I really don’t have much time to go after it right now, so I’ll give readers their chance to take their shots at this item from the Associated Press, the White House PR conduit otherwise known as the Administration’s Press. It unsurprisingly comes from Liz Sidoti:
COLUMN: OTHER ISSUES IN FOCUS AS WAR, ECONOMY FADE
… Now, the Iraq war is over, the Afghanistan one is winding to an end and immediate fears of further terrorism have, to some extent, faded. The economy has been rebounding: The job market is growing healthier, home prices are rising and consumers are starting to spend more. Those issues have receded enough to push domestic concerns higher on the list of what people, and thus politicians, think is most important.
Polling by the Gallup organization underscores this notion.
In March 2001, education, ethical/moral issues and the economy ranked as the nation’s top problems, and no other issue reached double digits. A year later, after the attacks, 22 percent cited terrorism, followed by the economy and “fear of war/feelings of fear in this country.”
By March 2005, the Iraq war took precedence, with 25 percent calling it the nation’s top problem, followed by Social Security and the economy. Then, amid the 2009 recession, 51 percent of the country cited the economy, with unemployment or jobs, a lack of money and poor or pricy health care rounding out the first rung of concerns.
Now look at last month. The economy remains the top concern, but the percentage of people who say so – 24 percent – is half of what it was four years ago. Dissatisfaction with government is a close second. Unemployment and jobs, and the federal budget deficit, also are up there. Iraq, Afghanistan, terrorism, national security and foreign policy rank far below.
Okay, one comment: All of the items Sidoti cites in the last excerpted paragraph (econ, goverment [as in waste, fraud, abuse, bankrupting us, lack of transparency, etc.], unemployment, jobs, the federal budget deficit) all have to do with the economy and the federal government’s ever more dangerous financial situation. Yet the economy is fading as an important matter. Horse manure.