First problem: 600 people from New Jersey polled. Are you kidding? Snookie and The Situation don't even know what country they're in, much less spend their time watching the news.
Second problem: Since it's been proven that the lame stream media has to be dragged kicking and screaming, weeks after the stories break, into reporting or covering stories like Solyndra, Fast and Furious, the Fannie/Freddie debacle, OccupyMorons, John Edwards' implosion, ACORN scandal, etc., it follows that Fox News viewers would be more informed about those items instead of the claptrap that the Lame Stream Media concentrates on. CNN virtually ignored Occupy Wall Street, Solyndra and Fast & Furious for weeks, but the "violent, racist" Tea Party rallies garnered 24/7 coverage from the get-go. Go figure. I'll bet they ignore the latest scandal of ACORN still being funded by the government, despite the ban on doing so, until they are forced to report on it. Instead they'll go 24/7 with "Breaking News" on Herman Cain allegations.
@steve_smith re: your 6:51 post.... well said.
Joyanna wrote: "You're recycling Vietnam Era slogans and thinking: hippies, unemployed, pot smoking, rich college kids--did I leave anything out? At least come up some 21st century slander."
Fine. How about pot smoking, iphone carrying, laptop using, iPad reading, tweeting, totally out-of-touch-with-the-real-world, unemployed spoiled rich lazy college kids.
Are you happy now?
Gump said: "You should not have to work 50 hours a week just to get by."
Says who? Who the hell are you to decide how many hours someone "should" work to get by? People "should" work as many hours as it takes, whether that's 20 hours or 80 hours. There is no right to low hours, no guarantee that you shouldn't have to work beyond a certain number of hours to get by.
Who decides what "getting by" is? Getting by is different for everybody based on lifestyle choices, number of family members, where someone lives, etc. For some people, having cable with HBO is a necessity for "getting by." For others, it's not. (It's not for me). So the number of hours somebody "should" work to get by is whatever number of hours it takes for them to get by. There are no "shoulds." That's the problem with liberals who put everyone into groups with "shoulds." Just like unions - that machine operator "should" only punch out 7 widgets per minute (which means, he WON'T work more than that). Everybody is an individual and needs to do what it takes, not depend on some arbitrary measure and whine just because they have to do more than somebody else does.
LIGHTNUP: By the way Mickey, did I mention that the U.S. has the second highest Combined Corporate Tax Rate among all 31 developed nations in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development?
MICKEYRAT: Well, yeah, how else could we fund non-viable green companies like Solyndra and that New Hampshire wind farm that just happens to be owned by the owners of Zuccotti Park, base camp for OWS?
LIGHTNUP: Riiiiiight. You know, in 1990, our corporate tax rate was 16th highest of 23 countries but in a fiercely competitive world, we have become less competitive while all the other industrialized countries EXCEPT the U.S. have lowered their rates over the past 20 years.
MICKEYRAT: Wow, that must be why U.S corporations end up going to other countries or are scared to hire people when all they hear is the current administration trying to raise their taxes and supporting OWS. Maybe we should pass more laws to force them to stay here and hire people or else we'll raise their taxes. Boy, that'll teach 'em!
LIGHTNUP: Sigh. The U.S. also has one of the world's highest capital gains tax rates. Incidentally Mickey, did you know that President Obama has received more money from Wall Street than any other politician EVER?
MICKEYRAT: Wow. Really? Maybe I should stop repeating all that OWS propaganda and actually do some research. Nah, that could end up turning me into one of those self-righteous a-holes who don't spend all their time wondering what the government can take away from others and give to them.
MickeyRat posted a lot of gibberish demeaning those who got an education, supported their families by going into business, technical or medical careers, moved up to management (you don't start a career as a manager) practiced personal responsibility, contributed to the economy and employment by buying homes, cars, investing, saving and in the process made sure they would not be dependent on the government in their later years. MickeyRat calls them self-righteous a-holes.
Apparently MickeyRat has more admiration for those who dropped out of school, took whatever menial job was convenient at the time, gave no thought for the future, quit their job or got fired every time "the man" stupidly expected them to show up on time or actually put forth more than the minimum effort, bought lottery tickets as their only method of investing and now blame everybody but themselves for their lot in life. They now want and expect government to make up for their own bad decisions. The quest for undeserved "stuff" that permeates the thinking of MickeyRat, the OWS types and the half of Americans that don't pay taxes is the USA's biggest economic challenge.
We won't rebuild manufacturing jobs in the USA by raising corporate taxes and forcing manufacturers to look elsewhere to provide the best return for their stockholders, which is the ONLY reason for a business to exist.
What the income-envy folks like mountainlaurel don't recognize is that those who get investment income have ALREADY BEEN TAXED at regular rates on the money that they earned and then invested. What right does the govt have to double-tax the income of those who wisely invested their income, then redistribute it to those who choose to forego saving/investing in favor of tattoos, 60" TVs and 24" rims?
The Occupy movement is the inevitable result of a generation not being allowed to spank their kids.
Patriot1 wrote: "There is hardly an ill in our society today that can't be traced back to government meddling in things they shouldn't and ignoring things they should be doing."