3 Out of 4 Californians Believe US is on the Wrong Track!
California voters are angry! A New University of Southern California Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences/Los Angeles Times Poll confirms it! That’s right. 3 out of 4 Californians believe we’re on the wrong track and almost 50 percent would love to see our government slash it’s spending just as the voters have been forced to slash their own. Are those who responded to the poll, then, ready to compromise to seek a solution to the problems that anger them? No, not surprisingly, most seem to agree with those in Washington in that regard. They appear to support party politics over a compromise which could lead to a solution.
The poll findings don’t offer much to guide President Obama as he wrestles with this, and as he calls for strategic government investments to stimulate the economy, a mere 37 percent in the CA poll support this. They seem to believe that our government slashing spending will curb the deficit and result in more prosperity, so said 49 percent of the respondents.
"The argument of 'We need to cut the size of government, we need to reduce the deficit' has won, even in California," said David Kanevsky, research director for American Viewpoint, a Republican firm that co-directed the bipartisan poll. "Stimulus is almost a four-letter word here." One must wonder, though, how any can declare a victory at this time.
Dissatisfaction was clear to see and transcended gender, age, education, region, and political party. An unemployment rate of 12 percent didn’t bring any sense of peace. Both major political parties seemed to firmly believe their leaders should “stick to their guns” on the important issues. We’ve heard this before. Where has it gotten us?
"People are essentially putting their priorities above compromise," said Drew Lieberman, a pollster with Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, the Democratic firm that co-directed the survey. Again, while holding to your beliefs can be a virtue to be admired, in the state our country is in and has been in for so long, what is to be gained by this stubborn approach?Continued on the next page