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Posted on Sep 21, 2010
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A new Gallup poll shows that American attitudes about the Republicans and Democrats are similar to attitudes in 1994, when the Democrats lost Congress. More Americans, Gallup claims, say they share Republican values and a Republican view of government. Americans feel that neither party, however, really understands their problems.

Gallup:

While the Republicans may have an edge on these two policy-oriented image perceptions, the parties are about tied in perceptions of how well each understands the problems Americans face in their daily lives. In answer to this party image item, first asked this year, the slight majority of Americans believe the Republicans and Democrats understand Americans’ day-to-day problems either “not too well” or “not well at all.”

[...] Americans’ views on how well the two major parties reflect their views on the role of government and their values more broadly make clear that the Democrats’ image has suffered since they won back control of Congress in 2006. Republicans have not made comparable perceptual gains in these areas, but largely as a result of the Democrats’ losses, Republicans are now leading on both dimensions, similar to their standing in 1994.

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By garth, September 23, 2010 at 7:20 am Link to this comment

‘Good Time’ Charlie Baker is running for Governor of Massachusetts.  He’s a Republican running against Deval Patrick, the Democrat. 

Charlie was the head of Harvard Pilgrim where he jacked up the rates and increased profits by refusing to cover health bills.

His pitch, now, is to cut 5000 State jobs.  He attacks Patrick for garnering support from unions.

These two ideas sound like crazy-talk, but the Massachusetts workers, essentially the ones who voted in Scott, the pick-up truck driver in a $900 barn coat, have been beaten down the workers in high-tech companies where unions are blocked with a vengeance and their pay has remained stagnant and is starting to show rapid decrease.

New hires are being offered less than half of what a new hire was paid 25 years ago.  They want to get everyone down to maybe a dollar above minimum and stop paying their 6% Payroll Tax into the Social Security Fund.

The workers are offered a stock purchase plan for retirement.  These stocks pay no dividends.  The money is made when you resell the stock.  Most of these stocks have been underwater since 2001.

I worked for a number of these companies and to date only one is still in business.  It’s stock has been underwater since 2006.

The Chambers of Commerce are teaching these managers Right-Wing talking points to drive home to their employees.  Sadly, many employees are buying it or have already bought the snake oil.

With 40 or days to go till the election, I still have hope.  Patrick, at least, is still ahead of Good Time Charlie.

Maybe Obama can learn something about campaigning from his friend Deval?  Deval is carrying his weight.

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By Blackspeare, September 22, 2010 at 6:52 pm Link to this comment

Should the ultra conservative wing of the Republican party take control, it could be the beginning of the end.  The gap between the haves and have-nots will widen and precipitate bad times for thew USA.  When conservative Republicans claim that Medical coverage is a privilege and not a right and that unemployment insurance breeds unemployment can a second revolution be far behind?  That revolution can be in the form of a potent third party which will virtually replace the Democrats and then the USA will become just like many SA countries——the rich vs the poor!

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By garth, September 22, 2010 at 2:54 pm Link to this comment

Obama is professorial?  Pshaw.  He sounds like a hanger-on in some Masters degree program.  A guy everyone likes, but he just doesn’t have the juice to sit down and do the hard work. 

Now, as far as professorial is concerned, take Daniel P. Moynihan, ex-Senator from NY and Professor at Harvard.  He had ideas and he knew what he was talking about, and he could back it up with clear argument.

Obama is just some young guy. Something like an option on a chinese menu.

Wait’ll the Republicans and Tea Baggers bite us in the ass.  Then judge the damage inflicted. 

With the level of bacteria in the human mouth, I don’t want to be bitten by Republican nor Democrat. I want them to sink their teeth into the issues at hand—Representation of the constituents, not only corporations.

See Manfred Van Neef on DemocracyNow!.  If we continue on this path, we’re dooooooomed!

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By ocjim, September 22, 2010 at 1:28 pm Link to this comment

Apes and humans share 97% of their genes.

A principle explaining the difference is the pressure of your bite, which determines if your skull will have the capacity in which to grow brains.

Should we check the bite of those voting Republican?

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By garth, September 22, 2010 at 11:33 am Link to this comment

Why won’t you allow me to enter the comments I wish to make?

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By gerard, September 22, 2010 at 11:33 am Link to this comment

Again, some caution about believing in polls, especially when they are pre-election polls that could obviously influence the advantages of one side or another:
  Lauguage used:  “slight majoriyt”  “not so well” or “not well at all”, “have not made perceptual gains”, “doing very well”, “not doing so well”. amd
hold fairly steady”
  What on earth do such vague implications tell that is worth knowing? Of course only “intelligent” people question such drivel, but then again, most people “aren’t very intelligent”—in fact, many people hate the idea of “intelligence” expecially the kind collected by the FBI, so .... what were you
saying again?  You lost me there for a minute.

Why does Truthdig even bother to give this kind of stuff space?

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By Peetawonkus, September 22, 2010 at 8:20 am Link to this comment

Like a dog crawling back to its own vomit, brain-damaged American voters will doubtless elect the same bunch that effed their lives up in the first place. And then, after their wonderful Republican paradise has been achieved, these same morons will wonder why their faith-based racist lives are getting worse.

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By garth, September 22, 2010 at 8:13 am Link to this comment

The problem with Obama and the Democratic Party is they suffer from ‘Subjunctivism’.  ‘If only.’

Or in other words, I would if I could (but I can’t so I shan’t.)

The Republicans are riding a tail wind of Tea Party hot air, and they are the Declarative Party.  They simply say anything, true or false, in a simple declarative voice. 

The Subjunctive mood is for dreamers, or those who say ‘I wish it were so.’

The Subjunctive mood comes across as whimpy, conniving, and many Demcratic Policies and votes show it.  It’s just not easily translatable to the simple American voter. 

They wanted change. A day of reckoning. Some common sense.  You can’t right a ship of state with Subjunctive disclaimers.

Subjuntivism leads to defeat and finally to, ‘Oh, poor me.’

Where are the ‘Can-do guys’?  The ones who never walked away from a fight, the ‘representaives’ of the American people.

Robert Scheer brought it up on DemcracyNow! this morning.  Why isn’t the government helping the ones who are losing their homes to foreclosure?

A community organizer said a few years ago on PBS that this whole thing could have been averted if Obama diverted the big bucks from Wall Street to help the homeowner.  That, after all, was the straw that broke the camel’s back—no mortgage default, no Financial meltdown. 

But that was considerred rewarding reckless behaviour.  So what does Obama’s crew do?  They reward feckless behaviour.

Bring back Democracy, as Amy Goodman ends her talks:  Democracy Now!  Demcracy Now!  Democracy Now!

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By Rafael Ravenet, September 22, 2010 at 8:12 am Link to this comment
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“Americans” and “Voters” will never characterize the majority of humans living in the United States.  The volume of media has created a backdrop of confused mindset.  We need a back to basics approach to organizing perceptions and this approach needs to tell the truth in a simple understandable manner.  The message is muddied thus some will take advantage
of the confusion and spin, spin, spin.

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By FiftyGigs, September 22, 2010 at 4:46 am Link to this comment

The day before this, Gallup reported that Democrats lead Republicans on the generic ballot—although even that is tempered with the “virtual tie” exception (46%-45%), just to make sure nobody gets the idea that the public is on the Democrat’s side.

I see we skipped that one, didn’t we, TruthDig. Too much truth to handle?

Finally, since the (ahem) news report above didn’t mention it, the poll was produced from data obtained in a random selection of mostly land-line telephones.

So you know it’s cutting edge, right?

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By Hammond Eggs, September 21, 2010 at 10:39 pm Link to this comment

“More Americans, Gallup claims, say they share Republican values and a Republican view of government.”

These people, especially if they have children or grandchildren, would be better off committing the Dutch Act since the Republicans (and the Democrats) intend to destroy the middle class and turn this nation largely into a collection of second and third world serfs.

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By ibh, September 21, 2010 at 6:32 pm Link to this comment
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Good, hoping the ‘ignorant underclass’ loose their homes, end up unemployed and on the breadline - without unemployment insurance, social security, and medicare. 

Maybe after that they will learn their lesson, and go after the ‘illegal aliens’ jobs standing on street corners looking for work or selling novelties from strollers.

God bless America’s stupidity - which I liken to the overweight thinking that a magic drug will cause them to lose the weight overnight without changing any habits

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By pigeonholepundit, September 21, 2010 at 6:15 pm Link to this comment

“Americans feel that neither party, however, really understands their problems.”

I do not understand WHY most people (yes, I’m generalizing) still vote for either of our countries political failures. It seems everyone I talk to does not feel that they identify with either party. I hope this coming election (2012)will mark the point in history where people stood up for their beliefs (whatever they may be), rather than voting for the lesser of two evils.

At the very least have a spot on the ballot titled “vote of no confidence” so people can show that they have a desire to vote but are not satisfied with their options. I know I am preaching to the choir here, but our two party system leaves 80% of voting adults out in the cold come November.

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