Distrust in the government seems to be increasing, according to a recent poll by New York Times and CBS News, and it doesn’t seem too hard to figure out. Perhaps, it is due to the high rates of unemployment, as well as the economy being in dire straits.
An interesting statistic of this poll shows that most Americans agree with the core message of the Occupy movement, and the poll also showed that two-thirds of those surveyed believed that wealth should be distributed evenly. Only 27 percent of those polled said that the Tea Party movement represented their views, compared to 46 percent of those who agreed with the tenets of the Occupy movement.
With the nation’s unemployment rate at 9.1 percent, income inequality remains a palpable issue for Americans. Nearly 9 in 10 Democrats, two-thirds of independents and just over one-third of all Republicans say that the distribution of wealth in the country should be more equitable, even as a majority of Republicans said they think it is fair.
Income disparities are one thing, but it is completely up to the individual to prosper, not the government. Perhaps, this would explain why Congress (both parties) has one of the lowest approval ratings at nine percent, and President Obama has a 46 percent approval rating.
Additionally, there is the issue of unemployment. Obama promised a jobs plan, only to disappoint, as the plan provided no solutions to the crisis.
Perhaps, this should be the wake up call for Obama and Congress going forward, especially with the 2012 elections around the corner.
Incumbent Sen. Toddy Puller (D-Woodbridge) is shying away from debating her challenger, Jeff Frederick. Does this mean that she is afraid to discuss the issues and her plan for improving the district? Puller is in one of the toughest races in her career, and one would think that she would want to ask questions of her challenger, so voters could make an informed decision on November 8th.
It appears that Puller is not going to debate Frederick on NewsTalk with Bruce DePuyt on Friday at 10 a.m., and Frederick will now be on air in an interview format. (For those in the D.C. area, you can tune into NewsChannel 8 for the interview that was supposed to be a debate.)
Elected representatives shouldn’t be hiding from their constituents. Senator Puller and I both believe that their are stark differences in our records, so it would be helpful to let us highlight these differences for voters. We can have a frank discussion on lowering taxes, improving economic growth and finally making some tangible progress on Route 1. There is still time for Senator Puller to reconsider her decision not to debate. I hope she will still show up on Friday.
My guess is that Puller is trying to avoid discussing real issues, particularly since she opposes the eminent domain amendment to the Virginia Constitution, and the lack of progress surrounding the improvements of the Route 1 corridor.
Cross posted at Bearing Drift
Update: While it seems like Puller is avoiding debates, it appears that Del. Luke Torian (D-Woodbridge) is willing to go on NewsTalk to debate his opponent. There’s no fear there.