What the GOP Has Given America:
By Rush Limbaugh
RUSH: New Year's Eve, the Gallup poll released its annual survey on Americans and the level of satisfaction with their personal lives. Eighty-four percent of Americans say that they are satisfied with their personal lives at this time, including a solid majority who say they are very satisfied. The personal satisfaction level contrasts sharply, though, with the low level of satisfaction Americans express with the way things are going in the US at this time, because two weeks ago, two weeks prior to New Year's Eve, Gallup released a poll that said that 70% of these same people think the nation's headed in the wrong direction.
Now, what do you do make of this? Eighty-four percent satisfied with their personal lives, 70% think the country is going on in the wrong direction. There is a simple explanation for this. It's an explanation that I have explained on countless previous explanations on this program, and it is very simple.
Everybody's lives -- 84%, yep, solid majority, very satisfied, hunky-dory, things couldn't be better. "But I watch the news every day and I see housing crisis and mortgage crisis and subprime crisis, the credit crisis and Wall Street, everybody is losing their house but me and everybody is losing their car but me. So it's the Drive-Bys, with the success at creating the doom and gloom."
Daniel Henninger writes about this today in the Wall Street Journal. He said: "It is to suggest that the never-off eye of modern political media leaves the impression that nothing good is possible. If progress happens, as with the surge in Iraq or a new therapy for cancer, it must be diminished by 'analysis,' listing four things that could 'go wrong.' As a way to absorb the way the world works, this is depressing. Good things happen. Get over it." And it's true.