Matt Towery

The mainstream media can't figure out why Americans won't get on the "global warming" train or why the whole nation isn't obsessed with Chris Christie and "Bridgegate" or even come to grips with why consumers didn't spend themselves silly during the Christmas season.

What they don't get is that most Americans apply common sense and their real life experiences when evaluating issues or ideas. And often they are confused by much of the "official" news they read or hear.

One example can be found in the endless chorus of news reports heralding our nation's great economic recovery. They are hearing it, but they are not feeling it. Expectations were that the public would go on a spending spree during the holidays. That didn't happen

The public was in no mood to spend as freely as expected in part due to economic uncertainty stirred up by concerns over what their cost of health insurance might be in the coming months and years, under the Affordable Care Act. Their question likely was "Affordable for who and when?"

Added to that question is another "official fact" that most Americans who are not in the D.C. bubble or who don't live in a few out-of-touch affluent areas in our nation don't understand. They are told that unemployment is dropping and that this is a big sign of an economic recovery. But recent numbers don't suggest a rosy employment picture, and even when we see numbers improving, they don't reflect the millions of Americans who no longer count in the reports. They are workers who have dropped off the rolls and who have given up trying to find work.

Everyone in the real world knows plenty of folks who used to have full-time jobs, but now seem to be doing a little of this and a little of that to make ends meet. While many are not scrambling with the same look of fear and desperation we saw at the height of the Great Recession, they are still trying to sustain themselves and their families by making do with less and working in less-conventional ways. They aren't convinced that unemployment in America has been solved.

Then there's the issue of global warming. Apparently, some Democrats in Washington want those who produce entertainment programs to work global warming and its evils into their scripts more often. That's likely because the nation has been shivering in the past month and most Americans can't figure out if things are melting or freezing. And, if so, they wonder how their so-called "carbon footprint" matters as opposed to the movie stars and ex-Vice President who jet-set everywhere leaving a much bigger carbon mess behind.

Matt Towery

Matt Towery is a pollster, attorney, businessman and former elected official. He served as campaign strategist for Congressional, Senate, and gubernatorial campaigns. His latest book is Newsvesting: Use News and Opinion to Grow Your Personal Wealth. Follow him on Twitter @MattTowery