That whosover believeth in Him shall be totally fucked and betrayed
As President Barack Obama heads into his second term, he faces a pessimistic and weary public, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll released late Tuesday.
The percentage of Americans satisfied with the direction of the country stands at a paltry 23 percent in a poll taken Dec. 14-17. By a margin of 50 to 47 percent, respondents said the country's best years are over.
Fifty percent of respondents said it is somewhat or very unlikely that today's youth will have a better life than their parents.
That pessimism and negativity extends to the president, according to the poll.
If Obama's job description was:
#1. Drowning government in a bath tub,
#2. Destroying any remaining hope that government can be a source of help
then he's doing a great job. Because it's one thing to destroy a system. It's quite another thing to destroy a system, and then make people believe that there's no "hope" of repairing or restoring it, ever. Obama's doing great on Job #1, but his even better performance on the more subtle and difficult Job #2 is not sufficiently appreciated.
NOTE Putting on my true cynic's hat -- it's not made out of tinfoil, what the heck is it made out of? Black crepe? Readers? -- in a few years, ObamaCare will totally shit the bed, because it will turn out that buying health insurance online through the health "exchanges" is a user interface design and technical nightmare as well as an open invitation to fraud and abuse via its intrinsic lack of transparency (the bullet points on the pretty web pages will be presented as the policy, but in fact the policy will be a humongous downloadable PDF file full of impenetrable jargon. After all, the insurance company business model of profiting through denying care will still prevail). ObamaCare -- I predict -- will come to be seen as a "creative class" welfare program boondoggle for IT people -- good for 2012 only -- but the onrushing disaster is not evident yet, and in any case, the fail will only kill off some undeserving poors. When the #FAIL becomes evident to people who matter, the Powers That Be will double down, on the theory that the problem isn't the frigging lemon markets in health care and health insurance, but "government itself." They then put the entire massively shatten bed out to bid, and Amazon takes it all over, with Medicare being one of the many "options," along with Walmart MediCash™ "clinics" of course. The "market state" plays the long game.