We are now on the verge of one of the greatest U-turns in the history of national policy and politics. It may well change the basic workings of our government and private institutions and the role of the United States in the world. The impact is likely to be profound. Since government is a national looking glass, Americans will see themselves reflected in their government in an altogether different way from the Obama years. Many will look at that reflection and insist, “That’s not who we are.” But to the world—and to many Americans—that is who Americans will be, unless we organize and resist.
Splits over conservative values sees the percentage of Americans who identify as Christians at its lowest point ever in the nation’s history.
Washington (AFP) — Two Americans were among those killed in a Taliban suicide bombing Tuesday that targeted a NATO convoy in Kabul near the U.S. embassy, a defense official told AFP. The U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, did not specify if the American victims were soldiers or civilians. The NATO-led coalition had […]
By Michael Sanserino, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Energy efficiency is a priority for 79 percent of Americans, according to a poll released by the University of Texas. But nearly two-thirds believe political “squabbling” is the biggest barrier to increased energy efficiency. While most people are concerned about the environmental impact of high energy use, the biggest motivator for […]
By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times Americans support imposing tougher sanctions on Russia for its aggressiveness in Ukraine but oppose 2-1 any U.S. military aid to the embattled government in Kiev, poll results released Monday show. The report by the Pew Research Center coincided with an announcement by the Obama administration that it had expanded […]
By Chad Terhune, Los Angeles Times A historic slowdown in U.S. health care spending in recent years may be drawing to a close. An industry report published this week and health care experts point to a steady rise in medical care being sought by consumers seeing specialists, getting more prescriptions filled and visiting the hospital. Other […]
The results of Gallup’s annual governance survey have been released, and things aren’t looking too good for politicians seeking reelection: “A record-high 81% of Americans are dissatisfied with the way the country is being governed, adding to negativity that has been building over the past 10 years.” This massive figure could portend big shake-ups in […]
NEW YORK (AP) — Tucked between treatises on algae and prehistoric turquoise beads, the study on page 460 of a long-ago issue of the U.S. journal Science drew little attention. “I don’t think there were any newspaper articles about it or anything like that,” the author recalls. But the headline on the 1975 report was […]
Sept. 20 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama’s proposed tax on millionaires has restored the issue of “class warfare” to the forefront of politics. The new tax plan follows a week of intense campaigning by the president for his jobs bill, and of considerable attention devoted to a Census Bureau finding that poverty rose to a […]
We know that President Obama wants tax increases as part of the deficit reduction plan, and we know that Republican politicians vehemently do not want them. But what does the general public want? Bruce Bartlett compiled data from 27 national polls conducted between November 2010 and Sept. 16, 2011. The results? A whopping average 64.5 […]