The recent poll indicating most Americans believe the country in on the wrong track made the front page news this weekend. This is not surprising given the recent antics on Wall Street and Unemployment figures released last week. But even more startling is the number of Americans that say they will not leave the U.S. to find greener pastures as satirist Scott Ott reports…
(NEW YORK) — The most recent New York Times/CBS News Poll indicates that while 81 percent of Americans think “things have pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track“, roughly 48 percent have decided to stay in the United States anyway.
The survey also indicates that more than 70 percent said their personal financial situation was “fairly good or very good“, but only 21 percent think “the overall economy is in good condition” thanks to the well-known economic principle that individual prosperity produces collective misery.
A spokesman for the polling firm said, “We’re seeing a perfect storm of low unemployment, high wages, unprecedented access by more people to more choices than anywhere in the world at any time in history, thanks to technology and distribution systems that can bring any product or service to your door in 24 hours or less, and to people who have so much money that several multi-billion dollar industries exist just so folks can play with their extra cash. No wonder Americans are worried.”
The pollster also noted that generally good health and increasing lifespans magnify the problem.
“Because Americans are living longer than ever,” he said, “they have to put up with all this for a long, long time. The anxiety sparked by rampant opportunity and nearly-unrestrained freedom is the biggest challenge that faces the next president.” — as reported by satirist Scott Ott / ScrappleFace
Yes folks, it does seem that our plight is pretty dismal and we are falling on hard times. One only needs to look overseas to countries like Somolia, Ethiopia and Bangladesh to get a full appreciation for the quality of life we are missing.