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Optimism: 50 Percent of Americans Say Best Years Are Behind Us

RHSimard Wrote: Jan 03, 2013 6:53 PM
Conservatives MUST take on this kind of narrative, make the case that our current assistance system corrodes the prospects for advancement rather than enhancing them, and point out the rather obvious fact that a nation that can pay employable people who don't work can, if that wealth is left in the hands of potential employers, pay them to be productive.
RHSimard Wrote: Jan 03, 2013 7:25 PM
What does your comment have to do with intact families versus single parenthood, which is the subject of the conversation?

Second, we're talking about the growing systemic move toward dependency and you're talking about a safety net, which we have, and that's fine. Absentee fathers are not often 60 years old and out of work.
mlew Wrote: Jan 03, 2013 7:21 PM
And if someone works for a company for 29 years and is laid off and at age 60 cant find work so that he defaults on his mortgage and loses his home. that is all right with you?
Jon Russo Wrote: Jan 03, 2013 7:10 PM
Great points, RH.

With freedom comes responsibility. Unfortunately, it's a hard argument to make to a people who've been conditioned and molded to believe that government can grant freedom while at the same time remove responsibility.

Once again, Gallup has asked voters perhaps every pollster’s favorite question: Do you think America’s best years are behind us, or yet to come? As it happens, the results are rather predictable:

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If anything, Gallup’s findings underscore one self-evident truth -- that is, the American public is deeply divided on this question along partisan and ideological lines. And it’s no mystery why. For their part, conservatives are still grappling with the fact that President Obama won re-election, Obamacare will soon be the law of the land, and the latest so-called “fiscal cliff” compromise...