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Gallup: Most Americans unsatisfied with country’s direction

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January 2, 2013
Americans Unsure if Best Times for U.S. Are Past or to Come
Many predict 2013 will be a year of difficulty
by Frank Newport
PRINCETON, NJ -- Americans are split when asked if the country's best years are ahead of us or behind us, with views on the future quite differentiated across party lines. Republicans are much more pessimistic about the future of the country than are Democrats.



These sentiments, measured in a Dec. 14-17 USA Today/Gallup poll, come at the end of a tumultuous political and economic year -- one which included a contentious presidential election, continuing sparring over the nation's economic policies, and the prospect of dramatic tax increases and government spending cuts as elected leaders argued over avoiding the "fiscal cliff" at year's end. The finding that Democrats are much more positive than Republicans about the future of the U.S. most likely reflects the fact that Democrats control the White House; Democrats are also currently much more positive about the status of the U.S. economy.

The same poll included several questions asking Americans to predict what the year 2013 will bring on economic, governmental, social, and international fronts.

Three of these questions focused on the economy, with results showing mixed predictions about the nation's economic state in 2013. Americans believe by almost a 2-1 margin that 2013 will be a year of economic difficulty rather than a year of prosperity. At the same time, they tilt toward the belief that 2013 will be a year of full or increasing employment rather than a year of rising unemployment. Americans also believe that 2013 will be a year in which prices will rise at a reasonable rate rather than at a high rate.
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gsprofval
by Gold Member on Jan. 3, 2013 at 5:00 PM

And the news just said a hike in the taxes on gasoline.....

MsDenuninani
by Bronze Member on Jan. 3, 2013 at 5:41 PM


Quoting jcrew6:

I disagree.  The economic impact of ObamaCare is growing as we learn more about the law that had to be passed to see what was in it.  Obama had complete control over that bill and the impact. 


 

He didn't have control over what Congres will pass; he doesn't have control over how individual businesses (which vary in size) will react; he doesn't have control over whether a state adopts it; he doesn't have control over whether individuals will buy it or take the penalty; he didn't have control over whether the Supreme Court decided to fully implement it (which they did not).

And he won't have control over whether it will continue to exist in full once he leaves office in 2016. 

There are both intended and unintended consequences to every action.  The idea that we know exactly what the outcome of fully-implemented Obamacare is, I think, ludicrous.  I am waiting to see how it pans out, and know that laws can be amended over time -- Medicare has been, Social Security has been, etc.

But, most importantly, however big Obamacare is, it's still pretty micro compared to the global economy, as far as influencing our economy, I sincerely believe.

jcrew6
by Jenney on Jan. 3, 2013 at 5:43 PM
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You don't remember Obama, Pelosi, and Reid campaigning for ObamaCare? He wanted this bill to pass when NO ONE had even read it.


Quoting MsDenuninani:



Quoting jcrew6:


I disagree.  The economic impact of ObamaCare is growing as we learn more about the law that had to be passed to see what was in it.  Obama had complete control over that bill and the impact. 



 


He didn't have control over what Congres will pass; he doesn't have control over how individual businesses (which vary in size) will react; he doesn't have control over whether a state adopts it; he doesn't have control over whether individuals will buy it or take the penalty; he didn't have control over whether the Supreme Court decided to fully implement it (which they did not).


And he won't have control over whether it will continue to exist in full once he leaves office in 2016. 


There are both intended and unintended consequences to every action.  The idea that we know exactly what the outcome of fully-implemented Obamacare is, I think, ludicrous.  I am waiting to see how it pans out, and know that laws can be amended over time -- Medicare has been, Social Security has been, etc.


But, most importantly, however big Obamacare is, it's still pretty micro compared to the global economy, as far as influencing our economy, I sincerely believe.


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MsDenuninani
by Bronze Member on Jan. 3, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Well, I wouldn't be suprised. I suspect that every President would want a bill they support to pass, regardless of whether anyone read it. 

He still doesn't have control over whether they will actually pass it.  Or how the economy will react to it.  He can only make his best guess.  Most economic institutions use economic models to predict what will happen, but they are predictions.  And I don't think anyone really predicted that it would send the economy into freefall, nor, I think, has it.

But, more importantly, since this has now turned into an Obamacare debate, is the moral question.  I think he thought of it as a moral obligation to help people obtain health insurance, and that moral obligation was stronger than any theoretical economic impact.  Or maybe I'm just projecting, because that's what I believe.

Quoting jcrew6:

You don't remember Obama, Pelosi, and Reid campaigning for ObamaCare? He wanted this bill to pass when NO ONE had even read it.

Quoting MsDenuninani:

 


Quoting jcrew6:


I disagree.  The economic impact of ObamaCare is growing as we learn more about the law that had to be passed to see what was in it.  Obama had complete control over that bill and the impact. 



 


He didn't have control over what Congres will pass; he doesn't have control over how individual businesses (which vary in size) will react; he doesn't have control over whether a state adopts it; he doesn't have control over whether individuals will buy it or take the penalty; he didn't have control over whether the Supreme Court decided to fully implement it (which they did not).


And he won't have control over whether it will continue to exist in full once he leaves office in 2016. 


There are both intended and unintended consequences to every action.  The idea that we know exactly what the outcome of fully-implemented Obamacare is, I think, ludicrous.  I am waiting to see how it pans out, and know that laws can be amended over time -- Medicare has been, Social Security has been, etc.


But, most importantly, however big Obamacare is, it's still pretty micro compared to the global economy, as far as influencing our economy, I sincerely believe.



cbk_mom3
by on Jan. 4, 2013 at 8:19 AM


Quoting imamomzilla:

 We're sliding into socialism. Shared misery. Nothing good comes from it.

^^^^^^^^^^^^THIS!!!!!^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

mikiemom
by Gold Member on Jan. 4, 2013 at 9:48 AM

I'm good with the direction our country would take. I wish more of the old crotchety false moral superiority folks would fall of the face of the earth but other than that things are looking up. Gay marriage is becoming legal in more states every day, we have 20 female senators, our congress is the most diverse congress ever. I think the majority of the country had their voices heard on voting day.

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