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Throw the Bums Out
December 31, 2009 - Bill Speer
Guess what? Americans are fed up with politicians, government intervention and bureaucratic ineptitude.
That should come as no surprise to anyone. In an Associated Press story that moved Dec. 31 about people's hope for the new year, H. June Clark, a Republican retiree in Fort Wayne, Ind., said she had little hope and in fact, would prefer for a clean slate of leadership all across America.
Clark thinks the nation is headed toward socialism, and she wants a wholesale change in elected officials, no matter their party affiliation.
"I think they have just destroyed our faith in government and I want them out," she said. "I don't care if we get independents, populists, whatever. I just want them out."
Clark is not alone in that thinking. A recent Rasmussen poll asked Americans to choose a candidate in a generic poll that included a party that doesn't even exist - the Tea Party. Interestingly, the Democrat got 36 percent of the vote, the Tea Party candidate received 23 percent and the Republican, 18 percent. Twenty-two percent of those polled were undecided.
Looking further into that information, unaffiliated or "swing voters," when asked to choose, 33 percent said Tea Party, Democrat 25 percent and Republican, 12 percent.
Keep in mind those strong numbers for the Tea Party candidate exist for a party that doesn't - it's but hypothetical. That should be a "wake-up" call to both parties that there is a lot of work that needs done in regaining the confidence of Main Street Americans.
In that same AP story I mentioned above, nearly three-fourths of Americans polled said they would rate 2009 a bad year for the country, which was rocked by job losses, home foreclosures and economic sickness. Forty-two percent rated it "very bad."
Let's hope 2010 holds more promise. More to the point, let's hope our politicians hear the message we're delivering.
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