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Do you think America is moving in the right direction?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on June 20, 2008

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“Not at the moment, but there’s potential for a turnaround with the upcoming election. If whoever gets elected is really going to push to end our dependence on foreign oil, I’m hopeful that things will get better.”

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“In general the world is not moving in a positive direction. Whether the Republicans or Democrats, which are just two different wings on the same bird of prey, get elected, it’s going to continue moving in the same direction.”

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“I think it could move in the right direction. People have known since 1973 that the energy policy has needed to change and many of the problems we’re now facing were predicted back then. So if we can finally get this energy crisis off our back, I hope we’ll be OK.”

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“I’d probably have to say no. The economy’s not doing too well, we’re in a controversial war, and Bush has put us so far into debt. It doesn’t look good.”

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Richard Heckler 9 years, 10 months ago

Pick up your phone today and call your Representative right now to demand a NO vote on warrantless wiretapping. The vote will be Friday around noon, but please call no matter what time you get this. (The Congressional switchboard is open 24x7x365 and each office has voicemail.)Steny Hoyer's warrantless wiretapping bill is obscene because it gives complete immunity to the telcos that have spied on us illegally since 2001, as well as the Bush Administration officials who illegally asked them to break the law. And it lets them continue spying on us by creating Big Brother with a figleaf of meaningless "protections."On May 14, Democrats defeated a similar immunity bill 213-197. There is absolutely no reason for any Democrat to change his or her vote now except corrupt greed for telco campaign cash.So call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask for your House Representative !

jonas 9 years, 10 months ago

Should have gotten started earlier, now my continental drift joke is old and busted.

Richard Heckler 9 years, 10 months ago

The american government is not moving in the right direction. Failure of consumers to support fuel efficient vehicles and demand alternative energy is not a big help. two of the most expensive sources of energy,coal and nukes, is also not encouraging.Geo-thermal,Hydro-power(Bowersock),wind and solar are available now. We the ratepayers have the consumer power to dictate which way to go. Wind Power at Home

Jcjayhawk1 9 years, 10 months ago

"Bush has put us so far into debt."....and congresse's role?

jumpin_catfish 9 years, 10 months ago

I saw a bumper sticker the other day it said "War is not the answer", will duh dummie. How about a bumper sticker with the "answer" on it and we can all stop getting so worked up. The right direction!? Who knows.

Richard Heckler 9 years, 10 months ago

A New U.S. Strategy in the Global Economy? By Robert Borosage Summary: America's banker isn't happy. China's leaders blame Washington's "warped conception" of market deregulation for the financial crisis that is rattling the world economy. Perfect. The Bush administration is so lame, it is getting lectures from the communist governors of China on how best to regulate the market.America's banker isn't happy.At the World Trade Organization, China's representatives call on the U.S. to halt the decline of the dollar that has contributed to the rising price of food and oil (and racked up staggering losses in the value to China's $1.5 trillion in dollar reserves). China's leaders blame Washington's "warped conception" of market deregulation for the financial crisis that is rattling the world economy. Liu Mingkang, the chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission, scorned distorted US policies: "Does moneymaking or doing business justify the regulators in ignoring their duty for prudential supervision and their job of preventing misbehavior?"Perfect. The Bush administration is so lame, it is getting lectures from the communist governors of China on how best to regulate the market.And when China talks, the U.S. better start listening. Our trade deficit with China last year jumped to an all-time high of $256.2 billion, the largest deficit ever recorded with a single country, and the equivalent of nearly one third of America's total trade deficit. The Chinese have over $1.5 trillion in U.S. dollar reserves, and are now creating sovereign investment funds to purchase U.S. companies and properties at bargain level prices. China's willingness to lend us the money we use to buy the goods they make with the jobs our companies have taken there enables us to spend far beyond our means.When your banker calls, you answer the phone.

Flap Doodle 9 years, 10 months ago

Happy Solstice, sunny_sue. Ancient rites involving fermented goods will be observed in my household.

krissypoetry 9 years, 10 months ago

I am not sure where we are headed, but I believe we are all in a very comfy handbasket

gccs14r 9 years, 10 months ago

We've been marching jackbooted toward fascism since May 4th, 1970. We're there now, but most don't realize it.

jonas 9 years, 10 months ago

Multidisciplinary (Anonymous) says:"Just realized that if I dropped dead right now, my family would find open windows for p-gourds amongst other things on my computer!"All things considered, you could probably do a lot worse for the final web-message to your family that you left behind.

Richard Heckler 9 years, 10 months ago

It will take more than a new president although a new president NOT representing the republican neocons is mandatory. It is also going to require sending new faces back to congress not current incumbents like Roberts or former incumbents like current professional lobbyist Slattery. Change is more likely to happen with new names and faces. When new faces run for office voters need to support these new people if voters expect anything to change. Since when do incumbents and/or former legislators make things better?It seems they just continue the corporate welfare and watch american jobs go abroad.Lee Jones is a US Senate Candidate. Yet the press seems to ignore this other possibility. Why is that?These issues apparently are important to Lee, the people of Kansas and and myself. Bring affordable and accessible healthcare to all Kansans Fully fund an education system with the highest standards so all children have an equal opportunity to be successful Support an energy policy that invests in green technology and other domestic sources of energy like ethanol and wind energy, which will create quality jobs here in Kansas and real energy independence for all Americans Champion an economic policy that creates jobs and makes income taxes fair for working Kansans so the people of Kansas can provide for their families Encourage a national security strategy that focuses on both military strength and diplomatic strength and uses all of our capabilities to help bring an end to ongoing conflicts* Support communities that have assisted fellow Kansans such as older individuals and those living in rural areas, by ensuring they receive an equitable share of government resourcesVote Lee Jones for U.S. Senate

canyon_wren 9 years, 10 months ago

I'm afraid I agree with John Cooney above. It is easy to blame Bush and Co. for the wrong direction we are headed, and they have certainly accelerated the trip, but the American people are making choices for their lives that are the main cause of the downhill slide. Sure, there are some positive improvements that have been made in the last decades; however, the lust for material things and the ridicule of anyone who believes there are absolutes of right and wrong has destroyed a lot of what has made us a great country. That is pretty sad. It goes beyond politics--it is just that the politicians "make hay" out of promising to make things better, when they (especially the president--or presidential candidates) do not have that kind of power or authority.

Jcjayhawk1 9 years, 10 months ago

"It also appears to me that the Former Soviet Union collapsed after their mistaken venture into Afghanistan."The arms race was more of a factor for bankrupting the USSR

Scott Drummond 9 years, 10 months ago

The Democrats have today handed george bush all he wanted on the telecom immunity and warrantless wiretapping issue. Say goodbye to yet another constitutional right. The treasonous bastards in both parties responsible for railroading this horrible bill through in less than 24 hours should burn in Hell. Thanks to these traitors we will never know the full extent of the illegal wiretapping this dispiciple President ordered. Some of the litigants seeking to uncover the extent of the unconstitutional activities have even alleged that the spying took place prior to the event of 9/11 which supposedly justify them. Now, thanks to the gutless traitors like Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, and, of course, the ususal criminal suspects in the republican party, we will never know. What a sucker punch. You expect this from the republicans, they never have the best interests of anyone but their corporate masters at heart. A Democrat is supposed to be better than this. What a sad, sad, sad, sad day for our country. Our Founding Fathers, of all political persuasions, must be spinning in their graves at such a frivoluous defeat of all they fought to bestow upon us. Shame on us for entrusting these lying bastards and may each treasonous creep burn soon in Hell.

OnlyTheOne 9 years, 10 months ago

Unemploymnet is very low, our economy is diverse and strong we are winning the war in Iraq.Whoa. Somebody needs to read some non-Republican slanted articles. Just don't believe anything the Democrats tell you either.

denak 9 years, 10 months ago

How can anyone even answer this question? It isn't objective. "Right direction" isn't defined so if you ask, one, two, or one hundred people, if the country is going in the right direction, they are all going to answer differently. There is no way to answer this with any objectivity.

sunflower_sue 9 years, 10 months ago

I say we all just build bonfires tonight. Do some feasting, do a little dancing...forget which direction we are heading. I'm just going to try to forget that for another whole year, this is as much daylight as we get. :*( No politics today! Got anything planned tonight, snap? Do I still turn right at the rock that looks like a bear? Or is it the bear that looks like a rock?

sunflower_sue 9 years, 10 months ago

I'm with krissy on this one, except that I know where we're headed! (I had my road paved years ago...I'm just now installing the toll booths.)

sunflower_sue 9 years, 10 months ago

Woo Hoo!!! I just realized I have one more day left! Wooo Hoooooooo! Somehow I feel like Rosanne Rosannadanna..."Nevermind!" Keep talking politics. Tomorrow's OTS?: "Are you doing anything to celebrate the summer solstice?"

Calliope877 9 years, 10 months ago

If McCain wins, no.Things definately won't get any better.

jayhawklawrence 9 years, 10 months ago

It seems to me that the colonial powers stopped colonizing when their economies collapsed. If we continue the road we are on, sticking our big nose in everybody else's business, we are going to end up the same way.Remember the old saying, "the less you know, the more you think you know."Well, we are extremely ignorant about the culture and history of other countries and a certain guy from Texas seems to especially have that problem.It also appears to me that the Former Soviet Union collapsed after their mistaken venture into Afghanistan.We are going to pay a heavy price if our leaders keep invading other countries and trying to influence other governments for unethical reasons or confused foreign policies.Now we are looking at two Presidential candidates with very little solid foreign policy experience. The best thing we can do is to start showing a little more appreciation for the people of other countries and realize that their opinions count too.Right now, I believe their opinions are valid in that we are a very wasteful and arrogant country that needs to become more socially responsible, starting with the environment and to stop invading countries and putting missiles where they don't belong.My last point: Eisenhower was right. The military industrial complex has us by the when we spend half our gross domestic product on the military and literally force other powers to respond in kind.

Dixie Jones 9 years, 10 months ago

the only direction american is headed is down the sewer drain and FAST..Thanks to good ole Mr Bush

jayhawklawrence 9 years, 10 months ago

The huge investment in NASA was in my view, a military buildup loosely camouflaged as a scientific research program. I believe it was necessary, but it is what it is. After witnessing the kind of inept leadership we have seen under the Bush administration, I think we need to reevaluate how our research and grant money is being allocated. Why not more investment in alternative energy, higher mileage cars, safer and wiser user of natural resources and eventually the problem of a diminishing water supplies worldwide. There are many areas on the earth that need our attention and may be more important than finding life on Mars. I think we know that politics is driven by the people who pay the bills and as long as lobbyists run congress (corporations and special interests), will we really get the kind of bang for our buck that the American taxpayer deserves or more of the same? A lot of people around the world have decided that Americans just don't get it. We have to resell ourselves to the people of the world as a moral, ethical, and responsible nation and not just a greedy bunch of rich people.

jayhawklawrence 9 years, 10 months ago

"The arms race was more of a factor for bankrupting the USSR"The war in Afghanistan was very unpopular in the Soviet Union. It had a destabilizing effect on the country.So I think you cannot point to one specific variable, but all of them together, eventually led to failure.I think you could also raise a valid argument that the huge military complex we are maintaining is bankrupting us.

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