy and that the government can spy on us any way it wants (and would NEVER use that illegally obtained information to blackmail people).

            does that sound like a constitutional republic or a fascist state?

            once again servile people like you remind me of what Tiberius said of the Roman Senate:
            men fit to be slaves

          • Gay Veteran

            hey imbecile, guess what? My comments concerned “rights” in general, like right not to have the NSA (National Stasi Agency) spying on Americans.
            but keep on licking the NSA’s boots like a good little lickspittle

  • Hammerstrike

    Can´t get your fatasses out of the basement?
    That must be the republican´s fault! Blame Bush!

    ID card laws? You believe blacks does not have the intelligence to use them…. hence, these laws (not you, of course) be racist!

  • quercus454

    The only other option is civil war, something that no one who has an inkling of historical knowledge would want. Sadly that option seems to be more and more likely because the system has been corrupted.

  • Hammerstrike

    Nope, the point is that US governement ordered the rescue of a US ambassador stopped because doing that would have been politically inconvenient.

    Instead, they decided they would just be watching a real-time snuff movie.

    So it isn´t that they lied, it is proof that they will casually throw even their own people under the bus so to “speak” and this without facing any serious consequences. The cat is out of the bag.

    • http://www.pnar.org Tom Blanton

      I never suggested the point was that anyone lied. My point is clear. Presidents have been throwing their subjects under the bus to die since the beginning, yet many conservatives seem to believe this all started with Benghazi. I’m also saying as far as these situations go, Benghazi is far from the worst. When politicians aren’t held accountable for the deaths of hundreds and even thousands, why would they be held accountable for one death or just a few?

      The cat has been out of the bag for years. Benghazi is a drop in the bucket and to pretend otherwise is either from ignorance or some kind of twisted partisan motivation.

      • Gay Veteran

        AMEN

    • Gay Veteran

      so what? Bush got us into a war of aggression against Iraq that killed 1000s of Americans and 100,000s of Iraqis

  • Tom_F

    Once again, you do not understand basic math. If 2 million illegals enter CA, and 1 million middle-class people are priced out of housing, lose their good-paying jobs, don’t get into the UC or Cal State system because others displaced them for “diversity”, well then. That would be a net increase of 1 million. In the meantime, 50% of the State Income taxes is paid by 1% of the earners (just Google it). The bottom demographics of the state are freeloading things in the exact wrong direction. Certainly not “leading the country” and “not out the the slump.”

  • Gay Veteran

    Allen West, war criminal.
    Ted Cruz? a little too light in the loafers

  • Albert8184

    Unfortunately, it looks as though all the smartest people have sold out to the New World Order. Sort of a paradox I suppose…. smartest or dumbest, depending on how you look at it. But the world is being run by these people.

  • Albert8184

    What’s scary is that populism is usually based in the lowest common denominator. Division politics. Scapegoating. A chicken in every pot. blah, blah, blah The real problem is the people who finance the wars and the insurrections – they care NOT for any ideology and pit them all against one another. And they stay above the fray by making sure all the politicians are beholden to them for finances and power.

    • Hammerstrike

      Ever heard of Occam’s razor?

      Not all populations are equal. Some can give what the banksters want, the producers and other can help the banksters get what they want from the producers, the looters.
      The banksters needs the looters to get booty, the looters needs the banksters to get booty, so as long as there is enough booty for both, they can cooperate.
      The kleptocracy does not divide to rule, if you care to notice, it clearly takes sides.

      You know how many trillions have been spent on the war against poverty and Affirmative Action in the last 50 or so years?

  • MellyDanielsisf321

    til I saw the paycheck saying $5367 , I be certain
    …that…my brother woz like they say actualey receiving money in there spare
    time at there labtop. . there dads buddy haz done this for only fourteen months
    and at present paid the mortgage on their condo and purchased a great Saab 99
    Turbo . read F­i­s­c­a­l­p­o­s­t­.­C­O­M­

  • rlw

    The Constitution is timeless in most every precept. It is artfully done, all to preserve a way of life for individual freedom and progress. The problem isn’t there but with the leadership that has a completely different philosophy, a group who does not understand individual freedom but wants a cookie cutter society where dependence is the way of life, where one striking out will be struck down for the betterment of the horde. Horrible.

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