Is the Country Going In The Right Direction- Media, Hype and You
As the election season picks up we are once again being inundated by the media about the latest polling data and how upset Americans are with the economy, politics and their lives in general. Newsweek, Gallup, The Wall Street Journal and the Associated Press asked people “Do you think things in this country are generally going in the right direction or are they seriously off on the wrong track?”
The Associated Press Poll stated that @ 70% of Americans are unhappy with the direction the country is headed. The Newsweek poll alleges that 67% are unhappy and Wall Street Journal 58%. (Pollingnumbers.com) . The first thing to keep in mind is that most of these polls generally represented surveys of 2,000 people or less.
Clearly we face some real and important issues in the United States and also abroad as Europe works out it’s financial issues, we have a large federal debt and issues. None-the-less it is clear that the media focus remains on what is wrong and not what’s right. Record levels of manufacturing, record corporate profits, historically low borrowing rates, the highest level of corporate cash ever, etc. So what are we unhappy about (none of the polls asked this)?
Is it that we have electricity and running water 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? Is our unhappiness that we have state-of-the art medical care just a 911 call away? Perhaps it’s that 90% percent of these unhappy folks have a job? Maybe it is the ability to walk into a grocery store at any time and see more food than many African Countries (like Darfur or Somalia) have seen in a year. .
Maybe it is the ability to drive from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean without having to present identification papers as we move through each state? Or could it be that when we wreck our car, emergency workers show up and provide services to help all and even send a helicopter to take you to the hospital. How about the complete religious, social and political freedoms we enjoy that are the envy of everyone in the world?
It’s no wonder that most of the world seems to view us as a very wealthy family with spoiled children. The world envies the US Lifestyle but does not respect the citizens who are unappreciative of everything they have. The world see’s us as the most blessed people on earth who do nothing but complain about what they don’t have rather than appreciating what they do.
In my personal opinion many in this country are spoiled children who feel they are entitled to everything and not responsible for anything. As individuals and as a country we will face challenges both personal and public. Things will not always be fair or go the way we want. But there is no greater place in the world to live – you do not hear about the French Dream or Chinese dream; it is the American Dream. One of the problems the media highlights is illegal immigration. If this is such a bad place why are millions of people trying to get in? We continue lead the world in innovation and providing the opportunity for people who are creative and work hard to thrive. The real problem, in my opinion, is a sense of entitlement by those who do not want to work but would rather be supported by those who do.
I believe that we have wonderful opportunities today to grow real wealth over the next three to five years and that there continues to entrepreneurial opportunities for those who have the courage to seize them. The media’s job is to sell air time and therefore will focus on the sensational and short term. Our job is to see beyond the hype, evaluate the facts and make decisions based upon our needs not our emotions. We should always strive to be and do better but also appreciate what we have.
Please contact me, or anyone on our team whenever we can be of service. In 20 years today will be the “good old days” and we look forward to being your partner.
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