And the "average Joe" has wondered how we solve global warming if the United States continues to place increased burdens on its energy suppliers and consumers, but huge nations in other parts of the world don't. Will we save just our little corner of the world or is it that we think we are more important than these other nations, and thereby our efforts will count more with Mother Nature?
The list goes on and on. The pundits think we all follow politics and government every day. Anyone with a real life does not. No one cares about their press conferences and proclamations. Most can't name the Speaker of the House or Senate Majority Leader, not because they are ignorant, but because they don't trust Congress and don't believe it matters to get involved.
And then there are flair-ups like the one facing New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. To older voters, Christie's amazingly similar appearance to that of the late comedian Jackie Gleason in Gleason's younger years is the main reason to even notice him. Most voters don't live in New Jersey and don't care what happens there. If they find out he knew a bridge was closed for political purposes, they won't be shocked or overly upset.
After all, to the average American trying to stay warm, feed his or her family, and watch a little football or basketball, these politicians and the media will say or do anything. That's the one thing that makes common sense.