The headline for this post came from CNN, not me. Other than that little addendum I added. It gets tiring doing the mainstream media's job for it all of the time. Anyway, here is the pertinent part of the article:
Three years after a financial crisis pushed the country deep into recession, an overwhelming number of Americans -- 90% -- say that economic conditions remain poor.Okay, that last part about who is to blame is silly. I'll say this one more time for clarity: THEY ARE ALL TO BLAME. Yes, the crisis started under Bush...but all Obama has done is continue the same exact Bush policies that got us here in the first place. More so, every American president going all the way back to Reagan played their part in getting us to where we are now. That's 20 years under Republicans presidents and 11 years under Democrats if you are keeping score at home. During the same period, the House of Representatives has had a Democratic Speaker for 18 years and a Republican one for 13.
The number, reported Friday in a new CNN/ORC International Poll, is the highest of Barack Obama's presidency and a significant increase from the 81% who said conditions were poor in June.
The persistent pessimism indicates that Americans are feeling a level of hardship in line with the official statistics. Unemployment stands at 9.1%, economic growth is barely above stall speed, and the housing market remains tied in knots.
For a White House now fully engaged in re-election efforts, there is one shred of good news: More than two and half years after inauguration day, Americans are still more likely to blame former President George W. Bush for current economic conditions.
Asked which administration is to blame, 52% of Americans blame the previous Republican regime, while only 32% point a finger at Obama and Democrats.
That 90% number is staggering. What it shows is that pretty much everyone who is not either rich or in the upper middle class knows that our economy is sinking. If they were all to suddenly start voting the same way against the oligarchs, things would either change very dramatically in a hurry or there would be a right wing coup d'etat to prevent it. And if the latter were to happen at least it would remove the silly pretense that we all live in a representative democracy.
I actually have a dream. That dream is that somehow, magically, working and middle class Americans wake up from their Hologram-induced stupor and get behind the Occupy Wall Street protesters. Because you see, the young college students out there risking their necks at the hands of Officer Tony Baloney and his thuggish cohorts are there because they KNOW they are getting screwed. The rest of us are getting screwed just as badly, it's just that most of us have no idea who's doing it.
C'mon, already. When 90% of us think the system "stinks," it's time to get a new system, or at least expose the hypocrisy of the old one.